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Peter Noone back with Herman’s Hermits for Akron show

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Peter Noone, of Herman’s Hermits, returns to Akron Oct. 27 for a show with fellow 1960s’ hitmakers Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Dennis Tufano, of The Buckinghams.
Photo courtesy of Akron Civic Theatre
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits has been in the business of rock ’n’ roll for 50 years, but he isn’t one to look back on the past as the best time of his career.

“This is Herman’s Hermits biggest year ever, with the most amount of concerts,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

One of those concerts will take place in Akron, as Noone and company are set to perform at ’60s Rock ’N’ Remember Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (“Young Girl”) and Dennis Tufano, the original singer for The Buckinghams (“Kind of a Drag”), will join Noone and Herman’s Hermits for the show of retro rock.

Noone, who’s played in Akron a few times since outdoor venue Lock 3 Park opened next door to the Civic, said he’s looking forward to playing in the theater.

“Akron has always had loads of people outside,” he said. “Now they’re taking it inside. Our show is much better inside — we can have more fun with the audience and they can get closer. We have loads of fans from around the area.”

Manchester, England-born Noone has been entertaining audiences since he was a child, first appearing on the British soap “Coronation Street.” As a teenager, he became internationally known as the singer for Herman’s Hermits, selling 60 million records, with hits like “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.”

The Akron audience can expect to hear those songs and more, Noone said.

“We do all the big American hits in every show,” he said. “I think that’s what people pay to see. They’re all big hits, so I have to do them all. I enjoy doing them all.”

Of his songs, he said he loves performing “I’m Into Something Good” the most, and he begins each show with it because of its positivity.

“It’s a great way to start a show,” he said. “When I sing it, I can remember being 16 in the studio and recording with my friends. We were supposed to be at school that day. It was the first record I ever made and I really remember it.”

The fact that he survived and thrived in his career despite starting so young hasn’t been lost on him.

“When I see all these child stars falling apart, it’s so sad,” he said. “I wonder why that didn’t happen to me. Probably I think I was maybe overeducated for the position, first of all. And I had so much responsibility. We had a van, and I had to drive it sometimes because I was the only one who didn’t drink.”

To keep his voice in top shape, he said he had to take care of himself as an athlete would.

“The singer needs to be in bed early because I need to be doing interviews at 6 a.m.,” he said. “I was always kind of a purist.”

Noone said he believes the current state of the music industry is favorable to artists like him and the reason for Herman’s Hermits recent success.

“More people get more access to my stuff than ever,” he said. “When I was on ‘American Idol’ [he performed on the show in 2007], people heard the song and they went to iTunes and Amazon, and hundreds of thousands of people bought the song that night. The business was owned by the labels, but now it’s owned by the musicians.

“It’s all great,” he added. “I like the fact that all this stuff is accessible in my lifetime.”

Tickets for ’60s Rock ‘N’ Remember start at $35 and are available at the Civic Box Office or by calling 330-253-2488. For more information, go to www.akroncivic.com.

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