We All Go A Little Crazy For Seal
The Watering hole in Perranporth has recently become a bit of a hot spot for bands, and last years initial Tunes In The Dunes was such a hit that it returned again this year.
It proved a huge success and drew more big names, the latest of which is Seal. Bursting onto the music scene back in the late 80’s, he’s been a well-known name ever since and quite a draw for the venue.
As I arrived at the venue, the beach was packed with people making the best of the sunshine whilst mulling away time before the concert started.
First up was local lad Joe Francis, better known as Winter Mountain. There was a constant trickle of people still entering the venue as Joe started his set and with the front section sat on the sand, there was standing room only around the edges and back.
With just his acoustic guitar for company, he wowed the crowd with an impressive set that had me tapping my foot throughout. The beach setting was perfect for these delicate tunes and I got the impression that the crowd were enjoying his set as much as I was.
As his short set drew to a close, he told everyone that he had some CDs for sale and would come out and meet the crowd as soon as he could. Just minutes after his set he kept to his word and the queues of people waiting to meet him and purchase his album proved how good he was.
Next up was Ben Ottewell, who most people will know as the guitarist and one of the trio of vocalists indie rockers Gomez. Being a fan of Gomez, I was keen to see just what Ben had in store and, again, I wasn’t to be disappointed. From the get go, his voice bellowed out above his acoustic guitar and he sounded awesome.
His stripped-down, sometimes bluesy songs may not have had the audience dancing in the sand but they certainly grabbed their attention. The mix of his jangly guitar and subtle vocals seemed to hypnotize the crowd, who stood in awe of what they were seeing. I could have sat and watched him play all night but all good things come to an end and we still had the main attraction to come.
As the sun started to set on Perranporth beach, Seal arrived and just minutes later he was on stage. I was expecting his biggest hits to be set near the end of his set but was proved wrong as he started things off with “Crazy” followed by “Killer.” These were the start of the electro/pop sound where he made his name and were followed by more electronic songs before Seal slowed things down with an acoustic section. He was in fine form and the crowd were loving it. There were large steps placed in the pit and Seal made full use of them as he kept stepping out to interact with the crowd.
The front row of the crowd, who were mostly women were all too eager to hold his hand when offered; I even spotted one lady kissing his knee as he stood with his foot on the barrier.
His voice hasn’t altered over the years and he sounded so good live it would have been difficult to tell the difference from his studio work. After the short acoustic section Seal paid tribute to his friend Roland Orzabal and played his hit song “Mad World,” which came as a surprise to me but the crowd loved it and, on Seal’s command, even became the main vocal section for the chorus. By now the sun had set and in the darkness, people were singing along to all the words.
As the night drew to a close I was again surprised by the song selection. With the first two songs of the set being amongst Seal’s most famous, there was one other mega hit missing and I had expected this to bring down the curtain at the end; “Kiss From A Rose” turned out to be the penultimate song.
This is just a classic and if Seal never ever did another song he would leave us with one of the most beautiful songs ever. The crowd had now seen what they had come for and the last song of the set didn’t matter as like myself, everyone was satisfied.
This was a fantastic night that all went to plan. Some superb support acts and wall to wall sunshine made for one hell of a concert.
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