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The Searchers Thank You Tour 2024

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The Searchers are THE LONGEST RUNNING BAND IN POP HISTORY.

Formed by John McNally in 1957, the Merseybeat mega-stars have been going longer than every other band in the world, even the Rolling Stones (by five years – the Stones formed in 1962).

Last year the band tried to hang up their famous Rickenbacker guitars with a final ‘Thank You’ tour of the UK.

But their sold-out 43 date tour was so successful, The Searchers have announced a second ‘Thank You’ tour in 2024

Guitarist John McNally said:

“The fans don’t want us to stop… and nor do we!

“The reception we had on the last tour was just amazing – fans singing along to our songs as if they were recent hits.

“It was such a tremendous experience, we’re going to do it all over again!”

Bassist Frank Allen said:

“This musical journey is now in its sixty eighth year… we can’t get our heads around it.

“Like so many of our contemporaries, we thought our careers wouldn’t last more than a few years but here we are, nearly seven decades on.

“We’ve realised that The Searchers are for life, not just for Christmas! Another major factor in wanting to do it again is that the last tour was just so much fun. We can’t wait to get back out there.”

The 2024 ‘Thank You’ tour – titled as a mark of respect and appreciation for their legions of fans – will take in towns and cities where The Searchers didn’t manage to play in 2023.

The tour starts on Saturday 6th April at the Alveston Hall, Nantwich and covers 28 dates, culminating at the Town Hall, Dudley on Thursday 13th June.

Fans will be treated to a full set of The Searchers’ best-loved songs, including ‘When You Walk In The Room’, ‘Goodbye My Love’, ’Sugar & Spice’, ‘What Have They Done To The Rain’ as well as their three UK No.1 hits ‘Sweets for my Sweet’ (1963), ‘Needles and Pins’ (1964) and ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ (1964).

Also included will be material from the 70s and 80s, when the Searchers were signed to Sire Records, becoming label-mates with some of the hippest acts around including Talking Heads, The Cure, Madonna and The Ramones – who covered ‘Needles and Pins’.

This was one of the band’s favorite creative periods and saw them recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales (famous for Queen’s recording of Bohemian Rhapsody).

Keep an ear out for gems including ‘Hearts in Her Eyes’, ‘Love’s Melody’, ‘Infatuation’ and ‘It’s Too Late’.

THE SEARCHERS have sold over 50 million records and scored thirteen UK chart hits – including three No.1’s – and a sound that inspired some of the greatest artists of all time, including The Byrds, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

The band line-up includes original members John McNally (guitar, vocals) and Frank Allen (bass, vocals)  and Spencer James (guitar, vocals – Spencer has been part of the line-up for 38 years) and Richie Burns (drums).

The Searchers Thank You Tour runs 6th Apr – 13th June 2024

Tickets, dates and info: www.the-searchers.co.uk

APRIL

SAT 6 NANTWICH WARNERS ALVASTON HALL

SUN 7 SKEGNESS EMBASSY

TUE 9 CHESTER STORYHOUSE

WED 10 BRADFORD ST GEORGES

FRI 19 WESTCLIFF PALACE

SAT 20 HAYLING ISLAND WARNERS SINAH WARREN

SUN 21 LICHFIELD GARRICK

THU 25 LEAMINGTON SPA ROYAL SPA CENTRE

FRI 26 BRIDLINGTON ROYAL SPA HALL

MAY

FRI 3 DUNSTABLE GROVE

Sat4 GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM

WED 8 DONCASTER CAST

THU 9 RHYL PAVILION

FRI 10 CREWE LYCEUM

MON 20 INVERNESS EDEN COURT

TUE 21 ABERDEEN TIVOLI

WED 22 EDINBURGH QUEEN’S HALL

THU 23 GLASGOW CONCERT HALL

SUN 26 BLACKPOOL GRAND

THU 30 CANTERBURY MARLOWE

JUNE

SAT 1 LEICESTER DE MONTFORT

SUN 2 CARDIFF NEW THEATRE

THU 6 GUILDFORD G LIVE

FRI 7 PORTSMOUTH NEW THEATRE ROYAL

SAT 8 HUNGERFORD WARNERS LITTLECOTE HOUSE

TUE 11 BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION

WED 12 READING HEXAGON

THU 13 DUDLEY TOWN HALL

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