GALLERY:  Cliff Richard

AT 72, Cliff Richard is an unstoppable, hip-swivelling machine.

Back in Australia following a 2010 tour with his bandmates The Shadows to celebrate their 50th anniversary (yes, 50!), Sir Cliffy drew a near capacity crowd for a two-hour show billed as the Still Reelin' and A-Rockin' tour.

And that he is.

Opening with the 1965 song of the same title, Richard wiggled and bopped his way on to the stage in a flashy ensemble of sparkly black blazer and matching bedazzled Converse sneakers - no doubt both hip and comfortable for the Peter Pan of pop.

It was the first of 26 songs Richard performed in the set, which included a handful of his early rock'n'roll numbers from the '50s and '60s (complete with the backing of double bass) as well as classic covers of the era (Poetry In Motion, Sealed With a Kiss and Little Richard's Rip It Up) which he plans to record for his next album.

And that's where Richard's voice worked best, singing those rock'n'roll originals.

There's no doubt he still loves the stage and he charmed the mostly female crowd as he spoke between most songs, telling stories about his life and joking about his age ("I'm not dead yet") and the songs that didn't quite match the success of others ("I'd like very much to sing for you one of my greatest flops").

Summer Holiday, The Young Ones and Living Doll drew the biggest singalongs of the night.

After a 20-minute interval (a man in his eighth decade deserves a quick break), Richard returned to the stage, pulling out his career-reviving hits of the '70s and '80s: Devil Woman, Some People, We Don't Talk Anymore and Wired For Sound.

Guilty pleasures don't come much better.

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