From Motown and the British Invasion, to the hippies, Mary Quant and Easy Rider – there’s never been a decade like it since. But more than anything else, it’s the music of the Sixties that lives on today and on April 2, some of the biggest stars of the decade will be taking to the Norwich stage, with the welcome return of the Solid Silver 60s Show.
A celebration of the most successful decade of music, the show has been on the road for more than 30 years, and continues to delight audiences by transporting them back to the sounds of the sixties. This year, it comes with an all-new line-up of big name guests.
Back in the day, Dave Berry was on the receiving end of the sort of hysteria experienced today by the likes of One Direction’s Harry Styles. As well as his songs (including The Crying Game and Memphis, Tennessee), Dave found fame thanks to his instantly recognisable stage presence. He’ll be bringing that inimitable style to the Solid Silver 60s Show.
Fans who’ve been Wishin’ and Hopin’ to see The Merseybeats won’t be disappointed, as the influential band will be here to headline the Show. They played Liverpool’s Cavern Club alongside acts like the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers, going on to achieve stardom with songs like Sorrow and I Think Of You.
And you’ll have Some Kinda Fun when Chris Montez takes to the stage; the Let’s Dance hit-maker will be coming all the way from America to join the tour. Chris started out making rock’n’roll before transitioning to pop standards and a successful career in Latin music – and even featured the Beatles as his opening act when he toured with Tommy Roe.
With his band The Mindbenders, Wayne Fontana had hits like Um, Um, Um, Um, Um and Game Of Love. He went on to enjoy a successful solo career, including the nostalgic classic Pamela, Pamela. Also ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ to Norwich will be four-piece Vanity Fare, still performing 51 years after they first formed. They found fame with hits like I Live For The Sun, and came close to representing the UK at Eurovision in 1986.
Alex Dalgleish, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “The Solid Silver 60s Show is always a big hit with our audience, and this year’s line-up is better than ever. It’s a great chance to relive the golden age of popular music – and you’re getting five concerts for the price of one!”
The Solid Silver Sixties Show is here on 2 April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8-29 and are available now.