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Simply Red, O2 Arena | reviews, news & interviews

Simply Red, O2 Arena

Simply Red, O2 Arena

Mick Hucknall puts Red to bed with a hit-packed show

Mick Hucknall: He simply is Simply Red

When theartsdesk asked Simply Red’s PR company for some pictures of the band to accompany this review, the images sent were of Mick Hucknall – alone. Which is probably all you need to know about who Simply Red are. Last night’s audience at this, Simply Red’s final ever live show, needed no reminding that it was all about Hucknall, however he’s billed. For them, his arrival on stage after the band had set the groove drew more applause than the music.

When theartsdesk asked Simply Red’s PR company for some pictures of the band to accompany this review, the images sent were of Mick Hucknall – alone. Which is probably all you need to know about who Simply Red are. Last night’s audience at this, Simply Red’s final ever live show, needed no reminding that it was all about Hucknall, however he’s billed. For them, his arrival on stage after the band had set the groove drew more applause than the music.

The set was largely chronological, which led to some odd tempo and mood disjunctions - but it largely worked

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