By Spencer Stewart
It was a historic day at Auditorium Theatre on Nov. 3, as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returned to this stage for the first time in over 40 years. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with seven number one hits and even more instant classics.
At 84-years-old, Valli unsurprisingly attracted mostly older audience members; nearly enough to fill up the 3,901 seats in the theatre. Entering the theatre it seemed like this concert was going to be a snooze fest, but nothing could be more wrong. By the first song, people were on their feet dancing as if they were transported back to the year 1963.
Valli brought an aspect to the stage that this reporter has yet to see before. For an 84-year-old, he’s still got it. Sounding better than most of his records, Valli’s vocal technique is remarkable and he was still dancing to songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”
He is the epitome of the phrase, “young at heart.” The crowd went wild for nearly every song. Valli, made political reference to his song “Silence is Golden,” saying this song is what most politicians in power should be doing. Even though he is a superstar, he still is aware of the political tone of this country.
The band also blew me away and never missed a beat. They are what you call true professionals and I was honored to be sharing a room with such talented artists and musicians. After the performance, I was told on multiple occasions that Valli could be heard from the O’Malley Theatre on the seventh floor of the Auditorium Building while CCPA’s own production of “Stage Door” was going on.
I give this concert a 9 out of 10 rating. Just short of perfection only because he might not appeal to younger audiences who don’t know his music. However, if you ever get the chance to see Frankie Valli live, DO IT! His songs are timeless but unfortunately, he is not. At the end of the show he said excitedly, “See you next year!” so there is still a chance.
9 out of 10 torches