Real ‘Legends’ of classic rock to play in Downtown Freehold

FREEHOLD — Rich Gatto, the CEO of Downtown Freehold, has announced a special concert event, “Legends of Rock,” in association with the Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts, Marlboro.

“Legends of Rock” will feature Terry Sylvester, formerly of the Hollies, and Denny Laine of Wings and the Moody Blues, along with The Cryers. The free “Legends of Rock” concert will take place on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Hall of Records parking lot, Main Street.

At the age of 16, Sylvester’s band Terry and the Escorts frequently were billed with the Beatles in and around Liverpool, England; the Beatles hand-picked Terry and the Escorts to share the stage for the Fab Four’s final appearance at the Cavern Club on Aug. 3, 1963.

The songwriter, singer and guitarist joined the Hollies by special invitation in 1969 – Sylvester was the No. 1 choice to take over the duties from Graham Nash, who left the group to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Sylvester’s melody lines are instantly recognizable and his facility with melodic structure was the force behind several enduring Hollies hits, such as “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Dark Road,” “The Air that I Breathe” and “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.”

Laine is considered by rock royalty as a revered musician’s musician – a constant creator and architect of songs. In the early 1960s, the songwriter-singer-guitarist formed Denny and the Diplomats with drummer Bev Bevan, who would later help form the Electric Light Orchestra.

In 1964, Laine then started another band, the Moody Blues, moving on to experiment with the Denny Laine String Band and then Ginger Baker’s Airforce.

In 1971, Paul McCartney was seeking to create a new sound and new band and tapped Laine to help form Wings, a band Laine contributed heavily to for its entire duration.