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The Hollies

The Hollies at Theatre Royal, Norwich

Review published in Eastern Daily Press, 14 October 2014

60s’ pop legends bring back memories

One of those rare 60s’ bands that never officially broke up, The Hollies, named after Christmas and/or in memory of Buddy Holly, are celebrating half a century since their first album.

Drawing from a rich back catalogue with two newer songs, they played hits like Just One Look and Stay as originally recorded – three guitars, drums and singer. Other classics were updated in interpretation to make a thumping good evening.

It was impossible not to sing along with Here I Go Again, You Got Me Going, Sorry Suzanne, We’re Thru, Listen to Me and after an interval to change clothes, Jennifer Eccles, Bus Stop, I’m Alive, The Baby, Sandy (4th July), Stop Stop Stop, The Air That I Breathe, He Ain’t Heavy …

From the original hit line up drummer Bobby Elliott and virtuoso guitarist Tony Hicks played with the energy of youngsters, loving the memories they brought back in such style. This band stood out for catchy lyrics, brilliant harmonies and melodies. They still do.

They drew a sell-out crowd to the Theatre Royal, but will be back in our region next spring in Lowestoft.

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