Searchers live it up
IN a fastmoving world, The Searchers are standout as a 1960s band that has weathered some 54 years and still continues to enjoy success around the world.
Lead singer and bass guitarist Frank Allen is just back in the UK from a tour of Denmark and is now set for the band’s tour of Australia.
“We did 133 concerts last year, so that was a quiet year and this year will be about 198,” Frank says.
“It’s not easy as many bands from the 60s and 70s have gone out of favour.”
The Searchers, famous for major hits like Needles and Pins, and When you Walk in the Room, are a lesson in longevity for pop stars, still enjoying tours, although Frank says it takes its toll, especially in the UK, where he says the traffic is “gridlock and a nightmare”.
But one country Frank loves touring in is Australia (flights rather than roadtrips), and he has plenty of plans for the upcoming shows.
“We do all the hits but also the tracks from the B sides that are rarities for the diehard followers,” he says. “A lot of people do prerecordings nowadays but I think that ruins the atmosphere - a show should be live and dangerous.”
Frank keeps the show fresh, chatting to his audiences, and says every night is unique because the audience and the venue are different, with people calling out for their particular favourite songs to be sung.
The Searchers are at Brothers Leagues Club on Wednesday February 24. Book on Ph: 4053 1053.
The Searchers are coming to Brothers Leagues Club on February 24