York, Opera House, 15th May, 2003

Set List

Long Cool Woman / Here I Go Again / Jennifer Eccles / Yes I Will / Look Through Any Window / Sandy / Listen to Me / Butterfly / Iím Alive / Fire Brigade / Weíre Through / On a Carousel / Blowiní 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 Ainít Heavy / Itís In Every One of Us

Older and Wiser Hollies on form

I must have been the only one of the 700-plus audience that went through the doors of the Grand Opera House last night to see The Hollies who wasn't a fan. I'd always liked their songs, but the original Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks harmonies always seemed a little too shrill for my tastes. But tastes change and so had the band's line-up. 

Hicks was still hanging in there, but Nash had long gone to collaborate with Crosby and Stills, while Clarke had retired far more recently to be replaced by Carl Wayne, of Roy Wood's The Move. But could Wayne fill Clarke's boots?

Prior to the gig I thought it would be impossible to replicate the true Hollies sound and I was right. Carl Wayne was no Allan Clarke...he was better. His control and delivery were excellent, although I did at times wonder whether I was watching a band or a stage production, it was that precise. 

As the evening progressed, Wayne's talent at delivering the ballad shone through and the audience helped him develop a warm atmosphere. 

Even though they must have gigged this set a million times it almost seemed to surprise them how many hits they had to offer. In their last song of the night they that "it is in everyone of us to be wise", so next time they are in town take their advice and see the show, you'll enjoy it. They ain't heavy, but they are very good!

Review by Jon Butler for York Evening Press

Photo by David Eaves

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