Hippodrome, Bristol, 16th November 2003

Ole Blue Eyes after the last gig of the year - photo by Peej

Set List

Long Cool Woman / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Yes I Will / Look Through Any Window / Sandy / Butterfly / Iím Alive / Fire Brigade / Weíre Through / On a Carousel / Blowiní In the Wind

How Will I Survive / Sorry Suzanne / Just One Look / The Baby / Soldier Song / Gasoline Alley Bred / Too Young to be Married / Bus Stop / Blackberry Way / Carrie Ann /  The Air That I Breathe / I Can Hear The Grass Grow / Stop! Stop! Stop! / Tiger Feet / He Ainít Heavy / Itís In Every One of Us

Crowd-pleaser Hollies pack in all the top hits

The Hollies ended their 40th anniversary tour at the Hippodrome yesterday evening. 

Founded in 1963, they have two of the original members still in the line-up - the talented guitarist Tony Hicks (who also plays sitar and banjo) and the dynamic Bobby Elliot on drums. 

Recently Carl Wayne joined as lead vocalist. An original member of the 1960s group The Move, he has a charming personality, with a tremendous voice.

Ian Parker (keyboards and at times accordion), Ray Stiles (bass guitar), formerly of Mud, and Alan Coates (guitar and vocals) completed this versatile band.

At the start we had a few of the earlier hits, such as Look Through Any Window, We're Through and Jennifer Eccles.

The first half ended with Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind in a most compelling arrangement. 

After rocking versions of How Do I Survive and Sorry Suzanne, Carl showed the quieter side of his character with the touching Soldier's Song. Two more original hits - Carrie Anne and Stop! Stop! Stop! led us into the official finale, the first-rate Air That I Breathe. 

The enthusiastic audience was not prepared to let them go easily and nearly everybody joined in the catchy Tiger Feet, clapping and dancing. 

The magnificent classic number one hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was the climax to a most entertaining evening in which the group had performed for more than two hours and had sung nearly 30 songs.

Star rating: Four!

Review by John Packwood 

Photo by Helen Macdonald

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