I had so been looking forward to the Liverpool show and, oh, what an evening. When the show was first announced, I had a feeling that it, along with all of the UK shows, would be most memorable. Liverpool was the first of the UK shows to sell out and as the date drew nearer, I knew without a doubt that this show was one that would be talked about for weeks, if not months, later.
Roger had not performed in Liverpool for over 30 years and was so eagerly wanted back. My hotel room happened to overlook the venue and a full four and a half hours before the show was to start, people started arriving. There was a buzz in the air and the hours to show time could not pass quickly enough.
Roger came out on stage to a thundering welcome. With a beautiful smile on his face, he seemed a bit surprised at the outpouring of love that was being sent his way. The applause and standing ovation could have gone on for several more minutes but it was time to start the show. And what a start it was.
The first notes of Take the Long Way Home could be heard and Rogerís flawless voice soared to the highest levels of the balcony. Liverpool finally had the artist they had been waiting years for. It was as if every song performed brought back memories as people cried, laughed, sang, and even danced in the aisles.
Breakfast in America brought the second standing ovation of the evening. Absolutely breathtaking were Along Came Mary and A Soapbox Opera. When Roger performed Lord is it Mine, the audience sang right along with him in unison, word for word. What a site it was to see the full house singing along with Roger.
The highlight of the evening for me was a treat that is extremely rare indeed. As a tribute to the Beatles and specifically John Lennon, Roger performed Lennonís Across the Universe. Rogerís soothing voice and beautiful rendition brought many people to tears. I felt privileged to be able to see Roger perform this song live. Stunning does not even come close. The applause at the end was roaring.
Every song was performed with sheer perfection and freshness. Roger gives his all to each and every performance as if itís the first show of the tour. He pours his whole body into each and every song and sings with such emotion that one cannot help but be touched on many levels. Whether he is performing the majestic Foolís Overture or the exquisite Two of Us, it is inspiring to be able to watch the Minstrel doing what he loves best; sharing his gifts with his fans and reminding us what true music is all about.