Video Saturday – Roy Orbison

I keep coming back to this, the whole gig on Youtube, one of those nights when you just wish you were there.

Not that I was a huge Roy Orbison fan of course, why I’ve never worn dark glasses indoors or taken up the side parting slightly chubby around the chops nerdy look so beloved of himself and his true fans, but there is something to admire here.

Certainly something to admire among his musician friends for on stage with him that night were members of Elvis’s old backing band, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne and JD Souther, the female vocalists being KD Lang, Jennifer Warne and Bonnie Raitt, yes you have heard of them.

Putting the orchestra in dark glasses is a touch of class too.

And of course this very area of Northern England has its own claim to Roy Orbison fame for it was here in 1968 in the very venerable Batley Variety Club that he met his second wife, ah yes, Batley Variety Club, Jimmy Corrigan’s chic chicken-in-a-basket music theatre in a shitty little rag town with a disco and a fight to round off the night, the venue that attracted every A List star of the 1960s and 70s, until I went to see “Guys ‘n Dolls” (the awful 1970s singing sextet, not the musical) there one night and it signalled the fall from grace.


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