The musical stage show ‘The Shades of The 60s featuring Dan Chettoe as Tom Jones and 60s vocal group The Shades comes to Basildon’s Towngate Theatre on April 23.
It’s a entertaining journey through the early life of the great Tom Jones and many of the biggest popstars of the 60s including the Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and many more.
Dan Chettoe has already wowed TV audiences with his appearances on ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ He brings a youthful charisma and charm to the stage and Sir Tom would surely turn around for him as he certainly has ‘The Voice.’
In a fabulous two hour pop song extravaganza the show will take audiences on a trip down musical memory lane. Dan and the Shades will perform a catalogue of hit songs that started the pop music explosion in the 1960s and made stars out of thousands of names from the Beatles to the Supremes, from Tom Jones to Lulu and from Gerry and the Pacemakers to Chubby Checker.
We caught up with Dan Chettoe to find out more about the show…
1. When did you discover the music of Sir Tom Jones and other artists of the 60s?
Around the time I did Britain’s Got Talent, I saw Sir Tom on ‘The Voice’ – I didn’t know who he was but through talking to my family I learned that here was this mature performer with a beautiful rich voice who was hugely successful and still relevant in today’s pop industry. I then watched loads of his performances on YouTube – I love his voice and I love his style of singing. In fact YouTube has been really great for me in researching bands and singers from the 60s – the Beatles footage is amazing! All that screaming!
2. Have you always loved singing?
My main passion when I was younger was acting then I started discovering singers like Johnny Cash and other American country singers. I was inspired by them to sing and to use my voice in that way; my mum and grandad used to play country and rock & roll at home and in the car and I loved listening to those old songs. My mum also introduced me to Pavarotti who led me to discovering opera which I also love. So I guess I grew up listening to a real variety of artists like Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Elvis.
3. Tell us about your first performance.
I was very shy at school but my cousin Leoni, who played guitar, persuaded me to “come into the hall at lunchtime, I’ll play my guitar and you can sing”! We performed Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash and we quickly attracted a big crowd. It definitely gave me the confidence to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. I sang Cry Me A River on TV and I suppose there was a big shock reaction to my voice; Simon Cowell loved my performance. BGT really made me believe in what I could do
4. How did you get the starring role The Shades of the 60s?
DAN: I was working at the Paradise Rooms in Blackpool and I sang with Emily Clark who plays Dusty in Dusty & the Shades of the 60s. She introduced me to the producers and I sang for them and got the part! I’m really excited about this tour and performing with the Shades – they’re all amazing singers.
‘The Shades of The 60s’ featuring Dan Chettoe as Tom Jones and 60s vocal group The Shades comes to Basildon’s Towngate Theatre on Tuesday April 23. For more information visit: towngatetheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01268 205300.
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We have a pair of tickets to see ‘The Shades of the 60s’ featuring Dan Chettoe at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre on Tuesday April 23. For your chance of winning simply send your name and contact details by email along with subject header ‘Shades of the 60s Comp’ to: [email protected] or by post to the usual Enquirer address. Closing date 18 April 2019.