Legendary Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons return to Wind Creek Bethlehem on Aug. 13
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $65, $79.50, and $99.50, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. and will be available at windcreekeventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again.
With the musical continuing on Broadway and other casts performing “Jersey Boys” nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world.
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons had 71 chart hits, including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10, and eight No. 1s. Even amid the disco era, the Seasons hit it big as “Who Loves You” which reached No. 3 in 1975, and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” became a No. 1 record in 1976.
From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records, even before the invention of the compact disc prompted Seasons collectors to buy the hits all over again. For decades after their heyday, Valli and the Seasons continued to be a top concert draw and radio constantly played their classics, not to mention the new remixes that kept popping up on the charts.
Their songs have been omnipresent in such movies as “The Deer Hunter,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Conspiracy Theory,” and “The Wanderers.” As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.
In 1990, Frankie and the other original Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened for business. But who could imagine that the first four decades would be only the beginning, that Frankie Valli would celebrate the new century with a new album and a sold-out global concert schedule?
After the bestselling “Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast Recording,” produced by Bob Gaudio, went platinum, “Jersey Boys” became the first Broadway show to produce a holiday album, followed by a children’s album. For as far into the future as anyone can see, “Jersey Boys” will introduce the music of Frankie Valli to new generations while the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, even at the age of 85. As his character says at the end of “Jersey Boys,” “Like that bunny on TV with the battery, I just keep going and going and going.” For as long as he wants to sing, people will want to listen.