Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Wow the Great New York State Fair brought back many great memories for me on Monday August 29, 2016 as both Hermans Hermits with Peter Noone and Hall of Fame legend Brian Wilson took the Chevy Court stage. Noone at 2 PM while Wilson along with Al Jarmine & Blondie Chaplin thrill the 8 PM nighttime crowds, together totaling close to 25,000 CNY music fans.

Hermans Hermits- first visited and performed in Syracuse with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars back on May 25, 1965 at the Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium. Peter Noone fronted Great Britians third most popular band Hermans Hermits. That nights concert  included such stars as Bobby Vee,  The Hondells (Little Honda),  Little Anthony and the Imperials, Freddy Cannon, Brenda Holloway, Round Robin, Reparata & The Delrons, Billy Stewart , The Ikettes and other. The Mc of that show was George McCannon III and presented to you my WOLF Radio. Hermans Hermits were riding high the the US charts following Mrs Brown, Henry the VIII and others.

They have performed in CNY a number of time including at the Brookside Club (early 1970's) and NYS Fair stage August 24, 2014.

Now its August 29, 2016 and we all knew what to expect watching Hermans Hermits with the great frontman Peter Noone - Lots of Fun, High Energy and all there big hits. And that's exactly what we got for close to 90 minutes through 18 songs with audience participation throughout. 

Here's Hermans Hermits set list for you to enjoy.

 I'm Into Something Good, Wonderful World, Love Potion #9, A Must to Avoid, Ring of Fire, Dandy, I'm Telling You Know, Sea Cruise, Daydream Believer, Jumpin Jack Flash, Just A Little Bit Better, Silhouettes, Listen People, Can't You Hear My Heart Beat, For Your Love, Mrs. Brown, Henry The 8th, ending with A Kind of Hush. 

After the show Peter Noone signed autographs for fans and if you wish you could purchase Cds, T-Shirts and 8x10 color photos to have signed. I brought with me my original 1965 Dick Clark Caravan Hermans Hermits tour program for Pete Noone to sign, that he kindly did..After a quick chat about the 1965 first tour he say to me ..Ron don't wait another 51 years to stop and say hi.....Thanks to Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplan for his help and for taking some great photo of Peter Noone and myself. Our great Syracuse Music History Rock On ++

Next we'll talk about that evenings special Brian Wilson's 50 Years Anniversary of the Beach Boys amazing album "Pet Sounds'. Brain was joined by special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. This album (Pet Sound)  is considered by many as the second greatest album of all-time after The Beatles" Sgt Pepper"

Through the Beach Boys first arrived in Syracuse on September 3, 1964 for an outdoor concert at old MacArthur Stadium. After Carmen Licitra & The Vikings performed it started to rain. The Beach Boys waited and took the stage, to this day a question...some say they played one song before the rains ended the day, other say the Beach Boys they never did perform. Well anyways the Beach Boys performed in and near Syracuse many times through the years, but without the great Brian Wilson. Now it Monday evening August 29, 2016 and the great Brian Wilson arrived to play at the great New York State Fair at Chevy Court at approx 8 PM.

Here's Brain Wilsons set list as I  remember it .

California Girls, (Medley of- I Get Around- Shutdown- Little Deuce Coupe), California Saga, Wild Honey, Sail on Sailor...Then they performed the full Pet Sounds album- (Wouldn't It Be Nice, You Still Believe in Me, Thats Not Me, Don't Talk, I'm Waiting For The Day, Let's Go Crazy For A While, Gold Only Knows, I Know There's A Answer, Here Today, Just Wasn't Made For This.) Sloop John B, Caroline O, Hang on To Your Ego.....(The Encore songs- Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin USA and ended with Fun, Fun, Fun.  A historic night from one of musics all-time greats..right here in Syracuse. How luck for all of us.+++++

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