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Review; LIONEL RICHIE ECHO arena.

Byline: Michelle Fiddler

LIVING legend Living Legend may refer to:
  • Living Legend, a tourist attraction on Jersey
  • Library of Congress Living Legend, an award
  • The Living Legend, an episode of Battlestar Galactica.
 Lionel Richie showed why he's still top of the game after all these years as he took to the ECHO arena stage.

The Let's Go Tour is the first time the superstar singer has in the UK since his sellout 2007 Coming Home tour the first time he has appeared in Liverpool in almost a decade. what a homecoming it was.

There was no warm-up artist for Richie's set - and none was needed.

The grandaddy of Motown, Soul and R ' n' B played to a near capacity 10,000 crowd during a fast- paced set when he sang of the crowd- pleaser hits from established music career over 30 years.

Fans of all ages took to their feet for such Richie classics as Easy Like Sunday Morning Sunday Morning may refer to:
  • "Sunday Morning (radio program)", a Canadian radio program formerly aired on CBC Radio One
  • CBS News Sunday Morning, a television news program on CBS in the United States
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, Stuck on You and his most recent release, the Akon-collaboration, Let's Go.

Just three songs into the show a slim, toned and fit Richie - looking far less than his 60 years - told the excited crowd: "Liverpool is out of control. Let's keep it going".

And keep it going he did.

From the smooth, easy listening easy listening
n. Music
Light or popular compositions, usually having a prominent melody and a quiet or blended arrangement.
 ballads played on a piano under a spotlight, which you just couldn't help but sing along to - to the frenetic energy and electricity of Dancing on the Ceiling, Richie could do no wrong, He displayed the relentless energy of a man half his age as he performed a flawless near two hour set which included early career hits from his time with the Commodores as well as classic tracks including Say You, Say Me, Still and Ballerina Girl - a tribute to his daughter, Nicole Richie Nicole Camille Richie (born September 21, 1981) is an American socialite, actress, television personality, author, entrepreneur, style icon, model, and singer. The adopted daughter of Lionel Richie, she is known for her role in the reality show The Simple Life  and his new baby grand-daughter.

A trio of songs on the piano included a personal favourite, Hello - which sounded as good today as it did when it was first released 25 years ago.

On every track his rich deep singing voice shone through while Richie's contemporary, funky backing band brought the tracks right up to the 21st century.

Richie confessed to the crowd that he no longer sings Three Times a Lady because the crowd sing it for him - and Liverpool was no exception.

His encore set included Don't Stop the Music, Truly and the timeless classic Endless Love Endless Love may refer to:
  • Endless Love (novel), a novel by Scott Spencer
  • Endless Love (film), released in 1981 and starring Brooke Shields, based on the novel
, which couldn't have failed to make every one of the 7,000 plus woman in the room feel like she was the only one there.

"I have had the best time of my life on this stage tonight," Richie told the Liverpool crowd.

I think I have to agree.

. 10/10 Endless Love
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2009
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