REVIEW: Alexander O’Neal at Pyramids Centre, Southsea

Alexander O'Neal
Alexander O'Neal
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Alexander O’Neal came to prominence in the middle of the 1980s as a solo artist and on Friday night – as a celebration of his 30-year-old opus Hearsay – he delivered the soul and rhythm classics that were particularly popular during this era.

Dressed in a sleek black suit with a hat to match, the former Prince protégé delivered a slick show

His heyday may have been three decades gone but his extensive back catalogue and abilities as a performer means he is still capable of drawing in the crowds.

Unsurprisingly, his songs Criticize and Fake got the biggest reception from the crowd, as well as a predictable smooch to If You Were Here Tonight.

The soul man’s 90-minute set is more like a party than a concert, with the 63-year-old encouraging the audience to get up on their feet and dance the night away.

O’Neal may be in his sixties, but if 30 years of soul is anything to go by the soul legend still has what it takes to entertain an audience.