Sunday 19th May 2013, 7.00 for 7.30pm, £15.00
with The Swinging Blue Jeans and Fat Old Dad
The Blue Jeans were formed as a semi-pro band in 1950, eventually changing their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans and turning professional in 1962. Following a number of successful resident engagements at such famous Liverpool clubs as The Mardi Fras and The Cavern, The 'Jeans' were offered resident seasons at The Star Club in Hamburg along side such Liverpool groups as The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers and The Merseybeats. In 1963, The Swinging Blue Jeans blasted their way into the charts with "Hippy Hippy Shake" which resuted in them appearing on the very first show of BBCs Top of The Pops. Due to the incredible international success of "Hippy Hippy Shake" the 'Jeans' were featured on every major pop TV show in Great Britain, Scandinavia and Europe. They also featured in no less than three feature films.
Hit singles were the norm "Good Golly Miss Molly, You're No Good, Don't Make Me Over and It's All Too Late" were all chart successes. Mixed in with the hit singles were two hit albums, 'Blue Jeans Swinging' and 'Swining Blue Jeans at The Cascade'.
The Swinging Blue Jeans are still one of the most popular of the authentic '60's bands. The annual tour commitments have included such countries as Germany, Austrialia, Swewden and New Zealand, to name but a few.
All the members of the Swinging Blue Jeans were raised with the excitement of Rock and Roll and its this type of background that remains in their live stage act. When you see them and hear them you will feel the excitement and understand what the '60's were all about.
It's an experience that will reach out and touch you....
Fat Old Dad celebrate their 30 years of entertainment in 2013, they started out on October 11th, 1983 and haven't looked back since. Later they were invited to appear at The MerseyBeatle Convention in Liverpool which is attended by 80,000 people from around the world and have appear in such prestigious venues as Arsenal Stadium and Oxford & Cambridgre Universities. Fat Old Dad have a unique insight into the music of the sixties - lead guitarist Martin Donald was formerly musical director to The Drifters, The Platters and Jimmy Ruffin and has performed with many of the legends of the sixties. Lead singer Geoff Thomas has appeared on many sixties shows featuring stars such as Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Merseybeats, The Tremoloes and The Supremes to name just a few. The two "Simons" are the driving force in the band, the mighty Simon Dove, who's drum feature has long been a big part of the show and Simon 'Rownsey' Rownes on bass and vocals - a fantastic talent who adds an amazing dimension to the group.
Together as Fat Old Dad they make the music of the Sixites come alive....
The Empire Theatre has a box office hot line number which is open from 12 noon to 10pm daily on 07778 025490 and is manned by the lovely Linda, you can also book you tickets on line by clicking on the Essex-Live.co.uk link below.