Madness and sadness from Suggs

Madness lead singer Suggs
Madness lead singer Suggs
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Suggs: My Life, 
Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

The lead singer of Madness has a public persona as a likeable cheeky chappie but in this solo show (apart from pianist Deano) he’s not afraid to show another side.

The look back at his life in words and music is a lot of fun but Suggs also tells of finally finding out about the dad he never knew.

This was prompted by talking to his mum on his 50th birthday and her revelation that “he was the nicest man I ever met”. He died from heroin addiction when his son was 14. So no family reunion but Suggs concludes what’s important are the people you love around you.

He mentioned Bernie Clifton in one story about his TV career and was astounded when someone in the audience told him the comic is local. He kept coming back to it in a very funny way.

The songs are cleverly woven in and he sang lots of hits, including Madness, Baggy Trousers, Shut Up and It Must Be Love .

Suggs has a great line in self-deprecating humour and told great stories about Madness and the 2-Tone phenomenon. His pride in the band, whose Madstock reunion registered on the earthquake scale as so many fans were jumping up and down, shone through.