Paul Carrack Review Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
By Sean Graham
There are many things one looks forward to throughout the year, Christmas, Birthday's and Paul Carrack coming in concert!
Fortunately by the time March comes all three have happened, so my year is already complete.
It is fair to say that the Glasgow date on the tour is one that both fans and the artist look forward to with extreme relish.
The sound of the smooth, soulful, sophisticated voice of Mr Carrack backed by his slick, fantastic band, is simply too good to miss or keep a secret, so I'll fill you in on what you have missed on this tour.
On previous tours, the set has been split into two halves with the slower more laid back numbers being aired in the first half of the show and the upbeat numbers played through to the finale but this time, Mr Carrack and his band of merry men had one or two aces ( see what I have done there?) up their sleeves.
The band are in a league of their own and have to be seen and heard to be believed.
Steve Beighton who is fantastic on the sax, Paul Copley superb on keyboards and backing vocals, Chris Garfield and Jeremy Meek both amazing guitar players, Dean Dukes great on the drums and Paul's son Jack, who obviously takes after his father as his talent shone through on both the drums and percussion, just a sensational six-piece band if I am being honest but I get the feeling that everyone who goes on the road with Paul are treated like one of the family.
The first surprise and a rather pleasant one at that, was the support act on the tour Tinlin,two brothers Alex and Rolf, these boys can hold a note or two alright and they were very easy to listen to, definately a group to look out for in the future and most fans at the gig took the time out to tell these boys how much they enjoyed their set and the boys appreciated all the comments and took the time to chat to fans and pose and sign autograph's as they increased their popularity as part of Paul Carrack's tour, a great act and two very pleasant guys to speak to.
In fact there could have been no bigger compliment to these guys than Paul Carrack borrowing one of their songs to sing on this tour (Gonna Make It Right) and he did have the decency to let the boys come on and sing it with him.
The second surprise was that there was no interval this time in Paul's show, just him and the band playing hits from start to finish, which for the fans who could sit and listen to his fantastic voice all night. Without the big build up or thrills and spills that other artists may have he takes to the stage to face his adoring public and lets his music do the talking .
With so many hits to choose from with a back catalogue of his own and songs from his days at Squeeze, Ace, Mike and the Mechanics or even hits penned for the Eagles it would be difficult to know where to start but no matter the choice, you just knew the first song would be perfect and set the tone for another fantastic night.
Starting off with the lovely Dedicated and then taking the fans through a magical, musical trip through his career so far, there was something for everyone from his Mike and the Mechanics days there was Another Cup of Coffee, Over My Shoulder and of course the haunting but truly brilliant, Living Years with the Glasgow Gospel Choir after which Paul revealed that this was normally a day (14th Feb) for reflection as it was the day he lost his father but now it would be a time of pride and happiness as he had just become a grandfather for the first time, I don't think that I have ever heard that song sung any better or felt such emotion after it ended, no wonder every man, woman and child gave him a standing ovation and it would not be the last one either!
Songs like Tempted, Love Will Keep Us Alive, Eyes of Blue, Walk in the Room, How Long and the Marvin Gaye song, What's Going On, almost brought the house down as the standing ovations reached three and they were well deserved for a fantastic performance.
Many in the business have already worked with Paul throughout his fantastic career and others will follow especially if the new material is anything to go by as Paul gave the fans a wee treat or two in between the songs we all know and love, he gave an airing to one or two songs from his new album due for release in the summer.
Time to Move On has already proved a hit with fans and I am sure that (Good Feeling About It- the new single), will also be a huge hit also as it is a very catchy number also as the main man keeps the mood up tempo for the first couple of songs from the highly anticipated new album but he has proved in the past that he is the master of the ballad also as he proves with Long Ago and I think by the sounds of the songs I have heard so far, we are in for a treat of an album and maybe other Radio Stations like Smooth Radio and All Night Long with Ravi Sagoo which is a Radio Scotland programme. (part of this programme is a feature called In Town Earlier Tonight, where listeners are invited to text or e-mail their thoughts or a wee review of the artists they had just seen.
I had been listening to the show with my Mum and texted Ravi a few comments about Paul's gig and mentioned the boys from Tinlin, as did a few other listeners and Ravi played a Paul Carrack track and a Mike and the Mechanics track for the fans who attended the gig. It is always great to hear stations like these give Paul the credit and airplay he deserves.
He has been in the business for years and his fellow musicians and fans know just how good the man is both on record and live in concert, it is not hard to see why his fan base covers fans of all ages as more and more music lovers are attending Paul's concerts and buying his records.
As I have said before Paul is backed with a fantastic band and for anyone who has not had a chance to see him or his band live, you should try and make a point of treating yourself when he next hits the road, you will not be disappointed.
A fantastic voice, loved by his fans, a true professional, a value for money and enjoyable concert , I could go on all night about Paul Carrack and his latest tour or his fantastic band but I think you all already know that he is a performer that I enjoy time and time again every time he walks in the room and I am Tempted to ask, How Long will it be till this truly iconic performer hits the Royal Concert Hall again?