Hayes, Beck Theatre, 25th January 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
Supergroup Has Great Energy
Allan Clarke's retirement as the voice of the Hollies has led to the creation of a sixties pop supergroup-into his place has stepped Carl Wayne, formerly lead singer with the Move.
With Clarke as frontman, the Hollies journeyed through the decades with a well deserved reputation for a special brand of nostalgia flavoured with a contemporary bounce. And there is no hiding place for the newcomer.
But Wayne is facing the challenge head-on, apparently revelling in a Hollies tour where he delivers nearly 30 classic songs with a charismatic panache developed during his time as a sixties chart rival and through his more recent excursions, which include a lengthy sojourn on the West End stage in 'Blood Brothers'.
He joins two Hollies mainstays-Tony Hicks (guitar/vocals) and Bobby Elliott (drums)-plus Alan Coates on guitar, Ian Parker (keyboards) and former Mud bassist Ray Stiles, in bounding through a seemingly endless parade of hits.
The show, seen at the Beck Theatre, immediately explodes into life with the chart-topping 'I'm Alive' and the momentum is zealously maintained. Their list of chart entries, embracing a dozen UK top five smashes and also reflecting success overseas, rattles along with an infectious verve and spirit.
There is somehow room for lesser known material too-including an intense revival of 'The Baby' from the brief seventies period when the Hollies singer was the Swedish Mikael Rickfors-along with two Move songs and one number by Mud. Matters culminate with Wayne's harmonica leading into an emotionally charged 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.'
Review by Russell Newmark
Photo by Helen Wright
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