P Posted by Sandra on April 24 2013 0 Comments McFLY, News, tour

To read the review click the read more button below as it contains a lot of spoilers including the Setlist.

Before I get going with this review I should probably make a confession. I’m a McFly fan. A big McFly fan.

I’ve seen them live somewhere around eight times, bought all their CDs the day they came out, and queued for four hours in freezing November weather to get to the front of a gig (in my defence I was 16 and didn’t know any better).

Before you judge me, I am well aware it’s never been ‘cool’ to like McFly. And even less so now I’m far too ‘grown up’ to be screaming and waving my hands in the air at a pop gig.

Don’t get me wrong I’m the first to roll my eyes when I see teenagers going all goo-goo eyed over One Direction on the telly, but when you’re stuck in the eye of the boyband hurricane it’s totally different.

You’re probably thinking this review is going to be biased then, right? I’d like to think not.

I’ve seen McFly all the way through, from the early days all boyish charm and cheeky antics at Summer XS at the Madejski Stadium, to a recent gig at Hammersmith Apollo just after one of them got hitched. And I’d like to think that qualifies me with some sort of experience to write about their shows.

I’ve seen them perform a little lack-lustre, when you get the feeling they’re probably a bit fed up of touring, and I remember feeling disappointed when I heard fifth album Above the Noise, because it just wasn’t as good as everything before.

But last night at the Hexagon the boys were on top form, and the crowd were one of the nosiest I’ve heard at a Mcfly gig for a long time.

At one point Danny got various parts of the crowd to scream at different times (and old pop-concert routine if ever there was one) and the sound was somewhere around deafening on the decibel scale.

As the band has changed over the 10 years since they started (has it really been a decade already?!), so has their fan base and it’s hard to pin-point a McFly fan now. Where once the auditorium would have been filled entirely with teenage girls (and there were a good many of those) it’s now a mixture of young girls, couples, 20-somethings and a few ‘mature’ fans too.

Being a ‘Best of McFly’ Tour the set list delved back to some of their biggest hits, Star Girl, Five Colours in Her Hair and Shine a Light, being favourites for the crowd.

A stripped back version of I’ll Be Okay was utterly charming, with Tom swapping his guitar for the piano, and staying there for Bubble Wrap. The guys have also brought a saxophonist and trumpeter on tour with them which added a nice jazzy touch to Room on the Third Floor and closing number Heart Never Lies.

A medley of ‘happy and you know it’ and YMCA was far cheesier than anything I’ve seen from McFly in recent years, as was the awful compere who introduced the band. Think a poor man’s Olly Murs with a glittery bow-tie and you’re half way there.

It would have also been nice to see some new material on the set-list, like Red, a track they played on their last tour which has a maturer rock sound that really showcased Danny’s vocals.

But the new wasn’t really the point of last night. It was, as the huge, brilliant theatre-style sign on the set pointed out, about Memory Lane.

Like me, the crowd was pretty much all McFly fans and there was a lot of love for the band in the room. At one point Tom, who seemed a little subdued during the evening and let Danny lead the show, took a bit of an emotional moment, thanking the fans for all their support over the last decade.

Although they might have got older, had a few more tattoos done, and become veterans on the pop scene, Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry are still as cheeky and entertaining as they were back at Summer XS.

And judging by the noise inside the Hexagon last night they are still going as strong as ever.

Set list (subject to change)

Memory Lane (acoustic)

That Girl

Star Girl

Transylvania

Five Colours In Her Hair

Falling in Love

Room on the Third Floor

Obviously

Corrupted

Lies

I’ll Be Ok

Bubble Wrap

Smile

Medley

Shine a Light

One for the Radio

Memory Lane

Love is Easy

The Heart Never Lies

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