Once in a while you go to a gig and one song, one moment during the evening makes you realise that the ticket was money well spent.
I had one of those moments during James Blunt’s performance at the Guildhall on Friday.
Most of us are aware of his privileged life; Harrow, Sandhurst and Army Captain.
Some know that he went on to make two very successful albums, backed by two world tours; he won two Brits and two Ivor Novello awards.
For many there are also two opposing views of him as an artist.
I came to this show as one of the few trying to occupy the middle ground.
I could have left thinking that some of the upbeat numbers are a bit too ‘Chris de Burgh’ and samey but actually I couldn’t think of anything but the show-stopping performance of Goodbye My Lover.
Sung at a piano with a single spotlight and no band, this was a memorable moment, surprisingly sprung upon us in mid-set.
Sure, he shared all the other big hits.
You’re Beautiful was slipped in unannounced and he encored with Stay the Night and 1973 but for me, one moment stole the show.