JACK SAVORETTI at the Manchester 02 Apollo 10/04/2022

Word by Joanne Marsland 

Photos by Philip Goddard 

This was the first of 2 consecutive nights for Jack at the Apollo, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if most of the audience had tickets for the Monday night too. He is such a talented ‘from the heart’ singer, oozing emotions so honest you could believe that he is heartbroken beyond belief until the next song where he is head over heels in love.

Even I was pretty close to tears during the first song I REMEMBER US, which is my favourite track from his 7th studio and 2nd number 1 album EUROPIANA, which was released last June. Next up was WHAT MORE CAN I DO, which has a soulful feel and then Jack brought out the guitar for the upbeat track WHEN WE WERE LOVERS, which is where he invited everyone to their feet. Another funky track TOO MUCH HISTORY preceeded CANDLELIGHT ( which began with BANG BANG (my baby shot me down), making it sound even more like a James Bond theme.

GREATEST MISTAKE is my favourite Jack Sav song and it sounded fabulous, the band sounded absolutely first class and who doesn’t love it when Jacks raspy voice kicks in. The outstanding song of the night for me though had to be SOLDIERS EYES, made even more poignant by the current situation in Ukraine and also the exquisite and haunting performance by Phillip Granell on violin, mesmerising and brought tears and chills to the room.

Other songs played included an acoustic version of DR FRANKENSTEIN, WHOS HURTING WHO, a soul-disco track co produced by Nile Rogers, old fun favourite KNOCK KNOCK and mellow track HOME, MORE THAN EVER, THE WAY YOU SAID GOODBYE which again showcased the brilliance of the band, SECRET LIFE and ending with EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.

The encore brought an Italian Jack back on Stage, well at least for the first half of IO CHE NON VIVO SENZA TE/ YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME and the finale was the old feelgood track BACK WHERE I BELONG.
This was the third time seeing Jack and he just gets better every time, more confident and interactive with the fans, playing a varied selection of instruments and that voice, it’s like a chocolate spread sandwich eaten on a beach, smooth as you can get and even when the sand gets in it’s equally as delicious.


Philip Goddard

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