Review: Go West and Nik Kershaw, Ipswich Regent, November 11

Go West, Nik Kershaw and T'Pau's Carol Decker blew the roof of the Ipswich Regent

Go West, Nik Kershaw and T'Pau's Carol Decker blew the roof of the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

Honestly, I could’ve gone home happy after Carol Decker’s opening set. Joking how she was back where she started 28 years ago, opening for Kershaw at the Regent; it may’ve been brief but it was blisteringly good.

Mixing classics like Sex Talk, Secret Garden, Valentine, Heart and Soul and China in Your Hand with new tracks Read My Mind and Misbehaving it made me want to dig out my old T’Pau cassettes. Bring her back for a solo show somebody please.

I’m glad I didn’t leave. When Go West’s Peter Cox and Richard Drummie and Kershaw opened with Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule The World - one of my all-time favourites - you knew you were in for a treat.

Kershaw took a break, prompting Cox to joke that’s all we were getting from the local boy who was already in his car and how we should read the poster more carefully next time. In reality the two headliners took it in turns to take us on a trip down memory lane.

Go West belted out hits including Call Me, Faithful, Don’t Look Down, Goodbye Girl, Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold and Kershaw’s Nobody Knows.

Kershaw reminisced about the bands he’d seen during his mispent youth at the theatre before singing Wide Boy, Don Quixote, Dancing Girls and When a Heart Beats. His take on Go West’s Missing Persons, which he listened to over and over on his Sony Walkman - remember those - during his first world tour went down well. So did The Riddle.

Dancing and singing along, nobody cared that they were showing their age. Even Kershaw joked at the interval how they had to step off stage to take their medication.

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Great individually, together they shone. The trio gave fantastic performances of Chesney Hawkes’ The One and Only, penned by Kershaw; Seal’s Crazy, Birdy’s Wings, the Eurythmics’ Would I Lie To You, Go West’s We Close Our Eyes and The King of Wishful Thinking and Kershaw’s Wouldn’t It Be Good and I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, the encore was a scorching cover of Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire.

I can’t remember the last Regent gig where people didn’t just get out their seats but abandoned them altogether to crowd around the front of the stage and dance in the aisles. It was amazing to see and in keeping with such a celebration of nostalgia and - in more opinion - the best era for music.

Cox said we’d been b****y marvellous. Yes we were and so were you.

Read my interview with Kershaw here, my interview with Drummie here and an old interview with Decker here.