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Friday 23 July 2021.

Friday 23 July 2021. JAMES BLUNT + ALFIE SHEARD live at The Royal Albert Hall. This will be the first "back to normal" full capacity gig at this iconic venue since March 2020. In the days before they are having other types of full capacity events here. Blunt's first album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. "You're Beautiful" was number one in the UK, the US and a dozen other countries. Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK,and is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history.Blunt has since sold over 20 million records worldwide. I saw James Blunt headline Hammersmith Apollo in 2008. James Blunt returns for a full UK arena tour in Feb 2022. --------- The venue is pretty much 95% full for tonight's show. ALFIE SHEARD arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins. Alfie Sheard is a singer-songwriter with a huge online audience. After one of his busking videos caught the attention of 'Ellen Degeneres', he was asked to make an appearance on her show where he also received a signed guitar from Ed Sheeran...he was like a younger James Blunt. JAMES BLUNT arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 90 mins. A nice big stage production which could easily be the one he will use for his forthcoming arena tour, with lots of lights and three massive screens showing live footage of the show. James Blunt has always been an easy target for naffness, as he has a lot of love songs. The crowd is full of couples and girls, who are still screaming out "I love you James". There are plenty of hits in his set including "You're Beautiful". James knows how to handle the crowd and his wry humour always goes down well. The sound quality is top notch, and his drummer was excellent. He got the crowd to stand up after 45 mins, and they remained standing. An enjoyable show, much better than expected. Full JAMES BLUNT setlist played tonight... How It Feels to Be Alive Smoke Signals Wisemen High Champions Goodbye My Lover I Really Want You I Told You Carry You Home Stay the Night Postcards 5 Miles You're Beautiful Same Mistake So Long, Jimmy OK (Robin Schulz cover) Encore: 1973 Bonfire Heart His posh singer-songwriter mate ELLIE GOULDING was in a Level 1 VIP box. ------------------ Sat 24 July - Josh & Rachel's house-warming party for me in Burnham, Berkshire this evening. ------------------ Monday 26 July 2021. Happy Birthday to MICK JAGGER who is 78 today. Happy Birthday to QUEEN drummer ROGER TAYLOR who is 72 today.