Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 22nd February 2004
Iím Alive / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Yes I Will / On A Carousel / Listen To Me / Canít Tell The Bottom From The Top / I Canít Let Go / Weíre Through / Fire Brigade / Look Through Any Window / Blowiní In The Wind
Long Cool Woman / Sorry Suzanne / Just One Look / The Baby / Soldierís Song / Gasoline Alley Bred / Too Young To Be Married / Bus Stop / Blackberry Way / Carrie Anne / Stop! Stop! Stop! / The Air That I Breathe / I Can Hear The Grass Grow / Tiger Feet / He Ainít Heavy, Heís My Brother / Itís In Every One of Us
It was billed as
An Evening With The Hollies, but it was much more than that - a real
wall-to-wall greatest hits pop package.
One time lead singer Alan Clarke is no longer fronting this touring troupe, that job has been safe in the hands of Carl Wayne - the former lead singer with fellow '60s stars, The Move. He is joined by two of the longest serving Hollies - versatile Tony Hicks on guitar and banjo and Bob Elliott on drums.
The remaining three, Ian Parker, Alan Coates and Ray Styles, have all been in various Hollies' line-ups in the past.
Now this six piece are enjoying playing the huge Hollies back catalogue of hits to packed houses across the world, combining distinctive harmonies with trademark humour.
Kicking off with "I'm Alive", they progressed through to such classic pop tunes as "Look Through Any Window", and "Bus Stop".
These juke box standards were interspersed by Carl singing three songs from The Move's collection, including "Fire Brigade" and "Blackberry Way".
And there was a moving moment when a former member of the Hollies and Mud -Ray Styles, dedicated the manic song, "Tiger Feet", to his old pal, Les Gray, who died on Saturday night.
But it was the Hollies songs that received the most rapturous responses from the very wide age group audience, most notably on the beautiful ballad "The Air That I Breathe."
The band finished as they started with another perennial pop hit - "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother".
It sealed a two and a half hour show featuring back stage projections, video footage of the band in action and a whole lot of memories.
The Hollies - originally from Manchester - really are celebrating yet another anniversary, 42 years on since they were first spotted in a little club called The Cavern.
Review by Peter Grant, Liverpool Daily Post
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