“I enjoy that, possibly more now than I do playing with the Dreamers,” Alan tells me, “I love that role because a lot of these were heroes of mine anyway. To get the opportunity like I did last year working with Chris Farlowe, who was an absolute superstar and Steve Ellis from The Love Affair, one of the first mods."
"Steve was so prominent and well known not only on the 60s circuit but also the Northern soul circuit. On one of the shows last year Steve brought Paul Weller with him which was quite remarkable. There was me singing Hey Baby which we do to have a bit of fun and I looked down and there was Paul Weller clapping his hands. It was bizarre. I said to my grandchildren," You know what? I've never seen Paul Weller live, but he’s seen me!””
Alan will be keeping order as acts such as Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Union Gap UK, The Ivy League and Dave Berry step up to the stage. He believes the show will be great fun for all 1960s aficionados. “It will be hard to follow next year,” he says of the annual music show, “because number after number everybody knows that any one of those boys can do 20 minutes of their hits.”
- The Sensational Sixties Experience plays St David's Hall, Cardiff on November 25 and tickets are available online at stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
- A version of this interview by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on on October 31, 2014
- The Sensational 60s Experience will be touring the UK into 2015, visit the official website here.