Get ready, Texas. A blast from the past in the form of a nostalgic but lively tribute to one of America’s musical greats might be headed your way in March.
“Ricky Nelson Remembered” is a multimedia presentation of the late singer’s fans by his own twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, and features never-before-seen big screen footage of the iconic Nelson family with celebrity interviews. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a show that crosses all generations–those old enough to remember Ricky Nelson and those young enough to enjoy and appreciate good music no matter what era it’s from.
Here are the dates, towns, and venues for the touring show:
Sunday, March 3, Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 5, Terrell, Terrell Independent School District Performing Arts Center
Thursday, March 7, Plainview, Harral Memorial Auditorium, Wayland Baptist University
Friday, March 8, Kilgore, Dodson Auditorium, Kilgore College
Saturday, March 23, Corsicana, Corsicana Palace Theater
Like millions of others, I grew up with the Nelson television family with “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett” (husband and wife and their real life sons Ricky and David) which ran on ABC from 1952-1966 for a total of 435 episodes. The show was sweet, funny, and squeaky clean like almost everything on television of that time, and Ricky emerged as the heartthrob, the original “teen idol.”
With that baby face, dark good looks, and bedroom eyes, he was a safe, suburban version of “bad boy” Elvis Presley. Ricky (changing his recording name to Rick on his 21st birthday) skyrocketed to fame with more than 100 million in record sales and three number one hits.
Sadly, in addition to Rick who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1985 at the age of 45, the original Nelsons are all gone–Ozzie in 1975, Harriett in 1994, and most recently, brother David in 2011.
Fortunately for millions of fans, Ricky Nelson left not only his own rich musical legacy, identical twin sons Matthew and Gunnar (from wife Kristin Harmon) carry on the family tradition in a combination of musical tributes, memories of their beloved grandparents, and unique musical contributions of their own with a smooth style reminiscent of their “Pop.” Their sister is popular actress Tracy Nelson, and they have a brother, Sam.
In “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” in addition to a familiar set that fans will immediately recognize, such as “Hello Mary Lou,” “I’m Walkin’,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Fools Rush In,” and many more, the boys also perform the poignant “Just Once More,” a musical tribute to their father.
Nelson’s biggest hit was “Garden Party,” recently honored in the Nashville Music Garden. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Gunnar and Matthew’s debut multi-platinum album was “After the Rain,” by their band Nelson in the early 1990s. Their number one hit was “(Can’t Live Without) Your Love and Affection.” They had three Top 10 singles, four #1 MTV videos, five Top 40 Billboard hits, and a hugely popular following overseas.
In 2012, Matthew and Gunnar performed at more than 100 concerts in America with the “Ricky Nelson Remembered” tour. They are on track to surpass that in 2013.
For more information and complete tour dates, http://rickynelsonremembered.com