Supporting their new album of the same name, Anthems showcased the talents of West End singing sensation Kerry Ellis and legendary guitarist Brian May.
The 90 minute set included some of Queens greatest hits, with new lyrics written specifically for Ellis, as well as some of the songs which made her famous in the hit musical Wicked.
Ellis has an excellent stage presence – she feels very at home on the stage, and interacts well with the audience. Aside from the outstanding vocals and watching May play guitar with gusto, it is worth coming to along just to see a side of the real Kerry Ellis, as opposed to the characters she has portrayed in London.
Some of the highlights included many of Queen’s hits – Somebody To Love, We are the Champions, We Will Rock You and No-one But You, where Kerry Ellis gave a masterclass in singing which yielded an impromptu standing ovation.
By the end of the concert the seated audience were all on their feet singing along. The unmistakeable highlight of the night was Defying Gravity – a song which resonates with Ellis’s core fan base.
It seems an odd combination, bringing together a West End singer and the guitarist from one of the biggest rock bands the world has ever seen, but it works.
Fans of Ellis and May will undoubtedly enjoy this show. It brings the music from both performers to a whole new audience. Hopefully this is the start of bigger and better things for both of them.
- David Jack