I’ve just seen another concert featuring two groups I grew up with The Buckinghams and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits at the Englewood Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N. J. Both put on fantastic shows and it is so amazing that these people from the 60’s are still performing and look and sound great 50 years later.
The Buckinghams opened up and featured the two original members lead singer Carl Giammaresee and base player Nick Fortuna. They featured a horn section consisting of sax, trumpet and Trombone, lead guitar, drums and keyboards as they went into songs such as “Susan” “Don’t You Care” “Hey Baby They’re Playing Our Song” and many other popular oldies from the time that got everyone singing and playing along and saving their big hit “Kind of a Drag” for the end. Carl said they were celebrating their 50th year this year and when they first started people asked them how long they were going to do this and Carl told them just a few years, “And here we are 50 years later,” Carl said.
The band did several songs by Chicago including “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?” which was perfect for their horn section. Carl told the story of when they first appeared on the Smothers Brothers Show in the 60’s and the set was decorated with British flags. Nick said they thought they were from Britain because they dressed in British attire which was in fashion at the time then and with the name Buckinghams. “They didn’t know we were ltalian guys from Chicago,” Nick said. Nick and Carl look so young and you’d never know these guys are close to 70 years old. Check out their website below and video of them doing “Kind of a Drag” live also below.
After a short intermission, Peter Noone came on. This is the second time I’ve seen Peter and Herman’s Hermits. Peter always puts on a good clean show and is very exuberant and energetic. He looks great and sounds exactly like he always did as he did his hit songs “I’m Into Something Good,” “Silohettes,” “Wonderful World.” “There’s Kind of A Hush,” “Just A Little Bit Better,” “Can’t you Hear my heartbeat” and many others. “I love doing my songs, “Peter said with a big, happy smile on his face. At one point Peter did a single spotlight doing “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” then jumped into a rousing Manfred Mann song “Doo Wah Diddy.” Peter did a very energetic impersonation of Mick Jagger as he did “Jumping Jack Flash.” In between songs Peter told amusing stories about appearing in New Jersey coming from Britain. He recalled when they landed in Newark airport in New Jersey they asked a worker there where Englewood is and the worker replied in a heavy Indian accent “There no sucha place in America Sir.” Another said “Try Frogs Neck Bridge “(Instead of Throg’s Neck) and “Try George Washington Bridge.” New Jersey people will appreciate the humor here. Peter said on the flight over nobody was watching the film which was “Skully.” Peter then went into the Gerry and the Pacemaker song “Ferry Cross the Mersey” changing the words to “Ferry cross New Jersey.”
Peter joked about his British accent and said when they were at their hotel the band decided to order from room service. He said they ordered six hamburgers, six French fries, a ceaser’s’ salad for their drummer who is a vegan and six cokes. The woman at the desk said “Are you that lizard that sells insurance on TV?” Peter ended his set with a rousing “I’m Henry the Eighth I am”. Peter would get the whole audience to shout out H-E-N-R-Y then divided the whole audience up by having the balcony shout it out first, then the downstairs then the right side followed by the left side and then the middle and the whole audience again.
It was really an enjoyable concert. At the end Peter said “See you in 20 years.” He turned 69 this month. I always enjoy seeing these groups from the 60’s when I grew up and hearing their stories from then. It gives you a peek into what went on then and with humor too. They all sound just like then, look great and I believe music does keep you young.
After the show Peter signed autographs and posed for pictures with everyone.
Check out their videos and bios below.
The Buckinghams YouTube – AOL Video Search Results (See Carl and Nick doing “Kind of a Drag” and other videos)
Herman’s hermits videos – AOL Video Search Results (Check out the show here and other videos)