Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 15th November 2003
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
Hits flow as
years roll back
When Carl Wayne joined The Hollies as frontman three years back he was told: "Learn the hits".
Which, with 28 UK chart entries, not to mention the dozen or so which were big sellers in Europe, the US, or Australia, must have been some task.
So it is that the hits come thick and fast when the band's current line-up takes the stage - and you realise that such writers as Bob Dylan (Blowin' In The Wind), Bruce Springsteen (Sandy), Gerry Goffin (Yes I Will), Albert Hammond (The Air That I Breathe), and Graham Gouldman (Bus Stop) have contributed to their success.
Yet the delivery is distinctively Hollies and they themselves have written some pop classics - including Carrie Anne, On A Carousel, Stop Stop Stop - which, in the 60s, held their own alongside The Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Brummie Wayne, on pretty much home ground, also threw in some witty local references and a dig at Wolves' "lucky" draw with his beloved Blues last week.
Review by Robert Kane, Wolverhampton Express and Star
Photo by Helen Macdonald
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