Monday, November 28, 2011

Why Don’t You Stay Just A Little Bit Longer?

Photo from The Hollies - Look Through Any Window 1963 -1975 DVD.

“If they only had wings, then they’d be sharing in all of our things.” - “Wings” by The Hollies.

An article by Natasha Korecki in yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed the benefits of spending vacation time in Manchester. “Manchester is to London what Chicago is to New York,” she noted. “It’s packed with friendly pubs, rich with its own music, history and prideful people.” As a longtime Anglophile and Hollies fan, I’ve always been keen to visit Manchester, as well as the more obvious choice of Liverpool. I thoroughly enjoyed the few days my wife Pam and I spent in London during a 2006 swing through Europe.

A sidebar to Korecki’s piece mentioned that The Radisson Edwardian has suites that are named after rock and roll artists like Bob Dylan and David Bowie who performed in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. Since The Hollies were one of the first major bands from Manchester and obviously played extensively in the city, it seems likely they would be one of the artists honored. However, I couldn’t confirm this via the hotel’s website.

I did find a post on the SkyScraperCity site that mentions the new six-story Manchester Central Arena Travelodge, which has 12 wings that are named in honor of Manchester-based bands.

“Travelodge polled 5,000 Britons to nominate their favourite band from Manchester,” the site explained. “They are Oasis, Take That, The Smiths, Stone Roses, The Hollies, The Verve, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, Joy Division, New Order, Elbow and The Chemical Brothers.” The Hollies Wing is located on the third floor, along with Verve.

So it’s quite possible I’ll have a choice of Hollies-related places to stay if I ever do make it to Manchester.


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