Micky Dolenz best known as a former member of The Monkees took the stage,at 8pm. The experience started smoothly with a song titled, “That Was Then, This Is Now”, written by Vance Brescia. The tune was an upbeat comeback song as a part of The Monkees’ 20th anniversary reunion tour in 1986. (Brescia was on Bass for Micky for this show and later took his regular spot on Guitar for Hermans Hermits Starring Peter Noone.) The show progressed rather effortlessly. Micky and Coco (Micky’s Sister) played off of each others vocals first-class on the great Howard Greenfield and Carole King’s “Crying in the Rain" which is on Micky’s new CD King For a Day. I did rather enjoy Coco on the song “Different Drum”, written by Mike Nesmith and best known as a #13 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1967 by the Stone Poneys(who featured Linda Ronstadt). Moving to one of my favorites... the vocals and sound of "Stepping Stone" was actually very amazing. I thought for sure there was going to be some sort of trick to get the harmonizing and “Stepping Stone Sound”... I was paying careful attention and I believe it is all 100% real vocal harmonies with little if any help on the tech end. I was exceedingly impressed. Sleepy Jean was the highlight... complete with waving arms and swaying in the seats... Just a little more “oomph” and it would have given chills. The stories about Hendrix opening for The Monkees in 1967 only to hear during his (Hendrix’s) opening act the crowd chanting “we want the Monkees” and the visit to Abbey Road to hang with the Beatles added a bit of humor and nostalgia to the show.
Then we come to Mr. Noone.
The Grand Entrance, you would have thought the Queen herself where visiting with a Rock Twist. The band marching, the fans on their feet with glow sticks, Union Jack shirts, flags, towels, and even phone cases! You name it; it was there. A great feature to a Peter Noone show is his Dedicated Fans!... The Noonatics! They were there in full force from all over the Nation and even in from Canada for this show. Peter seemed to enjoy every moment. He especially paid attention to the younger fans in attendance. Giving free CD’s throwing and kicking T-shirts out from the stage. Joking with the youngsters to make copies for all their friends. The younger crowd received a brief History Lesson on what “CD’s used to look like” and everyone else got a good chuckle out of it. The Age of Technology meeting the Golden Age of Pop Rock. A particularly funny part of the evening (though there were many!) was when he held an Album cover from the audience over his face and sang. He then began to walk back across the stage only to realize the picture of his head was backwards at that point. The music was great, covering the Hits such as “Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter”, “Heartbeat”, “Henry The VIII” among others, and of course “There's A Kind Of Hush All Over The World”. The additions of brief stints of music from the Stones, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, along with Peters comedic emphasis and takes on portraying the mannerisms of such artists, kept all eyes on the stage. Over all the show was a sort of trip down memory lane with comedic flare and even some off stage adventure (which for a moment looked like he may not make it back onto the stage only to add more of an “in good fun” tone). Peter at one point stated he is “a 17 year old boy, in a 62 year old body” I know I, and many others were left feeling a bit younger after having such an amazing musical adventure. Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone is a show you should not miss.
This Concert Experience was definitely an Affirmation that Laughter is good for the soul, but Laughter and Good Music is even Better.