By Alan Davies
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
THE songs of The Moody Blues, Cliff Richard and The Hollies can all be heard at a special concert in Potters Bar next week.
NIGHTS in White Satin, He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother), Carrie and Do Wah Diddy – just some of the classic singles that can be heard in Potters Bar next weekend.
The Moody Blues musician Gordy Marshall is debuting a new show featuring the songs at the Wyllyotts Theatre.
Marshall, who has been touring as the drummer for The Moody Blues for the past 23 years, has put together a fabulous production celebrating the music of the very best of British classic rock and pop.
He has assembled a crack team of top professional musicians and singers, all of whom are directly associated with the artists being celebrated in the show.
Reflections of a Rock & Roll Tour offers the hits of Cliff Richard, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Manfreds and Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, faithfully recreated at the Wyllyotts on Friday, September 21, in what will be the very first outing for the show.
Marshall told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The music of these particular artists interested me, not only because it’s great music, from what is very quickly becoming considered a renaissance period in contemporary music, but also because some of my closest friends have worked with them… and in most cases still do.
“My best friend, our keyboard player Paul Bliss, toured with me for nearly 20 years in The Moody Blues, a great friend of mine, the guitarist Huw Davies, played with me on Jeff Wayne’s arena tour of The War of the Worlds, our bass player Marcus Cliffe plays bass and sings with The Manfreds and my cherry on the top is Peter Howarth – we’ve been the best of friends since our early teens – who just happens to be the current lead singer with The Hollies.
“Peter has also been recording and touring with Cliff Richard for 25 years, and both Huw and I have worked with Cliff on occasions.
“With such a world-class band sitting in my address book, I asked them all to become part of this great new show called Reflections of a Rock & Roll Tour. All in all, it’s one hell of a band.”
Marshall has had a very busy year. His first book, Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour, was published by Splendid Books earlier this month.
A witty and wry take on life on the road touring with The Moody Blues, it is described as “part memoir, part travelogue” and “a candid, unexpected and often hilarious account of just what it’s like to travel around the world playing to sell-out audiences, living out of a suitcase and spending days and days on a tour bus, with the legendary rock band The Moody Blues”.
* Tickets for Reflections of a Rock & Roll Tour on Friday, September 21 cost £18, and £17 concessions, and can be obtained from the Wyllyotts box office on 01707 645005.