Gladys Knight Review (London Royal Albert Hall, July 4, 2016)

Gladys Knight Review (London Royal Albert Hall, July 4, 2016)

Brilliant show by Gladys Knight on Saturday at Royal Albert Hall before a packed house of music lovers who clearly appreciate great singing and great entertainment. Gladys was away from the UK for a number of years and actually did shows here a few years ago touted as a final/farewell tour.

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Thankfully, that was not the case and last year, she returned triumphantly to the same venue: I missed that show – and I’m so glad (thanks to Joanna Burns P R, Andrew Scott and Angie Becker of Kennedy Street Enterprises) that I got to see Gladys (who I first interviewed in 1972) in all her glory this time. The show moved, Gladys grooved, there were ballads (Neither One Of Us, The Best Thing That Ever Happened, I Don’t Want To Do Wrong), surprises (On & On, You’re Number One, Baby Don’t Change Your Mind), the timeless hits (Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Love Overboard), a nod to some of Gladys’ self-professed musical inspirations (via The Man I Love, Stormy Weather and Someone To Watch Over Me), a beautifully-constructed medley of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Adele’s “Hello”) and a tribute to Prince by the four background vocalists with Gladys joining in on “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999”. Truly a wonderful evenng – and my only personal disappointment was not being given the ok to go back afterwards and say ‘hello’ to a lady I’ve spoken to so many times over the past four decades…