Live review: Robbie Williams – Swings Both Ways Live tour – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (June 22nd 2014)

Live review: Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways Live tour - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (June 22nd 2014)Adorned in a sharp suit with slicked hair and mystically and grandly rising up through an atmospherically misted stage to the opening strains of Shine My Shoes, Robbie Williams received one of the warmest welcomes of his Swings Both Ways Live tour at  Newcastle’s sold-out Metro Radio Arena.

Promoting his brand new swing album Swings Both Ways (review here), Robbie didn’t hold back in thrilling the audience with some new songs as well as some old classic fan favourites.

Highlights of the concert included a medley of well known swing songs: Trouble / Hit the Road Jack / Reet Petite / Shout had the audience singing, swinging and swaying along to every word. Similarly a medley of Robbie’s own songs Let Me Entertain You / Come Undone / Old Before I Die / Candy pumped the audience up as the concert began to draw to a close.

The night was rounded up with a mass singalong of Angels before Robbie treated the thrilled audience to a performance of a new song: Sensational. “So we wrote a song today and with your kind permission we’d like to pla it for you. It’s abut you lot, it’s called Sensational, and if you fancy dancing please do!” The upbeat rocker was a brand new and unexpected surprise ending to a fantastic concert.

As per usual Robbie was in fine form, strutting up and down the stage, interacting and working the adoring audience with ease. The extravagant staging, huge band (including a brightly punchy brass section), and hoards of backing dancers all add to the glitzy spectacle of the show.

The Swings Both Ways Live tour turned out to be an exciting and appropriately over the top mix of old, new, pop, rock and swing, and no one left the arena that night dissatisfied with the nights entertainment!

Robbie Williams Setlist

Shine My Shoes
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
Minnie the Moocher
Swing Supreme
No One Lines a Fat Pop Star
That’s Amore
Mr Bojangles
Ignition
I Wanna Be Like You
High Hopes
Swings Both Ways
Soda Pop
Trouble / Hit the Road Jack / Reet Petite / Shout
I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen
Go Gentle
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Empire State of Mind
New York, New York
Let Me Entertain You / Come Undone / Old Before I Die / Candy
My Way
Angels
Sensational

Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways tour dates

25/04/2014 – Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary
26/04/2014 – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28/04/2014 – Weiner Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
29/04/2014 – Weiner Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
01/05/2014 – Torino Palasport Olimpico, Turin, Italy
03/05/2014 – Silvrettaseilbahn AG, Ischgl, Austria
04/05/2014 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
05/05/2014 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
07/05/2014 – ISS Dome, Dusseldorf, Germany
08/05/2014 – ISS Dome, Dusseldorf, Germany
10/05/2014 – Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark
11/05/2014 – Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark
13/05/2014 – Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
15/05/2014 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
18/05/2014 – Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland
19/05/2014 – Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland
21/05/2014 – O2 World Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
22/05/2014 – O2 World Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
25/05/2014 – Parque da Bela Vista, Lisbon, Portugal
28/05/2014 – O2 World, Berlin Germany
29/05/2014 – O2 World, Berlin Germany
31/05/2014 – Salle Des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco
02/06/2014 – Hallestadion, Zurich, Switzerland
03/06/2014 – Hallestadion, Zurich, Switzerland
13/06/2014 – Odyssey Arena, Belfast, UK
14/06/2014 – Odyssey Arena, Belfast, UK
16/06/2014 – First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
17/06/2014 – First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
22/06/2014 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
23/06/2014 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
26/06/2014 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
27/06/2014 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
29/06/2014 – Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, UK
30/06/2014 – Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, UK
02/07/2014 – Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, UK
05/07/2014 – LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
06/07/2014 – LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
08/07/2014 – The O2 Arena, London, UK
09/07/2014 – The O2 Arena, London, UK
11/07/2014 – The O2 Arena, London, UK
12/07/2014 – The O2 Arena, London, UK
11/09/2014 – Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
12/09/2014 – Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
16/09/2014 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
17/09/2014 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
22/09/2014 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
23/09/2014 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
27/09/2014 – Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
28/09/2014 – Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia

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