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Iceland’s Home Grown Tribute Industry
Iceland’s Pop Royalty Pay Homage to George Michael
Omar kept the emotional quotient high with the first duet of the night, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – the Bonnie Raitt song Michael made his own many years ago on MTV. No one could top George Michael’s version, but Omar with Erna Hronn came close. They have worked together for many years and the bond they appear to have, made the emotion in the song very believable.
Reykjavik’s Gospel Choir Builds the Emotion
Even Aretha Would Have Been Impressed
The first encore “Careless Whisper”, while normally a melancholic song, just forced home again how well suited Fridrik Omar is to showcasing George Michael’s song writing talents. Another standing ovation before the unmistakable open chords of “I Knew You Were Waiting”. The beautiful Johanna Gudrun Jonsdottir took the Aretha Franklin part with Omar taking George’s. It’s a brave soul that dares to take Aretha’s role, but Johanna has an equally amazing range and pulled it off impeccably.
The show ended with “Freedom ’90” followed by Wham’s Freedom. The audience was on its feet throughout the last few songs, ready to provide a hugely deserved prolonged standing ovation.
This show was not professionally videoed. Given that in this writer’s opinion it was perhaps the best tribute show ever put together, this is a criminal oversight, which can only be atoned for by Fridrik Omar and his exceptional friends taking the show to London first, and then around the world.
I Can’t Make You Love Me, with Erna Hronn
Praying for time (Margret Eir)
Everything She Wants
I’m Your Man
Waiting for the day (Jogvan Hansen)
Different Corner (Svala)
Always (with chorus and Regina Osk)
One More Try
I Want Your Sex
Kissing A Fool (Kristjane Stefans)
Jesus to a Child (Regina with chorus)
Edge of Heaven
Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)
I Knew You Were Waiting (Yohanna Gudrun Jonsdottir)