Roy Orbison with The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers in May 1963, and with The Traveling Wilburys in 1988
Photos: Harry Hammond (1); Neal Preston, Gered Mankowitz or Chris Smith (2)
“When Roy came off-stage, George got on his knees. He was really funny. He then said, ‘We want to have a band and we want to have you in it. Will you do it?’ And Roy said yes.” - Barbara Orbison on how George Harrison and Jeff Lynne asked Roy to join The Traveling Wilburys, Express, 23 May 2007
“Even right up to when he died he was a killer, because of his songs, and he had the most incredible voice. He’d had so many hit songs and people could sit and listen to him all night. He didn’t have to do anything, he didn’t have to wiggle his legs, in fact he never even twitched, he was like marble. The only things that moved were his lips - even when he hit those high notes he never strained. He was quite a miracle, unique.” - George Harrison on Roy Orbison, The Beatles Anthology
Birthday Special! Gerry from 1999-2015. This is Part 1, 1999-2006 (One more kiss, Dracula 2000, Reign of fire, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Timeline, Dear Frankie, Phantom of the Opera, The Game of their lives, Beowulf & Grendel & 300)
Happy Birhtday Gerry, stay as you are, I wish you all the best ♥
So I got to the theatre two hours early and I picked up my ticket. I did my usual standing around the stage door before the show. I caught a couple actors pre-show - or rather, they caught me! Heidi remembered me from Twitter and gave me a happy birthday hug. Ensemble girls Beth and Linda were insanely happy to see me and said they had something for me after the show. John Cariani hugged me and wished me a happy birthday! Gerry, Brad and Brian too.
So the show itself. How does it keep getting better?! I sang along the entire time and started all the standing ovations! I had center center orchestra and saw EVERYTHING. Christian’s abs during Hard To Be The Bard have NEVER looked sexier than when seen from center center orchestra.
Anyway, after the show I’m waiting in line and Linda sneaks up behind me and hands me a Pridebill with a card inside, hugs me, and thanks me for coming. Everyone who came out signed my script and wished me a happy birthday. Brad LOVED my puppet version of A Musical! And Christian… oh man. He was thrilled I was back. He wished me a happy birthday and told me he loved working with me on the music video. I still need a few more signatures in my script, but I can get them the next time I see the show. Of course.