Reviewed by Helen McWilliams
It’s been my past experience that ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ or ‘When The Going Gets Tough’ fill a dance floor like no other, therefore Billy Ocean’s latest tour promised to be an evening of feel-good music providing the opportunity for a good ‘bop’. This was most certainly the case, with Mr Ocean proving that he still has ‘it’ after all these years in the business. His voice is still outstanding in tone and volume and he delighted fans with impressive dance moves, too – not bad for a man in his sixties!
Not only were the audience entertained with a string of hits from Ocean’s back catalogue, including ‘Love Zone’, ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ and ‘Stay the Night’, as well as ballads ‘Suddenly’ and ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs’ – but also some of his own favourite songs from other artists. Participation from the eager crowd was actively encouraged, with the house lights also illuminating us so that a ‘connection’ could be established, which made all the difference. A particular highlight was the chance to sing along with ‘The Colour of Love’, lucky members of the audience also received ‘shout out’s’ and birthday wishes from the man himself.
The band and backing singers all blended in well and the saxophonist was especially notable, however they all complimented the quality of Ocean’s performance, and didn’t merely sink into obscurity in the background. For a good evening’s entertainment listening to songs that ‘take you back’, this concert has something for everyone, whether you are a fan or simply enjoy the hits from the 70s and 80s that are still so popular, today.
Go and see this musical legend, if you can, remaining tour dates are here: http://www.billyocean.com/ and there are all details of the festivals that he is set to play at this year, too.