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Daughtry at O2 Academy, Birmingham - Review

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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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American Idol finalist wows the crowd
Demand for tickets for this show was so great it was transferred from The Institute to the larger O2 Academy - but this is one production that should really be in arenas.

Chris Daughtry's songs are anthemic with huge singalong choruses that make you want to punch the air or just play along on air guitar. They are made for the big stage.

The 34-year-old from North Carolina was fourth in 2005's American Idol TV contest but he and his band were hailed as heroes by the sold out Birmingham audience.

Chris Daughtry
Live in Birmingham: Daughtry


Kicking off with the title track from new album, Baptized, the 90-minute gig flew by as the shaven headed singer performed songs from all four of the band's long players. Hits like Feels Like Tonight, Over You and It's Not Over from the 2006 debut album, Daughtry, got the best response from the fans who, nevertheless, still sang along heartily to newies such as Waiting For Superman and Long Live Rock & Roll.

Power ballads Broken Arrows and Life After You provided a mid-set breather, while a cover version of Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight was surprisingly effective.

A quick foray into the crowd during It's Not Over had the frontman complaining that he was ''getting too old for this'' but he admitted at the end that ''this is not work, we get paid to have fun.''

Daughtry conclude their UK tour at London's Shepherds Empire on March 26.

SET LIST

Baptized
Feels Like Tonight
Crawling Back To You
Battleships
Over You
No Surprise
Broken Arrows
Life After You
In The Air Tonight
Traitor
It's Not Over
Waiting For Superman
Home
September
What About Now
Long Live Rock & Roll
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Why? American Idol finalist in concert
When: March 24, 2014
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy, Birmingham
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