I’m going to be honest with you all, I am a big James Blunt fan. Huge, in fact. I was there from the beginning, alongside just about everyone else in the country, raving about Back To Bedlam. I was also there, somewhat more quietly supporting him, during the wilderness years of albums two and three when public opinion turned somewhat sour of the ex army officer.
Then something amazing happened, some may say miraculous, James Blunt had resurgence in popularity with his fourth album Moon Landing – and it was time for myself and other silent supporters to finally come out of the shadows.
And come out they did last night at the Hammersmith Apollo for his last leg of his world tour. Yes, James Blunt just finished a world tour, people.
But despite my years of loyalty to the man, I must admit I had never seen him live and approached the gig with a certain amount of trepidation. It’s a fair worry to have – how does one conduct themselves at a James Blunt concert?
For the most discerning of Blunt haters, it’s the stuff of nightmares – giant projections of his face looming over the stage, the man himself running up and down the aisles, copious amounts of dad dancing throughout – and we’ve not even covered that divisive voice.
But it works – namely because he doesn’t take himself too seriously. From his high pitched, posh voice to his ‘miserable songs’, Blunt happily recounted every single insult thrown at him from the past ten years. It’s clear that he really couldn’t care less what people think of him – making his on stage antics err safely on the side of entertaining rather than cringe worthy.
Music lover’s arguably biggest gripe with Blunt has always been his distinctive vocals. But throughout the nearing two hour set, they never faltered once and, effortlessly filling the venue on both fan favourites ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Goodbye My Lover’ (which one fan who was sat behind me firmly described as a ‘f***ing choon’) and tracks from his latest LP such as Postcards and Face The Sun.
By the time Blunt had finished his encore of Bonfire Heart, 1973, and Stay The Night, he successfully had everyone in the room on their feet. There really was no need for me to be worried at all – James Blunt certainly knows how to put on a show.
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