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Will Young - City Hall, Newcastle (16/11/2008)
Bounding onto the stage and opening with 'Very Kind' in an intentionally too-short blue and white chequered shirt, tight black trousers and purple shoes, Will Young hungrily let it go and kicked off his UK tour in Newcastle.
Will performed eighteen songs selected from his current and three previous albums. The 2002 Pop Idol winner was accompanied by a band consisting of acoustic and electric guitars, drums, two keyboards and two backing singers, who all gave exemplary performances.
He bounced around like an over-excited child with too many toys to play with; this excitement included introducing everyone to a picture of a parrot that he's taking with him throughout the tour for, it seems, no apparent reason.
Despite all of Will's energy, this wasn't a particularly lively affair. After the first couple of slow-paced songs at the beginning of his set, including the relatively dull 'Love Is A Matter Of Distance', a hint of restlessness pervaded the crowd. Fortunately, the set list evened itself out enough to provide a better combination of slow and fast tracks, with everyone encouraged to clap along.
In the all too easy auto-tune world that the music industry has become accustomed too, Will's live vocals were a gleaming reminder that there are at least some people still around who can actually sing, as he effortlessly hit every note with no noticeable errors.
Between tracks, fans responded well to Young's meandering, cheeky and occasionally self-analytical ramblings, generating a lot of laughs. He successfully personalised with the audience from the start and built up a good rapport.
A funny song that had been made up and aimed at promoting the merchandise on sale also provoked amusement from the crowd, although the real humour was just watching how much fun Will and his team were having doing it.
Particular live highlights of his easy listening pop songs were 'Friday's Child', the ever popular 'Changes', upcoming single 'Grace' and appropriate and somewhat predictable set closer 'Leave Right Now'.
This wasn't a big-budget spectacle, nor was it an inexpensive and intimate gig. This was somewhere inbetween and it seems that's exactly where he and his fans prefer to be. This gig was a fault–free performance that left everyone satisfied and proves Will still has the public support that brought him into the music scene all those years ago.
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