Marty Wilde returns with 60th anniversary rock ‘n’ roll tour
PUBLISHED: 13:13 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 09 August 2017
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Rock ‘n’ roll legend Marty Wilde is going back on tour this autumn.
Tewin’s heartthrob, who is behind the top ten hits “Teenager in Love” and “Donna” returns on tour this autumn with his Solid Gold Rock ’n’ Roll Show, along with “dreamboats” Eden Kane, Mike Berry and Mark Wynter.
The singer-songwriter and his co-performers led the “British invasion” of rock and roll in the 1950s and 60s, popularising the sound that encapsulates an era.
“We absolutely enjoyed last year’s tour,” Marty, 78, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
“It’s our lifeblood. Performing at our age is an absolute privilege.”
Marty, who has lived in Tewin, Herts for 48 years, is looking forward to taking the show to a local crowd at the Alban Arena in St Albans on November 24.
“The Arena has got a lovely atmosphere” he said.
“We always look forward to playing there, and the last tour we did the response was fantastic.”
In May this year he was honoured by the Queen for services to music, but he has kept his feet firmly on the ground after receiving an MBE.
“It’s not changed my life, but sometimes, if I see it in print, I wish my father was alive to see it,” he said.
“Little things come into your head like that.”
The Solid Gold show will be a nostalgia-packed set, said Marty.
“Our public can hear other styles a million times on the radio. It’s much nicer that we stick to the times we knew.”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t follow modern musicians however, saying he’s a fan of Jake Bugg, James Morrison, and Haim.
Later in his career, Marty moved into songwriting for other artists, including the number 2 hit Kids in America for his daughter, Kim Wilde.
Today, he says he’d love to write a song for Beyonce. “She’s a stunning artist.”
Marty says if he had to start his career over again, he’d “absolutely” go into the music industry today.
“The competition is awesome, but I’d give it my best shot. I’d do it one way or another.
“The most important thing is to keep singing.”