20 April 2015
Reviewed by Aoife Connolly-Curley
aged 18 (probably the youngest there)
Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of Texas, raised the roof at the Lowry in Salford Quays last night as they celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band.
For me, this was the first time I’d even heard of the band. I’d gone to the concert completely blind not having any clue what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that I actually loved them. I felt like the songs all sounded very current despite them being over ten years old. I would certainly recommend them to friends.
With the combination of a fantastic venue and a superb sound system Sharleen’s voice packed a powerful punch. She had hilarious banter with the audience and her band mates and truly entertained everyone from start to finish.
The audience was up out of their seats dancing to old and new song such as: Summer Son, Like Lovers, When We Are Together, and In Demand.
Before each song Sharleen would briefly talk about the meaning behind the song or a funny little anecdote that went along with it. She told us about after a bad relationship she was inspired to write a song, that song later became their first hit ,’I Don’t Want a Lover’ in 1989.
To my surprise during the first half Peter Kay came on stage to help entertain the crowd as he chatted with Sharleen and answered some questions sent in by fans. He later came out to see the band off stage.
After an amazing two hour show Texas left to a standing ovation. The audience chanted for more, to which they obliged and come out to sing a further three more songs, one of which was a fantastic cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’.
An Evening with Texas is touring the UK until 7 May 2015. For more information and tour dates visit www.texas.uk.com/#livedates.
To book tickets visit www.livenation.co.uk/artist/texas-tickets.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000