Sunderland Empire Theatre, 18th March 2001

Photo by Ralph Emerson

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

A good time was had by all

With only Tony Hicks left as an original member, and with Carl Wayne, formerly of the Move as lead vocalist following the departure of Allan Clarke, the new-look Hollies made their first visit to the Empire. 

And, while there were a few moments when they sounded more like a Hollies tribute band than the real thing, overall Wayne acquitted himself well.

It came as no surprise that their hits took up most of their two-hour show, and few would argue with 'I'm Alive', 'Here I Go Again', 'Jennifer Eccles', 'Carrie Anne' and 'Stop Stop Stop'.

They even used Wayne's presence to add The Move's 'Flowers in the Rain' and (as an encore) 'Blackberry Way'.

There were a few other unexpected moments, such as the unmistakeable voice of Buddy Holly, thanks to a bit of studio magic, singing 'Peggy Sue Got Married' backed by the Hollies.

There were also several unlikely songs such as one of the earliest Hollies hits, their 1963 cover of 'Stay', the R&B classic by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, and their two 1972 hits, 'The Baby' and 'Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress', which, surprisingly, was their biggest-ever US single, as well as 'Soldier's Song'. 

Review by Sunderland Echo

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