Friday, 15th June 2018 – Over 2,000 women (some of them dragging along their partners) turned into screaming fan-girls once again as the one and only Gary Barlow stepped on stage at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham as part of his Theatre Tour.
Opening with Since I Saw You Last (the title track from his 3rd solo album), Gary Barlow launched into 2 hours of jam-packed hits from both his solo and Take That careers, as well as a couple of his songs from the musicals Finding Neverland and Calendar Girls.
A very welcome addition to this 2018 tour is Gary’s new song Live Those Years Again. The song relives Gary’s career from the early days of Take That to where he is now and it’s quite comedic! With lyrics such as “The days when I thought I could get away with white peroxide hair and a thong!” and “My appetite for singing slowly dies, replaced by an appetite for pies!” – It’s such a brilliant and clever song.
No knickers were thrown that evening (that I saw, anyway!), but Gary did get more than he bargained for when he invited one lucky lady up on stage to sing A Million Love Songs to her. Barely a few lines into the song and, quick as a flash, Sarah moved from the stool at the end of the piano and sat on his knee, arms around him! Everyone cheered and every single one of us girls in the audience wished it was us up there being serenaded by Mr Barlow. I’m not entirely sure how he managed to make it through the song, but he did and was such a good sport about it, even joking afterwards.
As always, Gary gave it everything he’s got and put on such a good show. From beautiful ballads like Forever Love on the piano to the energetic Cry, Gary had the crowd bouncing, singing and dancing along, arms in the air, waving, screaming. They… we… just can’t get enough!
I have attended a lot of gigs in my 23 years of concert-going, but I have to say this was the best so far! Gary’s on-stage presence, his singing, interaction with the fans (not just getting someone up on stage, but selfies, handshakes and reading out banners too) and just so much more.
A night I’ll Never Forget.