One Love was All Around the Metro Radio Arena last night as reunited boyband Blue and Scottish pop veterans Wet Wet Wet combined their efforts for a memorable concert.
Having announced Lee Ryan and his Blue bandmates as the support for The Wets’ Greatest Hits Tour earlier this year, the crowd were treated to a duo of performances soaked in nostalgia spanning two generations.
But although the Blue boys’ set went down a treat with their signature tunes All Rise and One Love being front and centre of course, there was no doubt who the swaying sea in front of the stage had come to see.
And they weren’t disappointed.
Lead singer Marti Pellow and the rest of the band rolled out the back catalogue carpet in fine style, thrilling fans, many of whom have probably been following their fortunes since Newcastle-based music show The Tube gave them their first break in the mid-80s.
In the quarter of a century which has passed since - and has seen Marti become a star of the West End in musicals like Chicago, Chess and The Witches of Eastwick in more recent years - the band have clocked up a crowd of hit albums like Popped In Souled Out, High On The Happy Side and 10, as well as a shedload of singles including Goodnight Girl, Temptation, Wishing I Was Lucky, Sweet Surrender, Julia Says and, of course, the Troggs cover which stuck to the number one spot like a barnacle, Love Is All Around.
And the truly great thing about a greatest hits gig is that you know you’re going to get to hear them all. Oh how we sang.
The tour was announced following last year’s sold out 25th anniversary concert at Glasgow Green dubbed ‘Back In The Park’ which gave fans a glimpse of what they could expect. And last night’s performance on Tyneside didn’t let them down one bit.
Meanwhile the recruitment of Blue as a tuneful appetiser offered a bonus for fans of the re-ignited pop foursome, who have recently enjoyed renewed success courtesy of ITV2’s The Big Reunion series and associated tour.
They had their own headline gig at the 02 Academy recently, and are preparing for a string of Big Reunion Christmas Party dates.
But it was Marti et al who were the rightful centre of attention last night, sending everyone home feeling warm and fuzzy, just in time for Christmas.