In 1987, Gene Pitney and Roy Orbison, along with their support staff, met in Las Vegas to discuss the possibility of a double-bill US tour. Unfortunately, Roy died in 1989, but the idea of a dual performance of these two master vocalists with 3-octave ranges has never left my mind...
Both Gene and Roy were dubbed 'anonymous celebrities' by the press...folks didn't recognize the names but when they heard the music it was all over but the shouting. From Mr. Pitney: "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "True Love Never Runs Smooth" and "Town Without Pity"; and from Roy Orbison: "In Dreams", Running Scared", "Blue Bayou"...
The Tour That Never Was
Accompanied by a 6 piece ensemble, performing from 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 Featuring Jake Rahier
Only the Lonely
Today’s Teardrops (written by Gene Pitney)
Mean Woman Blues
You Got It