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Fiddy and the boys and a night of stops and starts; KATIE FEEHAN is In Da Club at the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle to review 50 Cent and the G-Unit Collective.

Byline: KATIE FEEHAN

5 0 cent, aka Curtis Jackson, knows how to work the crowd and used his charm to cover some uncomfortable moments when he pounded the stage at the Metro Radio Arena.

Fiddy was accompanied by his regular entourage, G-Unit, and the boys wasted no time getting the crowd going by blasting out P.I.M.P within minutes.

By half way, it was clear the guys and the crowd were loving every minute but, in the first of a few awkward moments, Jackson stopped This Is How We Do after only seconds to an uproar of boos from the arena.

It wasn't for any particular reason.

He mentioned his love of betting and told fans he had backed Newcastle to win which soon distracted disappointed fans. 50 rewarded their renewed enthusiasm with a medley of some of his biggest hits.

He kicked it off with Hate It Or Love It before building palpable momentum with Ayo, Candy Shop, 21 Questions and Just a Li'l Bit.

But it didn't last long. Once again, 50 Cent stopped I'm Grown short for yet another chat with lucky fans on the front row.

The crew resumed shortly after with Start It Up and Many Men before the long-awaited In Da Club sent the arena into a frenzy.

Unsurprisingly, they sang this hit in full which lifted the night to its climax and, upon completion, 50 thanked the fans and abruptly left the stage.

It was an awkward departure but G-Unit covered it well, bursting into a rendition of We On Fire. They then encouraged fans to chant for Jackson's return.

In yet another anti-climax, 50 limped back on stage almost immediately. He was in a fresh shirt and a less smiley mood, as the soundmen had let him down with a faulty mic.

But Disco Inferno and the wellreceived Window Shopper soon put a smile back on his face and he closed the night out with Them Days Went By.

At its climax, the show was a knock-out with the performers and the crowd revelling in some of their biggest hits. But it was difficult to shake off the awkwardness that perforated the set and you couldn't help but feel we were only just getting started

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2015
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