FANVIEWS 2005

Welcome back Don & Phil.............The Everly Brothers !
Welcome back Don & Phil..............The Everly Brothers !

(c) Tony Whittle - Newcastle 2005


A short note from your Webmaster:

Well a great big Howdy Doo from the lowlands !  First of all on behalf of EBI I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody for all the wonderful contributions we received over the past few weeks. Great stories and even better pictures arrived in our mailbox on a daily basis !  We really hope that this will continue all the way through the USA concerts next year.............................................

And yes it is true the Everlys played more songs this time (about 5 or 6) than they have done since the mid-80's. Hopefully that will console the fans who were a bit disappointed about hitting the streets again at 9.30 !   The show itself was great, went to the Apollo and Albert Hall, and it shows that there's still plenty of life left in the 'old Everly boys'

Please enjoy the reviews and the pics and come back soon for the EBI party story !

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UK

SET LIST

Act I

Green River
Kentucky 
Bowling Green
So Sad
Claudette
Crying in the Rain
When Will I Be Loved
Devoted To You
Ebony Eyes
Love hurts
Bye Bye Love
Dream

Band Spot

Gone, Gone, Gone

Act II

 Ike Everly Intro - Everly Family Show into
Don't Let Our Love Die
Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
Old Rocking Chair
Willow Garden
Long Time Gone
Blues Stay Away
Till I Kissed You
Cathy's Clown
Wake Up Little susie
Lucille
Let It Be Me
T for Texas
You Send Me


 

Band
Albert Lee
Pete Wingfield
Phil Cranham
Tony Newman
Pat Seivers

 

(with a big thanks
to Bob Brookes !)


NOVEMBER 28 (IPSWICH)

by Richard Harrison

The emotional and physical downturn that results from missing the last train following a show that begins late is good enough reason to feel bitter. But I don't. The show in Ipswich (probably the last ever European date in a career spanning almost 50 years) was an incredible occasion for both the Everlys and the audience. 

Though I was surprised how Phil said nothing and how different Don looked to when I had last seen them (1997 in Edinburgh), the vocal harmonies were still there. The country-fied delicacies of 'Green River' 'Kentucky' struck a nice contrast to the up-tempo hits such as 'Bye Bye Love', which I thought was sung with real gusto. The audience was warm from the outset, and the first half simply flew by.


(c) Linda & Gloria

The second set - including an interesting appearance on tape from Ike Everly- provided proof if proof were needed that the Everlys were ending their long career on the road by harking back to its very beginning. Again featuring some lesser-heard Country-style songs (like 'Old Rocking Chair' and 'Willow Garden'), the second half of the show was also notable for amazingly energetic versions of 'Cathy's Clown' and 'Lucille' amongst others. 


(c) Gerrit Vermeulen

Although Don sounded a little gruff, the aged sound to his solo pieces made a rather emotionally charged contrast to the strident youthful voice that permeated their 1950s-1960s output. As the show reached its conclusion (with a superb cover of Sam Cooke's 'You Send Me') the theatre erupted in applause which, I felt, was partly due to the show and partly a salute to the Everlys' career. If, as indeed looks likely, this show was their European swan-song, then it was a fitting climax, even if there was no special attention drawn to the moment. 

So- was it worth it? A frantic sprint through deserted Ipswich streets, a long wait for transport on a very chilly evening in late November and not getting back until almost 1.00 a.m. are one thing. The Everlys were another. 

Yes, it was worth it.


NOVEMBER 27 (BOURNEMOUTH)

by Eileen Smith

My husband and my daughter came with me to see this show my daughter is in her early twenties and wanted out of curiousity to see don and phil. As we are  always listening to their music. Well she enjoyed the evening as much as we did. I took my binoculars with me and boy did i have a great view,watching every move and singing with  them. My husband thought that phil did not talk or communicate with the fans, but then after all the shows they have done I expect he was worn out!

P.s hope they are coming back and that was not the last tour!


NOVEMBER 27 (BOURNEMOUTH)

by Lyn & Colin Braithwaite

We have been to several concerts over the years and tonight although a little shorter than normal was still a treat.The brothers did not seem so 'close' as in past years, the position of the mikes alone did not allow that but none the less they still harmonised to perfection.

We bought a Tshirt and programme in case this is the last time we get the chance but did feel a stand selling Grecian 2000 would have done really well! We are always amazed at the amount of male support the Everly's get, although I should'nt be suprised as my husband has been an avid fan since the late 50's. 

We had a great night tinged with slight sadness that this may be the last time we will experience the Everly's live.

Well done lads.


NOVEMBER 27 (BOURNEMOUTH)

by Malcolm Dennes

Having read the reviews of some of the earlier concerts of this tour, I went with a little trepidation, especially as my wife came too. She knows the well-known songs and came with me to Hyde Park last year to see Simon and Garfunkel. But I was not disappointed and was glad we made the effort. The Brothers and the band were clearly enjoying themselves. Yes,
it was expensive but if money is the main consideration, don't go. 


(c) Gerrit Vermeulen

The playlist was very much as expected, with some welcome variation such as the acoustic set, introduced by the well-known recording of Ike Everly from the radio show. As always, I kept a note of what they sang. I recorded 25 numbers, which is the most of any of the seven concerts I have been to over 34 years (excluding Hyde Park). It has always been a private complaint that their concert repertoire has been so limited. Considering the range and quality of their music, I have always been disappointed that they have confined almost all their songs to the "standards" . 

Looking through my notes, I can find  that they have sung only two songs they recorded after 1983: "Why Worry" (performed in 1985 and 1993) and "You Send Me" (performed yesterday). I accept that my experience is somewhat limited but having looked at several albums and CD's of live concerts, I do not see any variation. That said, I will continue to go if they come to the UK again!


NOVEMBER 27 (BOURNEMOUTH)

by Jane Carr

Went to see Everly's last night with my Mum, Dad, sister and brother in law. We all thoroughly enjoyed the show.

My sister and I (33 and 31 respectively) thought they were totally amazing, their harmonies were a joy to listen too and savour.

My dad is not easily impressed, and having been in several bands himself will always scrutinise every angle of a band/singers performance. He was lucky enough to be at the 1983 Reunion concert and rated last night performance as equal to that one (not bad considering a span of 22 years). Our favourites on the night were  So Sad, Cathy's Clown, Love Hurts and Don's solo on Dream was SPOT ON and left my Dad tingling !!!!.


(c) Gerrit Vermeulen

Yes, it could have been longer,as some other reviewers have stated but we did check the venue and it told us exactly how long each "Act" would be, so we managed our own expectations (maybe a learning point for some people!)  but IT WAS WELL WORTH THE MONEY AND MORE.

I expected the majority, if not all of the audience to be, lets say, of a certain age group, (there were some younger dudes there though!) but I wanted to take this opportunity to say that Phil and Don's music, for me, are up there with the rest and they are appreciated and admired by the younger generation too.

Excellent voices guys...............


NOVEMBER 26 (BRISTOL)   + a little Cardiff thrown in for good measure !

by Brian Hopkins 

(ed. Great review Brian. Although the term essay seems to be more appropriate, it's definitely worth the time reading !  So take a deep breath everybody............................)

It is perhaps the case that most of us who had the privilege to see both Don and Phil together in the summer of 2004 with Simon and Garfunkel (and boy what an event, what a concert!), could be forgiven for thinking that maybe that indeed was the last time that we would ever see them perform together again in the UK. 

So what a surprise and how amazing, and thanks to the Fan Club for timely news, when we discovered that a UK tour was planned for 2005! It could not have been more exciting a proposition. Yours truly was fortunate enough to have been able to get tickets for both Cardiff (St, David’s Hall 20th November) and also Bristol (Colston Hall 26th November). Having enjoyed initially Cardiff so much, I decided to focus on the content at Bristol and jot some notes and then to set out a review of the combined concerts for posterity! If this review is circulated, then perhaps many other fans too can share the notes and the recollections and share too my own enthusiasm, who knows? It’s just nice really to be able to sit down and recall two concert performances, which for me at least fulfilled all the promise several times over!

Concerts Review 
It might be an unusual way of covering off two concerts, but I have opted to run through the Bristol concert, since I have notes, and then to add observations with reference to Cardiff simply by way of comparison. There was a slightly different audience response in evidence at each of the concerts and it was interesting then to witness how that in fact then inspired a slightly different approach by Don and Phil.
 

You could not set out to examine the content and performance of each of two concerts, without first expressing the impact that both concerts had on yours truly. I attended both concerts with a very close friend who had not ever seen the Everly Brothers live before, so it was interesting too to have seen her reaction. 

For my own part, and having seen Don and Phil on 5 previous occasions, I could not conceal my excitement, so they didn’t have to do a whole lot to have my approval it must be said! I should add perhaps too, I have spent my entire working life in the recording industry and have had the added privilege of meeting both Don and Phil in years gone by, so I was persuaded already that they would not disappoint. It should be said also this tour did not feature a stand-up comedian in support so that was already a positive element! In fact the title ‘An Evening with..’ showed perhaps a departure from performances in recent years and dare I say, a little welcome ‘creative flair’. So I attended with not a little enthusiasm, in truth I was incredibly excited at the prospect. 

It might sound rather like a summary and not an introduction, but it is important I feel to make one observation right up front which was common to both concerts. It was both enlightening and also a delight to see that Don went seriously out of his way to communicate with his audience in a way that certainly I had not witnessed in previous years. The result was significant in the overall enjoyment of both performances. It left you with the feeling that you had enjoyed a very personal experience, a level of communication that was both informative and entertaining. He at times sounded a little nervous, sometimes very enthusiastic and at other times was clearly fully appreciative, even excited, at the audience feedback. That was particularly true in Bristol, recognition in fact that they were providing full value for those many fans in attendance.

Part 1
The chords of Mark Knoffler’s ‘Why Worry’ brought Don and Phil to the stage and they opened with ‘Green River’ as intro – I’m not sure why we didn’t get a vocal rendition of ‘Why Worry’ since it’s one of my personal favourites, however, the fact of their presence, that was enough for starters! They could have coughed and I would have applauded!
   


(c) Linda & Gloria

It was the same at both concerts, Don then said his hellos and in Cardiff he made reference to the fact that Wales was ‘The land of song’ a comment not lost on his audience but perhaps he was being not a little modest! At Bristol he remarked that not only had the Everly Brothers played at Colston Hall many times in the past but also indeed the hall itself had played host to many great artists of their era, Buddy Holly played the hall in 1957. Don remarked that they had toured with Buddy Holly who was a friend and commented too that so many artists of that era had passed on, but they are still here – and the audience responded with overwhelming appreciation of that fact! 

They didn’t waste time getting onto their favourite music, commencing with ‘Kentucky’, full of close harmony in a way that only the Everly Brothers know how. This was followed by ‘Bowling Green’, ‘So Sad’ (the latter was interesting since I remembered from 1997 they announced that they had not often if ever, included So Sad in their concert repertoire, but I stand to be corrected on that) then onto ‘Claudette’, ‘Crying In The Rain’, and ‘When Will I Be Loved’. The common feature through all of these tunes and at each concert was Don’s introduction. It was heart warming to hear the intimate way that he explained the origin of each song, reference to each composer. This is not new in Everly concerts but this time somehow, Don had put more emphasis on the fact, perhaps even a note of nostalgia? He talked of touring with Roy Orbison and asking him for a new song, hence ‘Claudette’, the contribution by Carole King of ‘Crying In The Rain’ (lyrics by Brill Building colleague the late Howie Greenfield who contributed most of Neil Sedaka’s lyrics), and so on.

This of course led onto the inevitable ‘Sad Medley’, which Don amusingly referred to as ‘The Deadly Medley’ – but in fact and as we all know, such a medley is sure to capture our hearts and our souls! This medley was no exception, including ‘Devoted To You’, the JD Loudermilk ‘Ebony Eyes’, and Bryant’s ‘Love Hurts’. The medley was followed by a stunning guitar intro, Don demonstrating all of his skill with acoustic guitar, which is their hallmark after all, into ‘Bye Bye Love’. Both audiences reacted the same, with huge applause.

Perhaps because I am an acoustic guitar nut (and possess proudly an Everly Gibson!) it was certainly my observation that a great deal more attention was paid on this tour to the quality of delivery of their ‘brand’ style acoustic guitar playing. For me anyway, in concert tours following the Albert Hall reunion, unfortunately the band, wonderful musicians as they undoubtedly are, had been allowed to dominate the overall sound and much of Don and Phil’s acoustic guitar playing was lost. I wonder how many of us from the very beginning and even still today, marvel at the intro to ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’ and ‘Bye Bye Love’ and so many other of their earlier hits? It was the Rolling Stones maestro Keith Richard who paid tribute to Don Everly describing him as the master of acoustic rhythm guitar. How true that was, and how true that is, since Don certainly this time around was able to thrill and delight with some superb up-front rhythm guitar playing. I for one was hoping to see it, and was definitely not let down.

The closing numbers before the interval provided yet more delight. Both Cardiff and Bristol responded with great applause to almost perfect renditions of arguably their greatest hit, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. This was followed by a band performance, with Albert Lee ‘et al’ in fine form. Pedal Steel guitar gave us sounds of Wout Steenhuis, (who remembers the Hawaiin sounds of the Kontikis in 1965 who hailed from Kent (!) on EMI’s Studio Two label?) A little 60’s nostalgia was then followed by a performance with Don and Phil of ‘Long Gone’, before a reasonable 20-minute break, so not so long gone! Time enough to recount the excitement of the occasion and to enjoy an ice cream!

Concerts Review – Part 2
The opening to the set in Part 2 was full of ‘roots’ Everly Brothers. We had seen this before, but I have to say that this time around there was an even greater fondness and love of their own music in evidence, it was that kind of a close personal treatment that you could not fail to feel a part of it all somehow. ‘Don’t Let Our Love Die’, ‘Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine’, ‘Old Rockin’ Chair’ and ‘Rose Connelly’. And how amazing to introduce their very earliest recording, the radio broadcast with Ike Everly, Dad, and Phil’s first radiobroadcast. Some of us will have enjoyed that recording on the Everly Brothers ‘Hearts and Harmonies’ Box Set, but what magic then for Don and Phil to overlay their live vocals to one of their earliest recordings. Superb theatre of course, but we were witness also to some very sincere and historic performances, unforgettable.
 

It was a joy for Don to introduce the band and for us to realise how long they had all been performing together. That also brought huge nostalgia to the event. Had it been a new ‘road’ band, it simply would not have been the same that’s for sure. We were treated to 30’s style blues with some fine dobro and mandolin playing. Albert Lee has lost nothing in his ability and had virtual standing ovations himself at both venues.  


(c) Linda & Gloria

The set then launched into yet more favourites and delivered with immaculate vocal harmony. ‘Til I Kissed You’, ‘Cathy’s Clown’ (to rousing applause – the peoples choice!) and what a great and teasing guitar intro by Don to ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’. He knew how clever that guitar intro always was! Then ‘Lucille’ providing as ever, the opportunity for the band to demonstrate their considerable talent before the most immaculate performance of the entire concert – and the same was true in both concerts – ‘Let It Be Me’. We have Chet Atkins to thank for introducing this masterpiece to Don and Phil and they have lost none of their unique close harmony and beautiful gentleness in delivery, a showstopper at both Cardiff and Bristol.

A brief departure to exit side stage before a predictable but welcome return for a short set in response to huge applause and shouts of encore! We were treated then to’T For Texas’ and the very lovely ‘You Send Me’. I recall this song was used in encore back in 1997, with Don again paying tribute to the faithful fans and in both Cardiff and Bristol – hugely appreciative audiences. In fact it was clear that the warmth particularly moved both Don and Phil and the enthusiasm they received in Bristol, a bigger hall than Cardiff so the applause was louder, but it was also longer! It is perhaps true that the style and arrangement of a hall can make for a different atmosphere, but I certainly found Colston Hall to be more vibrant and vocal an audience which made for an even more exciting ‘event. Both Don and Phil visibly responded to this level of enthusiasm.

And no forgetting lyrics with Phil in Bristol too! He had a few forgetful moments in Cardiff, and perhaps Don was getting a little irritated? But none of that cast any kind of shadow over the concert in Cardiff. It has always been astonishing to me how modest are both Don and Phil, given their stature and the recognition that is theirs. They have always shown a degree of humility despite their obvious fame, and that is still true today I feel.

We can only be thankful that we have yet again been able to indulge ourselves and to enjoy in concert - a live performance of one of the worlds most outstanding vocal groups. The Everly Brothers were the most successful vocal group in the world before the Beatles; ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream/ Claudette’ is one of just 18 ever-official double-sided Number Ones. They are described in many publications as ‘one of the most important acts in early rock ‘n’ roll’. I recall seeing them at the Albert Hall in 1972, the year before their break up, and none of the excitement of seeing the Everly Brothers live on stage has been eclipsed.

I hope that whoever else might read these recollections might also be able to share the joy that I had felt at both Cardiff and Bristol. The memory will remain, just as so many earlier concert performances yet somehow, this time it felt more then ever before - like an evening with the Everly Brothers, more than any previous concert.

Thank you Don and Phil – amazing, very special.


NOVEMBER 26 (BRISTOL)

by Bruce & Jan Carter

Just to say that the show at Bristol was excellent, as were the seats obtained through EBI – 3rd row, centre, about 10 feet from Don & Phil on stage.  

I have been a fan for 45 years and this was a most enjoyable evening.  Having first seen Phil Everly in concert in 1962, when Don had returned to the States and the opening act was a little known group called the Rolling Stones (as some people have rightly pointed out that was the 1963 tour. But hey it's more than 40 years ago so please give them a break !)

Through several more shows including the Reunion Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, it was blissful to hear those harmonies live one more time.  

The waistlines may be a little fuller, the hair a little greyer and the overall concert a little shorter, but Don & Phil were on top form and it was a delight to listen to their biggest hits, as well as some songs from the Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album, still my favourite.  

Time catches up with us all in the end and if this is the last time that we will hear the Everly’s live in the UK , what a lasting memory to leave us with!  

Thank you Don & Phil.


NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez

by Fabian Lopez

Just few words to tell to fans that couldn't go to see the Everlys this year, that the concerts were beautiful. Specially the one at the Royal Albert Hall, the place where they reunited 22 years ago. The afternoon before this concert was the time for a the great party at the Zetland pub . Thanks Martial for organizing that, great idea !

Enjoy the pictures.

Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez
Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez

NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

by Tony O'Leary

Dear Martial

It was great to meet you at the Zetland Arms before the concert. We (my wife Dolores and I) really enjoyed talking to other fans and the buffet itself was delicious. A pity so many did not make it. Some of the old videos shown were remarkable. We stayed a while, but had to leave early as Dolores had a mission to conclude in Harrods. I noticed from the many dark green bags in the Zetland Arms that she was not the only one! We enjoyed the afternoon, and thought it was well worth the entry charge.

As for the concert itself – well, it was apparent from the opening bars of “ Green River ” that the Brothers were in excellent form. Harmonies bang on - this was the real thing. However, like all of us, the Brothers are getting old.  Phil was definitely paunchy, while Don looked as if he needed, or already had, a hip job. One fascinating detail revealed by Don was that originally he sang harmony, but then Phil’s voce got higher, and that worked out fine for everybody. He also spoke of the origin of “Down in the Willow Garden ”, thinking it was a country song when in fact it is an old Irish ballad called “Rose Connolly”. The Brothers actually recorded this song for an Irish television series about the dispersal of Irish music, called “Bringing It All Back Home” some years ago. The CD is still available.

 
(c) Ida Muller

At the interval, quite a few people were unhappy with the sound system for “Gone, Gone, Gone”, and, while the band was good, some people, me included, felt that they could have done their solo spot at the start of the show, before the Brothers came on. As it was, the band’s solo spot appeared to be no more than a filler to give the Brothers a rest. And while Albert Lee is a fine guitarist, frankly, I did not go to the show to hear him sing. Incidentally, I was often puzzled like Dennis Lade by the line in “Gone, Gone, Gone” preceding “cos you done me wrong”, until I read the record label – the full title of the song is “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)”.

Anyway, back to the concert. The highlight was the acoustic medley fro “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us” (Mom got a mention, too) and “Lucille” during the finale – for two old guys, the Brothers could teach many a young band how to rock. I also like what Don called the “Deadly Medley”, including “Ebony Eyes” and “Love Hurts”, even though it was mildly disconcerting to be brought back to the era of teenage death songs like ”Ebony Eyes” and  “Tell Laura I Love Her” ( although I still think “Leader of the Pack” is great).

Before I booked the tickets I had a sense that this might be the last major tour for the Brothers – their ages and personal relationship made even this tour an unexpected bonus for Everly fans. Therefore, if this was going to be the last time I would see them perform, it would have to be at the scene of their greatest triumph – the Royal Albert Hall, and to hell with the expense. I was not disappointed with the Brothers’ performance, although I suspect the only time they spend in each others company is immediately prior to, and during, the show. 


(c) Ida Muller

Overall, I thought the show had a “farewell” feel to it – old tunes like “Bye Bye Love”, which on previous tours were refreshed and re-invigorated, somehow sounded more nostalgic, perhaps finally reaching the stage where the magic in those tunes is beginning to fade. But the brother’s own magic continues – their live version of “You Send Me” is the Everly Brothers at their very best, any time during the past 50 years. Overall, I was more than pleased. I had been a bit apprehensive about which Everly’s would turn up – the 50-minute professional but cold filler act I had seen in a ballroom in Ireland in 1964, or the splendid Reunion performers. 

Thankfully, we got the latter. The Brothers seemed to be really enjoying themselves, making contact with the audience and giving their all. I felt slightly sorry for the following night’s audience – I just could not imagine the Brothers being that good two nights in a row.


NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

by Janice Robertson

I almost didn’t book to see the Everlys this time. I have seen a dozen or more shows since 1984 and they have all been the same format, same songs for the most part, and same introductions by Don. So I am glad I went to the Royal Albert Hall after all. I thought it was a magical performance, especially the acoustic session. Like listening to boy trebles, there is that feeling of poignancy that you may never hear them in the same way again. 

Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez

I don’t know why some reviewers complained about the shortness of the show. I thought there were more songs than they used to do. Though perhaps you would get a better idea of value for money if there was a support act of the quality they were lucky to have with Nancy Griffith or Ralph McTell. I agree that if they had more time they could have put in Walk Right Back (more popular still in the UK than they realise), and what about Wonder If I Care as Much, Why Worry, etc., etc.? 

Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez

We all agreed they looked great for their age, though Don was limping and he did have a couple of “senior moments” when he mentioned stealing the song from Little Richard after singing When Will I Be Loved instead of after Lucille, and also when he paused after a couple of guitar bars of Willow Garden and admitted he had forgotten the opening words. Amazingly Phil jumped in straight away with a brief synopsis of the song being about horror and death, during which time Don recovered his memory. Must be one of the very few occasions when we heard Phil speak. There is no doubt though that they were terrific for their age and still had the same magical harmonies for any age. It was a credit to them that most of the (British) band members have been with them for years, though I do wonder why world class guitarists (including Albert Lee) think they should sing. 

Albert Hall
(c) Fabian Lopez

I tend to agree with the reviewer from the London Evening Standard after the Hammersmith show – if they can be this good at this age, what a treat it would have been to see them when they first started out.

Thanks also to Martial and the others who arranged the successful party in London. Pity the Brits were outnumbered by the Dutch – those who booked but didn’t turn up missed a great afternoon.


NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

Dear Martial,

Big thanks to you from Tokyo. We came back.

What we saw was not a  DREAM! The wonderful concert! With the BEST seat! And to seeing you was a wonderful for us, too.

Thanks again.

Aki Kamebuchi

Albert Hall
(c) Robin Dunn

Hello Martial

 
I hope you and all your friends enjoyed the show at the Royal Albert Hall - I certainly did - and that you all got home happily and safely.
 
Thanks so much for the party at the pub beforehand - great fun, and a good opener for "the real thing" in the evening.
 
Please give my best wishes to Bas, and to his brother (Sander??).  It was really nice to meet them too. 
 
Wendy Burton

NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

by Sue Dracup

Hi Martial
 
Firstly to say thanks for The Price of Fame - a weighty parcel!
 
Secondly, think I may have spotted you at RAH - that is if you were wearing a blue shirt and sitting in the middle of about the sixth row back from the front.  Unfortunately I couldn't get to you and am far too ladylike (!) to yell across a crowded auditorium!  Didn't manage to see you afterwards, though.  I thoroughly enjoyed the show, although it was difficult to hear Don talk, partly due to his croaky voice and partly because the sound system didn't seem too good at the sides.  Didn't affect his singing, though, did it?  Even my husband was singing along.  I loved every minute, and now have a new main screen picture on my mobile: Don and Phil rocking!
 
Hope the buffet went well and was sorry to have missed it.

NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

Albert Hall
(c) Ronald den Boef

by Hazelle Jackson

Hello Martial

 
I hope you got back to Holland safely. This is just a short note to say thank you for arranging everything - at the Zetland Arms I enjoyed meeting all the Everly fans who had flown in from around the world for the Albert Hall concert.
 
Also thank you for getting us such good seats. I have seen the boys perform many times but never had such good seats as we did at the Albert Hall. We could tell from where we were sitting that they were relaxed and enjoying themselves. Good to see Albert and all the other old boys back in the band again, and in top form too. And wasn't the new steel guitarist sensational? What was his name again?
Albert Hall
(c) Ronald den Boef
Albert Hall
(c) Ronald den Boef
 
Just a small comment  re encores.  Fans at the Albert Hall may remember that Don said, just before the encore, "It's in our contract that we're not supposed to do an encore". I assumed he was joking. But maybe not.......
 
I was talking to my son Gus afterwards about encores and I said that perhaps artists had to finish on time to prevent the theatre management having to pay the theatre staff overtime, which and also so that the staff could get home on public transport.
 
Gus, who works part time as a stage manager on musical shows in London, said that is not the main reason. He said that for many concerts these days, as soon as the night's show ends, the next crew arrive to set up the stage for the following night's show. This is done overnight and starts as soon as that night's show ends. This is why acts now have to finish on time and at the time written in their contract.
 
OK the Everly's don't have an elaborate set and maybe in some cases there wasn't another show the next night, but that would not have been known when the theatre was booked. Having an agreed ending time and sticking to it is part of the deal now. Maybe also if the show overruns there is also a financial penalty to the promoter?
 
Finally when I told Gus, who despite being 25, is a big Tom Jones fan, that I was going to see the Evs, he said are they still alive? I pointed out that Phil Everly is 66 and Tom Jones is 65 so not much difference there. That shut him up. Young people, what do they know!

NOVEMBER 24 (LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL)

by Dennis Lade

I was really very happy I went on Thursday but for slightly different reasons to usual. Great to see and hear them again of course and the old magic is still there in spades. 

Usually they throw me back to my youth mainly because  their voices have always seemed to defy time . But this time the performance  pointed  ahead not back, an altogether bleaker prospect. Approaching old age, losing faculties we take for granted, slowing down etc. I thought Don looked frail and none the better after what I guess was a face lift.He always tended to skip over his chat lines but on Thursday it was in more breathless fashion. He's  human after all. He worked so hard against a dodgy throat and I thought Phil worked double as hard to compensate and get the blend right. 

I was also aware that the audience had also aged of course, taken on extra pounds and a little plainer than in days past. The really nice thing was for me was they seemed to be happy together and Phil's prompt for Willow Garden was really touching.I can't remember a better Gone Gone Gone and the slight variations of harmonies was a bit of a Dylan moment and very welcome. Still can't make out that recurring line that comes before " cos you done me wrong" though so need your help there!  .............(N.B Robin has since solved this mystery for me)

Daniel was polite about their performance but not really his thing. Lovely for me to have him there as it completed a circle with his mum. All in all brilliant though I still wish Albert would only bring his mandolin and they left out a few  numbers like Claudette and When will I be loved. I love the songs on disc but it wastes Don's voice and I have never really like the way he murders Phil's lyrics on When will........Or is that just me? Maybe it's just me. What do you think? Be pleased to see you if ever you're down Tonbridge way.We can compare collections and  would love to have some photos Bowling Green playing in the front room. Pure honey !


NOVEMBER 23 (LONDON, HAMMERSMITH)

Hammersmith Apollo
(c) Imran Rahman

by Imran Rahman

Saw the Everlys at Hammersmith last night.Don didn't want to sign any autographs before the show although there were only half a dozen fans and he walked right by us.Perhaps he's tired. He seemed to walk with a limp. 

The set was as listed but they didn't sing you send me. Overall the performance was good but patchy. The best part was without the band I felt and on some songs the voices were great but other numbers sounded a bit of a shambles to me, particularly Gone Gone Gone and Claudette. I'm hoping they might be a bit better at the Albert Hall tonight but I suppose you have to appreciate the fact that these guys are nearly 70 and for the most part sing as well as they did when they were 20.


NOVEMBER 23 (LONDON, HAMMERSMITH)

by John & Joy Elkington

We went to the concert at Hammersmith and had a great time.It has only taken about 45 years for me to catch up with them and see a live performance,but I have been listening to their music since the beginning.

Thank you.I repeat,it was a great evening.


NOVEMBER 23 (LONDON, HAMMERSMITH)

by Andy Tyler

Dear Martial ,

It was really a great privilege to finally meet you ,I was only sorry that we could not make the concert and party the following day so we could have had longer to talk and maybe reminisce about the Everlys and their music .

Once again thanks for all your efforts with the EBI and for obtaining those 2 tickets for the Apollo that allowed us to see the boys for possibly their last tour .I hope the Albert Hall show was good and that all who attended the party had a great time, we thoroughly enjoyed their Apollo show , I think after all these years that you have to make some allowances for their voices , after all as Don says , they have been singing now for 5 decades !!  But the harmonies , timing and variety were still there for all to see. 

We have both our children and grandchildren all living in N.Zealand now so we are never sure of our future plans but if at all possible we will try to attend the get together in Holland next year and meet many more Everly fanatics. 

Once again thanks and keep up the good work


NOVEMBER 23 (LONDON, HAMMERSMITH)

by Kevin Thomas

Where do I start,okay I have been a true fan of the Everly Brothers for over 40 years and not only went to see them at their UK concerts, I have basically collected their music on records, cassettes,cd`s and dvd etc over the same period.

So I was very pleased that the Brother`s were once again on tour in the UK during November perhaps for the last time. Now I was lucky enough to purchase TWO tickets at £60 each for two seats for the above subject concert.I thought at the time it would be well worth the expence which also included £65 for Train fares and  £55 for overnight stay in small hotel ( I live in Barnstaple, North Devon) as there would not be a train to get me and my daughter home that night. 

To my and my daughter`s disapointment and thats being an understatement, the concert started with the Everly Brother`s at 7.45 who sang on stage for approximately 30 minutes,then went off stage for 10 minutes, came back on and sang ONE song,off again for a twenty five minute break and then returned on stage for a further 30 minutes. 

It is not rocket science to work out that for an outlay of £240.00 not forgetting extra money for food etc and a six hour journey to London and six hours back ,my evening entertainment with the Everly Brothers was ONE SOLID HOUR so the complete concert (there was no other backing group or singer) including breaks was ONE HOUR and FORTYFIVE MINUTES.  YES START TIME 7.45pm  END TIME 9.30pm  !!!SHAME OF THEM!!!  is this tour for mugs like me. TOTAL RIP OFF.   

Perhaps old age is creeping up on the Brother`s and they need to be tucked up in  bed with a cup of cocoa by 10.00pm.Wish that was printed on the their adverts for this tour at least that would have save me the bother and big expence.

From TWO VERY ANGRY FANS.


NOVEMBER 21 (NOTTINGHAM)


(c) Joan Asken

by Joan Asken

Consider myself lucky to have had the chance to see these great artists in action again.  What a show! Thought you might like to see one of the photos which I took during the performance.

NOVEMBER 21 (NOTTINGHAM)

by Richard Wilson

We went to see the Everly Brothers yesterday at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK.
 
It was pleasing to find that there was no support act to sit through whilst awaiting the main event: Don and Phil came on right at the beginning and gave a well-balanced selection from their extensive repertoire, ranging from ballads (such as 'So Sad' and 'Let It Be Me') through folk/country songs (such as 'Rockin' Alone' and 'Long Time Gone') to up-beat songs (such as 'Lucille' and 'Gone, Gone, Gone').
 
There was an opportunity half-way through the first set for the wonderful Albert Lee to play an instrumental and to sing a solo. He also joined Phil in harmonising the chorus to Don's lead in 'T for Texas'. (which was part of the encore).
 
With the splendid backing of excellent musicians, the Everly Brothers made it appear easy to give moving renditions of 25 of their songs and one of Sam Cook's as an encore. One was aware during the performance that this was probably the last time that one would be able to see the Everly Brothers in concert.
 
Apart from recognising that this was likely to be their last tour, the only dissappointment was the hugely over-priced glossy 'programme' which didn't even give the backing musicians' names, or say anything about Don and Phil which isn't already well-known. This cynical approach to ripping off fans isn't a worthy part of an Everly Brothers' concert. 

NOVEMBER 21 (NOTTINGHAM)

by Rusty Pearl (Ian Craig)

Just got back from the Everly Brothers concert, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 21st November.
 
I've seen the Everly Brothers on every UK tour since the reunion. They're always great, but tonight i think was one of their best - even by their high standards. Don in particular is singing amazingly well at present, and very "straight" in his phrasing, sticking closer to the original melody in the middle sections.
 
Highlights are too many to mention, but I would cite "Green River" (my favourite song), and "Let It Be Me". But to be fair, EVERY ballad just took my breath away.
 
The bit where they continue singing after the Everly Brothers Show radio clip is a nice touch. Surely a "Songs OUr Daddy Taught Us Volume 2" is WELL overdue. (They should have Daniel Lanois produce it!)
 
If I never see them again (heaven forbid) then tonight was a perfect memory to leave me with.

NOVEMBER 20 (CARDIFF)

Cardiff
(c) Michael Keating

by Colin & Donna Howell

I had the privilege of being in the audience in Cardiff last night with my daughter Donna and son Robert.
 
I sort of knew what to expect from the reviews already posted on your excellent website, but whilst some of the Everly shows in the 90s in Britain were rather disappointing ( going through the motions a bit I thought ) this was fantastic.
 
Looking around the audience, who I suspect were there mainly because they still believe that nostalgia is the best and that modern acts just lack quality, they were mesmerised.
 
Don Everly was frankly superb for a man of his years. The rest  has obviously done him good and his voice was crisp and pure and on the note every time. But one Everly brother is no good without the other. Phil missed the words at the start of Kentucky but after that his performance was spot on. The set was the same as already posted and the harmonies were a joy to hear, particularly on the Songs our Daddy Taught us medley at the beginning of the second half. They were enjoying themselves. If you look at sets done by many other artists today the total number of songs done by the boys was more or less the same. But Everly songs ( singles in particular ) never lasted for more than about two and a half  minutes whist some modern acts drag them out for a lot longer.
 
The lady on your site who went along with her mother to an earlier show had it right in my view. There was a magical, almost unbelievable, quality about it, you had to be there to understand what I mean. I have always subscribed to the view that sometimes it seems that there is another voice somewhere in there, but I think it is down to the way Don phrases the words and that he appears on occasions to be harmonising with himself as well. That takes nothing away from Phil who is an essential ingredient to make the whole thing work. 
 
My kids told me I was emotional but what would you expect. My life was very much in there. I have been listening to these boys since 1957. I wish they would record again.
 
I hope I can get out to Vegas or California in the new year.
 
You will I am certain enjoy the Royal Albert show

NOVEMBER 18 (MANCHESTER)

Tony Edwards sent us these pictures of twin brothers Dave & Michael Leadbeater who perform as the Everly tribute band 'Two of a Kind'. Here they are outside the Manchester Apollo with that other 'Two of a Kind'

With Don..............
With Don..............
...........and with Phil
.............and with Phil

Thanks guys !   For more info on 'Two of a Kind' you can check out their   WEBSITE


NOVEMBER 18 (MANCHESTER)

by Arthur Dickens

Hello Martial,

I trust that you had a memorable gathering in London and enjoyed the concert, I know that I did. I went to the Apollo in Manchester, which was packed. The seats were very good and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. On previous occasions when I have seen the Everly's I concluded that their voices were on the decline and that they were being selective in what they could sing, they seemed to fit the songs to their vocal abilities. I also came to the opinion that Don's voice had suffered a bit more than Phil's had, however, what a change there was this time.

Don has lost some weight but boy how they both sung, they seem to be getting better. This time they also seemed to cram more songs into their time space than ever before, great value for money.

Well what can you say about two legions of music, a team that has been acknowledged as being the inspiration of so many pop groups, they are pure harmony. The way their voices complement each other puts them number one of a cast of hundreds. I feel privileged to have been around during their rise to fame and also fortunate to have been able to see them perform live so often and in so many different places. I always sung their songs but time has taken its toll of my vocal cords so now I limit myself to listening to the real thing. Keep it up Don and Phil, we will always follow you.....and so to Las Vegas.


NOVEMBER 18 (MANCHESTER)

by Kevin Hickey

Just a quick word about the Manchester concert.We joined the queue to go in when a bus pulled up and flash guns started going off. As the boys always travel in separate cars I thought it was the backing band, but left the line just in time to see a shivering Phil in his soft hat and Don in his black Homburg(?) being ushered in ,signing a book and other items as they moved.

I wont list the songs as others have already done this but there was a big surprise in store for only the Manchester concert goers. " I'm still Don and he's still Phil came the usual and expected opening remarks from Don.But he then went on to say tonight "Its Don and Phil and Graham I guess........-Graham Nash is hear.We worked together on 'Two Yanks In England'-lets bring Graham on.With that Graham Nash walked on looking very 'casual' sipping a bottle of water.Don said that Graham had told them that he and his sister, who was also in the audience that night, saw them at the same theatre 45 years ago. Don joked 'Could it have really been that long?' 

He went on to sing 'So Sad' with his arm around Phil and left the stage with much affection.I say left but I could actually see him in the backgruound enjoying the rest of the concert. Don later called him back for a joint version of 'Bye, Bye Love'. He bore little resemblence to his 'Hollies' or 'Crosby, Stills and Nash' days and was very thin with white grey hair, but a treat to see him.

The show started at gone 7:45 and the first half went to about 8:30 including two numbers by just the band. Although Albert Lee is great I had difficulty hearing the lyricas of his song and I think the technicians could have improved it.The second half was about 45 mins as scheduled but there was a definite enchore included in that.The Ev's and the group went off and returned very shortly with Don saying 'We don't like doing that but we've been told we have to'.So they didn't realise we wanted an enchore to show us of the short time left so we could savour it. 

Manchester
(c) Brian Davy

They went off and the house lights came up and 'Don'tLet Our Love Die' and 'Keep-A Lovin Me' were played over the sound system.I listened to these while my better half spent a penny and I missed Don who left the theatre quickly, as he has done in the past. Phil however took another half hour to emerge and signed all the autographs before being escorted on to he bus by a roadie.

And what did I think of the concert? I can honestly say I have never heard them sing so together and so brilliantly.The rendititons were much truer to the originals than usual and Don did alot of extra vocal and instrumental additions which were truely incredible. When this was added to Phils outstanding harmonies the result was absolutely breathtaking. 

I know I'm a 'fan' but if they had short changed us I would say so. They didn't.


NOVEMBER 18 (MANCHESTER)

by Tony Drinkwater

Very cold night Phil seemed to be in slight pain with knee Don had a cold BUT performance Brilliant. I liked the accoustic set With Ike Everly, yes I did say Ike (only on tape).

Sounded as good as ever how do they do it ? It only boils down to one thing Talent I would hate to see groups of today performing in 40 years time. Band of Albert Pete etc fabulous A small surprise of Graham Nash a local lad ex Hollies to duet with Don and Phil on two songs.

I managed to get autographs of Phil, Jason and Pete, missed out on Don.

Just one problem why does Don do all the talking not once did Poor Phil get to say anything.

I just hope this is NOT the last UK vist from these Two greats superstars of Rock n Roll.  Fingers crossed.


NOVEMBER 17 (OXFORD)

by Kate Hale

I have been a fan for 40 years and have seen Don and Phil many times both here and in The States I was lucky enough to see The Boys at Birmingham and Oxford during their recent tour. We had fabulous seats on both occasions..6th row dead centre at B'ham and FRONT ROW at Oxford.

I just wonder if the people who are moaning about being "short changed" and feeling cheated were anywhere near the same shows as me??? How can you feel anything but privileged to be able to see and hear such wonderful talent and harmony? O.K. the tickets were'nt cheap but it's not as if you get the chance to see them every week, I personally would have paid double and walked every inch of the way barefoot just to see and hear them one more time.

Yes of course they are getting older, but I still say that there is NOBODY to match them and the atmosphere in both theatres was magical, everyone was singing along, and The Boys were relaxed and happy. They seemed to really enjoy the evening.....and yes of course it was too short and we would all have liked more but when would we have let them go? If applause, foot stamping, and shouting would have kept them on stage they would have been there all night!!!!

I am delighted to have been able to see them again and I sincerely hope that they will return as they promised, but if they don't then the memory of their fabulous performances together with their music will be their legacy, envied by many.....equalled by none. 


NOVEMBER 17 (OXFORD)

by Geoff & Jan Snow

My wife and I went to Oxford on 17th November and were over the moon at the performance by Phil & Don.
 
They seemed to be enjoying themselves and some of the fast R&R numbers must have been exhausting. It was certainly value for money and we want to hold Don to his comment that if we keep coming to see them then they will keep coming to play for us.
 
The format of the show was obviously well thought out and the opening of the second half was very moving with them singing along with themselves some 50 years previously. The theatre was full with everyone beaming at watching such icons of the music business and giving us so much pleasure and happy memories.
 
My wife is still orbiting Pluto and I doubt that she will return to earth much before Christmas.
 
Great show, great songs, great harmonies and here's to the next time.

NOVEMBER 15 (NEWCASTLE)


(c) Tony Whittle

by Kevin Fox

The band was the same as last time over here Albert Lee, Pete Wingfield, Phil Cranham and Tony Newman with the exception of Buddy Emmons being replaced by a guy called Peter Shraver I think. 

The set consisted of and I may get them in the wrong sequence, but here we go:

Opened with the Green River, Kentucky, Bowling Green medley, Claudette,Crying in the Rain and So Sad, with a bit of chat from Don in between songs about songwriters etc. Then into the Deadly Medley, Devoted to you, Ebony Eyes and Love Hurts. I am not sure if Phil was suffering from a virus or whatever but he struggled a bit and Don sang the bridge (middle bit) on Devoted on his own and on quite a few other songs that they normally harmonise on. In fact Don worked his socks off
. Bye Bye Love, When Will I be Loved, Dream They left the stage for the band to do a couple of numbers with Albert singing 'Restless' I think and  came back on and closed first half


(c) Tony Whittle

 
Twenty minute break and Don and Phil came back on for the acoustic set with Phil Cranham playing stand up bass. They talked of the times when they were on radio and played the clip from Roots with their father ' Well a great big howdy do from the Everly family....' and we heard a radio clip of 'Don't let our love die' and Don and Phil blending in on the radio clip and taking over live the last two verses. Barbara Allan, Willow Garden, again Don singing the bridge (middle bit) on his own, Silver Haired Daddy, (Don said always sang on fathers day) and Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair (always sang on Mothers Day) They finished with Long time Gone with Albert on Mandolin and the band filtering back on.They said they would keep coming back as long as we kept coming.
 
Gone, Gone Gone, Cathy's Clown, and Wake up little Susie certainly woke the audience up and they had the crowd with them all the way. Till I kissed you  and their favourite song Let it Be Me they left to a standing ovation albeit some with the help of Zimmer frames (only kidding) to come back with T for Texas and Sam Cookes 'You send me'


(c) Tony Whittle

 
Don has lost pounds and sporting his hair parted down the middle as my father used to call it the 'singing waiter look'. Phil on the other hand has got rather comfortable, may be down to him packing in the cigarettes, but both looked well.
They travel on separate buses and as I said to the driver How come, he said to keep the 'status quo' I was stood by Don's bus and he walked up asked how I was doing shook my hand and signed my wife's programme jumped on the bus and was gone. It was rather cold so didn't wait around for Phil.
 
A good night and my apologies if I missed out a few songs or got them in the wrong order, hope you enjoy.

NOVEMBER 14 (BIRMINGHAM)

by Chris from Birmingham

Having been an Everley Brothers fan since my teens with numerous singles, ep's, lp's tapes. cd's, video in my collection I excitedly looked forward to their concert " An evening with the Everley Brothers"
 
Leaving work early to arrive, at the venue chosen, in good time and having paid £50 for a night out I was looking forward to an evening of nostalgic pleasure.  What actually did happen left me feeling cheated, robbed and in disbelief.
 
Myself and two friends were seated at 1930 the time the show was advertised to commence.
Nothing happened until  1945 then they appeared, sang for 45 mins then took a 20 min break.
 
They returned still in same outfits, in fact from where we were sitting they were two dark objects down below. 
 
We settled down to enjoy their harmonies and share their lives for another 45 mins when suddenly they were Gone, Gone ,Gone. 
 
Thinking it was for a "costume change" we eagerly awaited their return.  All of a sudden the auditorium lights came on and to our disbelief it was all over!
 
Not even an encore!  Are they that old they need to retire early?
 
At 2135  we were on our way out into Birmingham streets, wondering what to do with ourselves and too early to go home!  We wandered around aimlessly feeling deprived, saying never again if this is the new form, we'd rather be couch potatoes, it's cheaper.
 
Perhaps they could take some tips from Cliff Richard, Rod stewart, Status Quo, The Eagles, Elton John performers who enjoy sharing their lives with their fans!
 
1 hour 30 mins for £50 I wish I could earn that kind of money and make people happy, if they come again I for one will not be there and if they don't it will be money well saved for someone else.

NOVEMBER 14 (BIRMINGHAM)

by Sheila and Brian Reddish

We have read the E-Mails you have received from various fans following The Everlys show at Birmingham on Monday evening.  We agreed with most of the comments made.  

The brothers' performance was as good as any we have seen over the past twenty years, along with the band, particularly Pete Winfield, Albert Lee and Pat who played the steel guitar.  But like most of the fans who have written to you, we were also very disappointed that the show ended so early and abruptly.  There were no proper "goodbyes" or even an encore.  We sat alongside the sound and lighting technicians and even they did not seem to realise the show had come to a sudden end.

Again, like many fans, we too travelled many miles to see The Everlys and paid over £100 for two tickets (quite a long way back from the stage!) and did not feel we had received value for money, certainly not when compared to previous Everlys shows.  We have also seen Marty Wild, Joe Brown and Bobby Vee in the last few weeks, all of the same age group and fame.  We paid much less for tickets for these shows  Their performances were just as good as Monday's, but went on much longer and were better value for money.  

All of these singers are now well into their sixties; we cannot expect The Evs to make these long and exhausting European tours for very much longer, but we would have expected much more from them than we received. Having said all that LONG LIVE PHIL AND DON.

NOVEMBER 14 (BIRMINGHAM)

by Bob Brookes 

Don has slimmed down a lot , Phil lot fatter. Don was in fine voice , Phil occassionally seemed a bit out of sorts but
mostly ok. The opening of the 2nd half was brilliant, starting with the Ike Everly show introducing don and Phil and into Darling Don't Let Our Love Die which then faded to allow Don and Phil take it up live (just the 2 of them - with
Phil Cranham on upright acoustic bass).

The show was not overly long - as you would expect (90mins) but was quality rather than quantity. There were no encores .
I managed to get a set-list from the stage as a memento.

No pictures unfortunately.


NOVEMBER 14 (BIRMINGHAM)

by Vanessa Windass

Me and my mum, Christine, went to the show - we had central seats two rows back from the front, and had an amazing view of these two very talented brothers.  It was an excellent evening - the band and the boys were on form - their voices and harmonies could near move you to tears, and between them they definite produced some sort of "awww" factor - very, very sweet and touching.

I thought I was being a bit over-sensitive in thinking the atmosphere was a little unearthly, until my Mum strangely mentioned the same thing after the show.  I don't know how to describe it - the nearest I can come to is, it felt like sitting in a cosy room, in front of a roaring log-fire on a cold Christmas eve with close family and friends, no modern TV, gadgets or anything like that - just family, friends, songs, stories, simplicity, warmth, the glitter and magic of Christmas and feeling totally safe, secure and calmly happy.  It was this "magical" feeling that urged me to write to you - I've seen Don and Phil perform many times before, but how they managed to create this atmosphere in a sizeable auditorium last night will always be beyond me - a truly magical evening - and one I feel honoured to have witnessed.

Only one disappointment at the very end - sadly no encore.  We thought they would as they said goodbye to their audience quite quickly and didn't hang around, which led us to believe they would be back on stage for one more song, but sadly, no.

I took some pics so may send some soon if they look okay.


NOVEMBER 12 (GLASGOW)

by Gabrielle Law

My husband Ian was a huge Everly Brothers fan from the beginning.  Sadly he died of cancer a few weeks before the concert on 12th November.  He was robbed of seeing his all time favourites . He had been looking forward to the concert very much. I had hoped he might have made it but, it was not to be.
 
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  They were in top form and I loved hearing some songs they hadn't performed on stage when we previously saw them .They really looked as if they were enjoying themselves.  They are truly wonderful performers.
 
They have left me with many happy memories over the years and will continue to do for many more to come. I am so glad there last uk concerts have been such a success.
 
May I take this opportunity  to thank you for your good work over the years.Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

NOVEMBER 12 (GLASGOW)

by Hans-Werner Reis

The concert in Glasgow was great.

They started with some oldies and finished the 1 half with a local pipe piper. The second half of the concerts started with the play back of Ike Everlys introduction in a Radio Show of Don and Phil with them starting to sing and later they joined with their actual voices. Singing Songs our Daddy told us like Silver haired Daddy and Rocking Chair with some blues to follow incl. Blues stay away from me. Those songs were just accompanied by Albert Lee on Mandoline and later the
band joined again.

Main problem for me was that the audience did not stayed after the concert ended to get some extra songs additionally.
Maybe they wanted to reach the pubs before closing.


NOVEMBER 12 (GLASGOW)

by Paul Reynolds

I've seen the Everly brothers on five different occasions and I have to say that I agree with the comments of some others who felt a little shortchanged by the brothers.

I last saw them at the Usher hall in Edinburgh in '97, and this didn't come close to how good they were that night. I can forgive them for that of course, because they are eight years older - but the show in Glasgow on Saturday seemed to be a little rushed.

Phil Everly did make a mistake while singing 'Kentucky' but I've seen and heard them make mistakes on that song before, and since Glasgow was the opening night of their tour I suppose they could be forgiven for a few glitches in their performance. Don's speaking voice sounded weak, but his singing was excellent. My wife had never seen them before and she couldn't believe that a man of his age could sing so well. She only came to the show to accompany me, but she left extremely impressed by how good they were, for a couple of 'old men'.

At the end of the show it seemed that Don was going off stage straight after T for Texas, only to be told by Phil to stay where he was. Don put his guitar back on and told the audience that they weren't going anywhere he then started talking about Sam Cooke before they went into their version of 'You send me'. Then they were off. There was no encore, and
everyone around me looked a little puzzled by the way the show ended. I certainly was!

That was a disappointment for me and I did feel a little shortchanged by the experience, but I couldn't fault the Everly Brothers as far as their performance was concerned because they were very good. Just wish they would have taken more time and come back for that encore. 

 

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