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THE HUMAN LEAGUE

"Synth City" Tour
Southport Theatre
3rd December, 2005

 

THE HUMAN LEAGUE
A year on from seeing The Human League in the plush surroundings of Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, this show is proof positive that some things in music just do not go out of style.

From the opening lines of Tell Me When to the last bars of Together In Electric Dreams, the band were seen to be in electric form, with Phil Oakey prowling the stage, and performing with such powerful ease, it was impossible to be unimpressed.


Aided and abetted by the gorgeously body-suited Susan and rubber clad Joanne, who gave a fantastic version of Love Is All That Matters without Phil, The League were truly in one of their own this evening, reminding wannabes how it should be done.

The hits rained in. All I Ever Wanted, The Lebanon - performed with a superb guitar solo - Open Your Heart, Louise, Mirror Man and, of course, Don't You Want Me Baby, were all sung as though they had only just been released, whereas Buddha gave the encore a sense of darkness that had otherwise been missing.

Oakey was at his animated best, cracking jokes and apologising to a guy he'd earlier ignored in Liverpool because he was learning lines through his Walkman, whilst the set design - a lighting net flashing images behind the band - truly impressed the sell out audience.

Four Christmas's on from a debut League concert, the show in Southport proved that, like vintage wine, some bands simply get better and better the more they mature.

Dates: DECEMBER

THU 01
ST ALBANS ALBAN ARENA
01727 844 488
SAT 03
SOUTHPORT THEATRE
0870 607 7560
SUN 04
NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY 0115 941 2544
MON 05
WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL
01902 552 121
WED 07
BRADFORD ST GEORGES HALL
0114 278 9789
THU 08
SHEFFIELD CITY HALL
FRI 09
NORWICH UEA
01603 508 050
SUN 11
SOUTHAMPTON GUILDHALL
TUE 13
EDINBURGH USHER HALL
WED 14
NEWCASTLE ACADEMY
0870 771 2000
THU 15
BRIGHTON DOME
01273 709 709
SAT 17
MANCHESTER CARLING APOLLO
0870 060 3777 / 0161 832 1111
SUN 18
HULL UNIVERSITY
0870 444 5666
MON 19
LONDON FORUM
0870 060 3777 / 020 7403 3331
TUE 20
BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
0117 922 3686
WED 21
WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
02476 524 524

 
 

 


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