Look who’s back in the spot­light

The Wharf - - Front Page - GREEN­WICH Giles Broad­bent

For five tem­pes­tu­ous, scream­filled years be­tween 1987 and 1992, Bros dom­i­nated the mu­sic and fash­ion scene in a way that now seems im­pos­si­ble into to­day’s frag­mented pop cul­ture.

That they had few hits didn’t re­ally seem to mat­ter – al­though 25 years on it takes its toll on two stretched but sold-out re­turn gigs at The O2, Green­wich. The duo – on their self­pro­claimed “big­gest re­union in pop his­tory” – be­gan with I Owe You Noth­ing which left just Cat Among The Pi­geons, Drop The Boy and the al­most post-modern When Will I Be Fa­mous? to tick off the hit list.

Not that the Matt and Luke Goss have lost their mu­si­cal­ity or, even, trudged down a tragic path af­ter the split, both hav­ing a va­ri­ety of suc­cess in mu­sic and act­ing in the quar­ter cen­tury since.

The gig was split be­tween nos­tal­gia for the 40-some­things re­liev­ing their wild days and a de­gree of 80s camp with a sup­port slot for much-mocked mul­let man DJ Pat Sharp or­ches­trat­ing events like it was the school disco.

And there was poignancy too as the broth­ers paid trib­ute to those lost along the way – their sis­ter Carolyn and that other be-jeaned 80s icon Ge­orge Michael, re­mem­bered in a ren­di­tion of Free­dom.

While the Brosettes and the boys loved their mo­ment back in the spot­light, other gigs on the re­union tour have been mys­te­ri­ously can­celled.

It seems as if there is no Take That-style sec­ond act for the Bros.


Bros at The O2

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