Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 04/12/12

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a huge Steps fan. Like, huge. I still listen to their original tape in my car, remember all the words and dance moves to this day. Anyone who has seen me at Cheesy dancing to ‘5,6,7,8’ will testify to this. So I am a little concerned, on arriving at the Concert Hall, that I am going to be disappointed by their live show, especially in light of what I’ve heard/seen/read about them recently. Thankfully, this is not the case, and my 8-year-old self can remain justified in her love of Steps.

Opening with a cover of ‘A House is not a Home’, followed immediately with classic ‘Love’s Got a Hold on my Heart’ we are told that this time will be different. There will be no backing dancers, no big screens, no fireworks and, for the first time, they will be performing with a live band. It seems that Steps are all grown up.

Indeed, this is followed by a 2 hour show which combines just the right amount of cheese and class to entertain old and new fans alike. Vocally, they sound fantastic. It seems the stripping down of the dance routines and the live band really let them show off voices that fans never knew they had. Most of the old favourites are here, highlights being ‘Better Best Forgotten,’ ‘One For Sorrow’ and ‘Stomp’, along with a lovely rendition of ‘I Know Him So Well’ from Faye, Claire and Lisa, with H
and Lee performing solo Christmas songs towards the end.

Encouraging the audience to get involved, not only through dancing and singing along; a firm feature in any Steps concert, they even stop to take questions from the audience for a while. This goes down well with younger audience members, while little in-jokes and references to Faye’s dreadlocks keep older fans involved and allow Steps to connect with the audience in a way they haven’t before at previous concerts (and you can trust me, I’ve seen a lot of them.) I for one prefer the more grown
up take on the tour, a sentiment I think is shared by many others in the room. Hopefully, this is a format they will stick to in the future. No-one is disappointed, and it leads to an enjoyable evening for all.

[Louise Bennie]

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