Billy Fury classics to get airing at show

Fury's Tornados
Fury's Tornados

BILLY Fury fans will be in for a treat in Skegness this Saturday when his old band will perform his hits.

‘Halfway to Paradise - The Billy Fury Story’ is set to take to the stage of the Embassy Theatre at 7.30pm on April 14.

“In 1983, Britain lost one of its most treasured, iconic, rock and roll stars, while his band lost their valued friend and lead singer to a long-term heart problem,” said a spokesperson.

“After mourning their loss, the band began to dream of carrying on the legend, recapturing the memories of yesteryear and providing fans with a nostalgic taste of their lost idol.

“It was not until 1996 that a young man, bearing a spine-tingling familiarity, appeared on television screens across the country and announced, “Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be Billy Fury”.

“Colin Gold went on to stun Fury’s Tornados with a performance that perfectly recreated the sound and sight of the original rocker. From that moment on, the band’s dream suddenly had a chance of being fulfilled and soon afterwards, The Billy Fury Story was born.

“At the height of Billy’s fame in the 60s, only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard secured more records in the UK Top 20.

“Timeless hits such as I Will, Jealousy, It’s Only Make Believe and, of course, Halfway to Paradise will be performed on stage in a two-hour spectacular show that includes a narration of Billy’s life, from his humble beginnings working the River Mersey tug-boats through to his music success, and exclusive screen footage of the man himself in action with Fury’s Tornados.”

Lead guitarist, and unofficial organiser of the band, Chris Raynor added: “It’s been over 25 years since we lost Billy and while he will never be replaced in our hearts and minds we do hope to offer the fans, new and old alike, a show to remember him by.”

Tickets to the concert cost £18.50 for adults, £17.50 for over 60s and £10 for children. Call 0845 674 0505 or visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk.