WHEN it comes to rock and roll and a nostalgic musical trip down memory lane, there are some acts Bolton audiences just cannot seem to get enough of.

Next month will see the return of Showaddywaddy, the band’s fourth visit in just two years, and also The Billy Fury Years, last seen at the Albert Halls in May 2013.

Pop stalwarts Showaddywaddy will appear at the town centre venue on Friday, September 12, to entertain fans with hits including Under the Moon of Love, You Got What It Takes and Three Steps To Heaven.

Dave Bartram, former frontman who has managed the group since 1984, said: “Bolton is a very loyal stomping ground for the band, in fairness it always has been going all the way back to the days of Copperfields club in the town in the mid ‘70s.

“The Albert Halls has since become one of the boys’ favourite venues. See you all in September for another night of mayhem.”

The following week — on Friday, September 19 — Michael King is bringing The Billy Fury Years back to the Albert Halls, following last year’s anniversary show, 30 years after the singer’s death.

Born in Dingle, Liverpool, he equalled The Beatles’ record of 24 hits, spent 332 weeks in the UK charts and was the fourth biggest-selling artist of the 1960s, after The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Elvis.

He died in 1983, aged 42, from heart failure caused by rheumatic fever he contracted when he was aged seven.

Michael, hailed as “the best Fury since Fury” by some fans, said: “They know how to rock and roll in Bolton.

“There will be new songs, costume changes and video footage to give the show that updated feel. People will see some new stuff.

“We still get the greatest hits in there.

“It’s testament to Billy and his music because it’s so sought after, still to this day. We’re looking forward to it.”

The show, featuring songs including Run To My Loving Arms, When Will You Say I Love You? and Last Night Was Made For Love, uses audio and video to showcase the image and face of the Fury phenomenon.

A spokesman for Bolton Council, which runs the Albert Halls, said: “We are more than happy to welcome back the Showaddywaddy and Billy Fury Years shows to The Albert Halls. This will be the fourth time Showaddywaddy have performed here in two years so they are very popular with the Bolton audience, and they always put on a fantastic show.

“For a relatively inexpensive ticket price, people are assured of a great night out. They know exactly what to expect — a guaranteed night of singing and dancing along to the tunes they love.”
For tickets, call the box office on 01204 334400.