All posts tagged: The Hollies

British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour Adds Shows, Peter Asher

The incredibly popular 50th Anniversary British Invasion Tour that circulated along the East and West Coasts last fall is returning for another go-round this spring. Featuring hitmakers from across the pond including Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Denny Laine, Mike Pender of the Searchers, and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies/Swinging Blue Jeans, this leg will also add Peter Asher as emcee and sixth headliner. So far, dates span the East Coast and the Midwest, hitting areas and venues bypassed last fall. Those who caught the tour can attest that it’s truly one for the ages, with a lineup unlike any in history. To say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event is a severe understatement; it’s simply unmissable, plain and simple. Not only is this a veritable who’s who of one of the most important movements in music history, but each and every artist is still in top form, making the whole show a non-stop, high-energy extravaganza. As if I haven’t hammered the point home enough, if you skip this one, you’ll be sorry. The full list of dates …

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BOOK REVIEW: Graham Nash, “Wild Tales”

This autobiography from the Hollies/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young mainstay isn’t your standard book of revelations.  It is one of those rare musical life reflections that, although dishing some “dirt”, isn’t filled with the usual bitterness, accusatory sniping at former band mates or lovers or victimization.  If anything, Nash presents a lighthearted story of his ups and downs – and let it be said, at no time (to me, anyway) does he come off as self-serving or innocent.  He freely admits to his shortcomings with women and his prolonged affection for marijuana and cocaine. It’s a fascinating read.  Glimpses of his youth in England; The Hollies’ formation and rise; his conflict of trying to grow as a writer and artist within the constraints of The Hollies formulaic pop; his introduction to Crosby and Stills and most poignantly, his meeting and falling in love with Joni Mitchell – the most profound narrative of the story.  These events led Nash to leave his marriage, his band and his country to start all over again in the United …

The Popdose Holiday Mixtape 2010

Last Christmas, we gave you our heart, but you were too busy doing real stuff. Hey, it’s perfectly understandable. We launched a “special gift” on Christmas morning 2009 with zero fanfare. Is it any wonder that so few knew something was waiting for them under the Internet tree? And so the year passed into the next, and in-between, several computer failures, server dumps, and general “life-stuff” threatened files and made the prospect for a more, shall we say, extroverted return of the mega-mix in question near impossible. Near, but not quite there. At one point or another, a lightbulb clicked on somewhere and someone decided to put the contents on a DVD-R. They did not have the insight to actually label the disc though, so it was only by happenstance, wishbones and a couple favorable fortune cookies that the contents were recovered. And so, with a bang and not a whimper, we’ve decided to present all of y’all with a big, fat holiday gift early. How about this for a premise — the members of …

Rock Court, Small Claims Division: The Hollies v. The Posies

All rise. The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, ha-ha, busted! You have been duly instructed. Today’s docket: The Hollies, plaintiffs vs. The Posies, defendants The Hollies, “Jennifer Eccles” (single, 1968) You stole our chorus! You stole it and everybody knows it!

The Posies, “Golden Blunders” from Dear 23 (1990) Oh, you have got to be kidding. Is there a slight similarity? Maybe. But at least we’re more clever than those lame “la-la-la’s” of yours.

CHART ATTACK!: 9/2/72

Welcome back to another edition of CHART ATTACK!, everyone! Sick of the ’90s? Sick of the ’80s? Sick of … uh … the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, 1970, 1971, and 1973 – 1979? (I’m reaching here.) Then have we got a year for you! This time last year, guest writer Beau Dure covered a 1976 CHART ATTACK!, and he’s back to tackle 1972! By the way, Beau runs his own fantastic blog, Mostly Modern Media, and is also all over the Sports section at USA Today. Between the two sites, it’s almost like you were at the Olympics yourself! But for now, enjoy Beau’s fine writing right here at Popdose! – JH Are you ready to rock? Or R&B? Or AC? Or whatever you call Looking Glass? Welcome to a diverse bunch of classics, most of which you can still hum today. You can also still hum Kid Rock’s latest, but only because you’re really humming “Werewolves of London.” September 2, 1972: 10. Back Stabbers — O’Jays Amazon iTunes 9. Rock and Roll Part 2 …