Michael Bolton (The BIC, Bournemouth – 16/4/16) ★★★★☆

By: editor

Michael Bolton has 9 No1 singles, selling over 60 million records worldwide and receiving countless awards; working with musician’s from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga, with many more accolades.

MB support guest was Gabrielle; being late and rushing on to the stage, like she only just turned up at the BIC, with just 2 backing singers, guitarist, and drummer; she hasn’t lost any of her powerful vocals belting out tracks Sun Shine, Out of Reach and more. Her half hour set went all too quickly and received rapturous applause.

Next up Michael Bolton – after a brief band intro on came MB to a delighted crowd, his laid back appearance and swagger (jeans, black shirt and jacket), guitar slung over his shoulder, had no difficulty in getting the predominantly female audience to scream and shout, singing tracks spanning his many years as a solo artist, the likes of Soul Provider, To Love Somebody, Dock of the Bay, Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life.

MB went off stage leaving us to a band instrumental showcasing the bands talents which they did, special praise to the saxophone player JP Delaire, outstanding.

Back on dressed in a snazzy suit introducing us to his duet segment all hoping that Gabrielle was coming back, introduced Sam Fry one of his backing singers, a little disappointed on that one. The duets were passionately sung, especially Adelle’s To Make You Feel My Love, The Prayer sang mainly by Sam outstanding, How am I Supposed to Live,  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,  great duets.

Another stage break while Sam Fry sang a medley of Missing You Now and Back on My Feet Again, plus another band instrumental of You Are So Beautiful. This time entering through the tunnel to stand in the middle of the seated floor crowd, singing his Grammy Award winning cover of When a Man Loves a Woman, the crowd ate it up.

The crowd now up and dancing in their chairs to the last set of songs How Can We Be Lovers, Steel Bars, Time, Love and Tenderness and finally Stand By Me.

The band, backing singers and Michael Bolton took to the stage to take their bows with rapturous applause, everyone went home happy.

Highlights for me were Adele’s To Make You Feel My Love and When a Man Loves a Woman.

I give this show 4 stars, as MB took two extended breaks leaving his capable band and backing singers to entertain us, whilst enjoyable the fans didn’t pay to see a band and unknown singer they paid to see Michael Bolton.

 

★★★★☆

 

Also you can check out photos taken of the night right here! – enjoy.

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