THE HOL­LIES

Guitar Techniques - - Talkback -

I read your ed­i­to­rial wel­come in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue with in­ter­est and no small amount of nos­tal­gia - it de­scribed ex­actly the mu­si­cal en­vi­ron­ment I grew up in - talk about be­ing spoilt! And then, I un­ex­pect­edly had the chance to go and see The Hol­lies play in Welling­ton last Satur­day. I had for­got­ten just what a great gui­tarist and ex­em­plary pro­fes­sional Tony Hicks is, even in his, ahem, se­nior years. He is an ob­ject les­son for us all - still ca­pa­ble of play­ing well con­structed, at times blis­ter­ing and tech­ni­cally ex­cel­lent so­los, but al­ways re­mem­ber­ing that ev­ery­thing he plays must serve the song. And the in­tro to Look Through Any Win­dow is an all-time clas­sic - as well as be­ing fiendishly tricky to learn and play at pace. One of my all-time best gigs, and like most of us, I’ve seen a few bands in my time. Maybe you could do a tab of Look Through Any Win­dow at some time…. Colin Gibbs Yes it’s hard to con­vey to people who grew up in later decades, just what it was we had. I only scratched the sur­face with my list of groups but re­ally they were ex­cep­tional times – even watch­ing Clap­ton’s ca­reer grow through The Yard­birds, John May­all and into Cream; and see­ing The Bea­tles’ ex­tra­or­di­nary de­vel­op­ment from Yeah Yeah Yeah to the Golden Slum­bers med­ley in six short years; wit­ness­ing the Bri­tish R&B boom turn into the blues boom, and then into all kinds of rock. There will never be times like those again. Tony Hicks is a lovely man, a great player and a fine am­bas­sador for the mu­sic busi­ness. Whether or not we tab Look Through Any Win­dow (it might have a rather re­stricted fan base in this day and age), we will most cer­tainly look at Tony’s play­ing style very soon, in a new se­ries from Phil Capone all about Bri­tish gui­tar- driven pop/rock/R&B.

Gra­ham Nash, Alan Clarke and Tony Hicks fronting The Hol­lies mid 60s...

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