Middlesbrough Town Hall
He had a lot of success back in the 1980s, when few were still daring to fly the flag for rock 'n' roll, but his fortunes have fluctuated since the days of his prime. Nine years ago he suffered a heart attack but thankfully he made a full recovery. His 2016 album, the introspective Echoes of Our Times, was far removed from his earlier work and offered unusual depth. It formed the core of his repertoire when I saw him on tour two years ago at York's Barbican.
Several strong songs from Echoes of Our Times - including Suffer Little Children, The Fire in her Blood and Last Man Alive have been retained for the current tour, which delivers on its promise to perform all the Greatest Hits...and More! He certainly went through the card for the packed venue, rattling through 26 songs (with a mid-session break). He doesn't dance quite like he used to but certainly well enough for a man who had just turned 71.