Live Review: Paul Carrack – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield 23.10.23

Jason Siddall

A crisp October Saturday night with Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall and the audience was provided with a musical treat as Carrack and his band performed a show that resonated with fans both old and new.

An early performance of “Silent Running,” a quintessential Mike + the Mechanics classic, Carrack’s vocal prowess was apparent from the get-go, as his rich, soulful voice filled the venue. The song set the stage for an evening filled with nostalgia and new material in equal measure.

The audience was taken on an emotional journey by “Life in a Bubble” and “Satisfy My Soul,” followed by “Eyes of Blue.”. Tracks from albums written during the Covid lockdown period featured, with Carrack
pointing out to the audience that he managed to write two albums in that challenging

An acoustic set featuring Carrack’s son Jack on drums included a cover version of “When You Walk in the Room,” this five song segment brought the pace down a gear or two, complimenting the rest of the show.

As the night progressed, Carrack’s full band returned to the stage with “The Living Years,” a powerful reminder of Carrack’s enduring legacy. The song’s poignant lyrics have touched the hearts of many people over the years and it still carries that message just as well today.

“Tempted” and “How Long” took the audience on a journey through Carrack’s illustrious career, with hits from his days in Squeeze and Ace, the crowd now on their feet danced and sang along. The concert concluded with an encore that featured “Over My Shoulder” and “Set Me Free”

In conclusion, Paul Carrack’s performance at Sheffield City Hall was a masterclass for any budding young musicians. A superb band with two drummers and that sax!, coupled with Carrack’s unique ability to bridge generations with his music, is a testament to his enduring talent. His voice, his stage presence, and his genuine connection with a hometown audience made this night an unforgettable experience.

Paul Carrack remains a musical force to be reckoned with, and his live shows continue to
be a treasure trove of timeless hits and new classics. If you can grab a ticket for the tour
don’t hesitate, if not then Paul proudly announced his 50th anniversary tour next year,
definitely one for the diary.

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