The Solid Silver 60's Show: 21st Anniversary Tour
SOLID SILVER 60's SHOW 2006
First on stage, dressed in immaculate
white jacket, white safari fedora and white hair, was Wayne Fontana.
For those of you who don't know, Wayne hit the big time with songs such
as The Game Of Love, Pamela, Pamela and Stop,
Look & Listen, all of which were sung here - interspersed with
extremely funny theatrics at his own expense - with incredible versatility
of style. 60 years old, overweight and proud of it; Wayne can still
show the youngsters what's what on stage.
Next up, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick
& Tich. Immaculately attired in clashing pastel shaded jackets,
the set they had to offer really took off with Last Night In Soho
to be quickly followed on by a devastating rendition of Save Me,
during which Beaky played percussion with a seismographic rhythm that
got the entire audience jumping for joy. After that, there was nothing
else to say, except that Stairway To Heaven and Pinball Wizard
were performed as tribute covers that might make those unfamiliar with
the originals want to delve deeper.
Next, the living legend that is P.J.
Proby. A colossus of musical inspiration, the great man leaped on to
the stage dressed in gold lame jacket and black pants as though he were
nought but a foal amongst unbroken stallions.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Proby probed the audience with classic tunes such as Make It All
Right, Maria and Hold Me - which incidentally made
#3 in the charts at a time when its sales would have eclipsed Robbie
today; back when music was appreciated rather than tolerated that is
- and a sublime rendition of American Trilogy. Energised, philosophical
and grateful, he even took time to dedicate American Trilogy
to the recently lost Gene Pitney, who was to appear at Liverpool's Philharmonic
Theatre this very same evening, but for his sudden death two days previously.
He may have had his problems, but Proby
is still a keen master of his art.
So what's left? Gerry & The Pacemakers;
the backing band of a Scouse legend, not least for the tribal anthem
of Anfield, who backed Proby and Fontana with such skilled craftsmanship
all evening, they are impossible to criticise them in any way, shape
Gerry? As much as I'd like to criticise
him if only for the Kop anthem (just kidding), I honestly can't. As
prominent today with his audience as he was forty years ago, Marsden
can still carry a tune to rock a theatre to its foundations, or lull
it to romanticism with a single chord on his faithful guitar. How
Do You Do It? Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (written,
apparently, for his to be wife after breaking up as kids), It's Gonna
Be All Right, Ferry Cross The Mersey and, of course, You'll
Never Walk Alone were all received with the warmth and respect a
true prodigal son deserves, though without the fervour of yesteryear
that Proby was handed, it must be said.
This was a fantastic night of reminiscence
that left the crowd satisfied and hungry for more, as the Solid Silver
Sixties Show heads into year 22 with all guns blazing nothing else can
beckon but success and fields of gold.
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