St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2016) – No one captures the spirit of classic hits from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s like The Hit Men … because they are the ACTUAL musicians that helped make those hits happen. Their music, their stories and their craft are embedded in many of America’s most treasured songs. The Hit Men – Former Members of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons perform Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Palladium Theater, part of our “Mahaffey on the Move” series.
Keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist/vocalist Larry Gates, vocalist Russ Velazquez and drummer Gerry Polci — the lead singer on The Four Seasons’ biggest smash, “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” — deliver sizzling shows that combine live music, eye-popping videos and memories born from their witnessing and making musical history as it happened.
Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made songs by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Elton John, Sting, Carly Simon, Carole King, Tommy James & The Shondells, Barry Manilow and many other superstars come to life like no other group. Now, with their new 2.0 New Oldies Tour, The Hit Men will add songs from Paul McCartney, Three Dog Night, Cat Stevens and The Young Rascals (amongst others) to their set.
To sum it all up, The Hit Men – Former Members of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons are great players, world-class entertainers – and most importantly (unlike any so-called “tribute bands”) The Hit Men members were there when the actual songs were recorded. Their licks, their solos, their grooves and their harmonies are embedded into the music and essential to the sound of these records that millions would come to and continue to love.
Tickets, $35, $45 and $55, may be purchased online at mahaffeyonthemove.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; day of show tickets available only at The Palladium Box Office. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
Read our exclusive Mahaffey All Access interview with Gerry Polci here.
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