Lee Pashley as Robbie Williams
Star rating: *****
Saturday 13th February 2016
Tropic at Ruislip
In football they say the measure of a great player or team is if they can turn it on a cold night in Stoke. You could ask the same of a performer coming to perform in Ruislip on a cold February night, performing a tribute act to one of Stoke’s finest son’s. This was the question facing Lee Pashley at a pre-Valentine’s night gig. I first saw him two years ago at the Tropic at Ruislip and was thoroughly entertained by a mesmerising show.
Then it was full. Tonight alas it was nowhere near as packed and rather than being a standing room only, dancing gig, tables were set out nicely for a cabaret evening. I wondered how this would work for the great entertainer. Would it be a flop?
I needn’t have worried. Lee Pashley as Robbie Williams was the consummate professional and delivered a superb show. He got his fans up singing and dancing with him and worked the room like a boss.
The audience were treated to a catalogue of Robbie Williams hits such as Candy Girl, Rock DJ and Angels, some good old Take That numbers such as Back for Good. There was even a bit of Frank Sinatra thrown in, some Queen and other hits from a variety of popular artists such as Mr Bojangles
He looks like Robbie, dances like him and clowns about like him right down to the silly walks. This was an intimate, engaging, fun gig. Many in the crowd were delighted to be involved in the show and there was none of the awkwardness you can often get at a comedy gig where people are shy to be called upon. Though it wasn’t a comedy gig, you could be mistaken for thinking it was at times as there was lots of funny banter in between songs. The second half was a cracker as he got everyone up on their feet and for the most part people stayed on their feet singing and dancing along for the rest of the night. Lee Pashley delivers a very professional and fitting tribute to one of the country’s much loved superstars.
I’ve enjoyed seeing a lot of tribute acts as well as the real, established acts over the years. Lee Pashley ranks highly as one of the very best I’ve seen and he left me and all who were lucky enough to be here with another memorable night.
© Tiemo Talk of the Town
Lee Pashley is performing at Champers, Eastcote, on Thursday 24th March 2016.
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