A POPULAR show packed with nostalgia will be taking to the Midlands stage later this autumn.
The Sensational 60s Experience has a stellar line-up including The Tremeloes (pictured), Herman’s Hermits, The Union Gap UK and the Ivy League.
And for Tremeloes fans it will be the final time Rick Westwood, the original lead guitarist with the band, will be on stage as he is hanging up his plectrum at the end of the tour.
Hosted by The Ivy League’s Jon Brennan, more than 25 hits will be performed by four of the most influential bands of their time.
The Tremeloes are probably the most popular band from the era and continue to tour across the globe.
In 1961 Decca records auditioned two bands where one would receive a three-year contract.
These bands were The Tremeloes and The Beatles. After the auditions it was The Tremeloes who emerged with the contract.
Throughout the mid-1960s music scene, Herman’s Hermits proved to be a dominating force worldwide. From 1964 the band chalked up more than 23 top 20 singles, 10 hit albums and three movies. To date, the band has sold 75,000,000 records worldwide with chart breaking hits including Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes and There’s A Kind Of Hush.
The Union Gap gained worldwide recognition when their first release — Young Girl — hit the number one spot in the UK and number two in the USA.
Next came Lady Willpower which reached number five in the UK and, again number two in the USA. The band’s next release Woman Woman also proved a major top 10 hit in both the UK and USA, and the fantastic harmonies of The Union Gap UK bring all these favourites to life again.
Perry Ford, an original member of The Ivy League, introduced Dave Buckley into the band during the 1960s to add his unique falsetto voice thus creating The Ivy League sound.
When most bands of the decade had faded away Dave, later joined by Jon Brennan and Mike Brice, have kept The Ivy League going from strength-to-strength maintaining their popularity to the present day.
The Sensational 60s Experience will performed at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (01902 429212) on Monday, October 1; Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent (0844 871 7649) on Thursday, November 15; Derby Assembly Rooms (01332 255800) on Friday, November 16 and de Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116 233 3111) on Thursday, November 22.