This faithful tribute opens with a blistering set of hits from Roy Orbison including heartbroken ballads and bluesy rockers like "Only the Lonely"(US#2 & AUS#5 in 1960), "Running Scared" (US#1 & AUS#5 in 1961), "Crying" (US#2 & AUS#1 in 1961), "Mean Woman Blues" (US#5 & AUS#1 in 1963) and "Oh! Pretty Woman," (#1 in 1964) among many others by Australian performer Jon O Nicholson.
The second set pays homage to musical icon Buddy Holly, who was considered one of the finest pioneers of rock and roll. With hit songs like "That'll Be the Day" (#1 in 1957), "Peggy Sue" (#3 in 1957), Oh Boy! (#10 in 1957), "Maybe Baby" (#17 in 1958) and "Rave On!" (#37 in 1958), you'll also hear many more that spanned over his short but legendary career.
Scott Cameron as Buddy Holly. Photo: Justin McManus
Starring 26 year old Scott Cameron as Buddy Holly, the similarities between Cameron and Buddy Holly are remarkable. He delivered a stunningly realistic performance of the legendary icon in previous productions, including the international smash hit musical Buddy, Buddy The Concert,Elvis Meets Buddy and more recently The Class of 59.
Quite simply, the story of Roy Orbison could not be told without Buddy Holly. Both native Texans, Orbison grew up in the towns of Vernon, Fort Worth and Wink, whilst Holly was born and bred in the nearby town of Lubbock.
Having performed at the same local venues and shopped at the same guitar shops, the pair also wrote and recorded at the same New Mexico studios, Norman Petty Studios which would go on to impact the future of music.
The majority of Buddy's noteworthy recordings were crafted within those studio walls, and after his tragic 1959 death, Norman Petty added instrumentation and production to many unfinished Holly tracks. Roy Orbison would also craft his signature tune there, 'Oh Pretty Woman', which became the soundtrack to the 1990 romantic comedy 'Pretty Woman' starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
Buddy Holly & The Crickets publicity portrait for Coral Records. Photo: Wikimedia
Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison have both been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The pair first collaborated on Holly's 1957 debut album with The Crickets which featured two Orbison covers. Holly went on to record many of Orbison's songs in his lifetime.
Proving that the demand for rock and roll is very much alive, be prepared to 'Rave On' in over two hours of non stop hits spanning three incredible decades of music for Buddy 'n' Roy - Together 'n' Alone!
Scott Cameron as 'Buddy' and Jon O Nicholson as 'Roy Orbison'. Photo: Happy Days Records
This is an awesome opportunity, 1st saw Scott Cameron as Buddy on the music themed cruise called Rock The Boat by Choose Your Cruise in 2011.
We were lucky enough to have him on board all week from Sydney to Noumea and back again. Saw him perform nearly every day, he is worth going to see just for his guitar talent, would have to be in the top 100 guitarists in the world.
Scott Cameron's performance is fantastic. I saw his show and was wrapped in his acting, singing and how faithful the music was to Buddy Holly's sound and his story. Well done - give yourself a treat and rock on to a great show. ***** out of *****
Your advertising is dishonest. This is not Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. It's two unknowns without their own voice who are cashing in on the fact that they can impersonate great singers from the past and using the legal loophole of it being a 'tribute'. This is just another typical Australian ripoff using minor talent instead of genuine greats. And we wonder why the world laughs.