By Ellen Morris
As we, the audience sat waiting patiently for the concert to begin, little did we know that we were in for a phenomenal night. Logan Mize, Miss. Rimes’ opening act strolled onto the stage with his guitar, explained that he usually performs with his rock & roll band and that this was his first trip away from the US. He performed simple, touching ballads about life, telling the truth and following your dreams. He had been on the stage for 30 minutes. Although he was entertaining, he seemed a little lost on the stage without his band, as if he was performing on his own for the first time.
There was a 30 minute interval before the lady of the hour filled the room with her rich, powerful vocals. As she and her band quietly walked onto the stage, the audience immediately started applauding her.
The opening song, ‘Family’, taken from the album of the same name got everyone’s feet tapping. She then explained to the audience that she had been suffering with a dreadful cold and that she was on prescription drugs to help her with the pain.
She picked a great selection of songs for this concert. It must have been difficult as she has released 14 albums during her highly successful career. ‘Family’ soon followed to the John Anderson cover, ‘Swingin’ which was taken from her ‘Lady & Gentlemen’ LP. Then came some from her latest album, ‘Spitfire’. From the heartfelt ‘Borrowed & What Have I Done’ to the dance along beat of ‘I Do Now’, which was about how country music isn’t often played anymore. She then had everyone singing along to her most famous hits including ‘How Do I Live’, ‘Blue’, which was her debut single and a different rendition of ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’ which became her only number one hit in the UK way back in the year 2000.
She ended her set with ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, in which she had certain members of the audience in tears along with her. She the left the stage, with the roar of the audiences’ cheer behind her. She then casually walked back on the stage with her acoustic guitarist, kicked off her shoes, then sat on the floor with her legs crossed and started singing a cover of Leonard Cohens’ ‘Hallelujah’, while the audience crowded around the front of the stage taking photographs and filming her. She then stood up and started shaking everyone’s handsand singing autographs.
This was an entirely different show from the one I had seen 10 years ago, in which she performed in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena at the height of her popularity over here. This show seemed more personal, more intimate. As she stated at the beginning of the night, ‘ You are in my living room, let’s have some fun ‘.
In conclusion, Miss. Rimes did not disappoint, she definitely remains one of the best performers and best voices of her generation. I will happily go and see her again.