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SIMPLY RED STOP ON THEIR “BLUE EYED SOUL“-TOUR AT THE MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA IN BERLIN

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Written By | Chantal Burau

Simply Red stopped on their “Blue Eyed Soul“-Tour in Berlin at the nearly sold out Mercedes-Benz Arena, offering the fans one of their “All the Hits Live“ best-off shows. The the multiple award-winning band around singer Mick Hucknall was supported by the Austrian’s Luke Andrews band. 

After the calmer warming-up-set of Singer and Songwriter Luke Andrews and the break, it was time for Simply Red to enter the stage. 

The mood increased immediately and their set started off with a bit of restraint with “You Got It“ but slowly continued to lift the response of the audience with “Still Not Over You“ and evolved over time with more fan-favorite songs being played. 

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Accompanied by his remarkable (live-)band, Mick Hucknall sticked to playing all of their greatest hits, including among others slower and soulful songs like “Holding Back the Years“ or “If You Don’t Know Me by Now“, which appeared as a cut-short version as the last song of the evening.  

The set was well balanced with many calm and touching songs and more animating, faster songs like “Sunrise“, “Fairground“ or “Something Got Me Started“, which also featured an impressive saxophone solo, to the delight and enthusiasm of his fans. Besides the saxophone solo, there were the usual guitars, bass and drum elements as well as a lot of trumpet, which offered a nice soundscape. Incited by more powerful songs like “You Make Me Feel Brand New“ and “A New Flame“, many fans stood up, started dancing and also moved forward to the barricade. Some also got a bit emotional.

Video clips playing on the screen in the background, on floating columns, which were used for a few songs, and the lights partially enhanced the mood and effect of the songs. The audience also got the chance to sing along to lyrics of the only new song included on the setlist “Better with You“. After the show and on the way out you could still see the excitement on many people’s faces and many were talking animatedly about the performance.

Photos By | Chantal Burau