Oh What A Night! Hyde Park, London, Saturday 10 September 2016 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons headlining at the patriotic Last Night Of The Proms in the UK with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by the very talented Robby Robinson in front of 40,000 people. Unbelievable!
Live on Radio 2 and also streamed live across the world “Grease” started although only instrumentally at first due to something being wrong with the sound system – it would appear the microphones were not working - and then there were great cheers from the crowd when they could eventually hear Frankie singing!
Next was “Dawn” and then “My Eyes Adored You”. The live stream unfortunately for some reason cut out “Grease”, “Dawn” and also later in the show “Rag Doll”.
BBC Radio 2 fortunately has all 12 songs plus the short interview between Michael Ball and Frankie Valli after his spot and before crossing live to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional “knees up”!
You can hear the whole show here on Radio 2:
The songs in order were
Grease (starting at 3.56.21)
My Eyes Adored You
Who Loves You
December ’63 Oh What A Night
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Sherry/Walk Like A Man/Big Girls Don’t Cry Medley
Bye Bye Baby
Let’s Hang On
Frankie Valli Interview with host Michael Ball (starting at 4.36.00)
You can watch the video of Frankie Valli in Hyde Park again on BBC iPlayer here:
(Frankie on stage around 2.15.17)
It as good to see Landon Beard back in the line-up but sorry Larry Lingle was not there.
Those at home certainly had a better view than the VIP guests who unfortunately were right at the back of the park – they said watching Frankie and the Four Seasons on stage was like watching ants in a jar!
A bit disappointing at £408 a ticket but as least they all have front row tickets for the up and coming shows in April next year when Mark Garvey is hoping Frankie Valli will sign his Jersey Boys tattoo he has recently had done – ouch!!
Some of them were lucky enough to meet with Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons and the band back at their hotel on the Friday evening and had a lovely evening chatting to them all including Bill DeLoach – a former member of the Four Seasons in the 1970’s. They were even treated to a rendition of "Surfer Girl" by the Four Seasons, a track from their new CD – details here:
It looks like the guys had an awesome time too meeting Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and James Galloway.
Comments and Reviews:
Somehow watching 40,000 people singing along to Frankie brought tears to my eyes, only 40 minutes but well worth it. We left after Frankie's set but not before Mylo, our 7 year old Grandson, heard that there was a tour in April, he immediately asked if he could go, luckily thanks to Lynn we have front row seats in Manchester so now Mylo is working out how to shake Frankies hand and get his autograph!
It was a good set but first couple of mins Frankies mike was dead. I did think a couple of times there was some heavy vocal enhancement going on electronically. Just once he missed a cue at it was noticeable that he wasn't singing but his vocals were there. Not complaining because for 82 he is doing really well.
I watched things from home in an armchair with a glass of whisky. I didn't care much for any of the support acts, so I was looking forward to the headline act, and as Michael Ball said the show was going to end on a high note, and it sure did, mind you I felt Frankie struggled on the first two numbers, especially Who Loves You, but after that it was top gear all the way and like Brian I got emotional halfway through just thinking of the times when the songs were released and also all the wonderful people I've made friends with through the music.
Ray, Tyne & Wear
By Lynn E Boleyn MBE