Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents (https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/ )
Venue: Talking Stick Resort – Showroom (https://www.talkingstickresort.com/ )
Date: Friday August 27th, 2021
During the mid-60s there were a number of great bands that were part of the British Invasion. Herman’s Hermits has one of those bands. Let by the very young but charismatic lead man, Peter Noone, they topped the charts with a number of top 10 hits and multiple gold albums. Fast forward 50 years and Peter Noone is now touring with a new set of band members.
Having a sister that was 6 years older than me and her being a teenager in the mid-60s, I got to hear all of the great songs from the British Invasion. Our top 40 AM radio station (CKLW out of Windsor Canada) played the 40 songs nonstop every day. As part of these 40 songs was almost always a Herman’s Hermit’s song. We also had every album and a lot of 45s of their songs that also got played a lot, usually when dad was not around.
I have seen a lot of bands from the 60s in the past few years and some of the lead singers have lost a little in their vocal range. I remember that Peter Noone had an alluring voice. So, I was amazed and happy to see that Peter has lost very little of his fantastic voice. Peter’s stage presence was also outstanding.
I visited Las Vegas a number of times in the late 60s and early 70s with my parents. My father loved to go to see the different performers in the lounges. Some of them were the older singers of my parents’ age. The thing I remember was how the singers would put on a complete audience experience including singing, telling stories and joking with the audience. Tom Jones was one of the best.
Well, I can say that I had a similar experience seeing Peter Noone at Talking Stick Resort. He started the show by singing a number of different hit songs from the 60s. He then started to tell stories about being in the band and doing 2 movies here in the states before he turned 18. After a couple of other songs, he came down into the audience and talked and sang to us. However, due to Covid, he was not able to shake people’s hands. After returning to the stage, he passed out a number of signed CD to the crowd. He actually threw them out.
Peter joked that the setlist was totally useless since it was in small print and he was not wearing his glasses. So instead, he would just sing songs that worked with the current audience. However, he did hit all of the great Herman’s Hermits songs including: “Listen People”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, and “I’m Henry VII, I Am”. When he sang “I’m Henry VIII, I AM”, he had the audience sing along and actually we sang the entire third verse.
Overall if was a great concert. Like I said, it reminded me of a Las Vegas lounge show. If you loved 60s music and enjoy interacting and singing along with the band, then this is definitely a show you should see.
Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Right Reserved