Review: Melanie C - O2 Academy Islington, London

Photo by Daniel Gray
O2 Academy Islington 

Thursday 1st March 2012: Last night at the O2 Academy Islingon, the fans were out in force to catch Melanie C on stage, and she sure did the rock the joint!

Emerging onto the stage in red leather trousers, black top and black heels, the audience were immediately cheering and singing along to opening numbers Rock Me and Yeh Yeh Yeh. The band were sounding good and tight, and consisted of drums, two guitars, bass and two backing vocals. After the opening numbers, these were followed by Weak, Northern Star and Never Be The Same Again.

Melanie then wanted to be more intimate and slowed things down for a song she said she is "most proud of" - Reason.
This was followed by One by One, which was written with James Walsh from Starsailor.
Melanie then picked up an acoustic guitar and went on to play it throughout Burn, then she went back into rock-chick mode strutting with the mic stand for Beautiful Intentions and Go.

Photo by Daniel Gray
A brand new song, Too Soon, was next in the setlist, followed by Drown and Next Best Superstar, then into the hugely successful hit When You're Gone (which was originally a duet with Bryan Adams). Think About It ended the set, but as usual, no gig would be complete without extra songs, and Melanie came back out to perform Stupid Game and finished the night off with I Turn To You.

Melanie's performance was fantastic, great energy, fabulous vocals and a true entertainer. If you are a fan or not, don't miss out on the chance to see her live at some point.

Tour dates
Sat       3rd     BELFAST, Limelight
Mon     5th     DUBLIN, Olympia
Wed     7th    BRIGHTON, Concorde 2

Photographs courtesy of Daniel Gray