Golden hits from 60s legends

Gerry and the Pacemakers
Gerry and the Pacemakers

THE SIXTIES package tours were big business back in the day, but even now, almost 50 years on, these package tours are still packing them in, and the 60s Gold Tour promises to be no exception.

The line-up at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday October 2 will bring together Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Animals, PJ Proby and Love Affair’s Steve Ellis, who has stepped into the breach due to the illness of Chip Hawkes, formerly of The Tremeloes.

The Animals

The Animals

“It’ll be a hit-fest,” confirmed The Animals drummer John Steel, who played on such classic hits as The House of the Rising Sun and We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place.

Everybody is aware of Gerry & The Pacemakers catalogue of hits (Ferry Cross The Mersey, I Like It, etc), and Proby of course has Somewhere. Steve Ellis and Love Affair had a handful of hits including Everlasting Love and Bringing on Back the Good Times.

Steel said: “Steve will be up first and we will close the first half, then the second half will start off with PJ and Gerry closes the whole show. And in case you’re wondering, the musical backing for Steve and PJ will be by The Pacemakers.

“I really love these theatre tours; you always get a good vibe. I’m really looking forward to playing Buxton as well. It’s always a great place to play and the crowd’s always up for it.”

There seems to be a sort of immortality about Sixties artists – very few of them want to retire, and 71-year-old Steel is no exception.

“I keep doing it because I like it,” he says simply. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. It’s a great way to make a living.”

* Tickets for the Sixties Gold Tour, priced £25.50 and £27.50, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.