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Herman’s Hermits/Gary Lewis and The Playboys Show 9-9-2016

Published September 10, 2016 by Maryanne

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Peter Noone autographed album to me and my husband

A super fabulous show was put on last night at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Note, while I love the shows that are put on at this venue, I am truly disgusted with PNC Bank Arts Center. The workers there behave like ex-cons pushing their weight around and yelling at people, telling them not to dance. Hello!!!!! This was an “oldies” show and most of the people there were seniors; this was not a Marilyn Manson concert — no need for the over-obsessive “security”!! Imagine such behavior from so-called professionals. And at the end of the show, I was innocently waiting at a table in the concession area while my husband was in the bathroom. All the lights were still on, which meant that it was still OPEN. One ugly bitch who worked there told me that I had to LEAVE. She was completely out of line! Even my husband, who is the most mellow person on the planet was pissed about her attitude towards me. SHAME ON PNC BANK ARTS CENTER!) 

But, back to the show, hosted by radio DJ favorite, Cousin Brucie, who always does a great job as emcee to these shows each year. The Cousin Brucie theme song was done by The Four Seasons and was played during Cousin Brucie’s time onstage.

First up was Gary Lewis and the Playboys! Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, who is now 90-years-old. The band was excellent. They did their hits, plus hits from other artists of the 1960s. Interesting side note “This Diamond Ring” was co-written by the late Irwin Levine who was a NJ resident.

Gary Lewis is 70-years-old and looked incredible. He was very high-energy, as was the rest of the band.

Lewis opened up with Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Palisades Park” and did such a great job, he seemed to own it.

It was one great hit after another and my absolute favorite song was “Green Grass.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMbgt2zzno

Next up was Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. This was the third time I saw Peter Noone perform and the best of all! Noone was incredibly entertaining doing a comedy routine in-between songs, imitating Mick Jagger and Johnny Cash (which was incredible). He also joked a lot about New Jersey.  It’s wild that he knows our area so well, making jokes about Sussex County, the Newark Airport, Hackensack and so on. He had the audience in stitches.

My favorite songs of the set were “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-dAhFu9vE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frTD7txjdds

Peter Noone still sounded like a teenager — and ran around the stadium like a teenager, shaking hands with fans. I shook his hand twice during the show and once afterwards when my husband and I met him after the show. We scored the “Blaze” album which Noone autographed for us.

It was an honor meeting an artist I listened to when I was a little girl — “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” on a 45-RPM record. In the early 1970s I was only 9-years-old and had a much younger cousin who was wise beyond her years. She said that song was “sad.” I never thought of it as being sad at the time, I just loved the melody. Then last night, listening as an older woman, it choked me up a bit — yes, it is a beautiful, sad song. ❤

For more information on Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, visit: https://peternoone.com/

For more information on Gary Lewis visit: http://www.garylewisandtheplayboys.com/ 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available in paperback only on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

Tommy James/Gary Puckett Double Bill at PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Published September 20, 2014 by Maryanne

Tommy James Gary PuckettTwo legends! Tommy James & Gary Puckett

(I swiped this from Gary Puckett’s Face Book page — hope it’s okay!)

Last night was phenomenal! Very rare do you get to see two legendary acts in one night. My husband Dennis and I were waiting for this night all summer!

It was a perfect late summer night, a bit chilly, but nothing a hoodie and blanket couldn’t cure. The show was hosted by the legendary Cousin Brucie.

Gary Puckett hit the stage around 8:30 or so and played a very long time. He did all of his hits “Over You,” “Woman, Woman,” “Young Girl,” and “This Girl is a Woman Now.” Plus he did a medley of hits from bands he toured with in recent years like Three Dog Night and The Turtles. He also did a tribute to the veterans and at the end of his show thanked God for the glory.

Puckett’s voice is still amazing and he can also pull off hits of other artists. And he looks just as good — at 71 he could easily pass for late 40s. After the show my husband and I went to meet him at the merchandise table and he was very down to earth.

This was another one of many times my husband and I went to see Tommy James perform. Once again, he did not disappoint. He did all his great tunes, including my favorites “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and “Crimson and Clover.” He did “I Think We’re Alone Now” twice — acoustic and electric.

He also spoke about the upcoming movie based on his life and his journey with Roulette Records. Can’t wait!

We didn’t stick around to meet Tommy because it was getting very late and I had to present a lecture this morning. We met Tommy a few times before, plus I once had the honor to interview him. I’m sure we’ll meet Tommy again someday though.

Thanks for a fabulous show, Tommy James and Gary Puckett! For songs that gave me chills when I was a little girl and too young to know what you’re singing about. But, boy, I was feeling it!

The stadium was packed with over 17,000 people! And out of all those people, we were lucky to spot our friends Mair and Paul!

SAM_6054Mair and me!

Here’s a little magic for you all!

GARY PUCKETT

TOMMY JAMES

And one of my favorite songs Tommy never does (at least not when I’ve seen him). If you are reading this, Tommy, please do “I Love You Love Me!”

Lou Christie, The Happenings, Johnny Farina at PNC Bank Arts Center, 5-31-14

Published May 31, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4606Heading down to the show!

SAM_4638Johnny Farina and his steel guitar

SAM_4645Lou Christie!

SAM_4679Backstage!

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I was ecstatic going down  to the PNC Bank Arts Center last night to see The Doo Wop Extravaganza, knowing that Lou Christie was the head lining act! I had a strong feeling I’d get a chance to meet him!

There were so many great acts. I lost the program so the ones I remember off the top of my heard were Johnny Farina (famous for Santos and Johnny with the hit “SleepWalker”), Chris Montez (“The More I See You, The More I Want You”), The Happenings “See You in September” , The Devotions, The Knock Outs and The Teenagers.

Lou Christie was my favorite. He did his string of hits, opening with “Baby, I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” “and then others including “The Gypsy Cried,” “Two Faces Have I,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” “Beyond the Blue Horizon,” and closed with a most gorgeous version of “Never My Love.”

Afterwards my husband and I had the honor of going back stage to meet Lou! He was fun and very nice! I got his autograph and gave him a copy of my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” since I mentioned him in it, as his song, “I’m Gonna Make You Mine” was one of my favorites as a little girl.

He was so funny, he said, “And you’re still a little girl!”

We had a great conversation and talked to Dennis (my husband) and I quite a bit before other fans started cutting in. I left giving my condolences regarding the tragic loss of his son.

We also got to meet members of The Happenings.

A night I’ll never forget!