A good few years ago Darren appeared on 'Stars in their Eyes' as Simply Red's Mick Hucknall. And just to show how long ago it was, Leslie Crowther was still hosting the show!
Pretty impressive huh. Well, Darren really is a fantastic live singer and from the way he worked the limited performance space, a consummate professional. I'm not a big Simply Red fan, so the songs didn't really do anything for me, but Darren himself executes the songs in such a way that you can feel the emotion of the tracks and there really are some 'hairs standing up on your neck' moments at just the right times. Great stuff...
Songs performed included: A New Flame, Aint That A Lot Of Love, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Fairground, For Your Babies, Holding Back The Years, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Moneys Too Tight, Something Got Me Started, Stars, The Right Thing and a couple more I can't remember.
So, after 45 minutes of watching Darren perform a tribute to Mick Hucknall he took a short break before returning to the stage as... ELVIS! Yep, that's what I was wondering... how could a Mick Hucknall tribute singer come out and do a tribute to the King himself?
It was clear as well that it wasn't just me who was enjoying the show because everyone was singing dancing and showing all the signs of having a great time.
Songs that got everyone in the mood for a great time included: That's Alright Mama, Wonder of you, I Just Can't Help Believing, Suspicious Minds, Always On My Mind, Burning love, Devil in Disguise, Teddy Bear, My Way, Can't Help Falling in Love, Viva Las Vegas, A Little Less Conversation, Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes.... and I think that was it :)
Here's a video of Darren performing as Mick Hucknall on 'Stars in their Eyes' and there is also one of Darren as Elvis below as well.
I didn't get any footage myself on the night as I was actually far too busy just enjoying myself and getting lost in the awesomeness of Darren as Elvis. Surprisingly enough, the Mick Hucknall part of the show proved a great warm-up so as odd as it may sound, it worked brilliantly.
Anyway, if anyone is interested on learning more about Darren, and I would heartily recommend you do becasue these 2 tributes are just the tip of the iceberg... again, I reiterate... GIT! check out his website here: www.theultimatetribute.co.uk