Disappointed - but not with Chris Rea’s performance – more of that later. But disappointed with the apparent lack of enthusiasm in the audience. Maybe it’s just me but being a fan of Chris, I thought I would be surrounded by fellow fans, not the cast of the movie “Cocoon”.
I have seen Chris a few times now in England and would like to know from other fans and members of this board if they have found similar lacks of atmosphere at concerts in this country or anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong, clapping was abundant, in certain areas of the venue, but when Chris is on stage giving us his all and trying his very best to get us up on our feet to dance and the audience react like they are in some sort of hypnotic trance. No wonder at one stage I detected a look of despair on his rugged old face. I was on the second row and got out of my seat, on my own to dance (if you can call it that!!) in the hope that others might follow my lead. (To those sat directly behind me I humbly apologise) But to no avail, except for a couple of ladies to my right who got up during “Let’s Dance” (Some hope Chris!!!)
Please tell me if it’s just me or is this common with all of Chris’s shows now. I know the demographic age of the audience is generally older, but I can’t imagine the same response in mainland Europe.
Let’s start a discussion and maybe vote for your concert anywhere where you witnessed both the best and worst audience reaction and see who comes out on top. Please say which Tour, year, country etc….
I would be very interested in other comments.
As to the concert itself – He just gets better and better. Both his guitar playing and voice are on top form and I think he topped his performance at Newcastle, which I went to last Wednesday. He certainly looks a lot healthier and happier than 2 years ago and moves like he is enjoying himself. It’s a pity the same can’t be said for the audience.
“You ain’t never too old to dance” ? Welcome to Harrogate, Chris.
OK. Rant over. Thanks for reading this