Shane Filan hit the Newcastle City Hall this week with his first ever solo sell-out tour. Shane has made a huge comeback since he became bankrupt in late 2012, after Westlife decided to go their separate ways. Shane’s You And Me Tour kicked off in Liverpool on the 20th February and will come to a close in Dublin on the 14th March.
Ben Montague was Shane’s support for the night. He sang a cover of Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ and sang a few of his own songs such as ‘The Truth’ , ‘Sweet Amelia’ and ‘Haunted’ which he had written himself. Ben broke the ice with the crowd by trying out a Geordie accent, which he was surprisingly good at.
Screams filled the hall when Shane was about to perform. He opened his show by singing ‘What Makes a Man’ which was released by Westlife in 2000 for their Coast to Coast album. He sang other Westlife songs such as ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Mandy’, ‘My Love’, ‘Flying Without Wings’ and Westlife’s cover of ‘You Raise Me up’ which was released in October 2005.
The 34-year-old also tried out a Geordie accent which was very amicable. Shane took time out from singing to introduce the band who are helping on his tour. He also thanked all his fans for coming out to see him.
More laughter filled the room when a woman threw a pair of ‘I love Shane Filan’ knickers on stage and Shane’s guitarist, Kevin, wore them over his jeans. Kevin also crowd controlled as he pointed to sections of the crowd who he wanted to scream at him for his fabulous fashion stunt. As Kevin’s head got bigger by the screams of enjoyment, he started to do lunges and the crowd went wild.
Shane sang a cover of Lonestar’s ‘Baby I’m Amazed by You’ along with Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ which features Aloe Blacc. Shane decided to mix it up a bit and got the crowd in a party move by singing Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, he put on a pair of sunglasses and pretended to do raunchy moves to lighten the atmosphere. The songs Shane sang from his new album included ‘Todays Not Yesterday’, ‘Knee Deep in My Heart’, ‘Always Tomorrow’, ‘Everything to Me’ and ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’. He also sang an acoustic version of ‘Once’ which is his Father’s favourite song on the album.
Shane’s stage theme was an Irish pub. He explained that he wanted it to feel more ‘homely’ and ‘for everyone to have a great time’. Shane finished the night by thanking his band, his support and all the crew who help backstage. He thanked all his fans again for coming and how he hoped he would see them all again soon.