NOW in it’s 26th year, the Solid Silver Sixties Show has proved itself to be the best Sixties package revue ever, and this year will be one of the biggest ever with 68 performances in 57 dates.
And Buxton fans can thrill to the music of that decade when it arrives at the Opera House on May 10. So enjoyable are the tours that some of the stars keep coming back to appear, and this year is no exception with Dave Berry (The Crying Game, Little Things), Chris Farlowe (Out Of Time), Wayne Fontana (Pamela Pamela, Game Of Love) and Vanity Fare (Early In The Morning, I Live For The Sun) all reappearing.
Special guests this year are The Merseybeats (Don’t Turn Around, Wishin’ and Hopin’).
This year though, promises to be extra special because, touring the UK for the first time in 30 years is Terry Sylvester – the man who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies in 1968.
Speaking from his Florida home, Terry is wildly enthusiastic about taking part in the tour, despite the weather. With his still-apparent Scouse accent (he hails from Liverpool and was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans before joining The Hollies), he tells me: “It’s chucking it down with rain at the moment, it makes me feel like I’m at home in England. After leaving The Hollies in 1981 I used to mainly tour the continent in the 80s and 90s, and even though I come back to Britain quite often, I haven’t toured my homeland since the early 80s.”
So, how did the idea of joining the Solid Silver Sixties Show come about?
“It really came out of the blue and the negotiations started about six months ago,” he said. “I do quite a lot of shows in America with the likes of Peter Noone (Hermans Hermits), and on one of these I was sharing a dressing room, with John Walker of The Walker Brothers.
“He’d just done one of the tours and asked me if I’d ever done one and he said he thought I’d be perfect, and in the end he set it all up.”
Terry, whose first recording session with The Hollies was to record the number three hit Sorry Suzanne, is looking forward to the tour for a number of reasons. “It’s gonna be fantastic,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans and some family, it’ll be fun and I’ve already had some e-mails to my website.”
As to favourite venues, Terry can’t single out anywhere in particular. “It’s quite strange looking at the venues for the tour,” he says. “It’s a tour of the UK’s best venues and cities, and we played some of them back in the 60s. I hope they’ve been refurbished by now!”