Well-travelled British band The Hollies produced a polished performance backed by a warm Hawke's Bay evening last night, pleasing fans who packed out the Church Road venue to hear their iconic sound made famous 50 years ago.
The band promised to play all of its major chart hits during its two-hour set at the Taradale venue including The Air That I Breathe and He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, which propelled the group to fame in the early 1960s.
The six-piece line up appeared on stage wearing matching shirt and tie combinations and included original band members Bobby Elliott (drums) and Tony Hicks (guitar/vocals) who congratulated Hawke's Bay for turning out to the show in numbers and turning on the outstanding weather.
"What a beautiful evening and a beautiful place. You lucky, lucky people," 67-year-old Hicks said at the beginning of the band's set.
The band continued to interact with the audience and by the third or fourth number the performers had people singing along, clapping and toe tapping to their songs.
The Hollies' classics were delivered by lead singer Peter Howarth and the band's extensive experience provided the Church Road audience with the same professional performance expected by international audiences around the world.