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Happy Together Concert Tour brings Classic Rock to Costa Mesa

Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits.
Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits.
Photo by Ella Batalon

It was a nostalgic blast from the past that delighted thousands of rock fans at the Pacific Amphitheater Sunday night for the 2014 'Happy Together Tour' that featured performances by Gary Lewis, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Flo & Eddie and Peter Noone of the Herman's Hermits.

2014 Happy Together Tour rocks the Pacific Amphitheater
Photo by Ella Batalon

Opening the show was Gary Lewis, formerly of the Playboys and son of comedian Jerry Lewis singing familiar songs like "Everybody Loves A Clown", This Diamond Ring" and "She's Just My Style". Followed by Mitch Ryder—almost 70 and full of energy Ryder's wailing voice has stood the test of time singing memorable tunes such as "CC Rider", "Sock It To Me Baby", "Good Golly Miss Molly" and crowd favorite "Devil With A Blue Dress" that got the audience singing along and dancing in their seats.

Mark Farner of Grandfunk Railroad brought it up a notch looking amazingly fit with his boundless energy as he danced across stage singing and playing his guitar to familiar 70s songs such as "We're An American Band" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful".

Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night fame kept the crowd going with favorites like “Mama Told Me Not To Come", “One", and “Joy To The World.”—inviting a group of girls on stage, possible family members to sing along with him for his final number.

Rounding it out is Flo & Eddie of the "Turtles". Flo (big guy with big hair) jumped on stage performing Psy's "Gangnam Style" followed by Eddie shouting his dismay regarding today's music and where it all had gone then moved the audience to familiar 60s favorites that included "She'd Rather Be With Me", "Eleanor", "It Ain't Me Babe", "You Baby" and the concert tour's signature title "Happy Together". Followed with all acts returning on stage to deliver a final performance, a bow then a 15 minute break before showcasing Peter Noone and the Herman's Hermits.

Noone's performance revved up the audience with his energizing stamina. It's as if he hadn't change right down to wearing the same type of 60s suite with a voice that is ageless as he opened with "Wonderful World" followed with "A Must To Avoid", "Just A Little Bit Better", "Silhouettes", "End Of The World", "Can't You Hear My Heart Beat", "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter", "I'm Henry The 8th, I Am" and "There's A Kind Of Hush".

Noone entertained the audience by showing off his fun comedic side—quipping silly jokes and imitating Mick Jagger during a short performance of "Jumpin Jack Flash" and dancing across the stage while kicking it up with band members. Noone even took a moment to take a selfie on his cell phone and toss souvenirs out to the audience making it a fun way to end the night's show.