In 1987, Gene Pitney and Roy Orbison, along with their managers, gathered for a summit in Las Vegas to map out strategy for a double bill tour slated for 1989. Sadly, Roy Orbison passed away in 1988. Gary Rue (pictured above with Gene at Foxwoods Casino, circa 2002), former Music Director for Gene Pitney in the US and Canada (1986-2006), has decided to put together "Orbison and Pitney: The Tour That Never Was".
Said Mr. Rue: "Many people, oddly enough, were unfamiliar with the names 'Gene Pitney' (and to a lesser extent in his early career) 'Roy Orbison', both Gene and Roy were dubbed 'anonymous celebrities' by the press. But when they heard the music, it was all over but the shouting."
The Tour That Never Was
Featuring a 15-piece orchestral accompaniment, and using the original scores from Gene Pitney's final show at Soaring Eagle Casino, Lansing
Michigan, Valentine's Day, 2006.
Set I: The Music of Gene Pitney
24 Hours From Tulsa
If I Didn’t Have a Dime
Last Chance To turn Around
I’m Gonna Be Strong
Looking Through the Eyes of Love
It Hurts To Be In Love
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
½ Heaven, ½ Heartache
True Love Never Runs Smooth
Only Love Can Break a Heart
Town Without Pity
Set II: The Music of Roy Orbison
Only the Lonely
Today’s Teardrops (written by Gene Pitney)
Mean Woman Blues
You Got It