Middleton Guardian - - MIDDLETON PEOPLE -

IT’S 60 years this month since Buddy Holly and his band came to Eng­land and played a hand­ful of shows in theatres around the coun­try, shows which were to end up be­ing his only ones in the UK be­fore his un­timely death a year later in Fe­bru­ary 1959 in the tragic plane crash which also took the lives of fel­low rock­ers Richie Valens and The Big Bop­per.

To com­mem­o­rate the se­ries of shows Buddy played here, leg­endary trib­ute Buddy Holly and The Crick­eters have teamed up with the English Rock Orches­tra, and are in the mid­dle of a huge na­tion­wide tour which vis­its some of the theatres Buddy Holly played on the ex­act dates 60 years ago.

The tour fin­ishes this Sun­day night in Manch­ester at the Opera House. Buddy Holly never vis­ited our city, and when I asked the show’s pro­ducer why this cur­rent tour was fin­ish­ing here, I was told ‘be­cause it’s about time we put that right’. The show is a cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­sic cre­ated in the short life of Buddy Holly, with­out whom we wouldn’t know mu­sic as it is now. He was a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the likes of The Bea­tles and The Rolling Stones, he was the first rock n roll star to use an orches­tra on his hits, and as John Len­non said, he was the man who made it cool to wear glasses.

Be­fore his death Buddy told a re­porter he would like to live in Eng­land, as once rock n roll dies the next mu­si­cal pe­riod will be brought to life in the UK. How right he was. Buddy Holly and The Crick­eters with the English Rock Orches­tra play at Manch­ester Opera House, this Sun­day. Tickets avail­able from the venue box of­fice.

Buddy Holly

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