The Sensational 60’s Experience at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Wednesday 18th November 2015

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

There is no age barrier to having fun as the line-up of The Sensational 60’s Experience showed last night at The Royal Concert Hall. With a combined age that would trouble even a calculator, the artists showed that the music from that era is as good now as it was then.

Compere Alan Mosca smoothly moved things along with his slapdash humour, as the well preserved artists took this delighted audience on a stroll down memory lane with their solid musicianship, pleasing harmonies, and an amiable stage presence to showcase their vintage soft rock oldies.

Union Gap uk opened and the audience sang along to such classics as Woman Woman, Sherry and Young Girl. Handing the stage over to The New Amen Corner, lead vocalist Glen Leon showed just how the songs have stood the test of time with hits like Bend Me Shape Me, (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice and Eloise.

With them backing Steve Ellis, the former vocalist in Love Affair, the show had warmed up nicely. Ellis undoubtedly stole the show with a voice that has lost none of its magic. Delivering an outstanding version of Frank Wilson’s Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) his set was timeless.

Chris Farlowe was up next and his version of Otis Redding’s Mr. Pitiful had the audience in raptures as did his soulful Handbags and Gladrags. Rounding off the evening were Hermans Hermit’s who revisited their old hits such as No Milk Today and I’m Into Something Good.

These Peter Pans of pop are in the middle of a 64 date tour and their energy and enthusiasm is certainly admirable. Sensational, well not quite, but it was a very enjoyable experience and a good night’s entertainment. The only downside was the continual hard sell to buy merchandise, but they can be forgiven that.