Saturday, 31 July 2021

Will shows he’s still every bit a pop idol

WILL Young provided an evening of comedic value on top of his vocal talents.

WILL Young provided an evening of comedic value on top of his vocal talents.

The singer, who first shot to fame winning Pop Idol in 2002, interspersed his set with a string of stories and anecdotes that had people rolling in the aisles.

He opened with the upbeat Joy and Love Revolution while encouraging the crowd to jump around as much as he was on stage.

Sections of the audience obliged until he smoothly transitioned to a gentle and precise rendition of his Doors cover Light My Fire.

After this Young explained his family background in Henley. His storytelling was effortless, charming and genuinely funny — though it helps when the anecdote involves jumping in a puddle to ruin someone’s dress at Henley Royal Regatta.

He finished the first portion of his set with his last number one single, Leave Right Now, released in 2003.

It was soulful, with Young performing a version that had the crowd waving their arms in appreciation — showing that he is still every bit the pop idol.

After a rousing round of applause the band returned to the stage for an encore, followed by Young himself riding a mobility scooter bedecked in flashing lights. Equipped with its own microphone and keyboard, it somehow suited Young’s rousing performance of Davie Bowie’s Let’s Dance, which transitioned into his own Your Game.

Partway through, he downed a pint of Brakspear — as he had earlier promised to do. Though not quite the speed of a university student, it was an impressive feat.

He rounded off his set with a rendition of Jealousy followed by an acoustic version of his first number one, Evergreen.

It was as enjoyable when Young edged out Gareth Gates in the telephone vote as the nation sat glued to their screens.

You would think 14 years in the industry would wear out the vocal cords, but Young’s performance was absolutely top notch.

The key might be downing a pint of Brakspear to keep those vocal cords lubricated, but you’d have to ask Young to confirm that!

Review: Connor McLoughlin

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