50th Anniversary Beatles' Festival, Chicago


Mike will be travelling to the States next week to appear in the 50th Anniversary Year Beatles' Celebrations on 15/16/17 August. Amongst those appearing with him are ex-Monkee, Micky Dolenz,  Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Laurence Juber of Paul McCartney's Wings, Mark Riviera who is Billy Joel's sax player and Ringo's MD, also Mark Hudson and the band, Liverpool. Fans will be attending from at least 30 States and Canada. https://www.thefest.com/2014-fests/chicago-august-15-17-2014/

Mike Pender was a founding member of The Searchers, a band from Liverpool that was originally formed as a skiffle group. During the early 1960s, The Searchers played The Cavern, clubs in Hamburg, and many other venues where The Beatles played. After The Beatles, The Searchers were the second group from Liverpool to have a hit in the United States, hitting the charts with the Sonny Bono penned Needles and Pins in March of 1964. It is Mike's voice and amazing guitar playing that defined their early hits, such as Love Potion #9 and Don't Throw Your Love Away. Mike will be speaking, signing and performing a number of his hits (with Liverpool) in his very first FEST appearance, anywhere!

Peter was the lead singer of Hermanís Hermits, the British Invasion group that had more hits in the 1960s than any other group except The Beatles. In 1965, Herman's Hermits were Cashboxís #1 selling artist, and had three #1 songs in four months (Canít You Hear My Heartbeat, Mrs. Brown, Youíve Got a Lovely Daughter, and Iím Henry the VIII, I Am)! Peter is an international star, having appeared on every major TV show of the time, two Broadway shows, hosted VH1 shows for four years and three PBS Specials on The British Invasion. Peter now has a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM 60s on 6 called Something Good with Peter Noone. Peter has many great personal Beatles stories to share and we are extremely delighted and honored to welcome Peter to his very first Chicago FEST! Peter will be speaking and signing autographs on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be joining Liverpool for some Herman's Hermits songs and some Beatles songs, too!

What a thrill it is to welcome Micky Dolenz to his first Chicago FEST! Micky was one of the Monkees and their lead singer on hits like Last Train to Clarksville, Iím A Believer, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. The Monkees TV show began in 1966 as a loving parallel tribute to The Beatles. It turned out to be bigger than anyone expected and their albums sold millions. Micky wrote the Monkees song, Randy Scouse Git, which had a direct Beatles reference in it. Micky and the other Monkees met The Beatles and he hung out quite a bit with John Lennon and Harry Nilsson in the early 1970s. Micky is a great entertainer and storyteller and is excited about appearing in front of thousands of Beatles Fans. Micky will of course perform some of his Monkees hits with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Micky will happily sign any Monkees albums or photos you bring. He will be charging a fee, a portion of which will be donated to charity.