Sixties Gold Tour - Leeds Grand Theatre
Graham Clark, Features Writer
One of the good things about attending the Sixties Gold show is that you are guaranteed that no one will be putting their mobile phone up in the air recording the artists!
The Fortunes even joked that "there must be at least £100 grand in here in winter heating allowance."
These fans are more interested in watching the show and re-living the memories. Whilst the acts on the tour might be older, their voices are still as strong as ever.
The Fortunes opened up the show - "Most of our songs are about bad weather, broken love or about doom and gloom" jokes guitarist Michael Smitham. They delivered a tight set with their hit Storm In A Teacup, incidentally written by Lynsey De Paul, being a set highlight.
Vanity Fare managed to slip in a few of their hits before becoming the backing band for PJ Proby who is making these his final appearances in the UK on this tour. Wearing a gold jacket he looks like he had just come off a Las Vegas stage. He brought a young female saxophonist with him which bolstered up the songs, though it was the track most people associate him with Hold Me, that brought things to a higher level.
Former Love Affair lead singer Steve Ellis looked stylish - his old Mod days have not been forgotten. Rainbow Valley sounded like a pastiche of the band's major hit Everlasting Love. He has probably sung the song thousands of times but he makes it sound fresh.
The Merseybeats are regulars on these Sixties tours that they could probably do this in their sleep. Sorrow was a set highlight, whilst their choice of Sixties covers worked well, so much that by the time they got to Hi Ho Silver Lining the fans are now out of their seats.
The Searchers' set again runs like clockwork. They too are retiring after a headline tour early next year. Sweets for my Sweets flows into Don't Throw Your Love Away. The Spencer James version of Young Girl sent shivers down the spine, it was nearly as good as the original version.
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If it was your last chance to see any of the acts in the show you would not have been disappointed. "Glorious" commented the man sat next to me - he wasn't far wrong.
Sixties Gold Tour - Leeds Grand Theatre, 1st November 2018, 20:00 PM