MARC ROBINSON - Tribute Artiste
WINTER DANCE PARTY
In January 1959 Buddy Holly began a string of dates across the American mid-west. The 'Winter Dance Party Tour' included Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Dion And The Belmonts and, of course, Buddy himself.
58 years on from what was to prove to be Buddy, Ritchie and The Big Bopper's final concerts, we present a celebration of their music, together with that of Dion and the Belmonts. From songs such as Buddy's Blue Days Black Nights, Rock Around With Ollie Vee, True Love Ways and It Doesn't Matter Anymore to The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace, Running Bear and White Lightning and from Ritchie's La Bamba, Come On Let's Go and Donna to Dion's The Wanderer, Runaround Sue, I Wonder Why and Teenager In Love, all the music is performed by real musicians (in authentic 50's attire) on real instruments. - No backing tracks here.
The attention to detail will have you believing that you are back in 1959, as you see how Buddy recorded songs such as Everyday where the drums were replaced by the drummer slapping his knees and Not Fade Away (no, The Stones didn't write it) where the percussion is performed, again not on the drums, but this time on a cardboard box!
An acknowledgement is also made to the influence that Elvis had on Buddy when we are treated to a short medley of Elvis songs that Buddy himself recorded. The expertise of The Counterfeit Crickets' double bass player at this point never fails to gain a standing ovation from the awe struck audience.
As well as Buddy, we also have Ritchie Valens. Radiating his Latino sex appeal, he will have the female section of the auditorium crying out for more as he alternates between the raw and vibrant La Bamba and the sensuous and seductive Donna.
Next, as the larger than life character J.P. Richardson (more commonly known as 'The Big Bopper') takes to the stage with his renditions of Chantilly Lace and the humorous Big Bopper's Wedding he will warm the audience with his cheekiness and sense of fun.
Finally, Dion captures those memories of what it was really like to be young with one of his most famous songs, Teenager In Love. Whilst the rebelliousness of The Wanderer makes it plain to the enthralled audience why Dion is regarded as one of the best performers and vocalists of the entire Rock 'n' Roll era.
Ladies and Gentleman, through this show we will prove that Buddy and co.'s music did not die, but lives on, as vibrant and relevant as ever.