And now to the show itself...
We got into the Bowl at about 6pm, which was when Beverly Knight came on. We were still forcing our way through the crowds, and by this time the place was packed with tens of thousands of people, to find a good spot. Beverly was very good, really got the crowds pumping with some great songs.
At about 7:30pm the Sugababes came on and they were fantastic. I didn't really know much aobut the 'babes stuff but I recognised most of them. There were some great renditions of suff like 'Round Round' and 'I bet you look good on the dance floor' which drove the crowds wild and their finally was the hypnotic 'Push the Button' I may even now get a sugababes album.
and at 8:45 the Boys came on, and here's what they did....
After a cleverly animated intr the boys appeared on stage and m first thought was 'my go they look old now' and they started with Once you've tasted love and the crows were happy to clap along. It amaxes me that there were a good few twentyish people there who would only have been about ten when TT were around before. But there were a LOT of thirty somethings too, all enjoying the revival.
Then the boys sang Pray which got the crowd frantic. The backdrop on the stage was three huge stained glass windows and the boys danced the original routine- yes they remembered it- and they could still do it! A girl behind me was on the phone to her friend "You should be here, they've still got it".
Next was Today I lost you which I didnt know because it was a new track on their hits album last year, but I didnt buy it 'cos I already had their hits album from 1995! But during the song they had circus performers on stage . This was followed by why can't I wake up with you
Then came the first big set piece of the night and it was HUGE!. It started off with asoem slutty woman in red dancing to a latino beat. You ended up wondering what song it was gonna be. After some cool dancing, Gary started singing.. "Whats an hournof a day, we throw at least one a away" at which point the crowd went crazy as they realised what song was coming up. It was a remarkable version of It only takes a minute with some wonderful latin dancing. It was wild! Then Marky sang Babe pretty much on his own, and dedicated it to the crowd. Then came an acoustic version of Everything Changes with some great audience participation followed by the balled A Million Love Songs which Gary did on the piano, and even had Marky flirting with him!
After a short costume change the boy performed their popular Beatles Medlay on a catwalk out in the crowd. I have a bit of video of this which I may upload if I can. Then followed an acoustic version of How deep is your love which also had everyone singing along. After some thanks from the band they ended the Acoustic session with Love aint here anymoe which ended up with some great audience participation.
Then came some final set pieces. Starting with Apache. This began with the electrnic woice of the MANAGER who was creating a boy band and was explaining the rules. The boys came on dressed in jumpsuits a la cloning. And they performed likepuppets to the voice of the manager. The routine ended with Jason rapping. Then dozens of dancers came on with blank face masks and the boys performed Sure to a very bass heavy dance beat. There was a backing tune that I kind of recognised but couldn't name. It reminded me of when Kylie did 'I can't get you out of my head' to the Blue Monday beat!
After the satge was clear, a dancer dressed as a devil appeard and started the 'Fire' monologue. This is the prologue to the song relight my fire which was performed with great energy. The crowd once again were wild with fire fever and were singing along with gusto. The boys, dressed in outrageous devil costumes, were performing there hearts out and I remember thinking 'If only Lulu were here'. And then one of the biggest shocks of the night... Lulu appeared in a very sexy corset and joined in. Yes LULU was there! It was frantic and energetic and climazed in some great fire effects, with a huge curtain of flames burstin up on the stage and fireworks also! After that song, the dnacers came on and rain started to shower down on stage. This led into Back For Good which they sang under the rain. (They had umbrellas). When they had finished the song, the rain continued to fall and then the next big shock of the night occurred; a huge hologram of Robbie Williams appeared on stage and sung the intro to Could it be magic It was fantastic! Then they boys came on and sung and danced in the rain and puddles of water... the crowd were still in a frenzied state.
And then came the finale, and what else could it be but Never Forget It was brilliant! It was someething seeing thousands of people waving their hands and singing along to the chorus. And as the crowd were enthralled there was a huge firework dispay off the top of the stage. It was the most amazing spectacle and it showed that the boys have still got it!