So, another television talent show star has carved a career since winning on Stars in Their Eyes way back in 2000. People either love or loathe these talent shows and the same can be said for tribute acts and tonight there was no doubt that the majority of the audience at the Opera House, Manchester, loved Gary Mullen and The Works, performing as the late Freddie Mercury and his band Queen. How can it be almost 26 years since he passed away in November 1991!
One thing which can prove difficult for many pop stars and singers is a transition to musical theatre while still holding on to their recording career; one woman that proves it is possible is the formidably talented Beverley Knight.
As the leaves on the trees start to fall, and the days draw shorter, the realisation that summer is over has well and truly struck home, so that's no more Barbecues, no more Pimms and no more festivals into next year, well surely we can squeeze just one more in...closing the festival season this year in mid-September; Cheshire Fest a festival which features over 20 hours of live entertainment, not bad considering the tickets start at a tenner.
The 1970s was the age of Glam Rock, and a band which thrived with hit after hit during this period was the extravagant Electric Light Orchestra and if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets to see the real thing at the arena a few months back, or didn't want to pay triple figures for the privilege, fear not because I may have just found the solution, at the Stockport Plaza.
The ten-piece tribute to Britain’s biggest ever prog-rock band Pink Floyd took to the stage tonight to a disappointingly not-even-half-full Plaza in Stockport. Despite this, the band started strong with powerful vocals from lead singer Michael David Ronson who’s passion and spirit for Floyd’s music was the most striking part of the whole show.
Like The Smiths, The Smiths Ltd formed in Manchester. Their promotional material says: “If you never saw The Smiths then this is your chance to experience the thrill of those great songs played live.” True to their word, tonight brought me closer than I ever thought possible.
Gary Murphy and his multi-talented band kicked off the evening with Chuck Berry’s classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’. We were told that this was in tribute to the Rock and Roll legend who passed away earlier this year. They created a vibe that would carry on throughout the evening, displaying to us the skills that come so naturally to them all.
Whether you are a resident of Blackpool, holiday-maker or just in need of an entertaining fun night out, then the place to be is The Grand Theatre, Blackpool this summer. Frankie Valli (Dale Adams) Nick Massi (Michael Riseley) Tommy DeVito (Ian Curran) and Bob Gaudio (Patrick Barrett) bring to the stage two hours of polished style as they recreate the sound of popular American group, The Four Seasons.
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