Stardust from 70s still shining bright

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Alvin Stardust - Sands Venue, Blackpool

HE may have clocked up more than 40 years as a performer, but Alvin Stardust still gives his all on stage.

An appreciative audience at the Sands Venue was treated to an hour-and-a-half set from the 70s glam rock star.

The first half focused on rock ‘n’ roll, opening with Great Balls of Fire followed by Blue Suede Shoes and Rock Around The Clock as Alvin reflected on his early influences which included Buddy Holly and Elvis.

The intimacy of the cabaret venue lent itself to the story-telling between songs as the likeable Alvin recalled the days when 25 million people would tune into a single radio programme.

Stories from his early days as Shane Fenton recalled memories of his time with the likes of Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, demonstrating his rock ‘n’ roll pedigree.

Returning to the stage after a short intermission, the show moved through the years of the glam rock era via his own successful ‘70s hey day with hits such as Jealous Mind, You You You and Red Dress.

But he proved he can still handle a contemporary song with an impressive version of Duffy’s Mercy.

The trademark gloves were in evidence throughout and Alvin’s voice belied the years as he got the after-dinner crowd out of their chairs and onto the dance floor.

None more so than with his final song, indeed his signature tune, My Coo Ca Choo.

Let’s hope he returns and that more original artists make use of this ideal venue too.