Eighties Triple Bill at The Lowry Review

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Eighties Triple Bill
The Lowry, Manchester

www.thelowry.com

Reviewed by Debbie Tasker

This fantastic tour featuring The Christians, Go West and Hue and Cry kicked off at The Lowry Theatre Monday night. Myself and the rest of the gang of the 40+ audience had a ball.

The Christians opened the show and they sound as good today as way back in the day! Gary Christian is still full of charm and wit. They treated us to all the well-known hits including Ideal World and Forgotten Town along with their new single Inner City Blues and a couple of less well known songs. They finished their set with the Fabulous Harvest for the World, by this time everybody was on their feet dancing and singing along.

Next up were Hue And Cry. The still instantly recognisable powerful voice of Pat Kane belted out Labour of Love and the great atmosphere in the auditorium carried on. The performed a couple of slower numbers that were great but did slow the pace down but then they were back to the upbeat tempo of Looking for Linda.

There was then an interval of 20 minutes to get some refreshments and talk about what we had just seen and heard.

The last part of the show was Go West, they really were amazing and Peter Cox (lead singer) is as sexy and handsome as 25 years ago! I don't know about knees not being up to the dancing, mine were weak just looking at him, did I just say that out loud? The whole band has charisma and were perfectly in sync. All the hits were in there We Close our Eyes, Faithful, Call Me, amongst others, but they also showed how versatile they are with an out of this world rendition of Sex Is On Fire… the whole place was jumping and I mean jumping, no mean feat with the age of us all. They also did a pitch perfect performance of Tracks of My Tears and Ain’t No Sunshine. I can't fault them they were amazing. They finished off with King of Wishful Thinking, as of course I knew they would.

I loved the whole show. They have come up with a gem of an idea to tour together. If I am honest Hue And Cry weren't quite up to scratch – but that's just my opinion.

They are touring until December 6th. Taking in 32 venues and if you are a teenager of the 80s era it is a must.

Very reasonably priced too for a 3 hour show. Book those tickets. You will have a blast.

Rating: 5/5

For more information and tour dates click here.

For details of other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.

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