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RICHARD MARX/John Parr, Royal Albert Hall, London
31 May 2011
apart day after day and I slowly go insane, I hear your voice on the
line, but it doesn't stop the pain'' so sang Richard Marx on his number
2 UK hit 'Right Here Waiting' back in 1989. A song that was 'Our Tune'
for many couples myself included as I had a long distance relationship
with a girl who stole my heart and we eventually moved in with each
other. Our love was cemented 21 years ago at the Royal Albert
Hall: 21 years ago at a Richard Marx gig the last time he played this
the years of 89 & 90 were full of endless summer nights of cupid bliss.
I sported a mullet looking cool like many others, not wanting to be a
short haired trendy nor did I want to look a beatnik hippie.
rock stars who proudly had the mullet were AOR sensations Richard Marx
and tonight's supporting artist John Parr.
biggest football stars of the day had one, so it was no surprise to see
ex-England internationals Glenn Hoddle and Gerry Francis in the audience
who was in very comfortable surroundings tonight was GRTR!'s very own
Andy Nathan, a man with no shame and no grunge albums in his record
collection. To his friends he is just affectionately known as 'The
Mullet' as he has proudly not changed his hairstyle over the years, but
at least he has success with the ladies on his trips to Middle America.
(At least he still has hair, Ed)
is a man who has dipped off the radar in recent years and that is a
shame as the man is truly talented. Playing a short acoustic set Parr
held a captive audience. When sung by Parr you realise what a great
emotive song 'The Best A Man Can Get' popularized by the Gillette
adverts. New song 'At The Cathedral' was a poignant number about young
lives coming back home in a coffin from unwanted wars overseas.
song which took on a whole new meaning was the smash hit St. Elmo's Fire
(Man In Motion), nothing to do with the film, the clue is there in the
Accompanied by a video backscreen, Man In Motion tells the story of
wheelchair athlete and activist Rick Hansen as he travels across North
America. Enough to make the hairs on your back stand on end. Amazing
what can be achieved with a positive mind. The sooner John Parr returns
with a full electric band the better.
may have dried up a little bit for Richard Marx these days but the man
has many 'Stories To Tell'. Marx also started the gig acoustically
transporting me back in time with 'Endless Summer Nights'. The stories
came early. Introducing 'When You're Gone' he happily stated how
relieved he was when he heard this song on American radio and that the
next song the DJ played was by Nickleback and not The Carpenters.
be wondering whatever happened to that young love of mine. Well she saw
the light and realised what a loser in life I was and disappeared to
find a happy life in Middle England with a successful marriage, 2.4 kids
and a pedigree dog. Myself? Well I got to keep my Richard Marx albums.
Marx is a likeable all round good American guy and he spends some time
taking about his family. Firstly thanking his wife for 'Hazard' who
insisted that he recorded that song, the rest as they say is history.
touch for 'Save Me' where Marx plays along to a backing tape and video
screen of his sons performing this new number (Nice to see one of his
sons is an upcoming headbanger wearing a Trivium T-shirt). 'Through My
Veins' was dedicated to his late father who was a composer of music
was taken literally for 'Always On Your Mind' where Marx waltzed out
into the stalls unaided with any mics. A brave idea which was great for
those of us nearby but completely inaudible for those up in the tiers.
Marx was joined by a full electric band and a smooth run through of
'Angelia' and 'Satisfied' were starting to rock the joint. Songs he
wrote for others went down well: 'Better Life' (US hit for Keith Urban)
and 'This I Promise You', thankfully the AOR version of the N-SYNC
smash, (Incidentally 21 years ago at the Albert Marx performed 'Edge Of
A Broken Heart' a song he gave to Vixen.)
kept coming and by now the Marxists were out of their seats rallying
around their leader. 'Don't Mean Nothing' and 'Should've Known Better'
ending the set on a high but of course it was the encore of 'Right Here
Waiting' which got every couple here tonight in an embrace.
You may be
wondering whatever happened to that young love of mine. Well she saw the
light and realised what a loser in life I was and disappeared to find a
happy life in Middle England with a successful marriage, 2.4 kids and a
pedigree dog. Myself? Well I got to keep my Richard Marx albums.
Set list: Endless Summer Nights / Keep Coming Back / When You're Gone /
One Thing Left / Hazard / Save Me / Hold On To The Nights / Now And
Forever / Always On Your Mind / Through My Veins / Take This Heart /
Angelia / Over My Head / Satisfied / When You Loved Me / Better Life /
This I Promise You / Don't Mean Nothing / Should've Known Better
......encores... The Way She Loves Me / Everybody / Right Here Waiting
by Leslie Linyard
John Parr interview
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