OUR BEST BUDDY
Australian Scot Robin has won international acclaim playing rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly more than 1000 times over two decades
If you want rock ’n’ roll at its very best, then you need to go back to where it all began. Which is exactly what Scot Robin will do as he takes to the stage at Jupiters Theatre this weekend to pay tribute to musical sensation Buddy Holly
During the two-hour production Robin, who played the lead role in the smash hit musical Buddy, will perform more than 30 Buddy Holly hits including That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Think It Over, Peggy Sue, Raining In My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways and Oh Boy!
Robin has received rave reviews and standing ovations worldwide for his portrayal of Buddy Holly and this year marks the 21st anniversary of Robin performing the role.
He played the lead role of Holly in the smash hit musical Buddy and was the first Australian to perform it.
He has since revisited the role more than 1000 times and has received international acclaim.
Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of modern popular music who died tragically in 1959 at the age of 22 in a plane crash.
Robin says the influence of his music is second to none.
“Buddy’s music the world over is massive,” Robin says. “He was a pioneer of rock ’n’ roll. People say without Buddy you would have no Elvis and no Beatles, so you have to do it right and appreciate these memories impressed into people.
“We haven’t had a bad show yet after all these years. I’ve got a good bunch of guys around me and at every gig the audiences are happy.
“Their feet start tapping and some are playing the drums on the table. And at the end of it all, they are walking out singing That’ll Be The Day.
“I sing That’ll Be The Day early in the show because people expect it. But then I bring it back at the end because you know people want to sing along and move to it. And they do.”
Robin is humbled by his band’s achievements.
“It feels as if it was meant to be for me,” he says. “We adore what we do. The crowds love it and everyone just keeps coming back.”
Robin has also performed in Holly’s home town of Lubbock, Texas, where he met the musician’s wife Maria Elena. She once flew to Australia to see him perform the role of her late husband at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. In September 2004 Robin also performed in Lubbock where he met the rest of Holly’s family during Buddy Holly Week.
“It was an amazing experience meeting Buddy’s family, his widow and some of the Crickets,’’ Robin says of the visit.
“They were able to tell me so much about Buddy which was a huge help to me. To play the role, obviously I had to do some research but there were no videos when Buddy was around and only a few clips from, say, The Ed Sullivan Show.
“I relied on people to tell me about Buddy, his mannerisms and the like and also read a lot about him.
“I never thought I would still be playing Buddy after 20 years.
“But it’s going so well, with shows booked into next year, and we’re returning to Lubbock this year to perform at Buddy Holly Week on our 21st anniversary.
“Buddy … he put so much into it. Here was a boy from Lubbock, Texas, who wanted to go to New York to make it into the big time.
“He did it. They told him rock stars don’t wear glasses, so he went out and bought bigger ones.
“They said rock stars don’t write their own music but he did. He was just awesome.’’
Scot Robin has been playing Buddy Holly for 21 years.