Sir Cliff Richard performing his 58-18=60 Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Tuesday 9th October 2018

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Sir Cliff Richard has been a main stay of British culture for the last 60 years and whether you like him or not, he has successfully traversed the decades, and whilst pop stars have come and gone he still has staying power.

Last night before a sold out crowd at the Royal Concert Hall his 60th anniversary tour focused upon songs that have covered the length of his career and with more than 130 singles, albums and EP’s having reached the UK top 20, he delivered a mixture of hits and covers from each era.

Walking out on to the stage to rapturous applause, his smile from his young looking face (he will be 78 next week) sent the audience into an adolescent frenzy. Accompanied by a snappy seven man band he began with Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, and the journey had begun.

The hits came as Move It and Living Doll flowed seamlessly into Summer Holiday and The Young Ones. There was a mass sing along to his Eurovision track, Congratulations which might have sounded a little twee, but the song is part of his career and it pleased the fans.

With a voice that has defied the test of time; he put it to effective use unloading endless payloads of pop perkiness. Devil Woman saw him move about the stage like a man half his age whilst Miss You Nights slowed everything down.

The second half saw a costume change and a dip into the 80s with The Best Of Me whilst Christmas songs, Mistletoe And Wine, The Millennium Prayer and new song The Miracle Of Love could have sounded out of place on a warm October night, but hit the spot with this crowd.

Current single Rise Up brought the night right up to date before he delivered a rousing We Don’t Talk Anymore to end what was undoubtedly a celebration of Sir Cliff’s life.