REVIEW: Solid Silver 60s, Kings Theatre, Southsea

The merseybeats

The merseybeats

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Old rockers never die, they just go on tour.

Nostalgia is big business, and this show is a sure-fire hit, bringing together performers who thrived in the shadow of The Beatles, and have never lost the urge to play music.

So The Merseybeats star alongside Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana and Mike Pender, original voice of The Searchers, with New Amen Corner, a 60s tribute showband. who add sonic gloss to proceedings.

“There’s at least £1,000 worth of heating allowance up on this stage,” quippped Dave Berry, whose energetic rock ‘n’ roll set was topped off with a soulful rendition of his worldwide hit, The Crying Game.

Fontana showed he’s still in possession of a fine falsetto, bravely taking on Roy Orbison’s In Dreams and succeeding.

The Merseybeats, including two founding members, can still belt out a tune, as can Mike Pender, whose Searchers numbers were a highlight.

An enthusiastic audience lapped up hit after hit, and the feelgood factor was palpable.

Pender even sneaked in an ELO song from the 70s, Don’t Bring Me Down, and made it sound like a 60s original.

We left the Kings having stomped and cheered to Glad All Over, and a finale was never more apt.

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