The second half of this special show featured the entire ‘Stars’ album in its original running order while the first half of the show featured hits and classic Simply Red songs hand-picked by Mick Hucknall himself.
Opening with the first track from the “Home” album, the eighth studio album recorded by Simply Red, Mick Hucknall stopped off at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 25 Years of Stars Tour.
After introducing the six-piece band, the set list moved swiftly through the relatively quick first half of the show, with songs like So Beautiful, and The Air That I Breathe, written by Albert Hammond in 1972, which proved a smash hit for The Hollies in 1974, a band also from Manchester as Mick Hucknall kindly reminded his fan before swinging into the ballad.
A couple more classics and some reminiscing on the time Donald Trump took him to the Belmont Races in NY, the intermission arrived quickly.
The sell-out crowd stayed standing for the whole second half of the set, screaming out the lyrics to Stars, followed by the upbeat funky Freedom. Filled with hits like this, 25 years after it’s release, ‘Stars’ remains one of modern music’s best and most successful albums.
It made Mick Hucknall a superstar, turning Simply Red into one of the country’s biggest bands. The album sold over 10 million worldwide, 4 million in the UK. Today the album sounds as fresh and exciting as it did in 1991.
After a brief pause, the band came on for their encore, playing the HITS of Simply Red, finishing of course with Holding Back The Years.
“After the huge success of ‘A New Flame’, I set myself the challenge of composing a whole album of original songs,” Mick Hucknall recalls. “I could never have imagined that ‘Stars’ would have the impact it did. It was a truly magical time.”