Herman’s Hermits completed a hugely successful Farewell tour of North Island venues in 2017, selling out many venues, and now in 2020 they’ve returned to finish what they started with their farewell to fans in the South Island and the nations capital, Wellington. For this tour, unlike 2017, they’ve added some 60’s spice with a special guest, none other than the original singer / guitar player of The Searchers, Mike Pender.
When the 1960’s British Invasion hit worldwide, Herman’s Hermits and The Searchers were two of the biggest music groups out of the UK. Their hits were all over the Australian airwaves, ‘Mrs. Brown you’ve got a lovely daughter’, ‘No Milk Today’ and ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ made the Manchester based Herman’s Hermits one of the most popular groups worldwide, while The Searchers were also at the Top of The Pops as they followed their friends The Beatles out of Liverpool with huge hits of their own such as ‘Sweets for my Sweet’, ‘Needles and Pins’ and ‘When You Walk In The Room’. Both groups became household names in New Zealand and now for the first time audiences will hear songs of both groups live in one very special concert as Herman’s Hermits are bringing direct from the UK, The Searchers original lead singer / guitar player Mike Pender to join them as special guest for their Australia / New Zealand tours.
The start time for all shows on the tour is 6pm. Promoter Layton Lillas of Showcase Entertainment Group explains ‘Our idea was to put the show on at the more convenient time in the winter months of August and September at 6pm, where audience members can grab an early dinner, come to the theatre and enjoy a 2 hour show packed full of hits and fun, then be safely home at a reasonable time.’