Live Review: Anthony Hamilton – Indigo2
Last week Friday marked a special night in the diary for music lovers in London. While fans of Steps were heading into the main arena to see the reunited group, fans of soul music in its truest essence were preparing for a one-off London date from North Carolina’s Anthony Hamilton at the IndigO2...
Touring Europe to promote his sensational seventh album, 'Back To Love', the Grammy-winner hit the stage at approximately 9pm dressed smartly in a green jacket, beige waistcoat and trousers, red trainers and his trademark Stetson hat, accompanied by a bass and lead guitarist, two keyboard players, a drummer and three male backup vocalists (equivalent of a whole church choir unto themselves).
The tone of the show was immediately set, as the crowd were quickly thrown into the up-tempo 'Sucka For You', which turned into a cover version of Run DMC’s 'It’s like That' – much to their delight. With the crowd fully engaged, ‘Cool’ was then performed. This was the point where the three backing vocalists really started to come into their own, as they displayed their smooth American showmanship complete with synchronised choreography reminiscent of the old school Motown acts.
The keys then started to play for the much-loved 'Coming From Where I’m From' and with Anthony’s pitch-perfect vocal delivery, you knew that he had this show sewn up and yet there was still so much to come. Another superb track from 'Back To Love', 'Best Of Me' showcased Anthony’s rare ability to convey true emotion when singing, before 'Time To Love' enabled his three vocalists to step forward and serenade the ladies complete with pelvic thrusts, which left them screaming for more!
Continuing with 'The Point Of It All', Mr Hamilton blended in his smooth cover of Prince’s 'Adore' – which many aren’t capable of pulling off without sounding like a carbon copy of the original. However, the audience had seen nothing yet because it was time to get real country, with a song delivered in a gospel fashion. Tambourine in hand, Anthony Hamilton took us to church for a quick moment.
Having already thrilled the audience, the soul singer knew that to really win his fans over, he just had to respond to the requests of the adored 'Charlene' being shouted out by audience members – before performing 'Pray For Me' and 'Woo', both written by Babyface. The truly beautiful 'Who’s Loving You' was also delivered in only a way that this man can – with class and truth that could be felt deep in the soul.
As one of the true remaining quality soulful voices of our generation, the only complaint from this show was that no encore followed (due to licensing issues, which could not be prevented). Other than that, this was an absolutely flawless show. If Anthony Hamilton is ever in need, London are more than willing to show their love.
Words: Lori Lane (@Gleaming_Gem)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)