Tony Hicks, the band’s original guitar player, explains:
“‘We felt like this is something no other band gets to do, celebrate six decades together, 60 years of this band and these songs means so much to us and so many others.”
The Hollies’ drummer for six decades, Bobby Elliott, adds:
“We’re incredibly excited performing for everyone on what will be some of the most special shows in the history of The Hollies.”
The dates mark the band’s first US tour in over two decades and take in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, and Washington DC. The 60th-anniversary tour will see The Hollies performing their best-known hits including “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “The Air That I Breathe”, “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)”, “Bus Stop”, “Carrie-Anne” and “Sorry Suzanne”.
Alongside drummer Bobby Elliott, and singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist Tony Hicks, the band will include lead singer Peter Howarth, as well as bass player Ray Stiles, Keyboardist Ian Parker, and Steve Lauri on Rhythm Guitar.
TheHollies have spent 263 weeks in the UK’s top 40 official singles chart, and have been performing continuously since their formation in 1962. In 1995, they received the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music, and in 2010 were inducted into the American Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame for their “impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of Rock and Roll”.
Here are the tour dates announced so far:
APRIL 2 – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
APRIL 4 – The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
APRIL 5 – Town Hall, New York, NY APRIL 7 – The Athenaeum, Chicago, IL
APRIL 9 – The Saban, Los Angeles, CA