Hope this newsletter finds you well. Gerry and The Pacemakers are approaching the end of another year of touring which has seen them covering many miles crossing up and down the U.K.
The ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows are still proving very popular. Many will have noticed that different support acts have been introduced in the last year to add even more variety and this has been very successful. Gerry of course is the one that the audience has come to see and he never disappoints. From the moment he walks onto that stage and belts out the opening lines of ‘How Do You Do It?’ the crowd is travelled back in time to those heady days of the 60’s and so it is to the finale of ‘Walk Alone’ when everyone is on their feet with hands waving in the air to the most sung football anthem of all time.
Dates are now released for the ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ 2017 tour which commences in Aberdare on January 19th. More dates may be added so please refer to the tour page on this website.
Gerry and The Pacemakers will also be appearing at the Benidorm Palace, Spain on March 5th.
The Rock The Boat Cruise on September 30th last on the aptly named ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ was a sell out and hugely successful. Gerry enjoyed the trip immensely and was supported by other sixties artists.
It was with sadness that we lost another sixties icon Bobby Vee on October 24th last at the age of 73. I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby in March 1992 at the King Georges Hall Blackburn at the start of a tour entitled 60’s Golden Greats. On the bill were Gerry and The Pacemakers, Bobby Vee and Tommy Roe. He was a very friendly guy and when we spoke I remember him saying that he had been window shopping in Blackburn prior to the show. Great memories.
Someone asked the question in a national daily tabloid :- “Does Gerry Marsden ever go to Anfield and sing You’ll Never Walk Alone”, the most famous fan song of all time? The reply was ….. It’s often forgotten that You’ll Never Walk Alone is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’ It has been recorded by many artists including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Andy Williams, but Gerry and The Pacemakers 1963 version has become the Standard spending four weeks at No1. Liverpool F.C. fan Marsden has sung the song at anfield on several occasions. He gave stirring renditions in 2009 and 2014 at the 20th and 25th anniversary memorial services for the Hillsborough disaster. He also performed it live at Anfield on October 24th 2010 before Liverpool-Blackburn Rovers Match. He sang it at Wembley before the post Hillsborough F.A. Cup Final between Everton and Liverpool in 1989 too.
It was of course the fans themselves that adopted the song. In the early 60’s they would play the top records of the day at Anfield prior to kick off. When Walk Alone dropped from the charts, it was not played but the crowd soon had it re-installed and that is how it became the anthem for Liverpool F.C. and since then the anthem for many clubs across the globe.
Whilst on the nostalgia scene, let us look at a few concert dates that Gerry appeared during his illustrious 50 year plus career.
October 19th 1961. Gerry and The Pacemakers were joined by The Beatles and went under the name of The Beatmakers at Litherland Town Hall, Merseyside.
April 21st 1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers join Joe Loss and his Orchestra, Cliff Richard, Frank Ifield, Adam Faith, Joe Brown and others at the Empire Pool London.
October 28th 1964. Gerry and The Pacemakers join Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Billy J.Kramer, Rolling Stones at the Santa Monica Auditorium, California U.S.A.
January 10th 1984 Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with The Troggs, Swinging Blue Jeans, Tremeloes at the Edinburgh Playhouse,
November 1st 1986 Gerry and the Pacemakers appear with The Searchers, Mindbenders, Chad and Jeremy and Freddie and The Dreamers at the Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, U.S.A.
October 23rd 2009 Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with The Complete Beatles and Chip Hawkes at the Cresset, Peterborough.
May 28th 2010 Gerry and The Pacemakers appear at the River Rock Casino, Richmond, B.C. Canada.
April 10th 2011 Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with Hermans Hermits at the Bruce Mason Theatre Auckland, New Zealand.
November 17th 2012 Gerry and The Pacemakers with The Animals, P.J. Proby, and Steve Ellis at the Alban Arena, St.Albans U.K.
September 14th 2014 Gerry and The Pacemakers with Billy J. Kramer, Mike Penders Searchers, Denny Laine at the Westbury Theatre, New York, U.S.A.
I think if we were to add up the number of show appearances that Gerry has performed, we would be staggered. In the mid 70’s and 80’s, when the club scene was at its height e.g. Batley, Wakefield, Lakeside etc. Gerry would be appearing for a full week. Nowadays it is one nighters in theatres which of course involves a lot more travelling.
A Sixties Gold Tour is being planned at the moment and when the line up and dates are confirmed, it will appear on this website.
Until then thank you for your support. As this will be posted in December, I would like to wish you all on behalf of Gerry, The Pacemakers, Ian Ashton Gerry’s P.A. and Robert Pratt Gerry’s Manager and myself a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.
My thanks to Gerry and Ian for their help.