10.11.2003 The Point / Dublin
Mick Hucknall alias Simply Red and his 9-piece band open the show with the lines: “You can have it all but you have to pay” and that’s always true.
The red-haired Englishman appeared to be in good shape and the vibes were brilliant from song 1 all throughout the show including the 2ominute extra set he had to play before he could leave the audience to the stormy autumn.
The band consisted of two keyboarders, two hot black chicks on backing vocals, a bass player, a drummer, a percussionist and three Saxophone / Trumpet players.
Simply Red played all the great hits from “Stars” over “Money’s too tight to mention” and of course “Holding back the years”, solely performed by Mick with an acoustic guitar.
His voice is absolutely stunning and the man himself has no attitude whatsoever, fair play to him.
The Point was packed and we were approximately six metres away from Mick and were able to see the whole show up close.
Simply Red ***
Before the show Irish born and raised band Kavo played 45 minutes and proofed once more that good music can be created at your very doorstep.