Belinda Carlisle, with special guests The Christians, performing her Decades Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Saturday 11th February 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

To celebrate her illustrious career, Belinda Carlisle was at the Royal Concert Hall on Saturday night to take a sold out crowd on a trip down memory lane.

Warmly received first were The Christians who entertained in fine style with their wonderful vocals and harmonies being as smooth as ever on the likes of Forgotten Town and Ideal World.

With front man Gary Christian’s voice taking centre stage on Happy In Hell before their short set was brought to a close with Hooverville and the song that sets The Christians apart from others, The Isley Brothers Harvest For The World.

With a set that focused on her solo work, barefooted Carlisle danced, hopped and skipped across the stage. Setting the bar early with (We Want) The Same Thing, the crowd were immediately on their feet where they stayed for the ninety minute set, which was only interrupted with Carlisle’s tales of her years in the business.

Her albums Runaway Horses and Heaven On Earth released a couple of years apart in the late 80’s figured dominantly as the crowd sang along to Fool For Love and La Luna and when the first notes of In Too Deep were heard, the crowd upped their appreciation.

I Get Weak was followed by Circle In The Sand and her own favourite, Summer Rain was a real treat, evoking a spirit of warm nostalgia. Even the excellent Go Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed was a real crowd pleaser and served to remind the crowd of her past.

With a very impressive five piece band and a voice that really was on point, when the stage lights exploded into a rainbow of colours, the crowd raucously roared to the chorus of Heaven Is A Place On Earth.

For the encore there was Runaway Horses, Big Scary Animal, and the excellent Live Your Life Be Free that brought an end to an evening that this Nottingham crowd thought ended too early.