James Blunt rocks Durban

2011-08-25 00:00

JAMES Blunt opened his concert by waltzing in from the back of the crowd to the stage inamongst nearly 7000 people at the ICC in Durban last night.

Backed by a full stage of impressive LED video screens and a five-piece band, the British pop star performed to a seated audience, who warmed up after he addressed the KZN crowd. "I can see you like sitting," he said to laughs and applause. The situation threatened to turn nasty when many from the cheap seats walked up to the stage from the back, obstructing the view of the front row larnies. But KZN chillocrity prevailed and the cheap seats returned to their rightful place.

Having just come from China and Japan, Blunt joked that it was a "great relief to be able to speak in English to say 'How're ya doing?!'," which garnered massive applause. "Thank the f*** for that!" he said.

Blunt performed numerous of his number one hits, including 'Wise Men', '1973' and 'You're Beautiful'.

Opening up proceedings was Idols winner Elvis Blue with a backing band. He performed some of the hits from his latest album, such as 'Save Me', 'Things My Father Said', 'lighthouse' and a cover version of 'Hallelujah' (which prompted an "I like this guy" from a gentleman in the crowd).

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