IT’S been billed as the best decade ever for pop music, and now fans can roll back the years again when Bringing on Back the 60s, starring The New Amen Corner, arrives in Redditch on Friday, June 29.
Featuring two hours of music showcasing million selling hits backed by a large screen with footage of the day, it promises to bring those memories flooding back.
Lead guitarist and vocalist with the New Amen Corner, Glenn Leon is certainly looking forward to being back in Redditch once again.
“I think the songs never go away and neither does the demand, we’ve been doing this for the last 17 years and people just love it,” he said.
“Looking back, the Sixties were a big time in history and the music reflected that.”
Glenn’s incredible voice has made him a singer in demand backed by a rhythm section driven forward by 60s veterans Jules Benjamin and Dave Howson on keyboards and bass and Jacko Howson on drums.
Once again the band will be joined by former Manfred Mann lead singer Mike d’Abo, the writer of hits like ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ and ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’ plus, new for this year, Nancy Ann Lee performing the hits of Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.
“There were so many hits in the Sixties and we always try and do something a little bit different while staying true to all the favourites,” said Glenn.
And Glenn knows them all backwards.
He started playing guitar aged 10 and got his first professional job, aged 16, performing with a pal in the former Yugoslavia.
“We got a contract for six weeks and back then we didn’t realise we would be doing it for a living. From there it was off to perform in Norway,” he said.
“We were doing three different hotel and three night clubs on different islands.”
His incredible voice made him a huge draw, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I suppose my favourite song from the era is ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ – I love the song and the ballads always go down well,” he said.
Tickets for Bringing on Back the 60s featuring The New Amen Corner, with Mike d’Abo and Nancy Lee Ann are £20 from the Palace box office in person, on 01527 65203 or online from the Palace Theatre website at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/.