Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:09 PM
post Jul 28 2007, 05:42 PM
Home at last. Arrived back in Brissie 10 minutes ago and had to race in and post my review.
I have to say right upfront that I thought he was totally comfortable and didn't notice any nerves at all, and I thought he related really well to the audience right from the start.
His voice was remarkable. I truly remember thinking the very first time I saw him live that I couldn't remember anyone singing so purely and so well as him. Well, he surpassed himself. His voice has a smooth quality about it that I love. He eases into notes now instead of making the occasional grab. I have to say that I am in total awe of him actually.
Onto the show...
Show set - in order.
Black suit with a longish jacket, black shirt (not tucked in) with red blocks of colour.
Into Your Heart - I was really surprised he opened with this one, and it's never been a favourite of mine, but it was truly great to hear him sing it live after all this time. This song set the night up for me as far as the vocals went. I thought he was spot on.
Stranded - Really went for it, and got it.
Almost - He talked for a little while about this song, saying that it represented all of us at some time or another when we think we've finally got something and then it slips away. Sang the album version of this one instead of the acoustic version of late, and I have to say I preferred it. Very, very, nice.
The Prayer - He said that he was singing this song especially for us wub.gif and looked like he genuinely meant it. He is such a sweetheart. It was smooth, stunning, and sincere. He has this song down to a fine art now. To my ears this was as perfect as I had ever heard him sing it. And yes, I cried. rolleyes.gif Standing ovation, and he looked very humble as he accepted it.
Meant For Love - "This one's for the diehard fans" and he really went for it.
Don't Tell Me - I was in raptures when he said he was singing this one. It was beautiful, but I have to say that I think I would have preferred that he sat on a stool centre stage as he did the first time around. Sitting up on the left with Mark Amato and Suzie took a bit of focus away for me as there was more than just Anthony to watch. I can't take anything away from the performance, but I just would have preferred to be focussed on him and him alone.
He ran off and the band sang Upside Down. Suzie and the drummer, Joe someone, really belted this out. Suzie's voice is great, but the drummer's was fabulous too.
Anthony ran out after his costume change having obviously learnt a thing or two from Ms Ross. laugh.gif He asked if everyone liked his clothes. laugh.gif He's such a show pony. rolleyes.gif
Striped, oh so tight pants, black shirt with zillions of buttons (well six on each sleeve, and some down the centre back), a nice waistcoat, and a really cool belt.
A New Chapter - This was the first song that didn't seem to warm up straight away. Vocally it was fine, it just seemed as if the slow beginning made the momentum almost stop. As the song soared, so did he.
If Only - You are going to love this. He absolutely rocked this one up. If you had never heard him sing a ballad before in your lives, you would have thought he had been fronting a rock band all his life. I'm a ballad girl, as I might have said just once or twice, but this was truly brilliant.
Live for Love - I'm a bit over this one, so kind of sat back in my chair to listen quietly, but he is such a master of the ballad. My goodness, everytime he sings one of these big songs he just reinforces just how good he is. This was sung so sweetly and was just beautiful.
Try - This seemed to be a crowd favourite right from the opening note, so I'd have to say that many people in the crowd knew it. Great song, great performance, and he looked like he really enjoyed singing it.
Now You're Gone - He said "my next number was written when I was in overseas in about an hour and a half". Someone cheered from the audience, and he said "you don't even know what song it is yet". He has no idea what information junkies his fans are. As soon as he said written in just an hour and a half, we all knew what song it was. laugh.gif I get the feeling this really means something to him and the emotion in his voice is evident all the way through.
Runaway - Very good, but didn't quite have the rock effect that I thought it would live. I tell you what though, this boy would be super comfortable as the front man for a rock group. He is quite the master of this genre as well.
Here I Go Again - Bring the Kleenex ladies. I wasn't sure if this would make the set as it was orchestrally backed. One of my absolute faves and I found that I was holding my breath when he started singing it. OMG. The tears were flowing enough that I had to give the odd sniff or two. Stunning, beautiful, brilliant, fantastic - did I miss anything out?
Undiscovered - Wow. This was really great. I'm not at all familiar with the song, but I'm assuming it's a recent release. He could have made a fortune with this as a single. When you ladies get to see him, just watch his face when he's singing this one. It's a picture of joy of what he does for a living and it warmed my heart to see.
Hurts So Bad - Had the usual fun with this one and we all had a good singalong.
Rain - Something weird happened to this one as well. I think he had a variation to the arrangement somewhere in the middle, and just lost where he was going. At one point Suzie sang a line on her own and I don't think that would have been meant. Everyone was having a great time and I don't think too many would have noticed, and it they did, like me, they didn't care. laugh.gif
Off stage he went while we did our compulsory table banging, cheering, etc.
He came back with Don't Stop The Music. I'm not sure if it was a George Michael cover or a Lionel Ritchie cover, but I was unfamiliar with it. A really great rendition though, and for a song I didn't know it really bounced along well.
Addicted 2 You - Another song that he really got into and gave his all. Rock God for sure.
I hope you enjoyed the review and it wasn't too long.
A couple of observations. It is really good to have Suzie on this tour with him. A backing vocalist really adds another dimension to seeing him live.
My pregnant friend that was supposed to be with me was sick, so Les was dragged into the show after all. laugh.gif He said that he was really, really, good ... a total professional on stage ... had learnt how to work the audience even better than before ... seemed very comfortable in himself ... seemed as though he made real eye contact with as many fans as possible ... thought he was incredibly generous to give up his time for the signing (we don't think he finished until gone 12pm).
Les didn't hang around for the signing and went off into the club for a beer. Then he came racing back just so he could try to get a picture of me with Anthony, which is something I've never managed to date. Security said no personal photos were allowed, but Les waited until I was at the table and he jumped the barrier and said "Thanks Guys". Anthony generously posed for the camera. biggrin.gif
Finally, he looked fantastic. Lean, taut and terrific, and I mean that quite seriously. I'd say he has spent quite a bit of time perfecting the look for the tour, and incidentally it looks as though he has spent hours on the sunbed. When you get close to him at the signing, he is really dark at the moment, but he obviously has someone look after his skin because it looks like velvet. It was all I could do to stop myself from reaching out and stroking his cheek. laugh.gif
I seem to have a interminable wait until his Brisbane and Gold Coast shows now, but you guys are going to have a blast. Can't wait for your reviews.
This post has been edited by The Debster: Jul 28 2007, 07:06 PM