Steve Waddington & the Retro-Rockin' All Stars
STEVE WADDINGTON & THE RETRO-ROCKIN' ALL-STARS (aka The Retro-Rockers)
This is the show that's got everyone talkin'...all the best hits of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Johnny Rivers, the Sun Records Sessions, rock, rockabilly, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, guitar instrumentals...all roots rock, Americana, high-energy fun stuff! Plus Susan sings Bonnie Raitt, Grace Slick, Imelda May and more! There's no other band or show quite like this amazing act!
When playing their favorite rock & roll clubs, the band also lets loose with the very best, most authentic, vintage rock & roll and rockabilly you've ever heard.
ELVIS: Steve sings Elvis better than most ETA's, but doesn't do the "jumpsuit-thing". He just enjoys "singin' some King"! Steve selects from his favorites, whether it's the early SUN sides (Baby Let's Play House, Mystery Train, etc), pre-Army (Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Love Me, etc), post-Army RCA (Stuck on You, Little Sister, Marie's the Name, etc), early Vegas (Suspicious Minds, Burning Love). (Note the absence of later movie soundtrack tunes)
CARL PERKINS: (Blue Suede Shoes-Matchbox-Honey Don't-Boppin' The Blues). Steve is a HUGE Carl Perkins fan!
JERRY LEE LEWIS: (Whole Lotta Shakin, Great Balls o' Fire)
Add in some early Cash, and Steve's a "one-man million dollar quartet".
(For the early rock historians and fans of the SUN label, Steve has a sub-set "The Sons of Sun" which includes all the above plus some of the later Sun cats...Roy Orbison, Carl Mann, Charlie Rich and Conway Twitty)
BUDDY HOLLY: (That'll Be The Day-Peggy Sue-Every Day-Rave On-Maybe Baybe-Oh Boy). Steve's Buddy Holly medley pre-dates the Gary Busey movie!
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: (Wake Up Little Susie-Bird Dog-Bye Bye Love-All I Have To Do Is Dream),
CHUCK BERRY (C'est la vie, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, Johnny B, etc)
and lots of other songs by the greats of the original rock & roll era!
MERLE HAGGARD: (Awesome "Silver Wings", "Lonesome Fugitive", "Mama Tried", "Okie From Muskogee")
JOHNNY RIVERS: One of the highlights of this show is their newest "mini-tribute" to Johnny Rivers! It's Johnny Rivers A Go-Go, celebrating the best of Johnny Rivers Live from the Whisky A Go-Go days (Seventh Son-Memphis_Maybelline-Mountain Of Love-Poor Side Of Town-Secret Agent Man). Steve sites Johnny Rivers as a personal favorite when he was still in his teens, and you can see and feel the respect in his performances of these great songs.
Then mix in a few of Steve's light-hearted musical parodies...his over-exaggerated Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Lou Reed, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and others, and you begin to see why people keep coming back to see the show again and again.
He also can deliver a truly touching, deeply felt song, like Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman", Bruce Sprinsteen's "Should I Fall behind", or the Loving Spoonful's "Darling Be Home Soon" to great effect.
Did someone just request "surf guitar instrumentals"? Dwight Yoakam? Jace Everett? Waylon Jennings? Norman Greenbaum? Eddie Cochran? The Bobby Fuller 4? Beatles? Stones? Donovan? (who?), Paul Revere & the Raiders, Buffalo Springfield, off the wall 60's, 70s. 80's and more? Oh yeah!
Ramones. Romantics, 80's new wave...rock on!
And this is the show where Susan Ritter gets to strut her stuff a little as she sings some of her favorites by BONNIE RAITT, IMELDA MAY, GRACE SLICK, LINDA RONSTADT, WANDA JACKSON, MARY CHAPIN-CARPENTER, AMY WINEHOUSE, ANN-MARGRET and more!
So much VARIETY...so much FUN...and the audience is a part of the show! Susan will actually go into the audience and "draft" a few members to sing backups and to become, in effect ..."the WADDING-TONES"!