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The Searchers


Fri 25 Jul 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 211a Wills St, Ashburton, Ashburton District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Reserve: $69.90
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Layton Lillas

The Searchers are one of the most influential ‘Merseybeat’ groups from Liverpool, second only to ‘The Fab Four’ in terms of worldwide fame and popularity. Formed in 1959 as a ‘Skiffle’ group by guitarist John McNally, the band tread a similar path to The Beatles performing as part of The Merseybeat scene at Cavern Club, heading to Hamburg for a residency at The Star Club before they signed a deal with Pye Records to release their first album ‘Meet The Searchers’ in 1963. The album went to No. 2, ‘Sweets for my sweet’ got to No. 1 but when the band hit it big in the U.S. with the song ‘Needles and Pins’ 50 years ago in March 1964, they became a world famous band everywhere including New Zealand. The band has never split up and has continued to tour ever since.

In 2013 The Searchers returned to New Zealand for the first time in some years on a 60’s music extravaganza with Gerry & The Pacemakers and their outstanding shows reminded fans of this legendary sixties group, just how important they are in the history of pop music. Now they’re back on their own to give fans what they want; a full two-hour show of nothing but The Searchers ‘Greatest Hits’.

The show boasts all of The Searchers Greatest Hits plus some of the greatest 60’s pop tunes ever recorded by the bands 60’s music contemporaries.