P Posted by Sandra on May 6 2013 0 Comments McFLY, News, tour

Another review from the The Best Of McFly: Memory Lane Tour, this time of the Manchester gig.
Click the read more button below to read it as it contains spoilers.

Katie Fitzpatrick enjoys the cheeky foursome at Manchester Apollo

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since McFly burst onto the music scene.

The boys started out as the punk-pop cousins of Busted, from that Green Day-influenced era when it seemed all boy bands played guitars and sang with American accents. So it should be surprising that, while JLS are hanging up their low-cut vests, McFly are still going strong.

But this is a band that has evolved from loveable guitar-toting teenagers with a young fan base to guitar-toting 20-somethings with a bank of well-crafted pop songs that could also win over fans of Duran Duran, The Monkees and Queen.

Six albums and seven number ones later they’ve ditched the Busted look to become matching waistcoat-wearing brothers with amps.

The stage for their Memory Lane show is decked out like an old fashioned Rat Pack theatre show, with their name up in sepia lights. Lovestruck girls scream and bounce up and down as Tom, Danny and Dougie leap onto the stage, guitars thrashing to the Beach Boys-soundalike That Girl and drummer Harry is grandly revealed from behind a curtain.

A saxophone and horn player appear and they launch into the joyful Star Girl, followed by their punky debut single and first number one Five Colours in Her Hair.

The boys keep up this fast-paced tempo throughout the night, from the sing-a-long delight that is Obviously to the brassy groove of Lies.

We’re reminded of the boys’ success outside McFly when Harry pounds out the theme tune to Strictly Come Dancing, the show he won, and Danny shows off the fine set of pipes that impressed us on Popstar to Operastar. The Bolton lad, who’s glad to be ‘almost home’, grabs a retro hanging microphone and leads us all in an uplifting gospel-style chorus of YMCA, wearing a native Indian headdress. Clearly a band of many talents we get a soft-shoe shuffle from newlywed Tom while he plays the ukulele. And the comedy moments are provided by I’m A Celebrity winning hero Dougie, stomping around the stage in a large neon pink bra thrown on stage by a fan.

The deeply catchy Shine A Light, with it’s chugging rhythm and call-out chorus, is arguably McFly at their best. But then they say goodbye with the super-sweet It’s All About You, a renewed hit thanks to Tom’s YouTube sensation wedding speech video (if you haven’t done so already please Google it, but keep the tissues to hand).

During Heart Never Lies Tom calls out ‘McFly is here forever’. Let’s hopes so.They’re a band that deserves to go the distance.



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