Review: Solid Silver 60s, Royal Concert Hall
They say that if you remember the 60s you weren't there. So for those among us who cannot remember the 60s (well not that clearly) what better way to relive the decade than being surrounded by the original artists singing their greatest hits.
The Solid Silver 60s Show, which is now into its 28th year, took the large and very appreciative audience on a journey down memory lane, remembering a time where pop music was at its finest, producing upbeat catchy melodies.
Four great musicians took to the stage thrilling the crowd with classics from the period, with The New Amen Corner accompanying them. The audience were in for a treat as Mike Pender (the original voice of The Searchers), Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana and The Merseybeats relived their glory days.
The New Amen Corner kicked off the show with Bend Me, Shape Me, High in The Sky and a rousing cover of the Equals' Baby Come Back, setting a lighthearted and cheerful mood for the evening. They then introduced Wayne Fontana, who immediately burst into the popular Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, quickly followed by Um Um Um Um Um and The Game Of Love.
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Fontana oozed enthusiasm and charisma and was a complete joy to watch as he bantered with the audience, getting them up on their feet for the party hits with Pamela Pamela and a tremendous version of Labi Sifri‘s Something Inside So Strong.
The Merseybeats took the audience back to Liverpool during the swinging 60s, belting out hit after hit; Poor Boy From Liverpool, Wishin’ And Hopin’, Let It Be Me and closer Out Of Time.
New Amen Corner got the crowd singing along after the interval with If Paradise Is Half As Nice before introducing Dave Berry to the stage, who treated the audience to Memphis Tennessee, Route 66, and a great cover of ZZ Top's Gimme All Your Loving, but it was The Crying Game that brought the house down.
Bubblegum pop was back centre stage as Mike Pender whipped up the crowd with Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, Needles And Pins and a fantastic cover of ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down.
He certainly knew how to work the audience.
As the finale drew closer, all of the artists came together to join in on a cover of The Dave Clark Five's Glad All Over with the entire audience on their feet.
This was the perfect song to end the night, leaving everyone buzzing.