Gravel-voiced Middlesbrough singer-songwriter Rea returns to London for this year's Bluesfest. He may be best known for his soft rock hits – 'Josephine', 'The Road to Hell', 'On the Beach' – but he's always had a place in his heart for the blues. Expect plenty of songs from his whopping 11-disc 'Blues Guitars' album, released in 2005, which explored the journey of the blues from its African roots to the gospel and soul fusions of the ’70s.
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When he was on he was fab, audience a bit quiet. Great voice, strangely except in Road To Hell where it got completely lost in the mix. Backing singers sounded poor, drummer lost rhythm a couple of times. Rea's slide work fantastic. We thought when he went off after an hour it was the interval, when he came straight back did a 1 song encore and left and the lights came we booed. Terrible value, didn't say 1 word to the crowd. Whether he likes it or not he is in the entertainment business, this wasn't good enough. Albert Hall staff who we complained were embarrassed, and he owes them a debt for calming us and 6 others down. Would not go back to see him again in spite of his great voice and guitar work. Stayed on to watch Robert Plant and our fury abated somewhat, with 1 30 minutes of music and interaction with an excited crowd
We went to watch Chris Rea at the Albert Hall last night. We feel totally cheated as he was on for a mere 1 hour 10 minutes. The guy is brilliant, but for the show to finish so quickly is ridiculous, especially as we planned our trip to London around this concert. Poor value for money so I won't be going to watch him again. Not that he will worry one iota.