Such is the frenzy that McFly create amongst their fans;
they were queuing to get into the venue long before the venue doors opened.
Before they could actually see and hear the band there was another band to
appear before they got to see their idols.
The Struts maybe Gary Barlow’s new protégées but that is
where any connection with Take That ends. The lead singer moves around the
stage like Mick Jagger and has the mannerisms of Freddie Mercury. He performed
like his life depended upon it and gave the impression that he was playing a stadium
sized venue. With the confidence and charisma of a more established act this is
a band to watch out for. It is fine having all this confidence but the band
actually does have the songs to back it up. Very impressive.
In pop’s rulebook McFly should have had their 3 years of pop
stardom and probably have gone off the radar by now but McFly are still here 8
years on and to be honest they are a vastly under-rated act. Before the band
arrive on stage the PA blasts out classic tracks from Whitesnake, Boston
and T Rex, which probably shows where the band draw their influences from. 4
characters appear on stage dressed up in Teddy Bear outfits and one dressed as
Ballerina then launch into the YMCA dance routine as the PA belts out the
Village People track. A sea of arms around the venue all join in.
War sirens reverberate around the Apollo, Winston Churchill’s
voice and picture appear on the screen behind the stage and the screams grow
louder than any wartime Spitfire’s engine noise. The band appears on stage and the PA cranks
up to rock style volume. Hearing all their tracks together you realise that you
know most of the songs and that the band are a cracking pop/rock outfit. One for the Radio, Lies and Obviously are
songs that will still be remembered in ten years time and deserve to be heard
outside their fan base.
Some new songs from the band’s forthcoming sixth album, were
played with Red being the standout track - a suspended microphone drops from
the lighting rig as Danny Jones adopts a rock style pose throughout with the
hook of the track being as strong as their loyal following.
A cover of Queen’s hit Don’t Stop Me Now allows the band to
show more of their influences with Tom Fletcher’s’ piano playing skills coming
to the fore. Two backing singers and a keyboard player also added to the groups
sound throughout the gig.
The band may have seen acts come and go throughout their
success but McFly are still here, still developing and still delivering the
goods. On tonight’s evidence there is no reason why they cannot be around in 10
or even 20 years time such is their talent and musicianship.
An unexpected surprise and a total triumph.