REVIEW: GEORGE (Hammersmith Eventim Apollo) ★★★★★
The term ‘tribute act’ can come with little respect and a whole lot of cheese but George, was anything but cheesy! The amazing Rob Lamberti, a scarily spitting image of George Michael, took that stage and utterly owned it, just as George would have done.
This 2 hour concert of George Michael’s greatest hits saw the audience up on their feet, dancing along to the tunes. From the funky base of Club Tropicana to the soothing sax of Careless Whisper, this show was one to remember.
Rob Lamberti was simply brilliant; his sheer love for George Michael emulated the audience, giving them bitesize trivia throughout the show, even incorporating some of Michael’s dance moves and costumes.
Something has to be said for the sheer beauty of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, they managed to steal the show on quite a few occasions with their intense harmony and flow.
The sense of comradery and belonging up on that stage is what was most moving. Rob Lamberti wasn’t the only star of the show, the fantastic band including original members of the George Michael band, Carlos Hercules on drums and David Baptise smashing that famous saxophone score from Carless Whisper, were amongst the talent. The amazing backing singers, who were anything but in the background, their presence was electrifying throughout. Elle Cato and Shean Williams’s respective duets with Lamberti sent the audience into hysteria.
Overall this brilliant show was nothing short of perfection, and what a magical way to pay homage to the late and great, Mr George Michael.
Reviewed by Aliya Siddique
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