En­dur­ing rocker on stage in PN

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

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

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