de Burgh: Review
de BurghLive In Concert
After listening to what, it has to be said, is probably the best Chris de Burgh album in a long time and not having attended one of his gigs for over two years, it was with great anticipation that the NEC Arena The Storyman gig was awaited. Chris was back with a band and “promises” of more than a few surprises and his fans old and new couldn’t wait.
What a way to start a gig.
There then followed a selection of songs
that fitted perfectly with The Storyman theme,
as the curtains parted to reveal the band in full who were all in fine
fettle and played superbly well.
Sailing Away, One World,
Love Of The Heart Divine, In A Country Churchyard
and The Lady In Red which was performed slightly differently,
with a slight Tango rhythm to it thanks to Tony Kiley on bongo drums
as the group gathered centre stage for an acoustic set, were all performed
In fact the only real mishap came during
The Mirror Of The Soul as Chris rose high above the stage in
a wooden pulpit, only to forget the words until somebody from the audience
prompted him into action. Not that it mattered. The song is brilliant
and from then moved on faultlessly.
Another highlight from the album came
with the title track. This, to a writer, is the very personification
of why we do what we. We live life through the words of a story man,
a feeling that is exactly right and summed up brilliantly here.
1986. Into The Light. My favourite
CdeB album. A title being fought for by The Storyman, largely
on the strength of one trilogy of songs – The Leader.
Behind Chris there is a large movie
screen on which a series of films are run to accompany certain songs,
such as The Words I Love You, Spanish Train and Living
In The World. However, when Chris moved to the far right of the
stage and sat down, it was obvious something special was about to happen
and it did.
Steve Bennett, Webmaster
of www.chrishigh.com and of www.findmeanauthor.com
is also – I’m pleased to say – my very great friend
and has complied a montage video to take the breath away, as Chris sings
all three parts and watches the movie for himself.
The applause that greeted the song was
superb and when Chris said a public thank you to Steve for all of his
hard work on the visuals, I know he was as pleased as punch and very
proud. Rightly so, he’s an extremely talented guy who deserves
every bit of success that comes his way.
Kristyna Myles joined
Chris on stage to sing a truly powerful and note-perfect version of
Raging Storm that was so well received it is difficult to see
anything but success for her in the future. Again, the audience response
was terrific and also justly deserved.
Living In The World saw a cameraman
film the audience dancing away at the front interspersed with photographs
of fan club members flashing up behind, whereas The Snows Of New
York saw a huge globe appear from nowhere to float over the stage
and audience, with Britain and America pinpointed by two black markers.
Oh, and Patricia made a come
back – replete with swirling knickers above his head (we know
who’s they are but a gentlemanly upbringing prevents us saying).
This was without doubt the most visually
entertaining CdeB gig I have been to, which was both
highly entertaining and superbly executed. It is clear that Chris
de Burgh is back to his best. His voice has never been more
powerful and the band – especially Al Vosper on guitar –
are as tight knit and note perfect as they ever have been. If there
is a downside, it is that there may be a few too many ballads and not
enough “rock” but that’s a minor quibble. As is the
fact that – after 6 shows now – I still haven’t heard
him sing Transmission Ends.
and The Tower would have been perfect too, but at 3 hours in
length, I’m not complaining.
It’s also good to see that Chris
de Burgh is still willing to experiment with his tours. It
would be so easy for him to sit back and trot out the hits, with little
or no backing effects. He doesn’t. A CdeB gig is an event and,
here, there is little to condemn the show’s entertainment value.
This is a show not to be missed should you be humming and ha-ing about
attending. I promise, you’ll not regret it.
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