Dave looks back at the swinging sixties

Dave Berry in trade mark black
Dave Berry in trade mark black
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There’s no doubting the music industry has changed, since the seemingly innocent days of the early 1960s.

But still recreating those sounds, in a record-breaking 31st year, the Solid Silver 60s Show is returning to Blackpool in the spring on its latest tour, supported by a new Solid Silver 60s Greatest Hits triple album released on Friday.

One of the stars of the latest outing will be Dave Berry - of Memphis Tennessee, The Crying Game, Little Things and Mama fame, who will join Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, The Merseybeats and a very special guest from the USA Brian Hyland, all accompanied on stage by New Amen Corner.

Dave Berry said: “I’m looking forward to getting back out with the shows very much.

“I’ve been doing them for years and particularly enjoy Blackpool as it’s a very special place for me.

“In the very early 60s, we were back at the Picador Club, near Bloomfield Road, and it was the first time we had done a residency anywhere.

“It was the first time fans had travelled from all over the country to see us. Most young bands remember those first gigs, and we built up a very good fan base in Blackpool - which we still have.

“I remember meeting Lemmy, later of Motorhead fame, and they used to drive around in a hearse instead of a van.

“Those gigs were very much like an apprenticeship - there were strippers on as well. One famous one I remember, I wish I remembered her name, would walk on naked and put her clothes back on all in a very sensual way.”

While the loss of strippers from music clubs may be an improvement, Dave agrees with critics including Oasis’s Noel Gallagher, who claim the music industry has lost its working class roots.

“Now, it’s middle class guys, like Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith,” he said. “From the 50s we came from the working class and now we’re missing that in put.

“But it’s hard. There are not many places for a young band to play and earn money these days.

“Things always change in music, though, and I am sure it will do again.”

* Solid Silver 60s Show, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Sunday, May 8. Call 01253 290190 for tickets.