The Searchers in concert
The Searchers were one of the most influential groups to rise from the 60s phenomenon, and today they still lead the pack, headlining tours all over the world, collecting awards, and recruiting new fans from all age groups.The Searchers were originally formed in Liverpool in 1960 as a backing group for Johnny Sandon, and took their name from the John Wayne film. The founder members were John McNally (who still leads the group today), Mike Pender, Tony Jackson and drummer Norman McGarry. They appeared regularly at the Iron Door Club and in late 1961 Johnny Sandon left to join the Remo Four, and McGarry left to be replaced on drums by Chris Curtis. The Searchers continued as a foursome, playing at the Iron Door, the Cavern and other Liverpool clubs, sometimes doing three shows a night in different venues. They return to the Gladstone theatre after last appearing here in 2015.