The saying is “rock stars don’t die, they just fade away”. It’s not true. Some of them keep on trucking through the decades and through the continents – and reach a stage near you.
Herman’s Hermits had a string of hits in the early 60s. They weren’t quite the Beatles or the Stones but they weren’t far off. Their hits included “Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “Silhouettes”, “Dandy”, “Henry VIII” and a lot more. Chances are that if you don’t recognize the title, you will recognize the tune. After all, they’ve sold 75 million records, including 23 hit singles and ten hit albums. They’ve featured in three movies.
More than a half century on, they take the stage at the Services Club on Wednesday, promising a string of the old sing-along hits – doors open 6.45; the set starts at 7.30 and tickets on the door cost $35.
The band has reformed since then, of course, but still around one of the original members, drummer, Barry Whitwam who is now 71. They still do about 150 one-night-stands a year. From Glen Innes, they go on to Armidale and then through Australia for another eleven gigs, ending in Perth on August 23. September means Germany.