THE LOWRY SALFORD
A wet, dark, miserable Sunday night â some may say typical for Salford. What we needed was something uplifting â something to swipe away the effects of the awful weather and the prospect of another Monday morning into complete irrelevance.
Marc Almond did it.
This was a gig that I only found out about hours earlier and nothing would stop me from being there. All those old songs, all the rave reviewsâ¦I had to be there.
The crowd was young, old, gay, straight, punk, alternativeâ¦it was a truly eclectic mix of people that had come to witness the genius of Marc Almond and they would not be disappointed.
Referring to himself as âThe Punk Glam Rock and Roll King of Easy Listeningâ, Almond took us on a spectacular journey through time, showing us why he has become a real legend. The emotions were battered as he performed old classics, some not so well known songs and even a few covers by way of tribute to departed legends. HAPPY HEART â his dedication to Andy Williams â was brilliant and won him a standing ovation from the delighted crowd. His final song, HOT LOVE, was for Marc Bolan, who would have been 65 that day. The best cover though was that massive hit, SOMETHINGâS GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART â a song he made famous again with Gene Pitney after Pitney had made it a hit years before. Itâs my favourite and he delivered it with the majesty and emotion is so deserves.
IF YOU GO AWAY warrants special mention. The emotion was intense â almost uncomfortable â as Almond presented the pleasure and the pain, the delight and despair, the hope and the misery that the song describes. A wonderful performance.
The whole set was littered with breathtaking performances, including all those old classics. The Lowry crowd were on their feet for PEARLY SPENCER, JACKY, BEDSITTER, TAINTED LOVE and of course, the âsing-along-a-Marcâ which is SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE.
For a gig that I didnât know about and wasnât expecting to be at, this was up there with one of the best this year, maybe ever. Go and see Marc Almond. I will be.
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