BUDDY Holly is coming to take over Glasgow this month.
Well, not quite, but to paraphrase Weezer, at least it “woo-ee-oo, looks just like Buddy Holly”.
The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer won’t be here, however, a pair of tribute acts to the influential songwriter will be celebrating his music.
The Buddy Holly Story — playing at The Kings till Saturday — is a rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring the rocker’s greatest hits including Peggy Sue, Heart Beat and That’ll Be The Day.
The show follows the tragically short life of Buddy Holly from his first recording contract through to his move to New York and concludes with his fatal tour of Midwest America with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper when — on February 3 1959 he was tragically killed aged just 22.
The 26-year-old Glen Joseph will be filling the star’s shoes this weekend.
He said: “It’s a wonderful job — I’d do it for free! My dad was a huge fan so I grew up listening to Buddy non-stop.
“It was such a formative time in pop music. I always say to people that if you listen to a Coldplay album there’ll be huge string sections and orchestrations which owe a lot to Buddy Holly. He was a pioneer.
“And everything from the 50s has come back round again, even in TV programmes – just look at the success of Mad Men”.
Later, Marc Robinson will be donning the glasses in Rave on and playing some of Holly’s most recognisable hits.
Mr Robinson — who appeared on Stars in their Eyes as Buddy in the early 1990s and has been performing as him ever since — says his “authenticity” is what makes him stand out.
He told The Extra: “We try and make every song sound as close to the record as possible.
“On Not Fade Away, we used a cardboard box instead of drums, just like Buddy’s drummer did. Then on Every Day we mic the drummer’s thigh’s so it sounds exactly as it does on the album.
“Buddy’s music is my passion and his influence can still be heard in the charts today. I am very lucky to be able to make a living playing his stuff”.
The show at the King’s plays till Saturday each night at 7.30pm (with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm). Book tickets at www.ambassadortickets.com.
On Thursday July 21 at the Eastwood Park Theatre it will be Marc Robinson’s turn from 7.30pm. Tickets from 577 4970.