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Barry Steele brings revamped Roy Orbison Story to Newark Palace Theatre

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After a tough couple of years, Roy Orbison tribute Barry Steele is back in Newark with a show that aims to lift spirits.

The Roy Orbison Story is at the Palace Theatre on Saturday and frontman Barry is promising something a little bit different.

"After lockdown, we decided people would need cheering up so we looked at Roy's catalogue and brought in more some of the more upbeat numbers.

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story. (54308437)
Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story. (54308437)

"We want to make it a bit more fun, lift spirits and get people up dancing."

Alongside the ballads, which Orbison's fans would obviously expect, there are more rock and roll numbers and Travelling Wilburys tracks.

In addition, there will be versions of recent The Philharmonic Orchestra recordings of Roy Orbison tracks.

Spencer Jordan as Buddy Holly. (54308433)
Spencer Jordan as Buddy Holly. (54308433)

And joining them on stage will be Spencer Jordan with his Buddy Holly tribute.

The large back screen and voice-overs, which help tell the Orbison story, have also been revisited and upgraded since the last visit.

The show's revamp was borne out of the frustration of lockdown for Barrie and his wife, Lynne, a former Bishop Alexander school pupil whose parents ran the Turk's Head pub in Balderton for a number of years.

Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story. (54308435)
Barry Steele in The Roy Orbison Story. (54308435)

"If people say they have seen the show before, they haven't seen this one," said Lynne.

As well as revamping the show, they have also written a book about Barry's journey from serving in the RAF at Waddington, Scampton and Tongeren in Belgium, and then working as a long-distance lorry driver, to his singing career.

His first step to becoming a professional singer came during a holiday in Cornwall when Lynne and his daughter, Leonie, entered him into a singing competition, where a fellow competitor told him he sounded just like Roy Orbison.

Barry and Lynne both had covid over Christmas, but are fully recovered and ready to hit the road.

But while venues are now fully open, albeit operating within covid rules, Barry and Lynne have been frustrated by the after-effects of the pandemic.

In addition to a lack of confidence among people for a return to live events, many venues closing their physical box offices and taking ticket sales online, preventing some fans from buying tickets.

"It would be so easy to say cancel and move on to 2023, that would be the easy option, but we would never take that easy option," said Lynne.

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