Cheltenham, Town Hall, 26th January 2001

Set List

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 

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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

Hollies Carry On Rocking

The Town Hall may not be huge but it was impressive to see The Hollies filling it 40 years after Graham Nash and Allan Clarke began the band.

Nash and Clarke have left but their core buddy, lead guitarist Tony Hicks, was very much in evidence with cheeky humour and Beatles haircut.

While drummer Bobby Elliott is almost an original, bass guitarist Ray Stiles, keyboardist Ian Parker and guitarist Alan Coates have done long service.

All eyes were on Carl Wayne, a recent replacement for Clarke, and the erstwhile singer with the Move. How well would he fill Clarke's shoes? The verdict of the audience was, very well indeed. An extremely confident performer he belted out hit after hit to a dazzling light show. Among them were the much applauded 'I'm Alive', 'Jennifer Eccles', 'Just One Look', 'Bus Stop' and 'Stay'.

Perhaps it was only in my mind that they lacked the subtle group harmonies that made the originals memorable.

Wayne did not completely take centre stage. Coates got into the feeling of 'On A Carousel', Hicks's 'Carrie Anne' was a delight, Stiles impressed, album songs were featured and even a recording of Buddy Holly got into the act.

'He Ain't Heavy' featured in a long encore-long because Wayne kept asking "Do you want any more?" Quite a night for nostalgia.

     Review by Derek Briggs, Gloucestershire Echo

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