Preston Guild Hall, 17th March 2001

The boys line up for their fans after soundcheck.

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

New lease of life for an evergreen sound

A concert is an unexpected place to learn about the benefits of recycling.

But that's exactly what happened to me when The Hollies appeared in Preston on Saturday night.

Their new lead singer is Carl Wayne who fronted 60s combo The Move and bass guitarist Ray Stiles of 70s group Mud has also joined the line-up.

They have breathed new life into solid gold Hollies hits like 'Carrie Ann', 'Carousel' and 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', while helping to redefine the band in a fresh way for the millenium. 

The hall was full of fans, many of whom had attended a Hollies convention earlier in the day. That explained the name badges worn by members of the audience.

As Carl Wayne observed, the Hollies have been around for so long many of the fans needed somewhere to park their zimmer frames.

Joking apart, quality shone out of the band, whose expert musicianship and wonderful songs gave us two hours of pure pleasure.

Highlights included 'Look Through Any Window', 'Too Young to be Married', and a heart-stopping version of the Dylan classic 'Blowing in the Wind'.

The Hollies are certainly evergreen-long may they endure.

     Review by Kate Jenner, Lancashire Evening Post

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