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Herman’s Hermits – one of the biggest 60s British Invasion bands – are bringing their 6 O’Clock Hop tour to Australia later this year.
Ahead of the Aussie shows, planned for August and September, the band’s legendary drummer Barry Whitwam has been reflecting on his 54-year-long career.
In a recent interview, Whitwam recalls the band’s touring years alongside The Who, “It was brilliant touring with The Who. Keith was a bit mad: he’d only need to have a few beers and he’d turn into the Moon Loon.”
Not to mention the time the band were invited to meet Elvis on the set of his film Paradise, Hawaiian Style in 1965. No biggie.
Only Herman’s lead singer and Barry changed their flights to accommodate, “We were booked to fly home the next day, but that night after the last show we got a telephone call from Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, saying that Elvis Presley would like to meet Herman’s Hermits on his film set at 2pm the next day.
“All together we had about two hours with Elvis and talked about our tour of America. What a guy. A real gent. It was wonderful.”
Adding, “I told him I’d grown up listening to him. When I saw the first clip of him in Jailhouse Rock, that’s what got me into rock ‘n’ roll.
Herman’s Hermits found global fame in the 60s, landing Australian No.1s with Mrs. Brown you’ve got a lovely daughter and No milk today.
The band first toured Australia in 1966 on the ‘Caravan of Stars 66’ tour with Tom Jones in support.
Ticketmaster has tickets for Herman’s Hermits upcoming shows in Melbourne, Thirroul and Tasmania – book now at Ticketmaster.com.au.