A 50s rock and roll hero will be brought back to life at the Grand Theatre on Sunday.
Halfway To Paradise – The Billy Fury Story marks the year that would have seen the star turn 75. The original Tornados band will recall their time with him, playing the timeless hits – Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more – with Colin Gold recreating Fury’s vocals.
Band member Chris Raynor said the Tornados were Fury’s longest running band, working with him originally from 1962-3, then from 1970 until his retirement later that decade due to ill health – and had even been talking about reuniting in the early 80s, shortly before his death.
“At the time, we probably didn’t realise we were working with such a huge name, but as the years went by it made more sense, “ he said. “In the 60s there were so many acts and Billy was one of those who’s become a national treasure. Even now we are finding things out about Billy, he was actually quite a prolific poet which we’ve incorporated into the show – but don’t worry it’s just a moment, not some big recital.”
With Billy’s loyal fans behind them, Chris said they were still enjoying playing the classics, especially with Colin on board as lead singer.
* Halfway To Paradise – The Billy Fury Story, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Sunday. Call (01253 290190 to book.