Midge Ure re-visited a 25 year old tour concept at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh tonight with his current combination of a music and Q&As show. The result was a pleasant evening spent in the genial company of a man who has given us so many fine songs over the past 40 years of his career that any show is only ever going to highlight a few of them.
Some people might not be huge fans of this show format as it obviously cuts into the song performance time but, for me, I go to live shows to hear music and where possible get a better insight into the people behind the music, so this format suited me well. Questions came from modern format (social media) to old fashioned pen on paper plus some audience questions direct, and some of the questions and answers given were illuminating. In the wrong hands though this Q&A format can be a recipe for complete disaster on stage. Fortunately though, Midge Ure has that ability to instantly connect with his audience as both a musician and a human being, and in his hands the touch is gentle, humorous and informative. The format of this show also helped as although some of the set numbers had to be here, there was flexibility enough to incorporate songs from Midge’s 40 years of music as the Q&As evolved.
During the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s, Midge Ure never seemed to be far from music that I heard, whether that was in bands such as The Rich Kids, Visage and of course Ultravox, and it was nice to hear “Fade To Grey Again”. This show format is covering music from... read the rest of the article here.