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Return Of The Kings Ltd Presents Paul Hopkins' Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show. 

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Roy Orbison * George Harrison * Bob Dylan * Tom Petty * Jeff Lynne

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Dear Fans,

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As you will  be aware, the Music Industry has been particularly hit and therefore all our shows for 2020 have been postponed.

 

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The UKs Top Traveling Wilburys Tribute

We usually start our set up at the theatre around 1pm. There are only 7 of us on the road. We don’t have any road crew, so the band set everything up on their own. This includes all PA, the musical instruments and backline, the projector and screen and everything else that you see on stage. This of course  means that at the end of the show, the whole band have to pack up all their equipment again, and load their own vans and cars! Due to the fact that the band are scattered all over the country, everyone generally travels on their own to the show. It is sometimes possible to share vehicles but not often. We don’t have the luxury of a tour bus yet!

 

It takes the whole afternoon to get everything ready. We then start our sound check around 5.30pm. Hopefully, if we dont have any technical gremlins, by 6.30pm we can have a short break. Then, whilst you are all settling down in your seats, or having a pre-show drink at the bar, our six cast members are frantically trying to turn themselves into the Traveling Wilburys! It involves at lot of hairspray and eye liner, and can be quite a surreal moment for the theatre staff, who are used to seeing the cast as ‘themselves’ all day.

 

There is a great atmosphere backstage, as the whole band get on really well and they all love their job. It makes for such a happy ship and that fabulous comeraderie transfers itself to the stage.  In the few minutes before curtain up, the band will be waiting in the wings, generally shaking hands and wishing eachother a good show. There is a lot of adrenilin and nervous energy flying around, as each and every one of them want to make sure that they do justice to the originals and that you have a great night out.

The lads often get a cheer when they walk on to the stage. They all love the Wilburys and the character they are portraying. They are all consumate professionals and have put many months of rehearsals into perfecting the individual tributes.

BEHIND THE SCENES

The late 1980’s saw the birth of one of the most famous and memorable supergroups of all time, The Traveling Wilburys. Featuring five individual icons in their own right, this formidable team created an album that completely rocked the music industry and sold over five million copies worldwide.There are a couple of theories as to how the Wilburys were actually formed. However the best way to describe it is in the actual words of George Harrison. Featured below you will find a series of quotes from George on the day the magic happened. We can then start to paint a picture of the “happy accident”  that became The Traveling Wilburys.

 

Handle With Care was released in October 1988, originally intended as a bonus track on a single by George Harrison. When he and Jeff Lynne presented the song to Harrison's record company, featuring the vocals of all five legends, they decided it was too good for that and so The Wilburys were encouraged to produce a full album.

Due to the fact that Handle With Care, had only taken one day to write, George decided that they could finish the recordings of a whole album in a pretty short time. The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 reached  No. 3 in the US, selling two million copies there within six months. The album also reached No. 16 in the UK. With over 50 weeks in the US charts the album was later certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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