A sold out arena, 16,000 guests and anticipation in the air, this was set to be one of the hottest gigs of the year; Promising to entertain with 'all the hits, all night long', Lionel Richie didn't disappoint!
From the moment Richie stepped on stage, he had the audience gripped.
Opening with 'All Around The World', we were treated to two superb hours of the amazing singing legend. Richie took us on a musical journey through time, with a fantastic selection of hits from his earlier days with The Commodores, including the likes of Easy like Sunday morning, and Three Times a Lady to his highly successful solo career, including Hello, Truly and Ballerina Girl. Backed by his talented five piece band his dynamic talent shone through. The music took die hard fans back in time, reliving memories of discos, love and heartbreak.
Richie joked with his audience how he separated his fan base into three categories, one being the fans right from the early Commodore days, two being the 'all night long', 80s era fans and the newest- dare I say youngest fans, being category three.
Richie mixed up the set list providing high energy peaks, getting everyone on their feet, followed by his more moving, slow songs, played, of course, on his grand piano.
His encore song was the wonderful We Are The World which he wrote with his late, great friend, Michael Jackson.
His voice sounded as clear live as it was on an 8-track, LP, cassette, CD or download!
Reviewed by Becky Humphries