Hugh Laurie (and the Copper Bottom Band), Birmingham Symphony Hall – 18th June 2013

I’ve always liked Hugh Laurie from the days of Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, House (of course) and his occasional foray into film.

It’s not often you do get to see people like Hugh, and so, when tickets to see him with the Copper Bottom Band were announced I had to get some.

He did take a while to come on-stage and did blame nerves when he finally cam on, but when he started he couldn’t stop… We were treated to two encores and the audience was still asking for more, and I think he would have done if allowed!

He and his music was/is infectious and indeed we carried on listening on the drive home!

Hugh’s singing itself is pretty decent, but it was the strong vocals, and exceptional band to back him up that really made the whole thing shine.

Laurie is clearly an accomplished pianist but the piano never took centre stage and for the majority of the show he let the talents of his fellow musicians on the trombone, saxophone, guitars and drums lead the way.

In between the  music he interacted with the crowd with comic banter – almost as if we were in a pub somewhere, and even treated the crowd to a tango.

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