Billy Fury Story - Halfway to Paradise
17th April 2012
The show opened strong, on what would have been Billy’s 72nd Birthday!
We were immediately provided with the original line up of Fury’s
Tornado’s, Fury’s backing band.
Billy’s stand in, a former ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ act,
sang very well and did Billy justice, but at times he looked a little
more like Freddy Star! The appearance of Fury’s old musical producer
on the piano was a good bonus. It was nice, to see the band enjoying themselves
on Billy’s’ Birthday,
The Band’s music was reinforced on stage by the presence of a huge
projector screen, showing footage of earlier live shows of Fury’s
Tornado’s throughout the years! This almost like for like mimicked
their live performance, depending which way you look at it! These ‘retro giving’s’
were also accompanied by a bad choice of 60’s and 70’s women’s
fashion photo stills!! It felt to be more than a little amateur. If this
was to ebb us into the atmosphere of times gone by, the audience with
an average age of 65 or over would not have been strolling down memory
lane! Considering the lack of Billy’s life story it was a shame
that a real sense of nostalgia was not evoked in visuals at least.
Overall, the show only lived up to the first half of its title and failed
to live up to expectations. Although the band played mostly well, particularly
the bass player, this was really all you got. It felt like a well rehearsed,
slightly chronological ‘cabaret act’. What, could have been,
The Scouse Legends ‘Buddy’, was more like a badly narrated
and poorly produced ’We Will Rock You’. Continuity, detail
and thrill factor were sadly lacking! If you went to find out
who ‘the real’ Billy Fury was, you would have been a little
disappointed! The tour continues across the UK. .. I wish them well, but
it wasn’t for me!