Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jersey Boy - My hand to God!

'Oh What a Night' it was Friday November 6, when Frankie Valli, the original Jersey boy with the golden falsetto, and his current Four Seasons line-up croon for fans in a rare concert appearance at Toronto's Massey Hall.
The show was good, with a 10 piece band (5 members of the brass section were Toronto musicians)and 4 young Four Seasons (nice eye candy)to back him up.
Massey Hall is an incredible venue for concerts, the sound is awesome and the seats ensure everyone has an excellent view ofthe stage.
Frankie sang for 2 solid hours without an intermission which really kept the audience engaged. He is 75 years old!
It was absolutely packed, mainly with people of his generation.
I knew he was short...but,man he really is even with heels on his shoes. And really lose the earrings!

He gave an excellent plug for saying he had eaten twice there and it was the most authentic Italian ever. Guess he also gave them tickets to theshow as they were in the audience.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are a veritable institution in rock and roll history, selling over a staggering 175 million records in their 40 year career. The group garnered 29 Top 40 hits, which included such beloved classics as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," and "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)". In 1990, Valli, along with fellow original members of the Four Seasons, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While remaining an active member of the Four Seasons, Valli branched out as a solo artist in 1966. That same year, he scored a Top 40 hit with "You're Gonna Hurt Yourself," following it up the next year with the Gaudio/Crewe composed classic "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which earned him a number 2 spot in the charts. In 1974 Valli was back on top of the charts, going platinum with the wistful ballad "My Eyes Adored You." Valli earned another number one hit with his recording of the theme song from the 1979 film version of 'Grease.'
The hits stemming from the Four Seasons' extensive musical catalogue spawned the Tony-award winning hit musical Jersey Boys. The musical, which continues to electrify audiences of all ages across North America, chronicles the tumultuous times of the blue-collar foursome who hailed from the wrong side of the tracks. Night after night, the show plays to sold-out audiences who are taken on a reflective, toe-tapping musical journey, from the group's pitch perfect harmonization under a streetlamp to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Toronto production, currently playing at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, has captured the musical heart of the city and has been extended for a second year to accommodate the ongoing overwhelming demand for tickets.

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