Nifty 60s tour-de-force

Now: Terry Sylvester ' he used to play When I'm 64 and now he is!
Now: Terry Sylvester ' he used to play When I'm 64 and now he is!
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THEY may be in their 60s but the vintage stars of the Solid Silver Sixties Show put some bands and performers half their age to shame.

The current revue tour – now in it’s 26th year and landing at Sheffield City Hall tomorrow – takes in 68 performances in just 57 dates.

Wayne Fontana

Wayne Fontana

But then the stars of this show will admit to having got a lot of the partying out of their systems long ago, which is why Dronfield’s 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) are all happy to return to this demanding nostalgia outing.

Special guests this year are The Merseybeats (Don’t Turn Around, Wishin’ and Hopin’) with added value coming from Terry Sylvester – the man who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies in 1968 – touring the UK for the first time in 30 years.

Although now living in Florida, Terry still sports a Scouse accent. He was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans before joining The Hollies.

“It’s chucking it down with rain at the moment, it makes me feel like I’m at home in England,” he says.

Then: Terry Sylvester

Then: Terry Sylvester

“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.”

Terry got the nod from promoters behind the Solid Silver Sixties Show six months ago.

“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, asked me if I’d ever done one and said he thought I’d be perfect. In the end he set it all up.”

Chris Farlowe

Chris Farlowe

Terry, whose first recording session with The Hollies tendered the number three hit Sorry Suzanne, is looking forward to the tour for professional and personal reasons.

“It’s gonna be fantastic. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans and some family – it’ll be fun and I’ve already had some emails to my website.

“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.

“In America I do about 50 dates per year, but the place is so vast I usually get to a venue the day before the show, and then I might stay on afterwards, so with 50 dates it works out I’m away for about 120 days a year in total.

“With the Solid Silver Sixties tour I’ll be away for three months. You have to be up for it – it’s exciting. I love my life and I love singing.

“We will all be doing our well known hits, and the four solo singers will be backed by Vanity Fare. I’ve never worked with them before, but everyone tells me that they’re superb.

“I’ve only got about 20 minutes in the show, but I’ll be singing some of the hits I was involved with, plus a few surprises. In a way the audiences decide what you play.”

Now aged 64, Terry clearly remains enthusiastic about performing. “When I was in The Swinging Blue Jeans we used to sing When I’m 64 on stage. Who would have thought that I’d still be singing at that age?”

During the years since there have been many highlights. One that gives Terry much pride is when he and The Hollies were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

“I’m only the fifth Liverpudlian to be inducted. I have the statuette I was given in front of me,” he says, before recalling: “When I flew home, I wasn’t allowed to have it with me in the cabin – I had to put it in my luggage in the hold!”