4music.com were there; here's our review of the 13 March London gig
Rebecca Ferguson has come a long way since competing on The X Factor back in 2010. She may not have won the show (being beaten by Matt Cardle), but she has got a platinum-selling album under her belt and is in the middle of a big UK tour.
Last night Rebecca played Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, the oldest theatre in London dating back to 1663. Never before has a venue been so appropriate for an occasion: an ornate, antique, theatrical environment totally suited to the elegant, sophisticated songstress who took to the stage for just over 60 minutes.
Rebecca played a selection of songs from her album Heaven, which was released in December last year, alongside some specially chosen cover versions. There were no special effects, there were no costume changes and there was no grand staging or set, simply a backing band and a microphone.
The popstar took to the stage in a floor length pink dress and timidly moved around throughout the evening. She is clearly still shy of the attention she receives and is remaining loyal to her humble roots. “It’s so easy to forget who really matters to you in life” she says, as she discusses the importance of family, whilst introducing track Glitter and Gold.
Whilst Rebecca is slightly reserved when speaking and addressing the crowd, as soon as she opens her mouth to sing, it's a different story. There is a raw, bluesy tone to her voice which echoes around the theatre during every song. You come to realise that there is a real diva hidden beneath the shy, humble exterior, and there is an immense power to her voice.
Somewhat surprisingly, Rebecca choses to cover songs by Drake, Kings of Leon and Rolling Stones. All of the cover versions are highlights in the set list, and all ensure there is a heavier, rocky undertone to the gig. Rebecca’s voice is soulful and classic, her debut album is often relaxed and mellow, however, the gig remains fresh and relevant for 2012. There is something for everyone on this tour – rock, soul, gospel, pop, R&B – it is all here, under one roof!
Check out the setlist below:
Mr Bright Eyes
Glitter and Gold
Diamond To A Stone
Shoulder To Shoulder
Knocked Up (Kings of Leon cover)
Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones cover)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)
Teach Me How To Be Loved
Too Good To Lose
Take Care (Drake cover)
Fairytale (Let Me Live My Life This Way)
Nothing’s Real But Love
Rating: 4 out of 5