Oh Boy, Buddy’s back in worldwide tour

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers in action
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers in action
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It’s been wowing the crows from California to Cardiff, and now it’s the Fylde coast’s turn to declare “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy.”

For Buddy Holly and the Cricketers are at the Grand Theatre on Friday, with a show that promises to get the audience up and dancing in the aisles.

Having a British show about an American legend, then taking it to the States, is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle

Those who love vintage rock ’n’ roll and Buddy Holly in particular are in for a treat.

Making a return to the Fylde coast after a November gig at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall, the show has won plaudits from critics across the country.
The American music icon himself was tragically killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, aged just 22.

In the year before he died, Buddy toured Britain for the only time, and instead of bringing his American band with him, home-grown musicians had the chance to play as his backing group.

In the North West, Buddy visited Wigan and Liverpool during March 1958, and this show takes its inspiration from that tour.

The show is staged as though Buddy himself is on that tour.

Buddy is introduced by the MC, and then he’s on stage, chatting to the audience and ready to put on a show.

The band will be performing all the favourite songs that have gone on to become classics – Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day, Oh Boy!, Raining in My Heart, Heartbeat, True Love Ways and many more.

The show’s producer and co-founder, Simon Fielder, launched the show in 1992 and since then there have been thousands of performances, from Barking to Bangkok.

Simon said: “Having a British show about an American legend, then taking it to the States, is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle.

“When we took it to Texas, Buddy’s home state, it was an amazing experience – they loved it.” The boys will be interacting with the audience and everyone will have the chance to get up and dance in the aisles

Tickets for the Friday-only show start at £19 and are available from (01253) 290190, or via www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.

The show starts at 7.30pm and runs until around 10pm.