“I was there!” stated soul legend PP Arnold to the audience as she recalled the 1960s on the stage of St David’s Hall on Wednesday evening. Looking at Miss Arnold, her youthful looks betrayed the longevity of her half-century music career but as she belted out classics such as The First Cut Is the Deepest and Angel of the Morning with backing from New Amen Corner, it became apparent this really was PP Arnold!
PP Arnold was one of several original 60s acts taking part in the incredible 30th anniversary show for the Solid Silver 60s. Chris Farlowe joined PP on stage for an upbeat version of Private Number before launching into his own set which included renditions of Handbags & Gladrags and his chart-topper Out Of Time.
The first half closed with The Merseybeats lead by founder members Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley performing rousing renditions of Cavern Club favourite Hey Baby as well as their own hits I Think of You and Sorrow.
There were more Mersey Sound legends in the second half. The original voice of The Searchers’ Mike Pender delighted fans with favourites Sweets for My Sweet and Needles & Pins as well as the rarity Four Strong Winds. Finally Billy J Kramer made a welcome reappearance for the first time in two decades performing many songs written for him by John Lennon and Paul McCartney including From a Window and Bad to Me.
Everyone was on stage for the finale, a rendition of the Dave Clark Five’s Glad All Over, summing up the feelings of both the performers and audience perfectly.