Touring – reviewed at Malvern Theatre
I always say I was born in the wrong era, I was brought up listening to the hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s courtesy of my parents’ excellent taste in music. One of my all-time favourite hits from the 60s is ‘Out of Time’, one of my all-time favourite bands is The Searchers and I love The Fourmost and Herman’s Hermits. So, the Sensational 60s Experience was certainly the show for me.
The evening was jam-packed full of hits from the golden era when, in my humble opinion, music was at its best – The Fourmost opened the show and immediately set the one for the evening. The packed auditorium were singing along from the outset and the band were a joy to hear.
The Swinging Blue Jeans also offered plenty of opportunities for toe tapping and swaying as we were treated to ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ amongst other hits. Herman’s Hermits epitomise the 60s for me, ‘Into Something Good’ is one of the ultimate feel-good songs, such a bouncy tune and I’ve been singing it all weekend. I couldn’t wait for Chris Farlowe to appear, he’s got a dry sense of humour which appeals to me straight away. His voice is incredible, rivalling any of the young stars who are up and coming in the noughties and when he completed his set with ‘Out of Time’ it made my year.
Mike Pender topped off the night, singing all the famous tracks from the back catalogue of my favourite band, The Searchers. It was a treat to hear the former voice of The Searchers singing his way effortlessly through all of my best loved songs from ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ to ‘Needles and Pins’.
In the second half, a 60s tribute band called New Amen Corner – they played their own set before becoming the backing group for Chris Farlowe and Mike Pender. Their sound – classic 60s and they’d be as engaging in a concert of their own, they really brought the house down.
Overall, it was a night to remember, the finale was a sight to behold and I can’t wait to see the show again. Go and see it at a venue near you: www.stagerightpromotions.co.uk/our-shows/