The first show on George Michael’s European Tour, 25 Live, happened late on Saturday – too late for the reporters at the gig to meet deadlines for most of the Sunday papers. So, the reports have had to wait until today. The verdict from the UK press? On the whole, they loved the show.
The Sun says – George proved he is simply one of the best vocalists this country has ever produced, with a stunning performance of hits from his giant back catalogue. See the full article.
The Mirror says – (He) showed talent and versatility the likes of Robbie Williams would kill for. See the full article.
The press reviews haven’t been universally positive. David Sinclair of The Times didn’t seem to enjoy the show at all, giving it a rating of 2/5, saying – (it was a) a show noticeably lacking the wow factor. In particular, he thought that – the besetting problem, particularly during the first half of the show, was an excess of slow, maudlin ballads... the pop landscape has changed in his absence, and at times he looked a bit creaky. See the full article.
But you pays your money and takes your choice here as to presence or lack of “wow factor”, because The Independent says – When the black curtain drops to reveal the singer emerging from a gigantic cascading video screen, which reaches all the way from the rafters down to the front row, the audience gasps in wonder... and describes the staging as generally “breathtaking”. See the full article.