Princess Theatre, Torquay, 27th February 2004

Set List

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

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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 

A journey back in time

The chance to see one of my favourite bands of my youth in Torquay at the end of February 2004 was not an opportunity to be missed. I saw the original line up in the Sixties and the quality of musicianship and sheer professionalism hasnít changed one jot!

The group members have changed, but the music hasnít. I was a big fan of Graham Nash and followed him to CS&N, and I am still a big fan; but the ever-youthful Tony Hicks and Carl Wayne made this occasion in Torquay a visit back to the early days. When I shut my eyes I could have been back in the Bath Pavilion forty years ago.

Carl certainly proved an ideal replacement for Allan Clarke, with the added bonus of some of the best of the Moveís music. Coates, Parker and Stilesí contributions made it more than just a Hollies concert, dipping into the best music of the Sixties and Seventies. I loved the variety.

Tony Hicks has obviously discovered the secret of eternal youth and his musicianship certainly hasnít aged. Likewise for Carl Wayne and the ever-impressive Bobby Elliott.

A truly memorable concert with one very slight personal disappointment- they didnít play ďKing Midas in ReverseĒ, a particular favourite of mine. However, you canít have it all and I am looking forward to the next tour. As long as the band continues to produce live music of the highest quality, as they have done for the past 40 years, I will always be one of their biggest fans.

Review by Derek Wilcox

Photo by Helen Macdonald

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