Review: Peter Andre, Ipswich Regent, March 21

Peter Andre. Photo: Jen O'Neill

Peter Andre. Photo: Jen O'Neill

Playing to a sell-out crowd last night, Andre ended his tour in style.

Although billed as a swing tour, it actually became more of a mix up of his hits and his favourite covers with a few swing numbers thrown in for good measure.

Not that the crowd complained. Having been in the business for more than 20 years, Andre has such a wide ranging fan base - from teenagers to grannies and couples to girls nights out.

He could have stood on the stage, not moved and not sung a note and the loyal fans would have still gone home raving about him.

He definitely didn’t do that. He sang and danced for nearly two hours and had the audience on their feet from the moment he stepped on stage. He is such an entertainer and loves what he does which came through over and above anything else.

Singing classics such as Party All Night and the fan’s favourite Mysterious Girl was when he seemed most confident. It wouldn’t be an Andre tour without a medley of songs by his hero, Michael Jackson.

Mixing it up with current hits such as Sorry by Justin Bieber and classics such as Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative he also, somehow, made his way through the crowd to select a female to join him on stage. Despite getting mobbed as he passed through he still managed to keep singing

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Having a career with such longevity is no mean feat and his reputation as one of the nicest guys in showbusiness isn’t unfounded. I’m sure he’s off for a well-deserved rest now but I think I speak for all of last night’s Regent when I say that we look forward to welcoming him back next year.