Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn – Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Reviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams


If you’re like us and a huge fan of the legend whom the hit song ‘American Pie’ was dedicated to (together with the other musicians who tragically lost their lives in the same plane crash) then this show will certainly be of interest to you. We were not only looking forward to hearing all of our favourite Buddy Holly numbers, but intrigued to find out just how accurate a tribute Marc Robinson pays to Holly, especially keen to find out if he lived up to his number one tribute to Buddy Holly accolade.

We were not disappointed, not only did Robinson resurrect the tragic hero live on stage with an uncanny singing voice and amazing guitar skills, the backing group who go by the name of The Counterfeit Crickets were also spot on and extremely talented. Opening with ‘Peggy Sue’ was an excellent choice and immediately had the audience jigging in their seats, we were also impressed that Robinson stayed in character throughout and continued to impersonate Buddy Holly in between the hits that rocked The Gatehouse Theatre. We enjoyed ‘Tell Me How’, ‘Rave On’ and ‘Heartbeat’ to name but a few and we were fascinated with the anecdotes about which tunes were B sides and to learn that Paul Anka wrote ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ in his teens.

One of the special touches added to the show was the authenticity of ‘Everyday’ as the drummer from the Counterfeit Crickets slapped his thighs all the way through the number which we were informed was exactly what the drummer did when the song was recorded. On reflection, and having listened to ‘Everyday’ again, since we can hear the difference. There were similar factual treats in store throughout – but we won’t spoil them all for you!

This show is un-missable, we could have watched it all again in the same night and will be sure to be watching again sometime in the future. The show changes from venue to venue with other tribute artists added to the mix, including Connie Francis and Elvis Presley but we can report that it’s a first class evening out with just ‘Buddy’ at the helm!

Visit http://www.easytheatres.com/concert-shows/buddy-holly/ to find out tour dates and further details and watch the youtube video included in this review to find out just how like his hero Marc Robinson is.

See our interview with Marc, here: https://breakalegreviewblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/interview-with-marc-robinson-aka-buddy-holly-tribute/


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