Blackpool, Grand Theatre, 21st March 2001
I'm Alive / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Just One Look / On a Carousel / Soldier Song / Bus Stop / Flowers in The Rain / Butterfly / I Can't Let Go / The Baby / Blowing In The Wind
Stay / Sorry Suzanne / Yes I Will / Look Through Any Window / Peggy Sue Got Married / Blackbird / We're Through / Too Young to be Married / Carrie Anne / Stop Stop Stop / The Air That I Breathe / Blackberry Way / Tiger Feet / Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress / He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother / Every One Of Us
On a snowy Wednesday night we visited one of our favourite theatres, The Grand in Blackpool. This was the first time the band had been here with Carl, but the crowd could not have been disappointed as, yet again, the show was excellent. From the first song, the audience were dancing in their seats and cheering loudly, even though the auditorium was freezing cold.
The highlights of the night for us were the arrangements of songs like 'On a Carousel' and 'Look Through Any Window', and we particularly liked the 12 string guitar on 'I Can’t Let Go'. Carl showed off his “vocal gymnastics” on 'Soldiers Song' and 'Blowin’ in the Wind', and as always, we loved Tony’s guitar sitar on 'The Baby'. Again, Tony excelled himself with the guitar solo on 'Too Young To Be Married', one of our favourite additions to this second half of the tour. The Hollies versions of Carl's classics 'Blackberry Way' and 'Flowers in The Rain' were received with a big cheer.
By the time it came to 'Tiger Feet' the audience were on their feet, this really is a fabulous song to get everyone dancing in the aisles. 'The Air That I Breathe' and 'He Ain’t Heavy got a great reception, and the show was finished off with the wonderful arrangement of 'Every One of Us'.
Yet again, a fantastic concert at The Grand in Blackpool - every show on this tour just seems to get better and better.
Photo and review by Helen and Claire Wright
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