Are you a fan
of 60s music?
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Gary Pucket and the Union Gap, and Dennis Tufano, the original voice of The Buckinghams, will perform at the Akron Civic Theatre Oct. 27, starting at 4 p.m. as part of the Civic's "60's Rock -N- Remember" concert.
"When you get music from the 60s, it's always nostalgic," said Noone in a phone interview. "It was a period of great enthusiasm. Young people took over the music industry. The Beatles sang 'I Want to Hold Your Hand," and they meant it. There was energy and enthusiasm. Now everyone is a bit pessimistic about everything."
At the age of 15, Noone achieved international fame as "Herman," lead singer of the legendary Sixties pop band Herman's Hermits. His classic hits included: "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, you've Got A Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," "Silhouettes," "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Just A Little Bit Better," "Wonderful World," "There's A Kind of Hush," "A Must To Avoid," "Listen People," "The End of the World" and "Dandy."
"When we came out, we were a boy band, but we didn't know we were a boy band," Noon said.
Noone is no stranger to the Akron area. Herman's Hermits has performed regularly at Lock 3 in downtown Akron for several summers. This will be the first time, however, Noone said, that they have performed at the Civic.
"Ohio is where Herman's Hermits broke," Noone said. "We are still getting new fans. The more we play here, the more people we get in the audience."
Guests at the 60s concert can expect to hear many popular hits, but Noone said that his concerts depend on the audience, and that they don't stick with a set playlist.
"We have more than 300 songs in our playlist," he said. "We usually do Herman's Hermits, but sometimes we do Monkees, or Johnny Cash songs, or something else."
Noone said that today's technology has made it easier for both music artists to get their music out, and for listeners to find tunes they might not have otherwise heard, thanks to today's technology.
"I think it's better now," he said. "If you've got some music, you can get it recorded. Before, a lot hinged on record labels, and if you didn't get on the radio, or if they didn't like you, you didn't become known. Nowadays, you can get it out on the Internet. It's leveled the playing field. I once heard a song through Shazam that I really liked, from a band I'd never heard of. I wound up downloading their entire album. I would have never heard of them before [the Internet]. I actually bought a rap record. I didn't even know it was a rap record, I just thought it was a good record."
Sometimes it is hard to predict the impact of technology on an industry, Noone said.
"I remember one time, we were listening to the radio, and my grandfather pointed to the radio and said 'the music industry is over. You can get music for free now,'" he said.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was an American pop rock group operating in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits were "Woman, Woman," "Young Girl," and "Lady Willpower."
Dennis Tufano is the original lead singer of the 1960s rock group The Buckinghams, and has been a solo performer since the early 1980s.
Ticket prices are $58, $45, and $35, and are available at the Akron Civic Theatre box office by calling 330-253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com.