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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

FOR THE RECORD: LLOYD Live @ Manchester Academy (14/03/12)


Lloyd banks a good show.

There are a lot of R&B singers around today but none are quite like Louisiana's Lloyd. The former 'Murder Inc' and 'Def Jam' young star from the U.S. treated the city of Manchester, England to some Mardis Gras like entertainment tonight.

Coming out in a diamond studded leather jacket with the symbol for peace on the back and a purple 1996, number 8, throwback, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, basketball jersey, complete with a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat and Ray Charles shades the young prince looked more like the 'Artist Formerly Known As' then most of today's stars. The eighties hair-style also accented this symbolic look. Now it doesn't get much cooler than this.

Young Goldie bounced out to 'Get It Shawty' as the girls screamed and the fellas cheered. Energising the bridge like Mr. Spock, this star trekked through his underrated vast catalogue of hits, flicking through and showing the fans he could play the piano ('Angel') and the guitar. The multi-talented singer/songwriter also got a big response for his classic Flintstone, stone-age, redefining referenced chorus of 'Bed Rock' off his monster collabo with Lil' Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and the rest of the Young Money crew.

Giving love to a Sam Cooke classic sampled for his new hit 'Cupid' Young Lloyd paid due respect to the old greats of the genre, going back to back on a Michael Jackson tribute before paying respects to some lost legends like Aaliyah, Biggie, Tupac and Whitney Houston (who was also given a magical, moving "Your love is my love" send off by talented support act Bluey Robinson (a guy who's got some great songs of his own to go along with some nice covers of everything from Robin Thicke to the 'Fresh Prince' theme tune)).

To close the night the New Orleans star brought cheers with recent hits like 'Girls Around The World' and 'Lay It Down' before closing the show with an explicit dedication to his ex. Even without Lil' Wayne, Andre 3000 or any of the other big names he's collaborated with for hits the star-studded, leather draped singer showed he could hold the stage and the crowd on his own. As cool as the Fonz and with a jukebox full of hits. Lloyd rocked around the clock, showed us how they do it in the 'A' and got two thumbs up. Happy days. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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