Honest and unbiased Concert Reviews for International and Irish based artists on tour. Album & Book Reviews to come.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Still Cliff - Still Rockin, Cliff Richard Live In Dublin (Bord Gais Grand Canal Theatre) June 7th, 2014
Prince of Rock and Roll Delivers Knockout Dublin Performace.
The second last show on a world tour that has spanned almost fifteen months saw the veteran rocker take the stage on a hot summer night in Dublin’s beautiful Grand Camal Theatre. Looking at least 15 years younger than his 73 years, Cliff Richard showed yet again why he has remained on top for over 50 years. In a glittering career that has seen him record one hundred albums and enjoy a volume of hit singles that will probably never be equalled, Cliff has lasted for one simple reason, he’s an outstanding singer and live performer. Slick, sophisticated, charming, relaxed and yes still sexy in his 70s (how does he do it?) Cliff was looking and singing better than ever in his sold out Dublin show.
Showcasing his most recent hit album (his 100th release) ‘The Fabulous Rock and Roll Songbook’, Cliff and his band provided some knock out moments from the album such as the recent hit single the Little Richard Classic ‘Rip it up’. ‘Poetry in motion‘, ‘Sealed with a kiss’ and ‘Fabulous‘. Trawling through his back catalogue of smash hits the new show featured new performances of Cliff standards such as ‘Miss You Nights‘, ‘Wired for Sound‘, ‘Ocean Deep’ and his biggest ever hit, the late 70s pop classic ‘We don’t talk anymore’, which brought the Dublin audience to their feet, where they remained for the rest of the show. In a two hour set with two encores, Cliff Richard rocked the theatre and worked his captive audience into a frenzy. Other highlights on the night were a new arrangement of his first ever hit ‘Move It’, a soulful homage to his movie Summer Holiday, a trip down memory lane to his Eurovision past and a twenty five minute long energetic closing rock and roll classics medley which brought the house down. This enduring icon, misunderstood by some, is adored by his fans, who span the ages from young to old. His stunning vocal style, excellent material and most of all his innate ability to remain relevant in an era when performers have become disposable after one hit record, sets him apart as one of the true Princes of British pop. His many detractors over the years have failed to stop the march of one of the icons of pop music, the UKs own Rock and Roll Royalty.
Cliff Richard closes his tour with a gig at Cork’s Marquee on Monday 9th June, the hit album (his 100th UK /Irish chart entry) ‘The Fabulous Rock and Roll Songbook’ is on sale now.