I’m telling you now, don’t miss sensational 60s show at Ipswich Regent says Mosca

Get ready to head back to the golden age of music as The Sensational 60’s Experience swings into town. MARTIN HUTCHINSON talks to Alan Mosca of The Dreamers about what fans can expect.

AFTER last year’s successful tour, The Sensational 60’s Experience is coming around again in an explosive new show full of nostalgia.

The format is similar to the package tours of the aforementioned decade with a number of bands taking the stage. This year’s line-up is almost the same as last year, but there’s been an addition.

Joining the tour are The Dreamers, who formerly backed Freddie Garrity, have joined the tour; however, their involvement includes more than just playing.

Alan Mosca, who has played with the band since the mid-70s, was the compere of the show last year and will do so again this year.

“Usually in these 60s packages, one band tends to back a number of different acts; but with us it’s different. We have four individual bands so you don’t get the same ‘sound’. However, we have all decided to use the same equipment.”

The Sensational 60’s Experience has been doing the rounds for a few years now, says Mosca.

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“Yes, this is our fifth season and tickets are already selling well. Last year was tremendously successful despite the financial climate and we sold out a lot of the venues.”

The Dreamers were Garrity’s backing band from the early 60s until they split in 1969 when he went solo.

He reformed the band for package tours and cabaret nights and also took part in the re-enactment of the British Invasion tours of the States.

Their many hits include You Were Made For Me, I’m Telling You Now, If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody and the madcap Short Shorts.

“We do all the hits and the silly dances that they did back in the day,” says Mosca. “But, we do something a bit different.

“When we do the holiday camps there’s a lot of kids in the audience who might not know of the hits, so we had to be a little different and do something visual to keep their attention.”

So the band developed a special part of the act.

“Our drummer, Ray Martin, who used to play in Brian Poole and Electrix, doesn’t do a drum solo like most drummers. What happens is we play dustbins while he does some fire-eating!

“One thing about Freddie [Garrity],” he adds, “is that many people thought that due to his appearance he was a great Buddy Holly fan, but his real hero was Al Jolson. When he went solo he used to do an act impersonating Al.”

Top of the bill are The Tremeloes.

Still containing two original members in guitarist Rick Westwood and drummer Dave Munden, The Tremeloes were responsible for a number of classic 60s hits like Call Me Number One, Here Comes My Baby and the sublime Silence Is Golden.

The Tremeloes got their big break in 1962 when they auditioned for Decca Records. They were awarded a three-year contract, beating the other band who auditioned - a Liverpool band called The Beatles.

They had hits as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes and after Poole left in 1966 they went on to greater success on their own.

The Trems - as they are affectionately known – have carried on playing live throughout the years to ever-appreciative audiences who admire their professionalism, fantastic harmonies and great musicianship.

Hermans Hermits have also survived the ages and boast an original member in drummer Barry Whitwam.

Originally with Peter Noone as singer they had many hits under the watchful eye of Mickey Most, who had seen the band perform in the Beachcomber Club in Bolton.

Over the years they have sold more than 75 million records; even outselling The Beatles in America for a time.

Their hits include I’m Into Something Good, There’s a Kind of Hush and Silhouettes.

The surprise hit of the tours though has been The Union Gap UK, who perform the hits of Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – Young Girl, Lady Willpower and Woman Woman to name but three.

“No one had seen them before,” says Mosca.

“They went down tremendously. They do sound like Gary Puckett & The union Gap and even wear the Civil War uniforms sometimes. And of course they are younger than the rest of us.”

It has to be pointed out that Union Gap UK have no original members and are in no way connected to Puckett, who hopes to tour the UK himself one day.

The show promises to be a non-stop musical conveyor belt with hits coming thick and fast.

“We (The Dreamers) are on first and we do about 20 – 25 minutes,” Mosca says.

“Then Union Gap UK do about 30 minutes and then we have an interval of about 20–30 minutes.”

“After that there’s Herman’s Hermits and The Tremeloes, who both do about 40 minutes and then there’s the finale.”

During this all the bands come together as one.

“Everyone comes on stage and each principal does a rock and roll number. There’s not usually a lot of rehearsal for that and there’s a bit of ad-libbing, but it’s a great piece of fun.”

The Sensational 60’s Experience Tour comes to The Regent, Ipswich, on Saturday, October 22.