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Paul Young, Waterfont, Norwich review: ‘This was a good show’

PUBLISHED: 15:35 18 February 2018

Paul Young and support from China Crisis at The Waterfront, Norwich. Photo: Angela Kennedy

Paul Young and support from China Crisis at The Waterfront, Norwich. Photo: Angela Kennedy

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Nothing was said – nor did it need to be – about the death of his wife Stacey, three weeks ago from brain cancer. But the applause for Paul Young when he thanked the crowd for coming along to Saturday night’s gig at The Waterfront in Norwich, with a simple: “It means so much”, showed the warmth felt for the man who added so many hits to the great British music scene of the 1980s.

Paul took us from early days with the Q-Tips, through those big hits of Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat, Come Back and Stay, and Every Time You Go Away.

The microphone didn’t always do justice to the range of his voice but, with the talented band – especially guitarist Jamie Moses – this was a good show.

Support came from China Crisis, evoking Liverpool synthpop of the 1980s with favourites including Wishful Thinking and African and White, plus witty asides from singer Gary Daly who reminded the crowd: “We don’t look like we did in 1983 – but hey, neither do you!”


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