Monday, 18 December 2017

There are only three steps to a rock ‘n’ roll heaven

ROCK ‘n’ roll arrived on our shores from America in the late Fifties but it was the legendary 1960 tour of American superstars Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran that first gave British devotees a real opportunity to see their idols in the flesh, writes Lesley Potter.

Now a trio of concerts at the New Theatre in Oxford next week will help recreate those heady days for rock ‘n’ roll fans — as well as helping to beat off the cold January blues.

The first of the concerts is a recreation of the music of Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7 and 8. The concert will revisit the songs they sang during their 1960 tour, including C’mon Everybody, Three Steps To Heaven and Be-Bop-A-Lula, as well as a few other numbers originally sung by Billy Fury and Joe Brown.

This is followed by Three Steps To Heaven on Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, a tribute to the dream team of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. In real life the three stars never played together on stage but this tribute will aim to create the concert that never was.

The final night, on Saturday, January 11, is the Winter Dance Party, which recreates Buddy Holly’s last historic concert.

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