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 
Donna 
If I Didn’t Have a Dime 
Last Chance To turn Around 
Backstage 
Mecca 
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 
Heartbreaker 
Town Without Pity

Set II: The Music of Roy Orbison

Running Scared 
Only the Lonely 
Today’s Teardrops (written by Gene Pitney)
Crying 
Dream Baby 
Candy Man 
In Dreams 
Blue Bayou 
Mean Woman Blues 
You Got It
Blue Angel 
It’s Over 
Leah
Pretty Woman