Solid Silver 60s Show comes to St Albans

PUBLISHED: 20:02 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 20:02 17 April 2013

Wayne Fontana will play The Solid Silver 60s Show at the Alban Arena in St Albans

Wayne Fontana will play The Solid Silver 60s Show at the Alban Arena in St Albans


MIKE Pender from The Searchers, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry and Wayne Fontana will be appearing live together in the Solid Silver 60s Show 2013 in St Albans.

IT was 50 years ago, in 1963, that US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech, the Profumo Scandal caused resignations amongst the Cabinet, the Great Train Robbery took place, films The Birds and The Great Escape were released, and Beatlemania took over.

The same year, The Searchers, Dave Berry, The Merseybeats and Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders released their debut singles.

Now in its 28th year, the Solid Silver 60s Show 2013 celebrates the 50th anniversary of those bands.

Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats and New Amen Corner will take a trip down memory lane as they celebrate 50 years in the business.

Featuring hits such as Sugar and Spice, Sweets For My Sweet, Sorrow, Game of Love and The Crying Game, you can relive the golden era of music at the Alban Arena in St Albans on Thursday, April 18.

Promoted by Flying Entertainment, joint managing director Derek Nicol said: “The music and songs remain timeless and perhaps that’s why the audiences still turn up today. As long as the audiences want it and the artists are able to perform, we will keep delivering.

“You just have to watch and listen to an audience at a SS60s show to appreciate their enjoyment and feel proud that we have delivered that enjoyment for so many years and will continue to do so.”

Mike Pender’s vocals and his equally distinctive 12-string ‘jangly’ guitar epitomised The Searchers’ sound.

The group’s debut single Sweets For My Sweet topped the UK charts in 1963. The 60s favourites also enjoyed number one hits with Needles and Pins and Don’t Throw Your Love Away.

NME journalist Roy Carr described Dave Berry as the most original performer in British rock. His major hits include The Crying Game, which reached number five and was later covered by Boy Geerge, Little Things and Mama.

Wayne Fontana was one of the many talented artists to come out of Manchester during the 1960s beat boom.

With his band The Mindbenders, he had hits with Game of Love and Pamela, Pamela.

The Merseybeats had their biggest hit with Sorrow, with was covered by David Bowie for his Pin Ups album.

The New Amen Corner have emerged in the last couple of years as arguably the hottest band on the 60s circuit because of their ability to recreate so perfectly the sound and atmosphere of that period.

To hear the classic hits performed by the original hitmakers, pop over to the Alban Arena on April 18.

Tickets cost £26 and £24.

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