Cheltenham music lovers were ‘Into Something Good’ on Sunday 10 April 2016, when the Solid Silver 60s show launched its UK tour at Cheltenham Town Hall.
Now in its 31st year, the show has been entertaining the nation with some of the most successful acts from the 60s, with 2016’s stellar line-up starring Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry, Brian Hyland and New Amen Corner.
The sold-out show saw audiences take a trip down memory lane, as New Amen Corner played a number of well-known tunes from the era, before Dave Berry wiggled onto the stage with plenty of energy, reminiscing about the first time he played in Cheltenham over 50 years ago.
With a fair bit of guitar shredding, long hair and black waistcoats, the Solid Silver 60s show merged remnants of the rock ‘n’ roll era with a family-friendly vibe, as The Merseybeats frontman, Tony Crane, was joined on stage by his son on the keyboard, and American pop star, Brian Hyland, was accompanied by his wife on the tambourine and his son on the drums.
Providing a night of iconic music and plenty of nostalgic fun, the Solid Silver 60s show was a hit with fans of the swinging era.
While The Merseybeats had crowds up on their feet dancing, and Dave Berry had music-lovers singing along to ‘The Crying Game’, it was clear that Herman’s Hermits lead singer, Peter Noone, was the real crowd-puller – with one super-fan telling me that even though Noone rarely plays in the UK, this was the 400th time she’d seem him perform, often flying to America to see the star on stage!
Taking to the stage with his signature grin, Peter Noone played a number of his hits such as ‘No Milk Today’, ‘I’m Into Something Good’ and ‘A Kind of Hush’, before taking a selfie with the audience and bowing graciously to a rapturous applause and standing ovation.
Fans lingered around the Town Hall after the show to get their posters and vinyls signed by some of their childhood heroes, while my plus one – my mum – regressed into her teenage girl self as she sought out Peter Noone to shake his hand and confess that she’d loved him since she was seven!
Providing a night of iconic music and plenty of nostalgic fun, the Solid Silver 60s show was a hit with fans of the swinging era – although I’m not sure I’ll be going 400 times!
For more events at Cheltenham Town Hall, call 0844 576 2210 or visit cheltenhamtownhall directly.
By Alice Lloyd
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