He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding, performers in modern music. The one and only Barry Steele takes on the role in The Roy Orbison Story. He comes with great credentials, a genuine admiration for the Big “O”, and has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate Orbison’s vocal talents, earning rave reviews across the globe.
Expect what is being billed as an upbeat and contemporary slant on Orbison’s legacy, as the show takes audiences on a musical journey from the early Sun years right through to the late 1980s, when Orbison was experiencing a huge resurgence and worked with Bono, Bruce Springsteen and others, including super group the Traveling Wilburys, alongside former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
The production also features not only original material written (but never sung) by Roy Orbison, it also showcases chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne , ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon, Chris Isaak, The Spencer Davis Group and The Traveling Wilburys.
So get ready for a night of solid gold ’60s hits and ’80s contemporary genius, as the Roy Orbison Story celebrates the musical legacy of The Big O.
Performance: Saturday 10 August 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £27, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 or online: www.hawth.co.uk