David Jensen Meets Tony Hicks
Listen to David's chat with The Hollies' guitarist about his career with the top British band, their longevity, playing with Elton John and their latest album.
On 'I Can't Let Go', the importance of harmonies, being in the band for over 40 years, why the track not the act is important, and the forthcoming single 'So Damn Beautiful'.
"...It was a case of, you know, if we can stretch this out for three or four years, you know, we'll be very pleased and we did that (laughs). It feels possibly better today than it ever did really. All those seven-days-a-week-in-the-back-of-a-van - they had their attraction at the time. I wouldn't enjoy it quite as much today but it's great. I enjoy it today as much as ever." [Click here to listen to the interview]
On the forthcoming Legends Live gig, playing small gigs, Graham Nash, Elton John's keyboard playing on 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' and 'The Air That I Breathe'.
"Graham Nash didn't just leave The Hollies. He was going through a very bad period - he left his wife and, more to the point, he left England...He's still a great mate. As far as missing him, yeah, we missed him personally but I guess we're coming back to what I was saying - I think we knew that, however important he was, if we had the right song to follow on with we'd be OK and we were..." [Listen]
On appearing on the first Top Of The Pops programme, tracking down vintage guitars while on tour, keeping band memorabilia and on new track 'Prove Me Wrong'.
"Bobby Elliot our drummer...he's the real memorabilia man. He's got a house full of everything, you know, even the old stage suits we used to wear. In fact he still wears them (laughs)." [Listen]