OUR BEST BUDDY

Aus­tralian Scot Robin has won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim play­ing rock ‘n’ roll leg­end Buddy Holly more than 1000 times over two decades

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - THERESE MUR­RAY

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.

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