The Tremeloes, Hermans Hermits Tyne Theatre 26 Nov

The Tremeloes, Hermans Hermits Tyne Theatre 26 Nov 2010
This was another gulity pleasure night with Will and I going to see these 60s bands at the Tyne Theatre. The weather was awful last night and I rand Will to say that I didn’t fancy driving through the snow to Newcastle. Will offered to drive us and saved the day. The weather did put a lot of people off, however, apparently 900 tickets had been sold for the show but only around 600 people turned out on the night because of the poor weather conditions.
We arrived just before the show started and bought a programme and raffle tickets to win a guitar which had been signed by all the bands.
Compere (yes! this was a cheesy 60s show after all) for the evening was Alan Mosca from teh Dreamers who was both entertaining and annoying. First up was Union Gap who have no members from the US 60s band with Gary Puckett. None the less they did respectable versions of Young Girl, Lady Willpower and other 60s hits.
After a short break Hermans Hermits took the stage. This band have kept going since the 60s, but only the original drummer Barry Whitwam remains from the band who had all the hits. Peter Noone left to go solo in 1971, and the band has continued to tour since then, playing all the hits. So we got I’m into Something Good, Silhouettes, No Milk Today, Kind of Hush and many others. All delivered well.
Last act of the evening was the Tremeloes. They have two original members Dave Munden who drums and sings (and has been in the band since 1958: frightening!) and Rick Westwood on guitar. All of the hits were played and sounded great; pretty true to the originals (Dave sand most of them originally). Particular favourites for me were Here Comes my Baby and the encore Even the Bad Times are Good. I even sort of enjoyed Silence is Golden. Not sure the leather trousers are appropriate these days however lads.
The show finished with all of the bands on stage playing rock n roll standards and Rick playing the signed guitar which some lucky guy (not us) had won. Around 10.30 we went out into a very cold and snowy Newcastle. Some chips at the corner fish shop and then Will braved the roads (which were terrible) and got us home safely.
Alan (our compere) told us that they will be abck next year.

I hate printed tickets


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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Terry Hackett on March 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I saw Herman’s Hermits as part of a Sixties package at Sunderland Empire late in 1988. As well as original drummer Barry Whitwam they featured original lead guitarist Derek ‘Lek’ Leckonby, who died in 1994. The Hermits were second act on, after The Fourmost. Top of the bill, and very impressive on the night, were The Byrds, or The American Byrds as I think they were billed on this occasion when there were disputes over rights to the name. This line-up included drummer Michael Clarke, who died in 1993, as the sole original Byrd. The only letdown on an otherwise great performance of the Byrds catalogue was an awful rendition of ‘Pretty Woman’ as a tribute to Roy Orbison who had died a few days earlier. A stand-out, however, was another cover, their version of ‘Sail on Sailor’ by The Beach Boys.

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