Frankie Valli returning to Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center with Four Seasons
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will return to the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 as part of the Wells Fargo Concerts and Comedy series.
Tickets go on sale at noon July 20 and will be available at the Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. Tickets are: $69, $89, and $125, plus applicable fees
An exclusive pre-sale for Kirby members begins at 10 a.m. July 18.
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.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have 71 chart hits (including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s). They have toured almost continuously since 1962, and 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 covered Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.
From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli and 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, they 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.
In 1990, Frankie and the other original Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall began inducting artists.