Stories & Cast Interviews
Elton John started wearing glasses just so he could look like his nearsighted idol.
Paul McCartney once admitted that at least 40 of the Beatles' own songs were influenced by him.
Lennon and McCartney cited that their band's name, The Beatles was chosen partly in homage to Holly's Crickets. The Beatles did a cover version of "Words of Love" that was an almost perfect reproduction of Holly's version.
McCartney owns the publishing rights to Holly's song catalogue.
"He made it okay to wear glasses. I WAS Buddy Holly" - John Lennon
Bob Dylan said in his 1998 Grammy acceptance speech for his 1997 Time Out Of Mind winning Album of the Year: "And I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him...and he LOOKED at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was — I don't know how or why — but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way."
"Buddy Holly had been a very big early influence - particularly the way he looked, and I loved the look and sound of his Strat" - Eric Clapton
John Rochette and Eric Scott Anthony play Buddy's band mates, The Crickets, in our production. I chatted with them and they blabbed! [gallery=10] JOHN: "I just got back to the mainland.. ha, yeah, Eric and I were just on a week long Caribbean cruise together. So, to answer that question, yeah, him and I are great friends and roommates in Manhattan. And, we met actually in Ohio doing our first production of BUDDY at Carousel Dinner Theatre. I'm also very close with Pat as well. I think the 3 of us will have a good time rockin’ in this one."
"I grew up in East Hanover, NJ. Jersey Boy, born and raised. I've played drums since 3rd grade, and wanted to be a rock star my whole life. I grew up listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Van Halen, and later Dave Matthews Band. Then, come college, I decided I wanted to be an actor. I studied theatre at Rutgers University, and also abroad at the London Academy of Theatre. I've since been nothing but an actor and musician. No side jobs. I hate side jobs."
"I've worked as a classical actor, and musical theatre actor, and actor/musician (Buddy Holly style), been a Blueman in NYC's BLUEMAN GROUP, drummed in rock bands, and even worked as a professional puppeteer. I'm now also learning guitar. I've recently started doin’ a lot of Soap Opera stuff too."
"To be honest, I truly discovered Buddy's music when cast in my first BUDDY production. I was always a HUGE Elvis fan, but only knew a handful of Buddy tunes. Now I'm really into Dave Matthews still, The Police, The Beatles, U2, The Who, and I love almost ALL 60's music."
ERIC: "I grew up in St. Louis MO- in a non-musical family (my mother sang a bit) typical suburban lower-mid class stuff. I started out in the school band on the saxophone- stuck with it through freshman year of college then let it go- and in that setting, met some people that would help shape it all."
"I had a couple of friends in there that wanted to start a band- I picked up a little bass and guitar to jam with them (I was about 13). one of them had very "hippie" parents so we did alot of Greatful Dead, Jefferson Airplane type stuff- we formed my first band called "Strangers in a Strange Band" (we had just read the Robert Heinlein book of a similar name)"
"When I first heard Eric Clapton's guitar solo on the song "Crossroads" on the Best of Cream album- I knew the guitar was for me ( I was 14). Later a woman named Karen Flaschar taught me to sing and really set me on this career path- we just lost her tragically to an ice storm accident- terrible stuff."
"I play guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, sax, and some piano. The only lessons I ever took were voice lessons- they were frustrating at times but overall very helpful."
"I discovered Buddy Holly's music around the age of 6 or 7 when I saw the Gary Busey movie. I listened to a lot of classic rock (Beatles, Stones) and a lot of hippie rock- also ska, and reggae- and let's not forget the funk. make mine the p funk. Now i listen to about the same stuff- a lot more country bluegrass stuff- still mostly the Beatles- and I am not in a band- but soon........""We are all buddies. I met Pat doing Ring of Fire in Buffalo- we discovered that we knew some of the same people (very common in guitar theater) he later recommended me for the BUDDY in Akron- which is where I met John. He and I were roomie's there and it worked super well so we got a spot in NYC. I was not a cricket in Akron so I didn't work tons with the other two directly- but we did have a "face-melting" Clear Lake Concert....every night. it was awesome making music with these guys- and will be awesome all over again!!" [gallery=9]
Pat Rocks Out as BUDDY!
Some cool shots of Pat McRoberts as BUDDY HOLLY!
Stars Tell All!
Pat McRoberts and Becca Lopez will play Buddy Holly and Maria Elena in BUDDY. I chatted with them recently and here’s the scoop!
Where did you grow up? Can you share a bit about your upbringing.
Pat: I’m from Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s about an hour south of Cleveland (home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where I love to see and study Buddy Holly original guitars, amps, letters and clothing) Big sports town, Canton, so I grew up as a jock. I was always playing ball of some kind since I can remember. I went to Otterbein College, a small, private, liberal arts school near Columbus where I played college football and was a music major.
Becca: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. My family has lived in the same house since I was born. I left for Cleveland to go to college (Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music). I have a younger sister named Elise who is studying dance in college. When I was little I was extremely introverted so when I told my parents I wanted to start acting they were a little nervous. But I think it has worked out so far! Growing up my parents supported everything I did, I think they are more obsessed with theatre than I am! I was a very busy kid, with voice lessons, play rehearsal, choir, and dance; and I loved it.
What influenced you to become an actor/ musician?
Becca: Well my family is very musical. Both my parents sing, my dad plays the guitar and my mom plays the flute and the piano so music was always a part of our house. But, I started acting when I was eight years old. I saw my best friend in a production of OLIVER and after the show I told my mom I wanted to act. My first show was THE SOUND OF MUSIC, I played Marta. I fell in love with the whole process, and I cried after the last show.
Pat: After college, I worked as an actor in Children’s Theatre and a Renaissance Faire. Then I moved to Chicago where I continued to work as a stage actor at progressive theatre companies as well as commercial theatre productions like PRELUDE TO A KISS with Barbara Harris. Vicky Bussert then cast me to understudy Buddy in Chicago and on the National Tour and I’ve been playing the role, off and on, ever since.
When did you first hear of Buddy Holly? Were you aware of Buddy Holly before you were cast in the show?
Becca: Being from Texas, I certainly knew of Buddy Holly and his music growing up.
But I didn't really get into his music till I was in the show the first time. I did the show before at Carousel Dinner Theatre (with Pat) in the summer of 2006. But I love Buddy Holly's music, it just makes you smile.
Pat: When I was first cast in the show, I was more familiar with other bands covering Buddy tunes like The Beatles: Words Of Love, James Taylor: Everyday, and The Greatful Dead: Not Fade Away.
What guitar do you play? Were you in a band?
Pat: I play acoustic and electric guitar. In the show, I play a 1950's Fender Sunburst Stratocaster like Buddy, but my own guitar is a blonde, Epiphone Sheraton II. Never in a band.
Becca: I don't play any instruments. I took piano in college but I was horrible at it! I dreaded going to piano class everyday! I really wish I could play an instrument but I don't think it's going to happen.
What's on your ipod?
Pat: I have an mp3 player (it’s not an ipod) and right now I have... some Ben Folds, Sting, Miles Davis, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Frank Sinatra, The Wilders, Luke and the CoolHands, Squeeze, Simon and Garfunkel, The Moonlighters, Styx and a bunch of other stuff you’ve never heard of...
Becca: Well I've got a lot on my ipod. But I really don't listen to it that much. But right now I love Ingrid Michaelson, Panic at the Disco, and Sara Bareilles.