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Monday, 22 October 2012
ATA ALLSTAR ARTISTS PRESENTS The Long-Awaited Australian Tour THE HOLLIES 50th Anniversary Tour
U.K's legendary group The Hollies have been
responsible for a remarkably varied and intriguing catalogue of music.
What’s more, this is one of the very few bands who have retained their status,
dignity and cool - never descending to the revival package circuit, yet still
regularly selling out major venues all over the world in their own right.
The live performances is The Hollies pure and simple – or complex and
sophisticated - as the mood takes them. Wistful vocal harmonies or sheer raw
musical power - each song is spectactacularly showcased by its own brilliant
light show. On stage, their five decades of music is as always driven by
Bobby Elliott’s powerful drumming and punctuated by Tony Hick’s incisive
narrative - the inside story on how The Hollies classic recordings were
created, occasionally seasoned with the odd morsel of backstage
gossip. The Hollies pioneered the use of the three-way vocal harmony in
The innovative Pop or hard-edged Rock - through
to their Power Anthems - The Hollies do it all - and they do it with style and
panache. The Hollies appeared on the BBC’s first "Top of the
Pops" on New Years Day 1964, along with The Stones, Dusty Springfield and
The Beatles. Unusual instrumentation was often used during the production
of their records - including tubular bells, a celesta, glockenspiel and
bagpipes. "Carrie Anne" is the first hit record to feature real steel
Cast aside any prejudices that you may
have about Rock‘n’Pop being the domain of youngsters, The Hollies still hack it
in a major way. Their 60's hits have included "We’re Through",
"I’m Alive", "I Can’t Let Go", "Bus Stop",
"Stop Stop Stop", "Carrie Anne", and many others.
The hits kept coming under this new line up, including signature songs
"He Ain’t Heavy, He's My Brother" and "I Can’t Tell The Bottom
From The Top". Even after founding member Allan Clarke left the group in
1971 (he would return in 1973), The Hollies enjoyed another major hit with
"Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress". It was also No. I in the American
Billboard charts. "The Air That I Breathe" was a major hit in 1974,
reaching No. 2 in the UK charts.
In celebration of their five decades of
success, The Hollies will be touring Australia in February 2013, proudly
presented by ATA AllStar Artists. To witness originals - guitarist and vocalist
Tony Hicks and drummer Bobby Elliott with Peter Howarth, Ray Stiles, Steve
Lauri and Ian Parker - the live performance is pure Hollies: trademark
harmonies coupled with sheer musical prowess - their anthems promises to bring
the concerts to a crescendo and well-deserved recognition - winning over new
generations of fans.
"The Hollies created some of
the greatest songs of our time"