After an afternoon of equestrian entertainment, the audience
at Forsyth Barr Stadium was last night delighted by the
smooth sounds of one of the United Kingdom's leading bands of
the 1960s and '70s, the Hollies.
The band trotted out hit after hit to an enthusiastic crowd,
with On a Carousel and I Can't Let Go among the
Playing the only South Island show as part of their 50th
anniversary tour, the '60s survivors took the largely
middle-aged crowd back in time and near the start promised to
play ''every hit we ever recorded''.
They had the audience - many of whom had migrated from the
stands to the field after the equestrian event - clapping
along from the first song. The band, which was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, showed its
experience, with the guitar solos spot on and the harmonies
Among the die-hard fans was Alistair Edmond (64), who
travelled from Christchurch with his wife and a group of
friends and last saw the Hollies play in 1967 or 1968 - also
''I've been a fan since then.''
He said they had a ''distinct sound'' which separated them
from other bands of their era, adding that ''every song they
sing is a hit''.
Earlier in the night, Dunedin singer Kylie Price warmed up
the crowd, her clear voice shining on a cover of Leonard