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Friday, June 24, 2011

Charleston, West Virginia Show Review

June 23, 2011
Sledge pleases his audience; Jones rocks out
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Percy Sledge, as he told his Clay Center audience Thursday night, is not 25 anymore
It takes him a bit longer to recover from his dance moves. He strains for some of those high notes.But he's still a charming and gracious performer, and his appeal lies in more than the memory of his earlier success.

Anticipation and memory were running high at the beginning of the show -- the audience gave him a standing ovation as soon as he walked out onto the stage.
Sledge delivered engaging performances of his own hits, including "Take Time to Know Her" and "Warm and Tender Love," as well as covering Motown and Stax hits.

He gave a playful, hip-shaking rendition of "My Girl" and sang (and whistled) "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."

Sledge's set hit a bit of a lull at one point, with a few too many down-tempo numbers, including "Out of Left Field," "Blue Water," and "Whiter Shade of Pale." His band, Sunset Drive, was solid but not exciting.

If he ever lost the audience, though, all was forgiven when he concluded his half of the show with his greatest hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman," and then signed autographs during the intermission. 

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