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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fiercely political, deeply personal, Hazel has great energy on stage and each classic song was delivered with enormous passion @Hazel_OConnor ...

Last night Darren, Stuart and I went to see the truly wonderful Hazel O'Connor perform on her Mega Plus Tour at the Adelphi Theatre in London's glitzy West End.

The tour includes songs from her first three albums: Breaking Glass (1980), Sons and Lovers (1980) and Cover Plus (1981).

The set-up was basic (no evidence of current camp Adelphi production Kinky Boots on display) but effective all the same. Hazel and her band simply performed 24 or so songs as a straightforward on stage gig for us. But what a brilliant show it was. Hey, we even got a Belle Star and a Eurythmic thrown in for good measure.

Fiercely political, deeply personal, Hazel has great energy on stage and each classic song was delivered with enormous passion.

For the last five or so songs Hazel and crew were joined by a full choir for backing vocals which was a real treat.

However, the stand out song of the night for me was a more stripped down arrangement - the stunning Snow Patrol cover of Chasing Cars. Spine-tingling.

Hazel's setlist was:-

D'Days
Do What You Gotta Do
Monsters in Disguise
Calls the Tune
Glass Houses
Sinnerman (Nina Simone cover)
Hanging Around (Stranglers cover)
Blackman
Come Into the Air
Time (Ain't on Our Side)
Cover Plus (We're All Grown Up)
Top of the Wheel
I Give You My Sunshine
If Only
Big Brother
Will You
Writing on the Wall
Who Needs It
Ee I Addio
Danny Boy

Encore:
Eighth Day
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol cover)
That's Life
Still Breathing

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