Hope you are all okay and despite the economic gloom are looking forward to Christmas, which as I write this newsletter is not far away. So let’s see what has been going on and what’s on the horizon.
SIXTIES GOLD TOUR AUTUMN 2011
Again this has been a very successful tour with sell out houses at the majority of the venues.
The line up of Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Fortunes and Chip Hawkes, proved to be a winning formula. The headlining acts of Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Searchers alternated to close the show. I, along with my wife Jean, saw the show at Bradford
St. Georges Hall on Friday November 18th. On that particular night The Fortunes opened the show and The Searchers closed the first half. Both were first class acts. The second half was opened by Chip Hawkes superbly backed by The Pacemakers. He gave us all the Tremeloes’ hits, culminating in ‘Silence Is Golden’. Another class act.
Then closing the show Gerry bounced on the stage giving us all his hits, one after another.
The time seemed to fly by. In no time at all, we were into ‘Walk Alone’ where the whole audience were on their feet wanting more. Gerry did not disappoint and gave a reprise of ‘Walk Alone’.
All in all a brilliant show, with a fantastic line up.
After the show, I went back stage to see Gerry and who did I bump into but Dave Burgess. Dave was the Pacemakers drummer in the late 70’s early 80’s. He was there with his family and it was great to see him.
After the show at Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, Gerry visited the local primary school the St. Augustine Webster School the following morning as the children there had been involved with a 60’s project. The children were delighted to see Gerry who took part in a question and answer session. He spent time with them before taking to the road for the show at Bradford.
GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY
Gerry and The Pacemakers continue their musical journey throughout the U.K. with their own unique show ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’. This show is different everytime you see it, as Gerry sings those songs that influenced him and tells the stories from those heady days of the sixties.
They commence their 2012 tour at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch and will be visiting most parts of the U.K. Keep visiting the tour dates page on this website as more dates are being added.
A farewell tour of Canada and U.S.A. is in the pipeline for 2012/2013 and a U.K. Autumn 60’s Gold tour is also planned. with acts to be confirmed. More news when to hand.
ALLTHOSE YEARS AGO
This time we look at the month of December in years gone by.
The single ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ was released on 17th December 1964 with the U.K. E.P. ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ also being released. It contained a further three tracks namely ‘It’s Just Because’, ‘Maybelline’, ‘You’re The Reason’.
Gerry was the subject of’This Is Your Life’ with Eamonn Andrews and this was screened on the ITV on December 8th 1985.
Gerry and The Pacemakers opened a pantomime season at the Theatre Royal Hanley with John Inman and Susan Maughan in Babes In The Wood on December 20th 1988.
On December 2nd 1990 Gerry and The Pacemakers opened at the Doncaster Dome with Gerry’s Christmas Cracker.
From the 2nd-7th December 1996 Gerry was appearing in his own musical ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ in his home City of Liverpool at the Empire Theatre.
On December 1st 2001 Gerry and The Pacemakers appeared at the famous Ronnie Scotts Club.
Gerry appeared at the Waterfront Hall Belfast between December 27th-30th 2007 in a show entitled ‘Do You Come Here Often?’ The show was part of an Irish tour and Gerry was the star guest of the famous Irish Show Bands.
Andy Wild has left the Pacemakers for pastures new. We thank him for his time with the band and wish him luck for the future.
The Gerry and The Pacemakers live CD and the CD entitled simply ‘Gerry’ containing those tracks that are not heard as much as the smash hits, then these will be available at the ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows.
Gerry’s celebrity golf day held at Frodsham on September 8th raised a considerable amount of money for the Wirral Holistic Care Services.
Finally as this year draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and on behalf of Gerry, Tony, Steve, Garth and Mitch (The Pacemakers) Colin and Paul (The great sound lads) Ian (Gerrys P.A.) Robert (Gerry’s Manager) and myself:-
Have a great Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.