Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westlife Get off to Flying Start"

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westlife Get off to Flying Start"

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Byline: By Murray Morse

Westlife - Unbreakable Tour 2003

Telewest Arena, Newcastle

The Westlife Unbreakable Tour opened in Newcastle last night and demolished 10,000 fans at the packed Arena.

The Irish heartthrobs didn't just take the roof off - they dug up the foundations and knocked the walls down too.

The Supermen of pop produced a thumping gig that had everything. It included seven giant screens, fantastic video and graphic backdrops, ejector seat stage appearances and a flying cradle that took the lads on a flight of fantasy along the entire length of the Arena, over the heads of their screaming fans.

There were thunder-flashes and fireworks that would have put Guy Fawkes to shame.

They even managed to cram in a Mexican wave, and some stand-up comedy.

Oh, and the music wasn't bad either.

The only thing they didn't do was wear their underpants outside their trousers.

The show opened with a two-minute countdown on the world's biggest digital clock, just to build the excitement - as if the atmosphere really needed it!

By this time you could have cut thick slices of the oestrogen in the air with a blunt broom handle.

As the clock ticked down the audience was a mass of sweating, screaming females, with flashing lights and cowboy hats on their heads, waving glowing wands and Irish tricolours, flashing their tattoos on their midriffs between their belly tops and hipster trousers"and that was just the mums.

The boys-who-are-now-men belted out their opening number, When You're Looking Like That, quickly followed by three of their 12 smash hit singles, If I Let You Go, Tonight and Flying Without Wings.

But this was a night when Westlife demonstrated their true versatility, changing the mood almost as many times as they changed costumes.

Next up was an unplugged section. They pulled up two sofas, grabbed their acoustic guitars, invited a few fans on stage and delivered My Love, Bop Bop Baby and Be With You. …

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