Wilde party heading for Opera House

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THERE’S a great party coming up and we’re all invited...

Marty Wilde’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party is a package tour starring some of Britain’s foremost stars of the Sixties.

A young Marty Wilde. Photo contributed.

A young Marty Wilde. Photo contributed.

As part of a 30-date national tour, Marty Wilde, John Leyton and Eden Kane, backed by The Wildcats, will be performing all their greatest hits at Buxton Opera House on Saturday November 10, at 7.30pm.

The success of these nostalgia tours owes a debt to the music as Wilde, speaking from his home recently, explained.

“Rock and Roll has always maintained it’s popularity,” he said. “And that’s because, at the time it had a momentous effect – a terrific impact, and the influence has stretched through the years even to today’s bands.”

A true legend of British rock ‘n’ roll, Wilde began his chart career in 1958 with a string of five Top Ten hits. Endless Sleep and Donna were followed by his biggest success Teenager In Love, then Sea of Love and Bad Boy. He had another eight hits, returning to the Top Ten again with Rubber Ball.

Wilde is also a songwriter of note, having penned hits for Lulu (I’m a Tiger) and Status Quo (Ice in the Sun). Along with son Ricky, he masterminded the career of his daughter Kim and another daughter, Roxanne will be special guest on some of the shows on the current tour.

Despite reaching the age of 73, Wilde still sings his greatest hit Teenager in Love: “I’d be hung if I didn’t. I might be 73, but there’s no substitute for the original songs being sung by the original singers, which is why we keep doing these great tours.

“I’m looking forward to the tour immensely. I’m looking forward to performing with two people I’ve known for a long time; they really are lovely people.”

And what can we expect to hear?

“Well, basically all the hits,” he added. “I’ll do most of mine and maybe some Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Elvis.”

Whatever is played, we can all expect a rockin’ good time as three heart-throbs of the British Rock ‘n’ Roll era get on stage to perform all the hits we know and love.

Tickets for Marty Wilde’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, priced £22.50 and £24.50, are available from Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.