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Cheryl - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - 17th October 2012 (Live Review)

Monday, 22 October 2012 Written by Lara Rainsforth
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It is always emotional when an artist's tour comes to an end, however, for Cheryl it meant she was finally home!

ImageThe 'A Million Lights' UK tour finished with a sell out crowd in the Geordie's home town. Support act Tinchy Stryder got the crowd well and truly warmed up and performed 'Number One' and 'Spaceship', which got the crowd jumping. Vocals were on point during the half hour set for Tinchy and I was left wondering why he was the supporting act??

Cheryl opened the show with a track from her latest album 'A Million Lights' entitled 'Sexy Den A Mutha'. Dressed in a gold sparkling cat suit, Cheryl swan dived from the top of the pyramid into the arms of her male dancers waiting below. The stunt is said to have cost around Ł2 million in insurance and had the crowd gasping from the minute she jumped until she landed safely.

Cheryl proceeded to announce to her home crowd, 'Newcastle, I am so happy to be here. This is the day I’ve been waiting for the whole tour. Geordies – let’s show them how to party!’ That’s exactly what Cheryl's home crowd did from the minute she stepped onto the stage. After which she launched into 'Call My Name', 'Girl In The Mirror' and 'The Promise' to the crowd's delight.

Fans were treated to a medley of Girls Aloud hits that consisted of 'The Promise', 'Biology' and 'Love Machine'. It was fair to say that everyone in the Metro Radio Arena was lapping up hearing Cheryl singing her past hits that put her on the stage. It also gave fans a glimpse of what may happen in the next 12 months as a recent comeback was confirmed for the band.

'Under The Sun' and 'The Flood' were the next tracks selected to entertain Cheryl's beloved Geordies as she finished off the section before a costume change. Appearing in a purple ball gown, Cheryl and numerous security staff made their way through the sell out crowd towards the back of the Arena where a stage was waiting.

A hologram of Will.i.am appeared on the main stage as the chords of the pair's duet '3 Words' filled the Arena. Wretch 32 also made a very brief performance during Screw You however blink and you would miss his appearance. Cheryl then launched into one of her biggest hits to date for her final encore and her soldiers were lifting the roof off the Metro Radio Arena. 'Fight For This Love' and 'Call My Name' had the crowd bouncing and bursting with joy as their fellow Geordie star coming home.

Overall, the show was full of energetic dance routines and glitzy costume changes. Vocals were clearly stronger when Cheryl was performing her ballads or not performing a full on routine. However, it proves that she can sing live and certainly perform a spectacular show without her fellow band mates.

One thing was certain and that was Cheryl did not disappoint her home crowd!

Full set list:

Sexy Den A Mutha
Call My Name
Girl In The Mirror
Promise This
The Promise
Love Machine
Under The Sun
The Flood
Last One Standing
3 Words
A Million Lights
Ghetto Baby
Screw You
Fight For This Love
Call My Name

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