|Stoke review by David Lownds|
We went to see Jimmy on Friday 27th April 2001 at the Victoria Hall in Stoke on Trent. My first ever concert of Jimmy, but definitely not my last.
It was a full house, (he could have sold out again judging by the response). Jimmy started off with a Cat Stevens number, then onto a few of his own songs, back to some more covers and finishing off with Once Upon A Time. After he left the stage the whole crowd gave him a standing ovation, applauded for ages, stamped feet, shouted for him to come back, and he eventually did, to do a slow cover song (cant remember what it was). He said he appreciated the applause, he said, "we'll have to come back here again, it makes a big difference when an audience reacts like that, the band feeds off it and performs better". He seemed genuinely pleased and humbled by it all.
It was a great night. He made me laugh, with not just by what he said, but his actions, I was smiling all the way through, except to Big River. He got choked on that one again, said he always does. He had a warm relationship with his audience, acknowledged all of the theatre, nodded, winked and waved to every corner. He is a great performer. I have seen Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, but I have to say that was the most enjoyable concert Ive ever been to. I was buzzing for days afterwards. Considering he only had 4 other band members, one or two little effects on stage, it was a simple, but intimate fabulous concert. The audience was a good age mix, teenage girls to OAPs. And even some die hard fans who tried to get noticed. He always made a comment about being hot, guess its his age catching up with him.
I wish I could have taken my Dad, who is a hard working labourer, worked hard all his life, just like his own Dad, he loves his music, been a fan longer than me, and after hearing how good he was he is definitely going to see him next time.
All in all, it was a superb night. Im going to see Robbie Williams in July 2001, but now Id rather see Jimmy again.