Celebrating the 80 years since the birth of a true rock & roll legend. Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is coming to Grimsby Auditorium this weekend.
The show stars the UK’s top Buddy Holly tribute performer Marc Robinson, a winner from ITV’s legendary Stars in Their Eyes show and who has also starred as the legendary performer in the West End hit The Buddy Holly Story.
He headlines a spectacular live production, bringing to life classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy.
Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their 50’s heyday, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is an authentic slice of rock & roll nostalgia that ensures Buddy Holly’s incredible legacy of unforgettable hit songs lives on.
Michael Taylor, the show’s producer, said: “Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn features Marc Robinson, clutching a Fender Stratocaster, sporting a pair of heavy-rimmed glasses and sounding exactly like Buddy in his heyday.
Had Buddy not been taken from the world at such a young age, he would be celebrating his 80th birthday this year.
“This tour takes an all-new show on the road to commemorate this.”
Boasting a repertoire of more than 30 of Buddy’s greatest hits, the show includes some hidden gems as the show takes music fans back to the legendary performer’s big break.
After graduating from high school, Buddy pursued a full-time career in music, opening for Elvis twice at the Fair Park Coliseum and also at the Cotton Club.
Pappy Dave Stone of KDAV Radio from Buddy’s home town of Lubbock was responsible for the Elvis bookings and in October he selected Buddy to open for Bill Haley and His Comets to be seen by Nashville scout Eddie Crandall.
Crandall put Stone in touch with Grand Ole Opry manager Jim Denny.
Stone sent Denny a demo tape to Decca Records, resulting in Buddy Holly’s first recording contract.
Marc said: “Altogether Buddy recorded 109 songs.
“Obviously, the best-known songs like Heartbeat, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and That’ll Be The Day enjoy a warm reception, but we’ve been surprised by thedepth of knowledge of our audiences.”
Indeed, Marc adds that the cast was spurred to learn the song Valley of Tears following repeated requests for its inclusion when the show first hit the road.
Michael continued: “The production is a theatrical treat whether you are fanatical about Buddy Holly or simply want to enjoy a night of hit-packed music performed by superbly-talented musicians.
“A very special day is guaranteed.”
The show is at Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday, July 9 at 7.30pm.
Tickets priced £25 and £20 (NUS, OAP, unemployed and children £1 off ticket price, groups of 10 get one ticket free) are available from the box office in person, on 0300 3000035, or online at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk