Alicia Keys: Set the World on Fire tour
Nottingham, 28th May 2013
Alicia Keys has currently been working her way across the UK, with her latest tour Set the World on Fire. Last night she brought her trademark piano and mesmerising voice to Nottingham’s Capital Arena. This tour promotes Alicia’s new material from her fifth album Girl on Fire.
The show time for Keys’ arrival was 8:40pm which is earlier that most arena schedules. However, this meant she had the chance to show off her impressive catalogue and everyone got the chance to hear the old-faithfuls. Instantly she grabs the attention of the crowd by opening with a snippet from her most iconic track to date Empire State of Mind.
Dressed in a sparkly bodysuit and tight black trousers, Keys was styled to suit her curvaceous figure.
In quick succession, Keys smashed out old hits Karma and You don’t even know my name showing the crowd her powerful vocal range. Keys showcased new tracks Tears always win and Listen to your heart as she sat behind the grand piano with dancers performing methodically around her. Whilst every performance was full of captivating charm and effortless skill, the crowd lacked enthusiasm other than polite clapping.
Without a doubt Alicia keys remains one of the most talented artists in the industry providing sophistication and grace in everything she does. The show contained elements of choreographed dance moves which were executed with class but for most of the time Keys jammed behind her piano as she glided from hit to hit.
Mid-way through the show she made some dedications but slipped up by thanking Birmingham for coming rather than Nottingham. She continued with an emotional rendition of Not even the King, stating that her son always asks her to play this track at home.
The encore had the crowd on their feet as Keys performed an energetic performance of Girl on Fire which included some body-shaking Beyonce type moves as well as showcasing an able talent for playing the drums. Keys was quick to rectify her earlier mistake as she substituted ‘New York’ to ‘Nottingham’ during a now full rendition of Empire State of Mind in a shimmering purple gown.
Anyone going to see this show should be warned to take tissues and a jumper because this girl although on fire will leave you freezing with spine-tingling perfection! Alicia will be performing two shows at London’s 02 Arena, with special guest Miguel on 30th and 31st May.