Oxford, Apollo, 9th March 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 Rekindle The Musical Magic

The Hollies are a band that every one of my era have heard of and most of us probably know the words in every song. 

Although it is not particularly the type of music I would buy or choose to listen to, I enjoyed the musicianship and the atmosphere of the evening at the Apollo. I particularly enjoyed the excellent guitar work by Tony Hicks and the gorgeous, mellow voice of Alan Coates.

Halfway through the performance Ian Parker walked among the audience playing the accordion and wearing a miner's light on his forehead. They played a lot of their well-known songs including 'Carrie Anne' and 'He Ain't Heavy'.

I was impressed with a vocals-only version of Blackbird by Sir Paul McCartney and a rendition of Peggy Sue Got Married with Buddy Holly's voice on the soundtrack, but I wasn't too impressed with their version of Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind. It sounded a little like they need a metronome with strange beats flying all over the place.

A few jokes were integrated into the evening and a bit of fooling about on stage, which was great. They referred to drummer Bobby Elliott as the "Engine Room" for the band. 

Shame the fans waited until the last few songs before getting up to dance. Overall a very professional band that can still put it across. Long live the Hollies.

     Review by Angela Langridge, Oxford Mail

   Photo by Helen Wright

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