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Tarra Matthews Managing Editor
You guys have NO IDEA how long I’ve been waiting for a reason to discuss Olly Murs in great length. I finally have my chance after catching him in concert on Wednesday May 1st in Toronto at the SOLD OUT Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Olly Murs rose to fame as a contestant on the 6th series of the UK X Factor before coming in second to Joe McElderry. Lucky for Olly, he had garnered big fans in both Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell and was signed to a record deal in 2010. He quickly achieved commercial success in Europe but it took opening for a little boy band by the name of One Direction for the North American leg of their tour last year for him to carve out a place on this side of the pond. Now he’s on his own headlining tour, the Right Place, Right Time tour in support of his 3rd studio album.
The opening act for this tour is a teenaged brotherly trio, Before You Exit. Now going into the show I didn’t know much about these three besides the fact that they apparently have really catchy songs and opened for Action Item and have worked extensively with All Time Low. I was pleasantly surprised by their set. They showed that they have musicality and instrument talent to go with the cute looks and dance moves. Check out video of their song “Settle For Less:”
The boys, 15,17 &19 years old, were great at interacting with all the screaming girls in the audience and finished off their set with a band introduction and a cover from another famous trio of brothers, Hanson:
Then it was time for Olly to go on. The Brit hit the stage with his song “Army of Two” and carried the energy levels at an all-time high until he closed the show about an hour and 20 minutes later. Right after “Army of Two,” he went into one of his big hits “Dance With Me Tonight” which always has me giddy and dancing like a fool. Listen closely for the lyric changes in this version that had the girls a screaming!
What I was most impressed with was the fact that all the tracking maintained the ‘big band’ feel despite there not being any live horns as part of the band. The unique throwback feel and rhythm of Olly’s songs are two of the things that I love about his music the most.
Besides killer music, the show was great because of the rapport that Olly had with the audience. He was genuinely ecstatic that he was playing a sold-out crowd and that there are that many people here that care about his music. It is also clear that Olly is a cheeky bloke, constantly teasing all the girls who chanted (on numerous occasions) for him to take his shirt off. One girl even ‘challenged’ him by throwing her bra on stage!
The set also had a heartfelt/personal side to it as Olly quizzed us on how many random personal facts we knew about him. Just FYI, his middle name is Stanley and he wears size 9 shoes, if you were thinking of picking him up a pair. He was also surprised that when even knew the material off his debut album, which we totally sang to him. In return, Olly treated us to the song that started this whole journey for him, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”
Olly finished off the night with his hit song, “Troublemaker,” just don’t call it an encore – he thinks those are just cheesy and self-indulgent. “Why go back there and listen to you scream when I can stay out here and sing you another song?” It was really neat to hear the song without Flo Rida too, I probably even like it better!
Overall, I’m pretty sure I could see Olly live over and over and not get bored because he puts on such a killer show. I’ll definitely go see him again, MANY times.
Check out the full set list from the show:
Army of Two
Dance With Me Tonight
Hot In Here * (Nelly Cover)
I Need You Now
Hey You Beautiful
Hand On My Heart
Loud & Clear
Oh My Goodness
Superstition * (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Right Place, Right Time
Heart Skips A Beat
There’s about a week and a half left for Olly’s Right Place, Right TIme Spring Tour - click HERE to see if your city is coming up & if there are tickets available!