02 Aug 2012
- Written by Warren Roseborough
International pop star Seal really left an everlasting impression during his visit to Memphis last weekend. This man puts on a show!
Macy Gray, who performed at last year's Memphis in May International Festival, opened up for Seal, coming out – as usual – in her cabaret-style attire and delivering a high-energy performance.
Concert protocol dictates that the headliner goes last, and Seal most certainly has earned that billing. He reached deep into his repertoire and sang most of his songs, including his platinum hit, "Kiss from A Rose," and "Crazy." Along the way, he told the nearly-sold out and diverse crowd at the Memphis Botanic Gardens that he loved being in Memphis, the home of King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley and iconic singers such as Al Green.
Performing for two-plus hours, Seal sang "Let's Stay Together" and covered some of Green's other hits. With the crowd singing and swaying, he also did a version of Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO."
If Seal has lost any of the quality of his voice, no one I encountered was pointing it out nor wishing for the Seal that came on the scene back in the middle 80s before his career skyrocketed in the early 90s. Asked if they wanted him to keep the show rolling, the concertgoers roared their choice, and he kept going and going.
I wasn't a big Seal fan before I covered this show, but I am now. I had a chance to interview two huge fans of Seal before the man of the hour made his move.