He's one of the greatest Motown artists that has ever lived and Lionel Richie’s two-hour extravaganza at the NEC's LG Arena proved exactly why.
With the energy of a 21-year-old rather than his 59 years, Mr Richie performed hit after hit, without any sign of tiredness.
And moments before he bounded onto the no frills stage, my friend and I had been treated to a private audience with the superstar – who was as humble and gracious as one would expect.
Those qualities certainly transferred onto the stage and when he appeared for the first time, there was no dramatic lighting, or music, he simply walked on to a deafening applause. The crowd were just happy to see him again.
The crooner launched into Easy and the audience couldn’t help but sing along with his pitch perfect vocals and skilled piano playing.
His smiling face and warm manner just made him all the more lovable and when he went onto sing his new hit with Akon called Just Go, the entire arena was on their feet.
Grandad Lionel, dressed in tight satin black trousers and a silky shirt, gave the audience everything they could possibly ask for.
And that included all the older hits, that you could see some of the female fans panting for.
He took us back to Brick House, a superb funk hit with The Commodores, Three Times a Lady, Say You Say Me, and the corny but classic Hello, which he performed alone on the piano.
After nearly 90 minutes the crowd knew what was coming when he told them: “Well, you can either dance on the floor...” Of course it was the legendary 80s tune Dancing on The Ceiling.
It was the song that finished the first part of the concert and as Lionel said his goodbyes the crowd were sure he would return – after all he hadn’t even sang All Night Long.
After five minutes of foot stomping and gushing girls calling out his name, Lionel reappeared in a freshly ironed pair of skin tight trousers, and new shirt.
Then he launched into the final part of the show and didn’t disappoint – ending it with the fabulous All Night Long.