Divine Comedy Review
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THE Divine Comedy UK and European
tour which kicked off in Aberystwyth, on 7 October 2016, will play a massive 56
nights concluding in Ireland and saw them play to a sell out audience in the
stunning surroundings of St George’s Hall in Liverpool, on Friday, 14 October
2016. Neil Hannon the only original member of the band, sang a selection of
tracks from his new album:- 'Foreverland', his 11th studio album,
as well as numerous hits from his back catalogue to a small but loyal group of
Neil casually walked on stage to the obvious delight of the audience, drinking
what I assumed to be Guinness as he appeared, and opened the show with Down in
the Street Below, Assume the Perpendicular and Bad Ambassador. He then, dressed
in a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella sang Bang goes the Knighthood before
climbing off stage to sit between two members of the audience on the front row
to sing the next. We were then treated to Hannon rolling around the floor for
another track before being assisted back on stage.
The evening continued with Neil continuing with the clever, nudge winking song
writing that has made him famous, he was joined on stage for Funny Peculiar by
his support the talented and very funny Lisa O’Neill, who has a beautiful voice
before ending the evening with National Express which is the 1 hit that everyone
who isn’t a fan of Divine Comedy will be more familiar with.
Neill left the stage before coming back the do a three song encore, opening with
everyone's favourite 'Absent Friends' before finally ending the
night with:- 'Tonight We Fly.'
With his ability to switch from odd, quirky little songs 1 minute to heart
wrenching ballads being nothing short of genius, tonight, Neil Hannon and The
Divine Comedy gave this strong, loyal fan base exactly the kind of interesting,
memorable evening they all came here expecting.