EACH time Scot Robin takes to the stage as Buddy Holly, he aims to take the audience back to a time where things were easier.
The Adelaide-based performer has been the star of tribute show Buddy’s Back! for 17 years.
Robin describes the show as a celebration of Holly’s music, not a history lesson.
‘‘It’s reliving his legacy,’’ he says. ‘‘He (Holly) had so many hit songs in such a short period. He was a pioneer – he had legend status.’’
Robin says people remember the 1950s as an era of ‘‘happy days’’.
‘‘It was an innocent, wonderful time when things were easy,’’ he says.
‘‘The show is like stepping back in time. It’s good fun – contagious fun.’’
Robin’s two-hour show features more than 30 Holly hits including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Raining in my Heart, Rave On and Oh Boy!.
‘‘I can sing like him and have been studying his accent and mannerisms for a long time,’’ Robin says.
He says his close attention to detail keeps Holly’s spirit alive.
‘‘The show makes for a great night out. We will have a ball,’’ he says.
‘‘This is our 17th year, so the show really stands the test of time. We got it right from day one and it’s been building ever since.’’
In 2004, Robin performed in Holly’s hometown – Lubbock, Texas – to celebrate Buddy Holly Week, an annual event set up by Paul McCartney.
Robin says meeting Holly’s family was ‘‘a brilliant experience’’.
‘‘(His family) welcomed me with open arms,’’ Robin says.
‘‘I got to jam with the original band. It was humbling. They love what we are doing. Getting the thumbs-up from his family was the best compliment I have ever had.’’
plays Twin Towns on Saturday.