year's WDP tour began with a lot of anticipation and excitement as we had
three new members in our group: Mark Micklethwaite
on drums, Fernando Vega as Ritchie Valens
and Jay P. Richardson, Jr., the Big Bopper's
son. Fernando I had worked with before many times in the play, Buddy...the
Buddy Holly Story, and I knew he would be terrific. Mark came
highly recommended by Dominic, as he'd worked with him quite a few times
in the Toronto area. Jay was an added bonus this time and he filled
us in on many great stories about his father. He also kept us all
laughing with many jokes and anecdotes.
are a few highlights of the tour that I hope you'll enjoy. Forgive
me if I left out a city that is your home town or one you saw us in, time
does not permit me to include the entire tour.
January 13, 2000
The tour started off with a bang at the
Ballroom in the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs. Robert Reynolds
(The Mavericks) and his friend Jack Leaver surprised us by flying in to
see us and lend their support. Robert told us all some "unique" stories
backstage that we will forever hold in our memory. We had hoped Robert
could join us at other venues this year and play songs as he did last year
but unfortunately his schedule did not permit. Next year, Robert!
Anyway, the Willowbrook is a beautiful old
ballroom that is in wide use today. The owners have
done a great job of keeping it in tip top shape. We had close to
600 people show up to see us there. The crowd was great and it was
good to see some friendly familiar faces from my past. I did Buddy…The
Buddy Holly Story in Chicago for 6 months in 1998 and many people came
out to again support my efforts. Thank you Chicagoland! Also
thanks to Steve and Johnnie at WGN Radio for their support as well.