Searchers live it up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Denise Carter

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

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