Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, 6th 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  

I really enjoyed the concert in Worthing on Friday, 6th February. I have always loved  "The Hollies" and knew every word of their lyrics. I had never seen them perform live before and was surrounded by people who had seen them all over the world, as well as other Hollies "virgins.Ē  

I used to be a great fan of Carl Wayne, but did not like the aggressive, destructive side of his act.  I did appreciate the dynamic performance, confidence, writing skills and musicianship and it really was great to see these at their best at the concert. I always liked Alan Clarke but when I heard that Carl had taken over from him I felt that he had far more personality and would be able to augment the talent in the group without over-shadowing them and I feel that there is great trust and respect between all the present members of the group.  I think that it is a great tribute to the other members of the band that they have allowed Carl to revamp some of the old favourites and also it is a very good idea that Carl leaves the stage occasionally to let more appropriate voices sing some of the original songs.  I particularly admired the way that "The Move" songs were integrated into the concert with a Mud-style rendition of "Tiger Feet". This was a real tribute to their roots!

The full house was rocking and there were two standing ovations and several encores at the end of the show. How many groups could perform the complete show themselves? We were left wanting more which is always a good idea!  I was impressed by the number of younger people in the audience, who also seemed to enjoy it.

My final comment would be that  whilst it was great to hear all the old favourites (which we still want to hear in full)  it would be even better to also hear new songs written and performed by these incredible musicians. "Soldier's Song" was great! There is so much scope for them. I think that they could be the only original 60's group to attain their rightful place by winning music industry awards and heading the charts. Go for it Carl and co.!

Review by Heather Wilson

Photo by Helen Macdonald

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