John Legend & Corinne Bailey Rae
Almost forgot. I saw John Legend
and Corinne Bailey Rae
last Friday at The Chicago Theatre, maybe not the best venue for a music gig and most certainly the Leeds-born songstress would have been better suited to a smaller and more informal setting but after the heady nights watching Bloc Party
and Snow Patrol
recently, this was altogether taking it down a notch.
Rae played on stage with Legend at the Grammy Awards
earlier this year and she won plenty of admirers after singing a 50-minute set in her soulful and kooky style to a very receptive audience. She then came back on stage to join Legend in a fun version of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s Where Is the Love
Legend, an Ivy League-educated pianist and singer (he majored in English at the University of Pennsylvania) was quite the showman contrasting sitting at his trademark grand piano on centre stage with his intermittent prancing and preening around the stage. A bit like a hetrosexual Elton John without the dresses.
His voice was smoothly soulful as he belted out song after song from his Grammy winning Get Lifted
and the more recent Once Again
albums. I don't know his stuff too well but was tapping along happily to Lets Get Lifted
and Save Room
I guess I didn't wake up the next morning with my ears buzzing and a song's lyrics crashing around my head but Legend was determined to make it a memorable night and for almost 3 hours he and Corinne Bailey Rae almost certainly did.