Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Celebrity Theatre
Date: Sunday January 20th, 2019
I was very young when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came out with the chart busting #1 hits, “Sherry” and “Walk Like A Man” in 1962 and 1963. However, my sister is 6 years older then me and she listened to all of these songs so I got exposed to her music and learned to love it. I remember hearing the songs on the AM radio in my parent’s car and the tiny AM radio we had at home.
This was the second night that Frankie performed at the Celebrity Theatre. Frankie’s orchestra was in the pit behind the round stage leaving the stage open to Frankie and the Four Seasons. If you remember seeing bands in the early sixties, the band was usually in the background and the singers were out front where they would sing and do small synchronized dance moves. For tonight’s performance there were 4 stools with mics on the stage that were for the members of the Four Seasons. Frankie just grabbed his mic and then roamed around the stage singing to different parts of the audience as the stage rotated. The Four Seasons either sat on the stools or stood at the mics singing. The Four Seasons would go through the arm and body moves as they sang just like the original band did in the sixties.
At first, I thought that Frankie was lip syncing because of the high notes he was hitting. But after a short time, I was close enough to the stage to actually hear Frankie as he sang and it was truly his voice. I am amazed that he still has his astonishing vocal range and he was able to hit the high notes. He truly is an extremely talented singer. The backup singers did a great job of backing up and providing the lower tones in the songs.
The show started with The Four Season coming out first and then Frankie joined them as they sang “Workin My Way Back to You”. They continued with “Dawn” and “Our Day Will Come”. Frankie and the band started out hot and continued punching out the hits. During the show, Frankie told stories about the different songs. The one story that stood out for me was when he decided to become a singer. His mother took him to New York City to see Frank Sinatra and after the show, he decided he wanted to do that.
They ended the set by performing there first two #1 hits in the US, “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. Frankie left the stage for a couple of minutes and then came back for a 2-song encore of “Rag Doll” and “Let’s Hang On”. During the encore, Frankie walked around the stage and shook hands with people in the front row.
If you have seen “Jersey Boys” then you got a great exposure to Frankie and the Four Seasons and their incredible music. However, to really get the full experience you need to see Frankie live. I am glad I finally got to see him and to my sister, HA HA HA HA, I saw him first.
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved
Workin My Way Back To You
Our Day Will Come
Tell It To The Rain
Under My Skin
Silence Is Golden
Swearin’ To God
My Eyes Adored You
Who Loves You
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Sherry/Big Girls Don’t Cry
Let’s Hang On