This tour commemorates the 51st anniversary of the Beatles’ momentous arrival on these shores in February 1964. They called it THE BRITISH INVASION and in the wake of this massive mop top pop explosion, all of the participants in this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience dominated the music world and scored more than forty worldwide Top 40 hits. Their sound and look changed popular culture forever and now they are back to celebrate and honor some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.
The artists (most the original singers of the classic hits) will be ably supported by a four-piece backing band faithfully recreating the classic sound of the vintage recordings and a full multi-media video package highlighted by rarely seen footage and incredible archival ephemera. The experience will be completed by a full presentation of unique clips pre-show and during intermission of other fab combos of the era, making this a full evening of entertainment.
Peter Asher is a legendary music producer (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) and manager, but his first path in song was as one half of the chart-topping duo, Peter & Gordon. Asher brings a rare insight into the music as the host of the
evening and his performances of his many 1960’s hits mark a truly rare outing for one of the key figures in popular music. Several of Peter & Gordon’s hits were penned by none other than Paul McCartney, who shared a close association with
Peter throughout the 1960’s.
Billy J. Kramer was one of Brian Epstein’s legendary protégé’s and in fact the first true British Invader (since his first visit to America pre-dates that of The Beatles). Like Marsden, this Liverpudlian’s early recordings were produced by
George Martin and many were penned by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde were another successful duo of the era, bringing a modern twist to classic two-part vocal harmony. They hold the distinction of being one of the few British outfits to take up residence in the United States at the
height of their popularity. This allowed them to appear individually and collectively on such television programs as Batman, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Patty Duke Show, My Three Sons, Laredo and The Dating Game. Their esteemed songwriting embraces traditional folk, sunshine pop and visionary psychedelia; their blend is timeless.
Liverpool’s Searchers were one of the most influential bands of the early 1960’s. Their lead singer, Mike Pender, played the jangly Rickenbacker twelve-string riffs on such proto-folk-rock hits as “Needles And Pins” which gave way to the
West Coast music revolution closely identified with the Byrds. Along the way the Searchers popularized the tunes of such classic songwriters as Jackie DeShannon, P.F. Sloan, Jack Nitzsche and Tony Hatch. This tour marks Pender’s first full Stateside tour in decades.
Denny Laine broke out of Birmingham with a Top 10 hit, “Go Now” as a member of The Moody Blues. He went on to find further success as a songwriter (“Say You Don’t Mind” for Colin Blunstone of The Zombies) and eventually partnered
with Paul McCartney in Wings (scoring twenty-four Top 40 hits, including six #1 singles).
Terry Sylvester was a member of two legendary Liverpudlian bands – The Escorts & The Swinging Blue Jeans – before replacing Graham Nash in The Hollies. Sylvester’s time in The Hollies coincided with their greatest US chart success and he remained a member of the group through the 1970’s. He brings an incredibly cheeky and cheerful energy to the concert stage, as well as authentic beat group credibility.
THE BRITISH INVASION tour is produced by Keith Putney & Andrew Sandoval and booked by The Agency Group. This tour follows in the wake of the producer and agents’ critically lauded relaunch of The Monkees. Focusing on
presenting all of the hits, plus deep cuts and the most creative archival multimedia currently in production, these shows are without a doubt not to be missed.
The British Invasion – Featuring forty Top 40 Hits
Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon
“World Without Love”
“Nobody I Know”
“I Don’t Want To See You Again”
“I Go To Pieces”
“True Love Ways”
“To Know You Is To Love You”
“Knight In Rusty Armour”
“Sunday For Tea”
Chad & Jeremy
“A Summer Song”
“Willow Weep For Me”
“If I Loved You”
“Before And After”
“I Don’t Wanna Lose You Baby”
Mike Pender’s Searchers
“Needles And Pins”
“Sugar And Spice”
“Don’t Throw Your Love Away”
“Someday We’re Gonna Love Again”
“When You Walk In The Room”
“Love Potion Number Nine”
“What Have They Done To The Rain”
Billy J. Kramer
“Bad To Me”
“I’ll Keep You Satisfied”
“From A Window”
“Do You Want To Know A Secret”
Denny Laine of The Hlloies Moody Blues
“Say You Don’t Mind”
Terry Sylvester of the Swinging Blue Jeans and the Hollies
“Hippy Hippy Shake”
“You’re No Good”
“Look Through Any Window”
“Stop! Stop! Stop!”
“On A Carousel”
“Pay You Back With Interest”
“He Ain’t heavy, He’s My Brother”
American Music Theatre is proud to welcome all types of shows and concerts to our stage. Sometimes during the course of a performance, audience members will show their enthusiasm by standing and dancing, or may approach the stage, especially when encouraged by the performers to do so. Please know that AMT will make every effort to insure the safety of all guests, while presenting an enjoyable experience for everyone.