Concert review: Gabrielle’s touching dedication after tour director’s sudden death

Gabrielle performs at the York Barbican.

After its opening number Thank youThe singer told the sold-out crowd the tragic news that “the incredible” Pete Spencer had passed away at their hotel early Wednesday morning, but his wife had insisted they continue performing.

Dedicating it to him, Gabrielle said that “the show must go on … but it’s going to be emotional tonight”.

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It was certainly true. Visibly upset, one of her backing vocalists must have been consoled by her and her band mates at some point as the pain of their loss grew too much.

Gabrielle performs in York.

Indeed, that says a lot about the professionalism of everyone involved who were able to delight the crowd as they did with Gabrielle’s powerful voice, still so strong and moving.

With songs dating back to her debut in 1993 and spanning her entire career, the two-time BRIT Prize winner sang When a woman, Give me some more time and Sunshine before a brilliant Fall.

Tell me what you dream – “because I’m not good at communication” – and Set up a fight – “It was me and my impertinence” – also featured before everyone got up for their version of the Womack & Womack classic Tears.

The tempo slows down for Ten years and Independence Day before a touch Will get better and the public’s favorite To augment.

Gabrielle on stage in York.

As a reminder, Out of reach once again proves its timeless quality before Gabrielle’s signature classic Dreams completes the 52-year-old masterclass.


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