IT was full house at the much-anticipated English songwriter and singer James Blunt’s Moon Landing Tour Concert which took place at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in Harare on Tuesday evening.
BY TINASHE SIBANDA
Despite Blunt’s consistency in churning out hit after hit that kept audiences singing along, organisers appeared to have done their homework on security.
Dressed in a pair of jeans and T-shirt together with his band gave the audience a good run for their money with lots of interaction as he would take time to crack a few jokes leaving them in stitches in the two-hour performance.
He performed hits including Where Are You Now, Beautiful Dawn Satellites, These Are The Words and Postcards among many others that made the audience forget it was a midweek show.
Blunt took time to tell the audience that he had been very much impressed by the crowd considering that it was only his first time performing in Zimbabwe.
It was at that moment he sang the hits Bonfire Heart, Goodbye My Lover and You’re Beautiful that the audience got into an even bigger frenzy of enjoyment.
“This is my favourite guitar which I even take to my bedroom. I use it to make me feel bigger,” he said showing the audience a tiny guitar which he went on to play with ease just as the others.
He also took his time off the stage to get even closer to his audience, crowd-surfing which made it even a more memorable affair for the audience.
Blunt rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of his debut studio album Back To Bedlam, before achieving worldwide fame with the singles You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover.
The album sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK album charts and peaking at number two in the United States.
Blunt’s second album, All The Lost Souls, was released in 2007, topped the charts in over 20 countries and produced the hit single 1973.
His third album, Some Kind of Trouble, was released in 2010, after its lead single Stay the Night.
A deluxe edition was then released the following year, titled Some Kind of Trouble: Revisited.
Blunt has sold over 20 million albums and 17 million singles worldwide, with his debut album, Back to Bedlam, being listed as the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.
Blunt has also received several awards and nominations, having won two Brit Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.