Hayes, Beck Theatre, 12th March 2003
Long Cool Woman / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Yes I Will / Look Through Any Window / Sandy / Listen to Me / Butterfly / I’m Alive / Fire Brigade / We’re Through / On a Carousel / Blowin’ In the Wind
How Will I Survive / Sorry Suzanne / Just One Look / The Baby / Soldiers 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 Ain’t Heavy / It’s In Every One of Us
the Hollies into something of a 60s supergroup must present a certain quandary
in terms of concert logistics.
lead singer Allan Clarke’s retirement led to former Move frontman Carl Wayne
joining Hollies stalwarts Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot and their current-day
cohorts , he brought with him some new fans who were Move devotees.
countless Hollies songs to choose from, and a desire to include a few Move
numbers – plus a blast of 70s nostalgia to acknowledge Ray Stiles’s sojourn
with Mud – the group must find it hard to decide what to leave out of the
Hollies, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary, keep
themselves feeling evergreen through a steely resolve not to rest on their
laurels. They are always eager to re-work their classics with freshly conceived
refinements – and to bring new material to the vibrant repertoire.
such is the versatility within the band that he can occasionally slip away and
allow other members to handle lead vocals.
fans will know which song has Hicks reaching for electric sitar and which one
calls for the banjo – and with arranger Ian Parker’s accordian work and
wizardry on keyboards, there’s a highly imaginative approach to
icing on the cake is the somewhat surreal chance to see the one-time Move
wild-man tackle some intensely emotional ballads and other more upbeat Hollies
hits – and the reciprocation whereby two of his erstwhile chart rivals join
him to celebrate Roy Wood’s unique brand of pop psychedelia.
Review by Russell Newmark for Beat Magazine, May 2003
Photo by Helen Wright
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