So I anticipated this sold out performance with a great nostalgic feeling in my bones, I was about to see a legend right!
This was Alexander’s 3rd night in a row at The Jazz Café. His band were awesome- I love a live band! They warmed up for his entrance, and on he came, wearing a what I call an old romantic’s style shirt, and a red feather in his hat to match!
He began by promising to take us on a musical journey, opening the hour-and-a-bit long set with ‘Hearsay’, the crowd were here for him indeed, singing along with passion, and smiles on their faces!
He livened it up some more with his next gem; ‘What’s missing’ – a favourite of mine. There were a few squeals from the audience when he followed with ‘Sentimental’.
Alexander was very smiley & interactive; he took a seat on a stool, and swooned us with ‘Wonderful World’, adopting a more gruff, deepened voice- in the style of Louis Armstrong, and did a lovely job! Again, we were all singing along by the end! (we were probably singing for most of the night to be fair!)
Mr O’Neal then continued pleasing his fans, singing ‘If You Were Here Tonight’, …the crowd went off!
Stepping off stage to refresh, and promising to be back soon, his band stepped in and introduced themselves, entertaining us with a great version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’. Then back he popped, politely asking one of his singers to help him sing the next two songs, telling us he ‘Never Knew Love Like This’ and called out his ‘Saturday love’ …. Finishing with the well-known and well loved ‘Criticise’ He said his goodbyes and went off stage, but I had a feeling he would be back on for one more! YES!! I guessed/hoped it would be …. ‘Fake’ -baby!!
And there you have it…I have a gripe with sound at gigs sometimes, when the band is louder than the mics; the sound could have been turned up on the microphones for sure ‑which was the general consensus, however, we all knew the songs! It was fun, his voice is still characteristic of the sound we know and love, he was thankful to the audience and told us his fans in England are very special.
The band were live, they filled the room with energy, would have loved to hear ‘All True Man’…… The strong and sensitive type! However, I saw an all true legend!
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