Hol­lies plan to play Taranaki

Stratford Press - - Sports -

Taranaki fans of the Hol­lies can see the band play at TSB Bowl of Brook­lands next March.

The band started 55 years a go — record­ing their first song at Abbey Road in 1963. They soon be­came the face of the Bri­tish rock revo­lu­tion, achiev­ing more top 10 hits than al­most any band in his­tory. They have never missed a sin­gle year of live per­for­mances in over a half cen­tury.

Founder and lead singer Tony Hicks say the band still has the same mu­si­cal qual­ity as used to.

“The peo­ple get what they come for. They pay to hear the band they grew up with — the same har­monies, the same mu­si­cal di­ver­sity and the same huge playlist of orig­i­nal songs.”

Co-founder and drum­mer Bobby El­liot says the band still tours the world, per­form­ing to sell-out au­di­ences.

“They keep com­ing back for more and we’re happy to oblige. We play the whole show — both halves! There’s no finer feel­ing than rid­ing on that wave of adu­la­tion.”

A long-time fan of New Zealand, Tony says the band is look­ing for­ward to play­ing four New Zealand cities it has not vis­ited for many years — In­ver­cargill, Dunedin, Nel­son and New Ply­mouth. The band is also re­turn­ing to Christchurch, Welling­ton, Hamil­ton and Auck­land.

The Hol­lies have had over 30 chart­ing sin­gles on the UK Sin­gles chart and 22 on the Bill­board Hot

100, in­clud­ing Car­rie Anne, On A Carousel, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and The Air That I Breathe.

The Hol­lies re­main one of the few Bri­tish groups of the early

1960s, along with the Rolling Stones, that have never dis­banded and con­tinue to record and per­form.

NPDC Recre­ation and Cul­ture Man­ager Teresa Turner says the coun­cil is thrilled that the Hol­lies will be play­ing in New Ply­mouth.

“We can’t wait to en­joy an­other great sum­mer bowl con­cert with a band which has stood the test of time with so many stand-out hits.”

■ Tick­ets on sale this week for March

1 at TSB Bowl of Brook­lands.

The Hol­lies are com­ing to Taranaki.

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