Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
Location: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
A two hour concert production that assembles a rock and roll band to boot to celebrate the talent, the hits and the legacies of the original stars of Rock N’ Roll – Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Big Bopper.
Dance with us back to an era when rock and roll influenced and created a social movement for the day’s teenagers: the way you dressed, the hairstyles, the language and the love. Walk along the street and you saw the gals sporting hourglass silhouettes accessorized by gloves and pearls. Bobby socks and bubble gum were everywhere; and the guys with sideburns and slicked back hair sporting the leather jacket and denim jean. An era where black horned rim brow line glasses became a trend. An era where petrol was so cheap that it fuelled not only the hot rods on the roads but fired up a musical movement that would only be lived for a short while but would last in the hearts and souls of billions for eternity. It is this era that will be recreated on stage …
Introducing the band…
Scott “Buddy” Cameron is no stranger to portraying Buddy Holly, having done so for well over a decade to many a rapturous crowd. Scott is one of the most recognised Buddy Holly performers in the world receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of the 50’s legend in the International smash hit musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in productions staged from 2005 through to 2009 and, to this day, continues to don the trademark horn-rimmed glasses, the ever so engaging and charismatic figure and a lilting vocal hiccup in many other concert productions. He is recognised by members of Holly’s own family and the “Peggy Sue” as being the closest thing today to the legend of Holly.
Having been crowned the Ultimate Elvis Presley Tribute at the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival, Anthony Petrucci, has been a keen fan of The King since childhood. At the age of 20, he made his first national television appearance on what was one of the biggest, most prestigious talent contests, Channel 9’s Star Struck. Portraying his idol, Elvis Presley, Anthony captured the hearts of Australian viewers and went on to win the competition allowing him to perform in the world famous Legends In Concert show at the Imperial Palace in fabulous Las Vegas, appearing as the youngest Elvis ever. Anthony also had the opportunity to perform in the birthplace town of Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Mississippi, at the Lyric Theatre.
Hail, hail, rock and roll … we welcome you to step back to the era that created music legends and influenced a formidable culture, paying homage to a catalogue where their songs are timeless, their hits are endless, and their flair is never forgotten. Guaranteeing a foot tapping, head bopping fantastic rock ‘n’ roll show for all, come lose yourself in the show and the music that will have you swinging in the aisles and jiving the night away! Come and take the journey back to the Class of 59!
ELVIS PRESLEY – Launching the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence, we’ll re-live Presley’s string of hits that captivated and liberated the teenage audience of the 50’s including Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, All Shook Up and Jailhouse Rock.
BUDDY HOLLY – Pioneering Rock and Roll in the 50’s with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses and the ever so engaging and charismatic figure with his vocal hiccup spanning a career that lasted only two short years, but brought with it a wealth of material that made a lasting impact on popular music including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy!, Maybe Baby and Rave On. 2019 marks 60 years since Holly’s death.
BILL HALEY – Labeled as “the father of rock and roll” and credited by many with first popularizing rock and roll in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley and the Comets and their hit song Rock Around The Clock – an anthem for rebellious fifties youth that changed the face of Rock and Roll – Haley, for most of the Fifties, was a presence on the record charts with hits including See You Later, Alligator, R.O.C.K., The Saints Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rip It Up, Rudy’s Rock and Skinny Minnie.
JERRY LEE LEWIS – Jerry Lee Lewis came to fame in 1957 and dubbed the wild man of rock and roll, embodying its most reckless and high-spirited impulses. Jerry Lee Lewis is on such piano-pounding rockers from the late Fifties as Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Great Balls of Fire, and Crazy Arms.
THE BIG BOPPER – Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson Jr. – also known as The Big Bopper – possessed a rockabilly charisma that made him an early rock and roll standout. Best known for his 1958 Chantilly Lace, The Big Bopper perished in a plane crash in a snow-covered Iowa field in 1959 along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.