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Frankie Valli – The M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John McRoberts

His falsetto range is legendary and the wealth of music to come from his partnerships with Bob Gaudio and his fellow band members The Four Seasons, have produced one of the strongest catalogues of musical hits in the music business. It’s even more amazing that at the tender age of 88 Frankie Valli is still touring the world and sharing that music with fans across the globe.

It may have been a cold and wet evening in Liverpool last night, but inside the M&S Bank Arena, Frankie Valli set the place on fire. It may have been a modest set-up on stage, a few small screens and a few risers for the band (a shame that more wasn’t done in this department) but the focus was firmly upon the voice and the music of the man himself and the crowd lapped it up.

Hit after hit came thick and fast during the 90minute (2 x 45min sets) concert; My Eyes Adored you, Beggin’, Dawn (Go Away), Sherry, Big Girl’s Don’t Cry, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Ragdoll and many more had the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along in what is a celebration of a remarkable career. Joining him on stage were backing singers Aaron Alexander, Ronen Bay, Craig Cady and Noah Rivera – lending some excellent vocals and even recreating some of the most iconic dance moves of these hits.

An eight-piece band led by the highly energetic musical director and arranger Robby Robinson ensured that the music felt fresh, vibrant and true to the original, all while sounding fresh and contemporary at the same time.

As for the man himself, it’s clear that he still relishes the chance to be performing live on stage, and his vocals still pack a punch – in what could possibly be his last time performing in the UK, this tour is a must for any fan of Frankie Valli – to hear these songs live, is a wonderful experience.

Reviewed on 28 June 2022

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