‘Indulge me’: Denise Welch gives verdict on ‘stunning’ The 1975 setlist and show as son Matty Healy dazzles

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The Tynemouth born actress flew to New York to watch son Matty and filled her social media with clips from the show.

Denise Welch was left blown away by son Matty Healy's performance as she caught The 1975 on tour in New York.

The Tynemouth-born actress and Loose Women star flew to New York to see the band that formed in her garage many moons ago on one of their early shows on the Being Funny in a Foreign Language tour - the band will come to Newcastle in the New Year with a sold-out show to 12,000 fans at the Utilita Arena.

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The band are kicking off their long stint on the road in the US and Denise travelled over with her husband Lincoln Townley to watch The 1975 perform at a sold-out Madison Square Garden alongside chum Kate Thornton. Taking to social media after the show, Denise pleaded with followers to 'indulge me' as she gushed about the group's performance.

Denise wrote: "Memories made last night. I will never forget the feeling of seeing my son and his best friends have 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden stunned into near silence at the performance art of this show."

The Waterloo Road actress also had praise for the layout of the band's setlist, explaining how the group ramped up towards the end of the night after having the crowd hushed early on. She continued: "Then raising the roof as they launched into the second half set!! To share it with my friends was something else. I'm sorry for posting so much but I'm home tomorrow so indulge me!!"

Last month, when speaking on the Parenting Hell podcast, Denise spoke about her relationship with Matty and recalled a hilarious phone call she received from the frontman when she accidentally leaked news of their upcoming UK tour.

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She said: "He's grown so much as a person. He started the band when he was 13 years old and when they were 21, 22 is when 'Chocolate' happened. They've been together for 20 years! That's what Matthew said about this tour, 'I just want to be in a group with my best friends making and playing music together'. That's what this tour will celebrate.

The 1975 are currently on tour in the US, seen here performing in 2019 (Image: Getty Images)The 1975 are currently on tour in the US, seen here performing in 2019 (Image: Getty Images)
The 1975 are currently on tour in the US, seen here performing in 2019 (Image: Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

"A few months ago I saw some clip that had come out and I put it on Instagram and wrote, 'can't wait to see them on tour'. Matty rang me and said, 'mum, I love you very much... but you've just announced our tour and we haven't announced it yet. My phone has just rung off the hook with every agent I've got, every record company and Universal, saying your mother has just announced the tour!'

"When you're in a band like The 1975 there's a lot of people and record companies and this and that. Things that I would say would be picked up by The Sun and The Mirror and he's doing talks with the posh papers and music magazines."

Given that Denise was so praising of The 1975 setlist, here is what the band are playing on the Being Funny in a Foreign Language tour.

Being Funny in a Foreign Language

  • The 1975 (Being Funny in a Foreign Language)
  • Looking for Somebody (to Love)
  • Happiness
  • Part of the Band
  • Oh Caroline
  • I'm in Love With You
  • All I Need to Hear
  • Roadkill
  • fallingforyou
  • I Like America & America Likes Me (‘Real World’ Version)
  • About You
  • When We Are Together
  • Consumption

At Their Very Best

  • If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)
  • Me & You Together Song
  • It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
  • Paris
  • An Encounter
  • Robbers
  • Somebody Else
  • I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
  • Love It If We Made It
  • The Sound
  • Sex
  • Give Yourself a Try
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