Gallery and Review: Gary Barlow, LG Arena

The Gary Barlow express train rolled into Birmingham last night, and the man himself showed off his talent and class in a career-spanning two-hour show.

The Take That frontman played hits from his solo albums, old and new band tunes and even a cover of Candy by Robbie Williams – which he co-wrote. It was a show that had everything and played right into the hands of the baying crowd.

It is one thing to have thousands of people eating out of your hand while playing a huge gig, but the heart-throb managed it with just a piano and four spotlights at one point, giving the concert an intimate feel.

As he walked out onto the stage there was a mini programme which charted his career, from the Take That days to him meeting The Queen and going on tour this year. 

He opened up with Since I Saw You Last, a heart-felt song about the seven years he spent in the musical wilderness.

There was a swing section, where he played a throw back version of Everything Changes and Magic, and a ballad medley.

He also threw in a few acoustic songs, including a touching version of How Deep Is Your Love? All the classics were in there, Greatest Day, Back For Good, The Flood, and even Pray, the first ever number one Take That bagged, 21 years ago.

He also got support act Eliza Doolittle to sing Shine, and her fragile voice provided the perfect companion for him.

Some of the songs from his solo albums also got fantastic receptions, including Lie To Me, but the highlight of the night was when he picked out Hayley Tatton from Penkridge from the crowd and got her up on stage with him. 

Once again showing his class, he chatted to the crowd and displayed a wonderful sense of humour in between songs before launching into the next classic.

He ended the night with Never Forget, which had the crowd throwing their hands in the air and singing along. 

By Jon Pritchard

Read our interview with Gary Barlow here.

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