“I NEVER dreamed I would still be playing and touring at this age.”
ALAN Mosca has travelled the world, been part of the Swinging Sixties and rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous.
He was a member of the group Freddie and the Dreamers for many years and has no plans to retire - in fact, he is having more fun than ever.
Mosca resides in the Midlands – Coventry to be precise – but his accent gives his roots away. Originally from Liverpool, he now has family scattered around the world.
“There was 10 of us altogether,” said Mosca.
“My Dad was a GI. He was an Italian American from Brooklyn and two of my brothers went out to live there. One has since passed away, but the other one is still there, living in Greenwich.”
Mosca will be compering the popular Sensational 60s Experience, which will showcase some of the most iconic bands to top the UK and US charts.
The show will feature The Marmalade who, described as being unpretentious and irresistibly commercial, had a number one with Ob La Di Ob La Da, followed by another classic, Reflections Of My Life.
Throughout the mid-60s, Herman’s proved to be a dominating force worldwide, chalking up more than 23 top 20 singles, 10 hit albums and three major movies.
“Herman’s Hermits have sold 75 million records,” said Alan.
“The original drummer, Barry Whitwarm, is still with them. The band was invited to meet Elvis when he was filming Blue Hawaii. The funny thing is, they were travelling back to the UK the next day and ummed and ahhed about whether to meet him (Elvis).
“Fortunately they did. What a fantastic opportunity.”
Also joining the show is Chris Farlowe, whose hits include classics such as Out Of Time, and Handbags and Glad Rags, and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair, which stormed into the charts with Everlasting Love.
“Everyone sounds exactly how they used to in their heyday,” said Alan.
“It’s pure music. The harmonies sound just like they do on their records.”
Still performing with The Dreamers (he has done for the last 27 years), Mosca will be compering The Sensational 60s Experience for a third time.
“It’s actually my sixth year with the show. I played it three times with The Dreamers, compered it twice, and had last year off. I was invited back again this year and I can’t wait for the tour to starts.
“I love touring with the bands and this year there are some great acts taking part. We all get on really well. There’s nothing to prove any more. No-one wants to top the bill – there’s no egos. It’s basically a night out for the boys and a great night out for the audience.
“I love travelling around the country and the theatres are always packed. In particular I’ve know The Marmalade and Herman’s Hermits for many years and it’s great to catch up.”
“In those days we used to chat backstage about ‘the birds’ – now we just talk about gout tablets.”
It still amazes Mosca that audiences are so enthusiastic about the bands and their music.
“The songs are timeless and everyone knows all the songs,” he said.
“Many people don’t know much about the background of a lot of the acts, so it’s interesting that Chris Farlowe is one of the best rhythm and blues singers the UK has ever had.
“Every single one of the artists in the show are legends and won’t go on performing forever.
“These are people who changed the face of music and this shouldn’t be forgotten.”
The Sensational 60s Experience will be appearing at venues around the Midlands, including Derby Assembly Rooms on Sunday, November 3. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01332 255 800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk
The tour will also call at De Montfort Hall, in Leicester, on Friday, November 8 (0116 233 3111 or online at www.demontforthall.co.uk); Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Sunday, November 10 (01902 429212 or online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk), and Victoria Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday, November 22 (0844 8717 649 or online at www.atgtickets.com/stoke)