Striding onto the stage in a cloud of smoke, he was back. Usher had returned to the Odyssey Arena for the first time in 4 years with his UR Experience tour.
Fresh from a visit to Dublin, where he enjoyed a pint or two of the black stuff, he was in fine form, much to the admiration of the mostly female audience. The crowd were ready for him after being entertained by the duo of Nico & Vinz who had held their own. The highlight of their set being the performance of their best known track, chart topping track, ‘Am I Wrong’.
The R&B superstar wasted no time in getting the crowd to their feet as he kicked off with tracks ‘OMG‘, ‘Love In This Club’ and ‘You Make Me Wanna’ and the audience immediately responded with delight.
Wooing the audience with his vast back catalogue of hits, he also had an array of dancers as well as busting many impressive moves himself. At this stage it is worthwhile reminding ourselves that Usher is now 36 years old with a career spanning 22 years!
Adding to the performance even more so, was the stage show. From the V shaped stage to the fireworks, flames, lights and big screens, no effort had been wasted in ensuring that this would be a night that we would not quickly forget.
Supporting Usher on stage were a full band, backing vocalists, percussionists, brass band and DJ. It was with the DJ that Usher stopped to have the ‘craic’ and the ‘banter’ with as they teased the audience with chords from more well known hits. Talking through his list of albums, he managed to give all the fan favourites a mention.
Ever the showman, Usher before long donned his trademark fox hat to belt out more tracks such as ‘Twist It’ and ‘DJ Got Us Fallin In Love’. Usher also found time to take to the drum kit for a solo that once again displayed his talents.
After nearly 2 hours of showcasing hits from his career that spans 2 decades, came the finale. Usher managed to get everyone in the arena on their feet dancing for the David Guetta track he provided lyrics for, ‘Without You’. Leaving the arena, there was a sense that the night had really lived up to its name of being an ‘experience’. Michael Chapman, GiggingNI.com