Sam Fender kicked off the first of his two homecoming shows at Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium last night (June 9).
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The show, which saw the North Shields singer-songwriter perform a host of tracks from his recent album ‘Seventeen Going Under’ and hits from his backcatalogue, also saw him perform a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘I’m On Fire’. Support acts for the show included Hector Gannet, Holly Humberstone and Inhaler.
The singer-songwriter recently shared his emotional reaction to meeting his musical hero The Boss in Italy for the first time last month.
He previously cited Springsteen as a major influence on his sound, and is often compared to the legendary singer-songwriter. Speaking to NME in 2021, Fender said: “I can’t exactly bat off those comparisons, can I?”
Fender continued: “At the same time, I don’t feel worthy of that [‘Geordie Springsteen’] tag. The first time I heard it, I was like, ‘That’s fucking sick’, but you don’t want to be riding off the coattails of The Boss for the rest of your life.
“I can write my own songs, they’re different and my voice doesn’t sound anything like Springsteen’s. I don’t have his growl; I’m a little fairy when I sing.”
Elsewhere in his set he performed a host of songs from his 2021 album including the title track, ‘Getting Started, ‘Spit Of You’ and ‘The Dying Light’ along with the likes of ‘Will We Talk?’, ‘Play God’ and ‘Hypersonic Missiles’. You can view footage below.
— Amч Scott🌻 (@scottamy95) June 10, 2023
for all the ones who didn't make the night 🕊️🤍
sam fender performing the dying light at st james park last night! pic.twitter.com/lEsFyiATEI
— sam fender files (@samfenderfiles) June 10, 2023
Looks like Sam Fender certainly lived up to the hype at SJP.
Absolute scenes…..a celebration of our region, the season #NUFC just had and a local lad that has done good.
We go again tonight!
— 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝘆𝗻𝗲 #NUFC (@ToonMouthTyne) June 10, 2023
— Sam Fender Daily (@dailyfender) June 9, 2023
Ahead of the shows, Fender announced special celebratory Newcastle editions of his next album by sharing QR codes across the city.
Sam Fender played:
‘Will We Talk?’
‘I’m On Fire’
‘Howdon Aldi Death Queue’
‘Get You Down’
‘Spit Of You’
‘The Dying Light’
‘Wild Grey Ocean’
‘Seventeen Going Under’