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Lionel Richie: LG Arena, Birmingham

Stephen Dalton, Times, The, 28 October 2012

BIRMINGHAM IS Lionel Richie's idea of a party town. We know this because the veteran crooner repeatedly stressed his fondness for Britain's second city during his packed West Midlands stopover last week. Outside the LG Arena lay traffic jams, economic gloom and bitterly cold advance warnings of winter. But inside, the freakishly ageless 63-year-old soothed our frayed nerves with his warm bubble bath of wholesome, feel-good soul-pop. Even in a cruel world, Lionel makes it all better.

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