One of the best ever Solid Silver
Solid Silver 60s Show
Orchard Theatre, Dartford, May 10
When I heard Wayne Fontana was forced to pull out of this year’s Solid Silver 60s Show, my initial thoughts were to wish him well, and look forward to seeing again next year.
I then hoped that Flying Music would stick to the remaining four acts and allow them to expand their sets rather than find a replacement, and tonight’s show at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, proved my thoughts were correct.
VANITY FARE opened – as well as providing backing for the solo acts – with a string of their hits, plus an outstanding rendition of their minor hit ‘Better By Far’ and a couple of tracks from their new ‘West Coast USA’ album before closing with ‘Hitching A Ride’.
Each time I see CHRIS FARLOWE, I am always amazed by the power of his voice which tore into ‘Unchain My Heart’, lived the emotion of ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ before transporting me back 50 years to the Glenlyn where I first heard him sing ‘Stormy Monday Blues’. ‘You Don’t Love Me No More’ was an absolute killer performance, followed by a couple of soul classics, closing with ‘Out Of Time’.‘Some Kinda Fun’ brought CHRIS MONTEZ onstage, and he made full use of the extra time, featuring all of his regular songs, plus ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ his often overlooked hit, a tribute to his friend, Bobby Vee, giving welcome insight into his life and stories behind his songs, a rocking’ ‘Kansas City’ before dancing his way around the theatre during ‘Let’s Dance’.
The sight of BRIAN POOLE and DAVE MUNDEN walking onstage, laughing together was worth tonight’s ticket price alone, and the good time feeling remained throughout the whole TREMELOES set, kicking off with ‘Here Comes My Baby. Mixing pre-split hits with the later ones the pace never dropped. Dave reminded us how good a vocalist he is on ’Angel Of The Morning’ and Brian gave a double dose of sweet pop with ‘Candy Man’ and ‘I Want Candy’.
The band have always been about fun and harmony and there was plenty of both. ‘Twist And Shout’ and ‘Do You Love Me’ led to a perfect ‘Silence Is Golden’ and a rock’n’roll finale.
One of the best SS60s shows I’ve seen, and as the previous ones have always been great: tonight’s was something special.
Jim Stewart 2014