Pop le­gends to per­form

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

Palmer­ston North is one of the se­lect venues for leg­endary Bri­tish rock group The Hol­lies when they tour New Zealand in Fe­bru­ary.

One of the best-loved bands from the 1960s rock revo­lu­tion, The Hol­lies will per­form their High­way of Hits New Zealand Tour at five North Is­land venues from Auck­land to Welling­ton. Their Palmer­ston North con­cert is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 22 at the Re­gent on Broad­way at 7.30pm.

The en­dur­ing group is best known for their soar­ing dis­tinc­tive har­monies, bril­liantly crafted songs and sub­lime mu­si­cian­ship along with a back cat­a­logue of hugely pop­u­lar hit songs which have en­sured the longevity of the band and its mu­sic for over 50 years.

Since their first chart top­per in 1965, I’m Alive, they’ve had more hit sin­gles that The Bea­tles and, along with The Rolling Stones and The Searchers, are one of the few Bri­tish pop groups from the early ‘60s that have never of­fi­cially bro­ken up. In their in­cred­i­ble ca­reer they’re reg­is­tered no less than 20 New Zealand Top 10 sin­gles in­clud­ing the clas­sics He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, Car­rie- Anne, Jen­nifer Ec­cles, Bus Stop, On A Carousel and chart top­pers, Too Young To Be Mar­ried, The Air That I Breathe and Stop, Stop Stop.

Orig­i­nal mem­bers, pow­er­house drum­mer, Bobby El­liott and mas­ter­ful gui­tar player and vo­cal­ist Tony Hicks con­tinue to mu­si­cally drive the band into the group’s sixth decade.

Re­gent on Broad­way gen­eral man­ager Charles Forbes says The Hol­lies’ Fe­bru­ary con­cert is a coup for Palmer­ston North and a won­der­ful way to kick off 2017.

‘‘They’ve been here twice in their ca­reer, be­fore and af­ter the restora­tion of the Re­gent, and clearly re­gard our city as one of their favourite des­ti­na­tions,’’ Charles says.

Charles has worked with them twice and ad­mires the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment they bring to each con­cert.

‘‘I’d love one of their fans who at­tended their first Palmer­ston North con­cert and still has the pro­gramme, to con­tact me and I’ll en­sure he or she meets The Hol­lies and at­tends their show,’’ he says.

Book for the Hol­lies at Tick­etDirect.

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