Entertainment

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Ricky Nelson Remembered


Ricky Nelson Remembered

with special guest stars

The Vees

 

He is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. Life Magazine coined the phrase ‘Teen Idol’ after him and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s life and music touched millions; his twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists, Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, relive the music and memories in their multi-media event, Ricky Nelson Remembered.

 

 

Featuring hit songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walkin’,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Teenage Idol,” “Garden Party” and many more, RNR showcases his life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak. Matthew and Gunnar’s musical event is heartfelt and full of laughter. 

 

Ricky Nelson died in a plane crash on his way to perform a New Year’s Eve concert in 1986. His legacy includes 53 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and nineteen other top-ten hits.  He is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, a Golden Globe winner for his performance alongside John Wayne in Rio Bravo and in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

 

From Ozzie and Harriet to Ricky to Matthew and Gunnar, the Nelson’s are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history with three successive generations of No. 1 hit makers. Matthew and Gunnar are also nephews of NCIS star, Mark Harmon, on their mother’s side.

 

The Vees

 

Today, THE VEES consist of brothers Jeff and Tom Vee. The brothers have been together in a band in one form or another for more than two decades touring from Colorado to New York and points in-between. For many years they have performed as back up band to their father, Bobby Vee, and they have traveled throughout the United States, Australia and Europe working with such legendary artists as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Bo Diddley.

 

THE VEES draw from a wide variety of well known material to put together a high energy rock 'n' roll show that is exciting and original while being an authentic tribute to the legends of rock 'n' roll and their music. Their years of experience as recording and performing artists have resulted in a tight and definitive sound that finds its roots in the early rockabilly music of people such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis, but can be as powerful and dynamic as today's rock 'n' roll music.

 

Jeff and Tommy performed under the name "BIGGER THAN ED" and spent time in the recording studio producing several CDs while maintaining their steady performance schedule. Their 1995 CD, "Crash Booom Bang It Out," is a combination of their own material and selected classic rock 'n' roll favorites."Moon Dog Dance Party," their second CD released in 1998, is a rockabilly treat featuring the band's original material and select rockabilly treasures including a tribute to the late, great Carl Perkins.