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Friday, October 19, 2012

George Michael Symphonica Tour...

On Wednesday night Paul, Simon, Michael and I went to see George Michael perform his Symphonica show at Earls Court. Stu and I had seen the same show last year at The Royal Albert Hall.

George was, as ever, in good voice and the songs sounded great too with the really tight orchestral arrangements. The set-list was slightly more varied than last year. We were treated to many songs from his back catalogue including A Different Corner, Through, You Have Been Loved, John and Elvis Are Dead, and pretty much the entire Songs From the Last Century album. Where the set came alive though were when we had some of the more inspired covers such as Rihanna's Russian Roulette. Also it was great to hear Cowboys And Angels live and Kissing A Fool too.

Perhaps the only sour note of the evening was the use of overt auto-tune in the charity single cover of New Order's True Faith. Why, oh why? George you have a great pop voice - why ruin it with sub-Black Eyed Peas auto-tune?

On a more positive note he had lots of energy, was obviously enjoying himself and was happy to churn out the hits towards the end.

Sadly no This Mortal Coil's Song To The Siren this time. More pix here.

The songs I can remember:-
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone cover)
Father Figure
Kissing A Fool
Going to a Town (Rufus Wainwright cover)
Let Her Down Easy (Terence Trent D’Arby cover)
You Have Been Loved
Wild Is The Wind (David Bowie cover)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Bing Crosby cover)
Waiting For That Day
John & Elvis Are Dead
Roxanne (The Police cover)
True Faith (New Order cover)
A Different Corner
You've Changed
Russian Roulette (Rihanna cover)
Praying For Time
Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
Encore: Amazing / I'm Your Man / Freedom 90

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