We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year and to share with you some lovely comments received following the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London in June.
We would also like to take this opportunity thank Dean, Robbie and Brian for arranging for us all to meet up with the Seasons and the band after both shows - we really appreciate all the help and support you have given to the Fan Club in arranging the best seats for us and for the get togethers after the shows – thank you. Dean also very kindly let us have some of the surplus tour brochures and mugs following the cancellation of the other 5 UK concerts – thank you Dean that was a really kind gesture. If anyone would like a tour brochure or a mug then please contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
What a fantastic year it has been and, of course we have lots to look forward to in 2014 with the opening of Jersey Boys The Movie next June and hopefully we may be able to get some tickets for the Premier of the movie in New York and London.
Some Reminiscing – The UK 2013 Tour:
“A big, big thank-you to Lynn, Ray and the team for organising the UK fans' response to the Royal Albert Hall performance by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It was totally fitting that Lynn and Ray should be featured in the 50th anniversary programme (issued on the 51st anniversary!). Thanks to the UK Appreciation Society, we not only had access to the best seats in the house but we were able to meet Robby, Landon, Brandon, Brian, Todd and Roland ... not to mention maths expert Johnny Hornsby who had flown in from the USA for the occasion. Hey Johnny, you finally discovered why our favourite music still knocks 'em dead in the UK! Have you ever experienced anything like this before?
“I had the week of my life on my recent trip to London to see Frankie at his two Royal Albert Hall shows. The UK fans respond so much more enthusiastically than most of the US audiences I've seen. For about the final 1/3 of the show, fans were up on their feet and dancing....while this happens toward the end of shows, it started much earlier during the show, to my surprise. Frankie's still got it. I was able to meet many wonderful UK fans, some of which I had never met in person. I've corresponded with George Ingram since the 1970s, and was finally able to meet him. Lynn Boleyn did a fantastic job organizing the fan gatherings, and Ray and Avril Nichol took me under their wings to take me around London. I saw also Mike Taylor, John Pingree, Dawn Gates, Tina (Gypsy woman), Dave Quick, Mick Holloway, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some others. What a great group. We had two gatherings at the Three Greyhounds Pub, and in addition to the two Valli shows, Ray and I attended a matinee of Jersey Boys. The cast was excellent”.
Johnny Hornsby (Fallen Angel), Mandeville, LA
“Whilst I appreciate a mention in the dispatches most of the credit must go
to Lynn, her endless work is incredible and also Mike Taylor needs to be
included for his generosity in supplying everyone with caps, pens, photos and
discs. A lot of credit must also go to everyone that showed up, it really
fired the event just meeting everyone. I can honestly say the atmosphere
was very stimulating. So Dawn, Dave and Phillip thanks for the kind words and thanks to everyone else for being the great team players that you are.
Ray Nichol, Tyne & Wear
I totally agree, without the hard work put in by Lynn and Ray the meetings and show events would not have that extra sparkle that hard work and dedication bring. Also we must not forget that these are both people with families and their own lives to lead so the fact that they find time to do all the organising for us Seasons fans is even more amazing, and I for one feel truly honoured to be part of their circle. Of course there are some others in the support network who deserve a mention, like the guy who supplied the pens hats and foto scans each year, Mike Taylor. The Monday pre show pub meets are a great idea and a great time to see all familiar faces and meet a few new ones like Johnny Hornsby from the USA who proved to be a real gentleman and a true ambassador for the US fans and collectors. I also had a great time!
Dave Quick, London
“Thank you for arranging our seating area and the meet up before the shows we
appreciate all you do for us. Andy, my husband, was unable to come this time but my
friend Val was so taken with Frankie she thought he put on a fantastic show and wants to come again next time”!!
Chris Wright, Essex
“Angie and I would like to thank you for arranging the seating areas where the REAL fans were given privileged seats to enjoy the MAN and the music we have appreciated over the years”
Gerry Forbes, Scotland
“I wanted to say thank you for adding me to the fan club group so that I was able to book those front row tickets for the show. I couldn't quite believe it when I saw where we were sitting, I imagined we'd be to one side, not right in the middle! My friend and I thought the show was fabulous and Frankie was on good form considering he'd been ill, singing all the favourites including ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Stay’ which are my favourites. Thank you so much for inviting us to stay and meet everyone after the show. I'll keep my fingers crossed that Frankie and the boys are over again before too long and in the meantime hope to see you at Jersey Boys before it changes theatres”.
Sue East, Essex
“Lynn does so very much for the group and makes things happen that would not happen without her. I know for a fact that without her help, I would not have been on the front row for all these times, I would have been much further back wishing that I was up front, shaking hands with the man. Sadly, not getting to meet Frankie again, this year, was a little disappointing, but then we can't have everything now can we, but meeting the band after the show was great. It is so nice of Robby Robinson to arrange it and my thanks go to him too. Last year, I thought that nothing could compare to the experience of seeing Frankie perform live (I thought that it would never happen), but I was wrong. Even though last years initial excitement of seeing him live for the first time, will never be replicated, this year was just as good. Frankie sang his heart out and sounded outstanding. The voice, (in my opinion) was even stronger than last year. If Frankie has been ill, then I would like to hear him when he is in full health! Frankie looked relaxed and at ease, much more than he did last year and the whole show flowed with ease. I think that my nicest moment was when he said, "’Til next year" as he left the stage. That gave me hope that we will see him again. I hope that we will see him every year, wherever he is performing.
I spent a wonderful day with my friends and then met even more friends, old and new in the meet up at the pub. Then it was across the road to see Jersey Boys. This was my third time and it was brilliant. I saw my third Frankie (John Lee) and he was wonderful. After that, we went on to the main event at the Royal Albert Hall. There I met up with more friends and I could not have wished for a better day. I spent it with friends and then with Frankie, how good is that. I am still reeling from it all”.
Dawn Gates, Sheffield, UK
A 1963 Concert for $1.50!
We have also received this from Ray Ricci in Newport, USA who said “this is a recollection of my first Four Seasons concert. I just wanted to share some thoughts as a fan along with a little historical perspective from my point of view”
My First Four Seasons Concert (Before “Dawn”)
November 11, 1963 was Veterans Day here in America. Not only was it a day out of school but it afforded me the opportunity to see, for the first time, my favorite group -The Four Seasons.
Being hooked on “Sherry” from the start I was so pleased that I would actually get to see them in person. Up until this point pop groups, save the odd TV appearance, usually traveled from city to city as part of a “Cavalcade of Stars” on tour busses sponsored by chewing gum companies or the local radio stations.
I believe in Britain during this same time period you enjoyed lots of different venues to experience all the popular bands. I think, with some exception, the media here didn’t treat pop acts with the same legitimacy.
Here, it was an afternoon venue at a movie house. (The Columbus Theater, Providence, RI) For $1.50 you were able to see a film (Bye, Bye Birdie) second run, of course, a local jazz combo and then the Four Seasons. The theater wasn’t full, by any means. It wasn’t a very well sponsored event, just a small ad a few days before in the local newspaper mixed in with the current movie selections. At this point in their career they recently released their first “Golden Hits” LP. They were coming off a decent summer with “Candy Girl/Marlena” and VJ recently released “New Mexican Rose/That’s The Only Way”.
The set up was minimal. Bob used an upright piano while Tommy and Nick were on their respective guitars. I didn’t know who the drummer was, could have been a local hire or even Ron Roach.
The set list included the hits even “Bermuda” and probably some of their earlier Four Lovers material. It wasn’t a polished act as they would later be known for. The only real comedic part was when some girl approached the stage to take a photo. They were in the middle of a song and suddenly stopped, put down their instruments and posed for the photo while trying to get in front of one another for the best possible position. The crowd laughed, they then resumed the song.
I do remember that Frankie’s vocals were strong. He hit all the notes exactly like the recordings while the background vocals were a little weak but audible. Remember this was way before sound systems and mixing boards were used.
They didn’t do the aforementioned new release…I was a little disappointed…maybe they knew that the record was going nowhere or that they wouldn’t see any profits. Perhaps they didn’t do them because, as I would later find out, they hadn’t learned the songs yet (the backing tracks employed mostly session musicians).
What I also didn’t know was at this time they were without a record contract. They either just recorded or were about to record “Dawn” and were trying to find a label. Wow! Who would have thought that in their first full year of popularity this was even an issue. On top of that, this concert took place only days before the Kennedy assassination. It seemed that the whole record industry would be on hold and probably further delayed negotiations and subsequently releasing “Dawn” some months later.
In addition to these events, the Beatles were becoming noticed here and would soon change everything about popular music and concert going…probably for the better.
I personally believe that these events also prevented “Dawn” from becoming their fourth number one record but, curiously, made the Four Seasons product stronger in the few years to come.