Saturday night was very special. I was having dinner with 3 of my pals, Vicky Sullivan, Lee Volpe, and Melissa Weaver at Primo Ristorante. We were going to see Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota!
Our thought was that Frankie is now 83 years old and we did not have high expectations for the show. We figured we would stay for a few songs! Well, we were soooo wrong!
The Van Wezel was SOLD OUT! From the minute the show started, the crowd was mesmerized! Frankie was accompanied by his 4 backup singers, a 3-piece horn section…. trumpet, sax and trombone, keyboard player, guitar player, bass player, drummer, musical director and a full state of the art sound system and light show.
Frankie could not have been better. He sang for almost 2 straight hours, taking a couple of minute break to change his jacket. We all sang with him! The favorites- Sherry, Dawn, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On, Grease, Stay, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and so many more. He brought down the house when we all sang and danced to December, 1963 (Oh What A Night) His voice sounded like he was in his 20’s again! He hit all of the high notes. They also did a few new songs from their latest CD, Romancing the 60’s!
To say I was surprised was an understatement. Vicky, Melissa, Lee and I sang every song, danced in the aisle, laughed and I saw a tear or two.
Thank you Frankie Valli. Your brought back my childhood on Saturday night. You were spectacular. I look forward to you coming back to the Van Wezel next year.
Photos from Facebook and Vicky Sullivan / Rock The Lens Photography