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Herman’s Fake Hermits at Casino Canberra next week.

By Ged 7 September 2008 67

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]

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Ged 5:42 pm 11 Sep 08

Hey Granny,

You are right, I didn’t thank you, and I apologise for that.

I am new to this blog thing, and I am still trying to work out who is serious and who is not.

In fact, there have been quite a few silly comments from some people, but they seem to appear on all the RiotAct postings.

On your earlier posts, you pointed out that you didn’t think that this is a particularly important issue, and maybe it isn’t. Next, you were offering to demonstrate with me about it!!

So, I was a bit confused there. However, please re-read my blogs, and I think you’ll find that I certainly have not attacked you. I don’t know what gives you that impression.

I facetiously said that it would be too cold to go out and demonstrate in front of the Casino. The truth is, my son has his back operation in Calvary Hospital on the same day, Monday 15th, and he will be laid out for two weeks. Co-incidentally, I have to go into Canberra Hospital on Tuesday 16th, for pre-admission concerning a cancer operation for myself, which will actually be carried out on Wednesday 24th.

As you rightly said, there are more important things than worrying about phoney pop bands, but I was glad to get the last word in today on 2CC.

I was very happy to send an email to Peter Davidson, promotions manager at 2CC, pointing out that I used his radio station to refute his own fraudulent advertising!

You sound like a very nice (and intelligent)lady.

Stay well,

Ged the Music Historian.

Granny 5:20 pm 11 Sep 08

Ged, my real world includes a very disabled little girl that I care for. Part of this is campaigning for her to receive the same education that every other Australian child is entitled to.

Therefore, in the lead up to the election I have been extremely busy with advocacy issues as well as with fundraising commitments to other groups within the community. Frankly, there is actually not a whole lot of space in my diary right now.

I was willing to give up some of my time to support you, even though issues such as I have mentioned are far more important to me personally.

It would have been nice to be politely thanked, but at the very least it would have been nice not to be attacked for offering to help.

So, whatever ….

el 4:13 pm 11 Sep 08

Who?

Ged 4:03 pm 11 Sep 08

To anyone still hanging around —- I was on the radio today (2UE/2CC, 2.30pm,11/9/08), talking about this charade to Tim Webster and Glenn A Baker.

Both expressed some concern —- “Fully agree,” says Tim. “Valid point,” says Glenn.

Of course, the irony is, it is Radio 2CC that is promoting the phoney Hermits without Herman!

Ged 5:09 pm 09 Sep 08

I didn’t know you people in cyberspace actually came out into the real world. And it’ll be cold out there.

Seriously, I think I’ve said enough on the subject, at least on this particular blog. I’ve gone onto the post about the big musicians’ meeting on the weekend.

As George Clooney says to all his girlfriends, Good Night and Good Luck.

Granny 10:44 am 09 Sep 08

Or better still we could wear T-shirts with a picture of Peter Noone saying, “Wanted: Herman”.

peterh 10:39 am 09 Sep 08

Ged said :

Duke may appreciate the fact that my son will be having a “spinal tap” next week!

I hope that all goes well. A spinal tap is not nice at all – even under anaesthetic.

and then there is the post op time. sounds like he will be in good hands during and after.

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