REVIEW, GALLERY: Boyz bring sincere love

 IT would be the turning point in Boyz II Men’s 90-minute show.

The three members of the world’s most successful R&B group appeared as the first unmistakeable notes of I’ll Make Love To You started to play, holding bouquets of roses that they passed to women in the audience, who were by now in a frenzy to get to the front.

Out of context it would have seemed cheesy, but was delivered gracefully without a hint of insincerity or irony – which pretty much sums up this show.

Expectations had been high in the lead-up to Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris’s first performance in Newcastle since 2007.

Waiting fans were treated to a rolling video of film clips, plugs for their latest album and app, a home video of a 1994 performance and trivia about the group before they burst on the stage with a mix of Believe and the thumping Roll Wit Me.

They prompted screams with On Bended Knee but newer, unfamiliar material may have alienated many fans that had come for a nostalgia hit.

With affable personalities, a persistence to connect, the proffering of roses and a return to their classics, they soon won the audience back and turned what started as an appreciative but subdued crowd into an audience clamouring for more.

The men are obviously aware of the naff factor in some of their lyrics and energetic dance routines, but seem willing to accept with a smile their legacy of more than 20 years.

Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Picture: Jonathan Carroll