Pop's longest running band extend record in Leamington - The Leamington Observer

Pop's longest running band extend record in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 23rd Feb, 2024   0

THE SEARCHERS are the longest running band in pop history and they will extend that record when they stop off at Leamington’s Spa Centre on Thursday April 25.

Formed by John McNally in 1957, the Merseybeaterss 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 for 2024.




Guitarist John 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!”

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’.

Visit www.the-searchers.co.uk/ for further details.

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