On Tuesday 26th October 2021 I was fortunate enough to see Sir Cliff Richard in concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The show was amazing and once again Sir Cliff delivered his repertoire of songs in the style we have all come to expect from the Peter Pan of Pop.
At 81 years old Sir Cliff bounded about the stage like a man half his age and his vocals were crystal clear. It must always be a challenge for Cliff to pick what songs he is going to include in a show having had so many hit singles and albums.
On this occasion he again chose well and it was great to hear a few that he’d not included for some time like Marmaduke and Peace In Our Time. He ended the concert with Golden, a song written by Chris Eaton as a thank you from Cliff to his fans. Golden is right up there with songs like Miss You Nights and has become a fans favourite. It was an emotional end to the show and around where I was sitting there was hardly a dry eye.
On a personal note I was a wreck and not ashamed to say that I cried somewhat. It certainly affected the plans we had made for after the concert as Instead of going out on the town with some of my fellow Cliff fans I retired to my hotel to have an early night and recover. I count it a blessing to be able to have a tribute act to Cliff. There could be no greater influence and role model to have than Sir Cliff Richard in career and lifestyle. It’s a blessing that I am able to keep busy doing ‘Cliff As If’ and that so many of Cliff’s fans take a healthy interest in my act.
There are very few people in show business with the integrity that Cliff has. One always gets the feeling that what you see with him is what you get. I feel even more inspired now to improve in what I do and to give the public the very best version of Cliff that I can. 2020/21 have brought challenges to us all and there have been difficult circumstances to face for lots of folk. It’s people like Sir Cliff Richard that can bring us hope. I am very pleased indeed that I got to see this latest tour. Here’s to the next one.