Steps. My childhood love. My dream was to be able to cook like Claire (kind of LOL looking at her now), dance like Lisa (think I achieved that one) and have dreadlocks like Faye (not yet…). I wanted to be as funny as H and just wanted to marry Lee. To see them ten years on, knowing what I now know about them was just insane.
The evening itself was beautiful. I took the day off Uni to travel up to London with the Ma, to hit the shops (where I bought a BEAUTIFUL maxi dress for two weddings I’m hitting up this summer), eat, drink and laugh. Eat, drink and laugh we certainly did. Eat: Cafe Rouge, one of my favourite places to eat in the world. French food is the bomb. Drink: Pinot Grigio, in large quantities. Laugh: at pretty much everything.
Stumbling to our seats a few hours later we were buzzing, on top of the world, not just the O2. Cue fireworks, lights, dancers, screaming, flashes. Uh-maz-ing. Here and Now, One for Sorrow, Tragedy, 5,6,7,8 … the works. But not only that, they decided to do solos (a perfect opportunity to sprint, and I mean sprint, to the ladies). Lee did Moves like Jagger; pretty standard I have to say. Faye, One Night Only from Dreamgirls, actually really good! H sung Don’t Stop Believing. Predictably and Autotuned. Lisa sang her 2000s hit ‘Lately’. I’m thinking of a nice word for terrible. And I’m failing. But Claire, wow. Just wow. She sang ‘I Surrender’. Absolutely beautiful. She didn’t need any theatrics. Just her, in a beautiful gold mermaid dress commanding the stage, commanding all 14,000 of us. Outstanding. Here’s a recording I found. If you just listen to ten seconds of it, you will see what I mean.
So in short, amazing. I came away happy, on top of the world, with a severe lack of voice left. I know Steps aren’t the band I grew up with, but were they ever? I’m sticking with yes. I don’t care about the one night stands or the tour bus catfights or who got fat and who got pregnant (I’ve watched their reality show FAR too much.) I care that their songs make me happy, make me smile and gave me one of the best nights of my life. Incredible.