Mike Pender grundlagde The Searchers i Liverpool i 1959 med John McNally. Bandet tog deres navn fra den klassiske John Ford western The Searchers fra 1956. Mike Pender hævder, at navnet var hans idé.

The Searchers iørefaldende melodier gjorde gruppen verdensberømt med Nr. 1. hits i både USA, Australien, England og resten af Europa.

I særdeleshed vil man huske:

  • Sweets For My Sweet,
  • Needles and Pins
  • Don’t Throw Your Love Away,
  • Sugar and Spice,
  • Love Potion No.9
  • Goodbye My Love.

I 1985 blev The Searchers delt i 2 Searchers.

  • Mike Pender’s Searchers
  • John Mcnalley’s Searchers

For ikke at få for meget konkurrence med hinanden, delte de 2 ”originale Searchers” verden op. John Mcnalley’s gik i 2018 på pension, og de holdt sidste år afskedskoncert.

Derfor er det en fornøjelse at præsentere Mike Pender’s Searchers for første gang i Danmark.

PÅ trods af alderen lykkes det stadig Mike Pender’s Searchers at få fantastiske anmeldelser. Her er et 2 anmeldelser fra The Sensational 60s Show i UK:

  • Mike Pender topped off the night, singing all the famous tracks from the back catalogue of my favourite band, The Searchers. It was a treat to hear the former voice of The Searchers singing his way effortlessly through all of my best loved songs from ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ to ‘Needles and Pins’.


  • As usual with Sensational 60s shows the audience were literally lapping up the music and the fun atmosphere by the time the final act, Mike Pender took to the stage. Mike didn’t disappoint, mixing anecdotes with humour and giving an energetic performance of Searchers classicsSweets For My Sweet, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, Sugar and Spice, Love Potion No.9 and Goodbye My Love.

Mike Pender’s Searchers er meget aktive i 2021som foruden Danmark bringer dem til Australien og new Zeland.


Mike Pender hædret af Pris Charles med en MBE orden


The Searchers vocalist preparing for 80th birthday tour as he collects MBE

UK News | Published: Mar 12, 2020

Vocalist Mike Pender left the group in 1985 to pursue a solo career.

-Singer Mike Pender

A founding member of the 1960s Merseybeat band the Searchers has said he plans to continue touring and performing as he received an MBE for services to music.

Vocalist Mike Pender said it was “absolutely brilliant” that the Prince of Wales remembered some of the group’s songs while collecting his honours at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The Searchers formed in Liverpool and found fame in 1963 with their recording Sweets For My Sweet, the first of three number one hits for the group.

Pender said having Charles remember some of the band’s songs was ‘absolutely brilliant'(Yui Mok/PA)

Following the investiture ceremony, the 79-year-old said “so many big things” had happened in he and the other band members’ lives over the last 55 years.

“Three number one records, appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, going to America and being met at the airport just like the Beatles, doing the Royal Variety Show, meeting her Majesty the Queen,” he told the PA news agency.

“We’ve had lots of things for the group in the past, but obviously the group is gone now, really.”

On collecting his honour from Charles, Pender said: “I mentioned some of the songs and he said, ‘I remember Needles And Pins. So that was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”

Pender, real name Michael Prendergast, left the group in 1985 to pursue a solo career.

Continuing to perform around the UK and across the globe, he is embarking on his 80th Birthday Tour this year.

“I still enjoy it, walking out on stage, all of those people,” he told PA.

“And when you sing some of the hits that you had, they know all the words, they sing along with you.

I’m 79 but I still feel much younger, probably because I’ve still got some ego left in me

Mike Pender

“It’s like a walk down memory lane for all of those people.

“They are from the era that we were big and we are still here to entertain them.”

Pender said he feels “much younger” than 79, and is due to tour New Zealand and Australia later this year.

He told PA: “Every year, I get a phone call from the same agents and they say, ‘Mike, will you do another tour?’.

“And I think about it and my heart wants to say yes, but my body is sort of saying, hang on a minute Mike.

“I’m 79 but I still feel much younger, probably because I’ve still got some ego left in me.”


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