Stoke, Regent Theatre, 18th May 2003

On stage at Stoke - photo by Helen Macdonald

Set List

Long Cool Woman / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Yes I Will / Look Through Any Window / Sandy / 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 / 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 Ain’t Heavy / It’s In Every One of Us

If you weren’t at the Regent last night to see the Hollies, you missed a treat.

Great songs performed by a brilliant group that entertained from start to finish. As with most groups from the 60s and 70s they do not have the original line up. Of six members only two are original, so if you expected The Hollies sound you remember from your youth you may have been a tad disappointed.

But with absent members replaced by Carl Wayne of the Move and Ray Stiles from Mud the line up is still impressive. An audience of mainly middle-aged people and baby and a stuffed collie (you had to be there) were enthralled by the hits, kicking off with Long Cool Woman in a Red Dress to the second encore of “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” A couple of Move songs – Goodbye Blackberry Way and Tiger Feet by Mud – punctuated a fantastic performance.

Each member in turn took to lead singer role as they sang ballads and rock everyone sang to. The energy of the band was amazing when you think most members are in their late 50s. Toward the end the whole audience was on its feet – some dancing in the aisles – a night to remember.

Review by John Deaville for Stoke Sentinel 

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