ronan keating newcastle city hall time of my life world tour concert review
ronan keating newcastle city hall time of my life world tour concert review

Ronan Keating is currently touring the UK and the world with his Time Of My Life Tour and last night saw him play the second of two dates at Newcastle City Hall.

Seven months after the release of his long awaited latest solo album 'Time Of My Life', Ronan has brought the songs to life and hit the road with his band, starting in Switzerland and South Africa, now in the UK and Ireland and ending in Australia in November.

If you've been to a Ronan concert before, you will know what to expect... a live band and 100% live vocals (a Ronan gig is always about the music, not the fancy lights and stageing), some stories, lots of laughs and a bit of crazy dancing!
This tour is no different in that respect, but I have to say this is one of the best shows I have seen from Ronan... The City Hall and venues of similar style and size provide an intimate, more personal setting in which everything felt really raw and like all involved were truly enjoying their time on stage. If you have tickets for any of the upcoming dates, you really are in for a treat.

Ronan made a low key entrance to the stage dressed in a black leather and denim jacket, white t-shirt and black jeans and the show started with the title track from the new album, followed by the uplifting crowd favourite Lovin' Each Day which ensured everyone was up and out of their seats. A few more album tracks followed including a song Ronan and his wife wrote together about their wedding day and his latest single Breathe which saw Ronan play lead guitar followed by the classic If Tomorrow Never Comes.
ronan keating newcastle city hall time of my life world tour concert review
ronan keating newcastle city hall time of my life world tour concert review
The middle section of the set was a more chilled, acoustic set up in which Ronan took off his jacket, picked up his guitar again and talked about writing the album and his time starring in the West End in musical Once.
More fan favourites followed including Let Me Love You (which is an amazingly uplifting track performed live), Father & Son and When You Say Nothing At All which always has the crowd singing along at full volume.

I always find the audience at a Ronan concert is always a really mixed bag... There's the original Boyzone fans like myself aged around 30-50, then there's their Mums, their husbands and their children. One thing all of these people have in common though is that they soon find themselves on their feet, singing along and leaving with the biggest smile on their face.

In contrast to the acoustic section, to close the show Ronan performed Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl which had everyone going wild and literally had people dancing in the aisles and then Life Is A Rollercoaster which lifted the atmosphere even further.

After a lot of cheering from the crowd, the band ran back on stage for the encore where Ronan perform a much loved Boyzone album track 'One More Song' which is a beautiful tribute to Stephen Gately before the wonderful The Long Goodbye closed the show. The final lyrics of the song ask the crowd 'are you ever coming back again?' which lead to the loudest cheers of the night... It's clear to see that the Newcastle crowds want Ronan back sooner rather than later.

If you want to buy tickets for the remaining dates of the tour there are a few seats left for the remaining dates which you can view here
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