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Review: Michael Bolton, Hall One, The Sage Gateshead

GONE were the long, greying locks and cheesy 80s ballads … well, almost.

GONE were the long, greying locks and cheesy 80s ballads … well, almost.

Michael Bolton and his band rolled into town on Tuesday night and his set was entirely classy.

Playing in The Sage Gateshead’s Hall One, the venue was the perfect fit for this pared-down performance.

Michael is well-known for his exceptional vocal skills, and he certainly didn’t let down his fans.

He crooned through big band classics, such as Fly Me To The Moon and New York, New York, but also really showed off his range with a spine-tingling version of Nessun Dorma.

Bolton is one of those artists who has a dedicated following of hardcore fans. And they were out in force on Tuesday.

Although it was a seated performance, the braver of the bunch stood at the foot of the stage, handing the singer their love tokens.

“Marry us, Michael,” one of them yelled out, which led to playful banter making the gig seem intimate.

As slick as the performance was – with Bolton telling the audience he is now writing with the likes of Lady Gaga – we were all secretly hoping for at least a slice of cheese.

Thankfully we weren’t disappointed, with Michael belting out How Can We Be Lovers, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and Said I Loved You ... But I Lied, in the way we all remembered and loved.

This fan certainly left with a smile on her face, and vowed to dig out his greatest hits at the earliest opportunity.


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