Dr Hook and The Hollies were groups which dominated the charts in their respective decades at the top, and both are heading for the Norwich Theatre Royal stage this autumn with original band members at the helm. Dr. Hook is a name in pop music that for many provided the soundtrack to their romantic journey through life. They were consistently at the top of the international pop, rock and country charts for the 15 years the band was together throughout the 1970s and 80s, boasting a catalogue of best loved songs which included Sylvia’s Mother, Only 16, A Little Bit More, If Not You, Sharing The Night Together, Sexy Eyes, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Years From Now and many more.
Not for 30 years have the band’s massive hits been sung and played live but now founding member and original singer Dennis Locorriere, who was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits, is back touring with a talented band of musicians and singers. Dennis last performed the songs on his Dr Hook Farewell Tour in 1985, and is now recreating that original sound live for the first time since the songs were originally recorded in the famous Nashville and Muscle Shoals studios.
Following successful tours in New Zealand and Australia last year, the band is now touring the UK on its Timeless World Tour. Dennis said:
“I know that people love the Dr Hook sound on those original recordings and that’s what we’re bringing back to them, just the way they remember it and want to hear it performed live”
Meanwhile The Hollies make a return visit to the Norwich stage, which they last graced in October 2014. One of Britain’s best-loved groups, who had more hits than The Beatles from the early 1960s through to the mid-70s, their soaring, distinctive harmonies, brilliantly crafted songs and cultivated musicianship, has ensured the longevity of one of the greatest British bands of all time.
The Hollies formed in 1962 in Lancashire and were renowned for their rich vocal harmonies, rivalling those of The Beach Boys. Between 1964 and 1969, only two of their songs failed to reach the UK Top 10.
They celebrated 50 years in the business with an anniversary tour in 2012 – and two of the original members, songwriter and lead guitarist Tony Hicks and drummer Bobby Elliott, had toured in every one of those years.
Theatre Royal communications officer Judy Foster said:
“Both these fantastic bands were responsible for an amazing back catalogue of hits that were the soundtracks of the formative years of many lives, and their classic hits will revive memories for a lot of people. To see groups of such stature as Dr Hook and The Hollies in Norwich is a real treat.”
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Dr Hook is on stage on September 24th, The Hollies appear on October 8th. For more information, visit: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk[/box]