Get ready to party when legendary DJ ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton hits town with his new show Rock N Roll Back The Years at the end of this month.
It’s a big night out featuring an amazing live band, The Fugitives, and fabulous singing duo the Tiffany Girls.
After more than five decades broadcasting to the nation, the former presenter is taking his feelgood celebration across the country on a year long theatre tour. Eastbourne will be his 17th date and he promises great music for all tastes and age groups, and plenty of singalong fun.
Featuring classic hits from the 1950s and 60s, together with chat from pop’s golden era, the show pays homage to the greats - Elvis, Dusty, Cilla, Cliff, The Supremes, Roy Orbison, among many others.
But there are poignant moments too because David recently lost two of his great friends and colleagues - Sir Terry Wogan and Ed Stewart.
He said: “I was at Radio 2 with Terry, and I did a lot of Blankety Blank with him as well. He was lovely - and so was Ed. When Ed died, I put the Morningtown Ride in the show as a tribute, the theme for Junior Choice, and I stood in the wings with a lump in my throat listening. The audience loved it so much that we kept that number in the show. So although the show is full of laughs and banter and great music, it does have that little bit of nostalgia as well.”
A regular host of Top of The Pops in the 1970s, David presented over 12,000 radio shows for BBC and commercial stations and over 1,000 TV shows mainly for BBC and ITV. In the mid-1970s his afternoon radio shows drew the biggest audiences of the day. David interviewed many of pop’s biggest names – such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – and will be telling stories about the stars as well treating the audience to a selection of their songs.
David - who lives rural countryside near Horsham - is enjoying entertaining audiences out on the road and said: “It’s all about the music everybody has grown up with, but even younger people in the audience sing along, because this is the music that has stayed around. It is really a tribute to everybody and has such a feelgood factor.” Tickets cost £22.00 and are still available on 01323 802020 or www.royalhippodrome.com.