First of all I’d like to apologise if this is a bit scrambled. I will do a proper concert review sometime next week. But I just wanted to write down a few impressions of Ramin Karimloos concert at the Royal Festival Hall last night.
This was the first concert of his tour which takes him around the UK this month. And what a venue to start a tour! The Royal Festival Hall is quite impressive and provided a great space for the concert.
Ramin has called the tour the “road to find out” because basically that’s what it is. A road to find out where the future might take him.
Accompanied by his tour band, the Capital Voices and on this occasion the London Concert Orchestra Ramin treated the audience to an evening of pop, rock, folk and musical. It certainly was a good mix with something for everyone.
Personally I enjoyed listening to him sing the songs from his album and tunes like “Broken” and “Murder in the city” the most (the last one being an unplanned but beautiful acoustic encore).
Ramins guest singers at this concert were Tim Howar, Tom Fletcher and Sebastien Izambard who all did a fantastic job. I have to give a special mention to Tim who has been one of my favourite performers for years. The guy is a star, simple as that. And to see and hear him duet with Ramin (“Eyes of a child”) was an experience I will never forget.
By far the most heartwarming moment of the evening was Ramin being joined on stage by his son Jaiden and singing “Hallelujah” for him (and with him to be precise – I sense a star in the making here). Anyone who wasn’t completely in awe at that sight must have a heart of stone.
My favourite songs of the night apart from the ones mentioned above were “Cathedrals”, “Constant Angel”, “Broken home” and “I and love and you”. I’ll admit I had never heard the last one before but I fell in love with the song straight away.
A special shout out goes to Steve Young who did a fantastic job on guitar and lent his voice to several songs as well. It’s great to have such an extremely talented guy join Ramin on his tour.
After all this praise I can’t help but mention two minor rants, both of which have nothing to do with Ramin, his band or the concert as such but shouldn’t be kept under wraps.
First of all: I do think charging £4 for a little programme that consists of 24 pages is pushing it slightly. Especially considering 8 of those pages are nothing but ads. But then that’s the usual thing of supply and demand – the programmes were sold out in the interval already.
My second rant is directed at one person only. And I do hope he gets to read this and realises I’m talking about him because he should know his behaviour is affecting other people – and not in a good way. I am all for supporting your favourite singer / performer etc. But constant screaming (or lets call it whooping) accompanied by repeated standing ovations simply is a bit annoying for the people around you. Plus it really can ruin the atmosphere – all that whooping while little Jaiden was on stage singing with his father was just not necessary, to name just one example.
But then I didn’t want a brilliant evening like this to be ruined by one person so I tried to ignore this and just cherished watching one of the most talented people I’ve ever had the privilege to see on stage do what he does best: Enthral the audience with his voice and his genuinely nice and humble personality.
Well done Ramin! Definitely a great start to the tour. I’m looking forward to see what the next concerts will bring.
Show me light
The impossible dream
Songs of a human heart
If ever I would leave you
I and love and you
Blue moon (Tim Howar)
Everything I’ve got belongs to you (Tim Howar)
Radames letter / Till I hear you sing
Oh what a beautiful morning
Bring him home
Guiding light (with Sebastien Izambard)
Broken (with Sebastien Izambard)
The perfect space / Hallelujah (with Jaiden)
It’s all about you (with Tom Fletcher)
Closer walk with thee (with Tom Fletcher)
Eyes of a child (with Tim Howar)
Music of the night
Murder in the city