I am really annoyed that radio 1206 2CC continues to play their ad several times a day, promoting the forthcoming concerts at Casino Canberra on Monday Sept 15th, and Tuesday Sept 16th (sold out), supposedly featuring 1960s British supergroup, Herman’s Hermits.
The radio spots feature three original recordings by Peter (Herman) Noone and the original Hermits. 2CC’s website shows a picture of the original 1960s Hermits, including Peter, and one deceased member Dereck Leckenby.
The general intent of the advertising is to make ticket-holders think they are going to see the original Herman’s Hermits. But, they are not!!!! This is pure, unadulterated, misleading, fraudulent misrepresentation.
The only original Hermit in this touring band is Barry Whitwam, the former non-singing drummer, now in his 60s, but the rest of the band members are contemporary musicians who had nothing whatsoever to do with the million-selling hits by the original band.
I have passed this information on to Radio 2CC, Casino Canberra and the Canberra Times, as well as other venues in NSW where the band has been playing. There have been a few cases of audience members asking for their money back when they realise that they have been duped, when they find out that this is merely a “tribute” band and not the real thing.
The radio station and some of the venues sent me patronising “hope to see you at the show” letters as if I am some sort of a crackpot. The Casino and the Canberra Times have not replied.
As a long-term fan of the REAL Herman’s Hermits, I am disgusted at this blatent fraud. I have had emails from several musicians and music historians supporting me, including Paul Mlynarz of the official Manchesterbeat website, and a very supportive email from Peter (Herman) Noone himself, telling me that he has virtually given up trying to stop these “Hermanless Hermits”, as he calls them, making money off his name, image and music.
Anybody out there cares about this sort of commercial fraud & exploitation? Meanwhile, Barry Whitwam and his band of ring-ins go ahead at the Canberra Casino on 15th and 16th September.
Ged the Music Historian, Canberra.
[ED – Peter Noone’s website has an interview confirming this interpretation]