I HAVE often thought I was born in the wrong era, and wish I could have been a teenager in the 1950s.
And when doo-wop band The Overtones took to the stage at the beautiful Sage Gateshead, I felt I had been transported to a 50s disco hall.
The five-piece took to the stage last night (Wednesday) with vigour to promote the platinum edition of their hit album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love.
The impeccably dressed male vocal harmony group began with their own song Gambling Man, with a lot of catchy finger clicking and swaying.
Mixing old and new songs, it was one of the best gigs I have been to - with beautiful new songs like Second Last Chance, and Gambling Man, alongside the classics like Sh-Boom, The Longest Time, and of course Good Ol’ Fashioned Love.
They didn’t disappoint fans with cracking ‘old’ tracks like Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight, and Why do Fools Fall in Love, but they seamlessly mixed old with new, with a few new covers, done in inimitable Overtones style, including Rihanna’s Only Girl In The World and Beggin’, which appear on the platinum album, as well as some completely amazing versions of Cee Lo Green’s Forget You, and Aloe Blacc’s I Need Dollar.
But for me, the highlight of a truly spectacular night was a cover of the Spice Girls’ Who Do You Think You Are, which was so far removed from the original it sent shivers down my spine, and I really hope it gets released!
While I feel The Sage is often used for the more sedate concert, it was great to see almost every member of the audience on their feet towards the end.
A smattering of audience participation was enough to get the audience hyped up without over-doing it, and a very welcome, extended visit down the aisle next to me by bass singer Lachie - whose voice alone is enough to make you fall in love with this band.
I could write hundreds of words about this man’s voice, but will say only this – I hope they make a Christmas album and have him sing all the songs.
An incredible performance from a talented band who are already firm favourites of mine. If you don’t own the platinum edition yet - go and buy it!