Cliff Richard delights at the Marquee

Cliff Richard delights at the Marquee
Cliff Richard performing Live At The Marquee Cork.Pic: Darragh Kane

The Peter Pan of Pop thrilled the crowd at the Marquee last night.

At 77 years of age, Cliff Richard showed absolutely no sign of geriatric degeneration as he strutted his stuff in front of a full house of fans, who were ready, willing and eager to sing along to his hits.

Cliff has been a stalwart of the music scene for more than 50 years and, according to his official website has 43 studio albums, six soundtracks, 35 compilation albums, six gospel albums, 10 live albums and 139 singles to choose songs from when entertaining fans.

Looking trim and tanned, Cliff bounded onto the stage at 9pm and welcomed the crowd with a céad míle fáilte before kicking off the evening with It's Gonna Be Okay.

He jokingly referred to himself as the Justin Bieber of the 1950s before launching into his first ever song, Move It.

Accompanied by a four-piece band and backing singer, Cliff belted out classics such as Summer Holiday, Devil Woman, Travelling Light and the Young Ones.

Then, in a true rock and roll moment, Cliff broke a guitar, albeit by accident. He tossed it to his roadie at the end of Travelling Light, but the roadie missed the catch and the guitar fell to the stage and broke in two. However, in a not so rock and roll style, Cliff looked more mortified than bad boy.

While most of those in attendance were wearing clothing more suited to October than June, the British popstar looked dapper wearing denim jeans, shirt and tie as he crooned his way through some of his slower songs such as Miss You Nights and Ocean Deep.

He spoke of his love of rock and roll and the fun and joy it brings, mentioning Chuck Berry and Bobby Darren among his influences before singing Multiplication.

By the time he launched into Singing the Blues, the crowd were on their feet with many gathering at the stage to join in the sing-song.

Cliff spoke of his band, The Shadows, with whom he was with for 10 years and how his first song without them was actually written by one of them, the great Hank Marvin – The Day I met Marie, which was greeted with whoops of delight by the crowd.

While the concert was short, finishing at 10.15pm, it was a gig without gimmicks and was based on quality rather than quantity.

Warming up the crowd was Collabro, winners of the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent. The all-male four-piece band, who are best known for cover versions, belted out hits from Les Miserables before jazzing it up Frank Sumatra’s That’s Life and Oh What a Night before finishing with Lighthouse, an original song from their recently released third album.

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