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Be warned - don't sit down at a Texas show

You wouldn't want to upset Sharleen Spiteri! When the audience at the Symphony Hall show sat down after rising to their feet for second song, Halo, the Texas singer seemed to get a little shirty.

''I'm not happy with this sitting down,'' she announced. ''If I'm standing, everybody's standing!''

Suitably chastised, the crowd were on their feet again and most remained there for the rest of the one hour 45 minute show. Perhaps they were afraid Sharleen would tell them off if they sat down or maybe songs like Summer Son and Black Eyed Boy are so darn infectious you just have to get up and dance.

Of course, Sharleen's banter with the near sold-out audience was all good natured. You couldn't wish for a better band front-person. She sat on the edge of the stage to chat with fans about shoes, she got everybody singing Happy Birthday to the sound engineer and she told of her day's shopping in Birmingham. Most importantly, she put in a great vocal performance with songs like In Demand and Everyday Now getting a huge response from the crowd. One fan who shouted 'You can really sing, Sharleen' got the response from Ms Spiteri, 'I hope so after 25 years of doing this!'

An impressive array of lights and images projected on the back of the stage complemented the songs which included a handful from new album The Conversation. The first encore began with the title track with the band joined on stage by support act Karen Anne, aka Girl Called Johnny.

Girl Called Johnny
Guest: Girl Called Johnny joined Texas on stage

The second encore of Tired of Being Alone and River Deep Mountain High was dedicated by Sharleen to a young lad in the audience. Let's just hope he didn't sit down!


Detroit City
In Our Lifetime
If This Isn't Real
Talk About Love
When We Are Together
Big World
Dry Your Eyes
In Demand
So Called Friend
Everyday Now
I Don't Want A Lover
Summer Son
Black Eyed Boy
Say What You Want
Encore 1
The Conversation
Inner Smile
Encore 2
Tired of Being Alone
River Deep Mountain High

Texas' remaining UK tour dates:
November 21: Brighton, Dome;
November 22: Portsmouth, Guildhall;
November 24: Ipswich, Regent Theatre;
November 25: Cambridge, Corn Exchange;
November 26: Sheffield, City Hall;
November 28: Glasgow, Academy;
November 29: Edinburgh, Usher Hall.
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Why? Scottish band reveal their Soulful roots
When: November 18, 2013
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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