Enduring rocker on stage in PN
I interviewed one of the world’s most enduring rockers this month.
Bobby Elliott rang me from Manchester to talk about The Hollies’ forthcoming tour of New Zealand which includes a performance at the Regent on Broadway in Palmerston North on Wednesday February 22.
Bobby, one of the original members of The Hollies, has been touring with them since 1963.
He’s been here several times before and says his I-Phone contains an image of the ‘‘full house’’ sign outside the Regent.
Bobby was a delightful man to chat to on a cold Lancashire night.
I reminded him that his visit to Palmerston North will coincide with the 50th anniversary of his inflamed appendix.
He recalled the incident which saw him collapse on stage in Hamburg and be taken by ambulance to hospital. It was a life and death experience.
However, he survived and Bobby and the other members of the rock group will tour New Zealand in February, presenting their Highway of Hits programme.
He was delighted to be interviewed for Enjoy and is looking forward to coming to Palmerston North as part of his Australasia tour.
It’s great they’ve decided to Stop, Stop, Stop in Palmy and the air that they breathe will be the purest in New Zealand.
Tickets are on sale for The Hollies who are just one of a number of exciting acts coming early in 2017. Other artists include Daniel O’Donnell, Strassman and comedian, Jim Jefferies.
While some top-class performers are visiting from overseas, local talent will already be in rehearsal for two major shows, Blood Brothers and A Chorus Line.
Abbey Musical Theatre’s Blood Brothers is a show about a family who’ve been deliberately estranged.
Twin sons were separated at birth and now, as adults, they confront each other. There’s drama, tension, family relationships and great reality.
AMT’s show has been extremely popular overseas and was the third longest-running musical in West End history.
With a strong cast and some great musical numbers, it’ll have strong appeal. The season is March 2-18.
Meanwhile, at the Regent, A Chorus Line will start rehearsals next month.
The musical has a close involvement with Arohanui Hospice and proceeds from the show will stimulate hospice funds.
A Chorus Line, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, is about a cut-throat dance audition and was probably the inspiration for such reality shows as America’s Got Talent and The X Factor. Its season is in the Regent on Broadway from April 19-23 next year.
We are reminded that, while hospice is partly funded by the Ministry of Health via MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Boards, it still has to raise about $2.5 million locally each year. A Chorus Line add to its coffers.
The festive season is on us and I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.
The following day is the biggest race meeting of the year at Awapuni Race Course and then the New Year’s Eve party in The Square will bring in the excitement of 2017.
This is the last Enjoy for 2016 but we’ll be back on January 25 with everything that’s happening in the first few months next year. will