Wow, where do I start? What a wonderful night of music. 

We were treated to not one, but two support acts both absolutely amazing in their own right with extremely different styles.  Chloe Reynolds started the show; she did several of her own compositions with my favourite being ‘Baby Sister’.  I’m pretty sure that this young lady will go far. She put the audience at ease and had a good reaction from them. 

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When you enter an auditorium and it's absolutely at capacity you think that maybe the tribute band about to perform have been around some years and have accrued a loyal fan base or there are many fans of the original band out to see if this tribute comes close. On this occasion the answer is 'Oh yes' on both counts! The Illegal Eagles are now on their 20th anniversary year touring with their show covering an exceptional amount of hits of the original American rock band 'The Eagles'.

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The dark, bleak songs of Richard Thompson form an appropriate soundtrack for these troubled times. In his one-man acoustic show at the Lowry he provided a tour through his fifty-year repertoire that had a largely grey and grizzled audience whooping in appreciation. Those songs, rooted in the English narrative folk tradition, but treating the state of contemporary civilisation, resonate ever more insistently in Theresa May’s Britain.

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Well, I went to a Busted Concert, not much has changed… or has it? The announcement of a third album Night Driver from the group and its subsequent tour may have come as a shock to some. Charlie Simpson, who left the band in 2004, was adamant there would be no more music from the pop-punk trio. But after a successful hybridisation with McFly in the form of McBusted sans Charlie, it seems he had a change of heart.

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Feeling slightly out of place in a room packed with older men with ponytails each wearing Genesis T-shirts whose designs spanned years of touring, but feeling confident in my knowledge and love for 1970’s rock and roll I entered the Lyric Theatre hopeful that I might learn a thing or two about music.

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When you are a tribute artist one thing that is for sure is the audience are going to watch your every move, your appearance, mannerisms and compare your vocals to whoever you are paying homage to and when that person is the late great George Michael it is no mean feat to impress a capacity audience.

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Steve Steinman appeared on Stars in Their Eyes over 25 years ago as musical genius Meat Loaf, and since then has made a pretty impressive career out of being a real “Dead Ringer” for the star.

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Manchester Opera House has become the best place for live music these past few days with everything from Queen, ELO and sixties tributes all playing on the same week with Queen of the Night, the Whitney Houston tribute throwing the party on Friday night.

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Scott Ritchie Productions presents ‘The Three Degrees’ which can only be described as a wonderful night of soul, sass and enjoyment at the beautiful venue that is The Floral Pavilion.

‘The Three Degrees’ are a world renowned trio and officially the longest running female vocal group in history, proudly holding a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for this achievement. Their story began in Philadelphia in the 1960’s and remains to this day as they continue to perform their classic hits live to eager fans around the world.

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So, another television talent show star has carved a career since winning on Stars in Their Eyes way back in 2000. People either love or loathe these talent shows and the same can be said for tribute acts and tonight there was no doubt that the majority of the audience at the Opera House, Manchester, loved Gary Mullen and The Works, performing as the late Freddie Mercury and his band Queen. How can it be almost 26 years since he passed away in November 1991!

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Out Of The Blue Album Release in 1977 the talented tribute band ELO experience graced the stage of the Opera House Theatre in Manchester on a very cold and blustery autumn evening.

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