May 2013 - August 2013
|“Winning in the role” – Sydney’s Daily Telegraph|
“Amazing as Buddy Holly” – Gold Coast Bulletin
“Literally seeming to channel Buddy Holly at times” – ABC Radio
From the producers of Buddy: The Concert, Johnny Cash: The Concert and The Class of 59, come and take a stroll down memory lane into the heady days of the fabulous 50s and the swinging 60s when Happy Days Records presents Buddy ‘n’ Roy: Together ‘n’ Alone featuring the music of never-to-be-forgotten rock ‘n’ roll idols Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.
In it’s first set, this faithful tribute opens with a blistering set of the hits of Roy Orbison including heartbroken ballads and bluesy rockers like “Only the Lonely” (US#2 & AUS#5 in 1960), “Running Scared” (US#1 & AUS#5 in 1961), “Crying” (US#2 & AUS#1 in 1961), “Mean Woman Blues” (US#5 & AUS#1 in 1963) and “Oh! Pretty Woman” (#1 in 1964) among many others by Australian performer Jon O Nicholson.
The concert's second set pays homage to musical icon Buddy Holly, who was considered one of the foremost pioneers of rock and roll, with hit songs like "That'll Be the Day" (#1 in 1957), "Peggy Sue" (#3 in 1957), Oh Boy! (#10 in 1957), "Maybe Baby" (#17 in 1958) and “Rave On!” (#37 in 1958), among others that had spanned a career of only a few short years. Staring 26-year-old Scott Cameron as Buddy Holly, the similarities between Cameron and Buddy Holly are remarkable, delivering a stunningly accurate performance of the tragic icon in previous productions including the International smash hit musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (from 2005 – 2009), Elvis Meets Buddy (2011) and more recently The Class of 59 (2011 and 2012).
Quite simply, the story of Roy Orbison could not be told without Buddy Holly. Both native Texans, Orbison grew up in the towns of Vernon, Fort Worth and Wink whilst Holly was born and bred in the nearby town of Lubbock. Having performed at the same local venues and shopped at the same guitar shops, the pair also wrote and recorded at the same New Mexico studios – Norman Petty Studios – which would go on to impact the future of music. The majority of Buddy’s noteworthy recordings were crafted within those studio walls, and after his tragic 1959 death, Norman Petty was tasked with adding instrumentation and production to many unfinished Holly tracks. Roy Orbison would also craft his legend there as ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ bounced off those walls which became the soundtrack to the 1990 romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman” starting Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
Both Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees – Buddy first in 1986 and Roy in 1987 – the pair’s first collaboration was in the form of Holly’s 1957 debut album with The Crickets titled “The Chirping Crickets” which featured two Orbison covers “You’ve Got Love” and “An Empty Cup (and a Broken Date)”. In fact Holly went on to record many of Orbison’s songs in his lifetime.
Proving that the demand for rock and roll is very much alive, be prepared to Rave On in over two hours of non stop hits spanning three incredible decades of music for Buddy ‘n’ Roy: Together ‘n’ Alone!