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Herman’s Hermits Featuring Peter Noone
“I love listening to the music of Montavanni [sic]….when I’m in a kind of thoughtful, what you’d call day-dreamy mood.” That’s what Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone (pictured), also known as Herman of Herman’s Hermits, told Fave magazine in September 1967—and it seems he was often in such a mood. “There’s a Kind of Hush” and “Listen People” are ever so dreamy, eh? Noone and his U.K. bandmates—Keith, Karl, Derek, and Barry—actually gave John, Paul, George, and Ringo a run for their teen-king crowns. But since 1971, things have not been as dreamy for the blokes. That was the year that Herman went solo and the rest of the Hermits—well, mostly they disappeared. Except for drummer Barry “the Bean” Whitwam, who continues to rock the Continent with a group of imported Hermits while Noone concentrates on the States. Noone said of Whitwam in the March 1965 issue of 16 magazine: “I call him the ‘fighter in the group.’” Maybe it was all that Mantovani that upset Whitwam. Drummers don’t much care for too many dreamy tunes on the set list. But audiences often do, so expect Noone to thoughtfully trip down memory lane at tonight’s show. Say what you will—at least it isn’t billed as the Hermits of the 21st Century. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. (703) 549-7500. (Dave Nuttycombe)