On a warm Autumn day in near perfect weather, three icons of yesteryear took to the stage at Botanic Park in a show for all the ages. With Lionel Ritchie taking top billing, Leo Sayer and the magnificent Chic, led by one popular music’s most underrated and influential talents, Nile Rodgers, more than held their own in an enthralling evening.
Leo Sayer still knows how to belt out a tune. His backing singer rounded out and softened the sound of Sayer’s slightly sharper voice and resulting harmonies were perfectly mixed. A fantastic pianist and the occasional switch to acoustic guitar added a bit if variety over the standard rhythm section. Sayer’s mega hit You Make Me Feel Like Dancing with the brilliant chorus hook and the thick harmony was easily the standout of his set and one of the best moments all night. The extended version and the call and answer was a nice touch. I Can’t Stop Loving You was another beautiful moment which came across magnificently live, while One Man Band and Moonlighting also stood out in the set.
With a mix of his signature big ballads, iconic pop hits and more danceable numbers, Lionel Ritchie put on a huge arena show which was, for the most part, pretty flawless. But if we’re honest, the night belonged to Nile Rogers and Chic.
Pics: Phil Williams