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Sun 3rd Feb at 3:00pm
Buddy Holly & The Counterfeit Crickets
@ Regis Centre & Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis
Also appearing: Marc Robinson & The Counterfeit Crickets
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Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party: Marc Robinson & The Counterfeit Crickets
On January 23rd 1959 Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion and the Belmonts embarked on 'The Winter Dance Party Tour', a tour that meant they would play 24 cities in just 3 weeks.
On March 2nd, problems with their tour bus led Buddy to charter a four- seater plane for the next leg of the tour. That night's performance was magical, as the fans went wild for their rock 'n' roll heroes as they played their biggest hits including The Wanderer (Dion and The Belmonts), Chantilly Lace (Big Bopper), La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) and
That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy! (Buddy Holly).
Just a few hours later the plane carrying Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper crashed just outside Mason City. There were no survivors.
In the historic performance on the anniversary of that tragic event, Marc Robinson (Stars in Your Eyes and The Buddy Holly Story) has put together a theatrical recreation of that historic last tour of 1959, in homage to his hero. ‘Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party’ stars Marc as Buddy and features the country' best Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and Dion tribute artistes, with support from The Counterfeit Crickets. It is a superbly authentic show, packed full of rock 'n' roll hits – 40 songs performed with the same raw
energy that the original artistes thrilled their audiences.
Image © Marc Robinson & The Counterfeit Crickets
Marc Robinson from Stars in Their Eyes, Buddy The Musical and also a founder member of Rockin’ on Heavens Door, delivers an accurate performance as he celebrates the music of the classic fifties icon himself; Buddy Holly.
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PO21 1BL 50.782642, -0.671820
Bookings: 01243 861010
→ Bognor Regis 7 min walk