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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”!
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.
We have been informed by Kenney Street Enterprises – many thanks Nikki and Flick – that Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons are to tour the UK again next year and they have arranged special front arena tickets for the fan club. Details are as follows:
Thursday 20th April - Birmingham Genting Arena
Friday 21st April - Bournemouth BIC
Sunday 23rd April - London - The O2 Arena
(Tuesday 25th April – Edinburgh Playhouse – Please see below re this event by DF Concerts)
Wednesday 26th April - Leeds First Direct Arena
Thursday 27th April - Manchester Arena
Fan club tickets for the above shows (except Edinburgh) will be ring fenced and are £75 and the link to purchase tickets will be sent out to fan club members. Tickets to the general public will go on sale on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. but the fan club tickets will be available until sales have either slowed down or sold out!
Frankie is also playing Edinburgh on 25th April but we do not have special fan club tickets for that show as this through DF Concerts and not Kennedy Street – sorry! Tickets for Edinburgh go on sale on Thursday morning 8 September at 9 a.m. and can be booked here:
If anyone wishes to purchase cheaper tickets please use the following link (however this is a general link and not ring fenced – these tickets are listed below the front row tickets mentioned above so you will need to scroll down to those tickets to order them:
Coverage on the BBC TV - Viewers can watch extracts from all four Proms in the Park via the Red Button and at www.bbc.co.uk/proms on the evening of Saturday 10th September from 19.15 p.m, as well as highlights from all of the events afterwards online, for 30 days.
One Show/This Morning
Frankie will be on the One Show on Thursday 8 September at 7.00-7.30pm