Concert review: T'Pau, Go West and Nik Kershaw
The biggest disadvantage to running Stuck in the ‘80s out of Florida is that we miss out on all the great concerts that happen half a world away in places like England, where so much of the ‘80s sound was born. But thankfully we have correspondents sprinkled all over the globe, including Peter Ryan of Montreal who happened to find himself in Guildford just outside London last week for a concert by T'Pau, Go West and Nik Kershaw. Here’s his review.
Getting out of London at rush hour is never a fun endeavor, but the show that T'Pau, Nike Kershaw and Go West put on in Guildford Tuesday night made every second on the train worth it. The beautiful GLIVE hall in Guildford was packed with enthusiastic members of the ‘80s nation, and the dynamic trio that produced some of the most memorable sounds of our favorite decade exceeded all expectations, proving that classic performers only get better with age.
Carol Decker from T'Pau kicked off the show with a bang, channeling the racy Sex Talk then moving into two of her newer tunes from her latest album, and regaling Guildford with hilarious stories of her time touring with Nik Kershaw 30 years ago as his opening act. Carol ended her set with the classic T'Pau anthems Heart and Soul and China in Your Hand, earning her a well-deserved standing ovation and more than a few tears of nostalgia.
Nik Kershaw and Go West took to the stage together, delighting the crowd with a fantastic cover of Tears for Fears classic Everybody Wants to Rule the World. The two acts then alternated turns on the stage for the rest of the first set, belting out favorites including Call Me, Faithful, Don Quixote (which Kershaw dedicated to his wife), and finished the first half with an amazing rendition of I Am The One and Only made famous by Chesney Hawkes (despite being written by Nik Kershaw).
The second act proved to be both creative and energetic, with Go West and Nik Kershaw teaming up for a rare ‘90s song, in the form of a very listenable cover of Seal's Crazy, after which both provided the audience with a whole series of performances, bringing the crowd to its feet for the rest of the show, with the very danceable classics We Close our Eyes and Wouldn't It Be Good (which both acts performed as duos). Following the epic Pretty Woman anthem King of Wishful Thinking and Kershaw's Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, the show closed with a quick encore, leaving the audience wanting more, which was the perfect capstone to an amazing night of '80s greatness.