Gallery and review: James Blunt, Civic Hall

James Blunt journeyed to Wolverhampton as he brought his Moon Landing tour to the Civic.

The theme was set with a stage donned with metallic podiums, a floor to ceiling dazzling screen and an array of lights.

While Blunt and his band were dressed in NASA-style jumpsuits to match the theme, as they launched their set off with Face The Sun with a moon backdrop.

Who knows what Blunt was going for - was it meant to be comical or cool? He has always teetered on the edge of the two, but the former army captain is always the first to laugh at himself.

Between singing, playing the guitar and tickling the ivories, Blunt awkwardly danced across the stage, but the women loved it – all he had to do was look towards the crowd and he was met with cheers.

His non-stop 90 minute set saw the majority of the audience sing along, even those that looked like they had been 'dragged' along were enthusiastically hand-clapping and appeared to know many of the words.

It was impossible not to sway along to most of the tracks including Blue on Blue, High and Wise Men.

And in between playing Blunt delivered some witty banter - most of which can’t be repeated - a bit like the quick-witted Twitter comebacks he has been getting a reputation for.

Sun on Sunday almost hypnotised the audience, and Carry You Home left an eerie atmosphere when the audience was left to sing a whole chorus alone.

Blunt himself calls his songs ‘miserable’ and dedicated Miss America to the late Whitney Houston, which also saw the whole of the stalls rise to their feet and clap along.

He broke a deal with the audience to stand for the fast songs and sit for the slow ones – they obeyed like the loyal fans they are.

His stripped back piano solo of Goodbye My Lover was amazing and the show was livened up with Heart to Heart, while the audience dutifully brandished the lights on their smartphones to mimic a starry sky in Same Mistake.

His biggest hit, You’re Beautiful was the highlight for many and Blunt commented: "Wolverhampton you genuinely sang that well."

So Long Jimmy saw him jump off stage running up the middle aisle of the stalls high-fiving as he went.

He returned for an encore in a lizard-like green jumpsuit ending with Stay The Night, Bonfire Heart and 1973.

The finale saw him jump on top of his piano to a standing ovation and an absolute roar from the Wolves Civic.

Mission successful!

By Jody Ball

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