Jamiroquai, Manchester Arena
Graham Clark, Features Writer
If you're a Jamiroquai fan then it pays to be patient. Earlier this year the new album Automaton was released after a 7 year gap between the previous album, Rock Dust, Light Star.
It is probably just as long since northern audiences have had to witness the group live too, no doubt another reason why the gig is sold out.
As soon as Jay Kay steps on stage with his trademark headgear it is business as usual as they perform Shake It On, the first track off the new album.
Little L, one of their biggest hits, follows with Jay Kay still doing his fancy footwork dance moves albeit in a more subdued fashion most likely due to his back problems from earlier this year.
"It was much easier when I was 23" he jokes to the audience after performing Automaton the title track off the new album, which is accompanied with his dance moves.
Space Cowboy is greeted by the fans like a long lost friend with artist and his audience totally at one. Hard to believe that the gig will get better than this, but it does.
Don't Give Hate A Chance is dedicated to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. He shares with the audience that he was going to visit the house where he was born at nearby Stratford, where he "grew up listening to his grandfather playing Issac Hayes' Shaft".
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He has a tight band around him with 3 female backing singers who added an extra dimension to the songs.
The disco tinged Canned Heat probably influenced Daft Punk's later tracks more than they would like to admit. Love Foolosophy and Virtual Insanity are still top tracks from the latter part of Jay Kay's career.
By the time we get to the encore of Supersonic and 2 hours of pure magic is over far too soon. The Space Cowboy had definitely returned.
Jamiroquai, Manchester Arena, 6th November 2017, 9:35 AM