Photo by Jessica Suo.

TEARAWAY Maverick JESSE CARPENTER reviews James Blunt's Auckland show at the Civic Arena.

I was 11 years old the first time I heard James Blunt's hit single High; I remember sitting on my friend Patrick’s couch, listening to it over and over. At the sold-out Civic Arena, last week, that song – along with You’re Beautiful – brought so many memories back.

James opened with songs from his latest album Moon Landing. Even though his audience were mostly well into their 40’s, he gave an energetic performance, keeping them entertained until the end – which isn’t easy to do, especially for a seated show. Most of the time they were standing, clapping and cheering whilst James and his band played away.

Opening for James was Busby Marou, an Australian band making their way across the ditch to promote their new album. Their guitarist, Jeremy Marou, played amazing guitar and ukulele, whilst singer Tom Busby used his John Mayer-like voice to get the audience warmed up for what was yet to come.

The crowd (consisting of mums, daughters and bored boyfriends) erupted with cheers as soon as James got on stage. He played an hour and a half set, including songs such as Wisemen, Goodbye My Lover and Bonfire Heart, finishing with 1973 as an encore.

It had been six years since James Blunt was last in New Zealand, but after last night’s show, I’m sure he will be back soon.

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