Her­man’s Her­mits say farewell

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

When the 1960’s Bri­tish In­va­sion hit world­wide, Her­man’s Her­mits were one of the big­gest groups out of the UK with their hits, Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daugh­ter, No Milk To­day, I’m Henry VIII, There’s a Kind of Hush, A Must To Avoid and 15 other New Zealand Top 10 hits.

After 50 years Her­man’s Her­mits long re­la­tion­ship with New Zealand, which started in 1966 when they had New Zealand’s first ever No. 1 A Must To Avoid when charts be­gun on March 25, 1966, and their first tour with Tom Jones in Jan­uary of that year is about to have its cur­tain call.

Their farewell tour stops off at Palmer­ston North for one per­for­mance only on July 20 at the Re­gent on Broad­way.

Since 1971 and the de­par­ture of Peter Noone to pur­sue a solo ca­reer in the mu­sic busi­ness, the group has never stopped.

Orig­i­nal mem­ber Barry Whit­wam has guided the band from strength to strength into one of the hard­est work­ing acts in the busi­ness - they still aver­age more than 200 con­certs a year.

‘‘It’s all about the songs,’’ Whit­wam says, ‘‘and we were very lucky to have had a lot of hits in the six­ties that peo­ple still want to hear to­day. We’re very lucky!’’

It’s been five years since The Her­mits last toured New Zealand on a sell out tour of NZ main cen­tre theatres with Gerry and The Pace­mak­ers. Now by pop­u­lar de­mand the UK group are re­turn­ing for a 10 date tour of the NZ heart­land per­form­ing in a mix of pro­vin­cial towns and cities.

The 2017 World Tour for the band in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive UK run of dates, then New Zealand fol­lowed by Aus­tralia, then back for an­other three months of con­certs around the UK and Europe.

Her­man’s Her­mits play at the Re­gent on Broad­way on July 20. Book­ings at Tick­etDirect.

Her­man’s Her­mits will per­form at the Re­gent on Broad­way as part of their farewell tour.

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