That’ll Be The Day, The Triangle, Burgess Hill, Sunday, December 8
Phil Spector met X Factor as all musical bases were covered in the highly entertaining That’ll Be The Day Christmas show at The Triangle on Sunday evening.
Spector’s supreme Christmas album got a brilliant airing while Cowell and company were played strictly for laughs as the crowd got in party mood.
A Jack and the Beanstalk panto session was as near to the knuckle as you can get on a Sunday evening and a very good impersonation of Ken Dodd and his tickling stick also raised plenty of laughs.
But at the same time brilliant cover versions of well-loved songs like the Chiffons wonderful Sweet Talking Guy, Billy Fury’s tear-jerking I Will Never Find Another You and Bobby Darin’s sentimental Things showed the talented band was taking their music-making seriously.
Some long-forgotten songs got an airing, such as a Cliff Richard 1964 Christmas song I Love You, and the band gave a familiar Shadows twang to some carols.
A very catchy selection of Beatles songs took me straight back to those magical teenage years of great music, and a terrific cover of Neil’s Diamond’s classic Sweet Caroline inspired one of the strongest singalongs of what proved to a great appetiser for Christmas from It’s Magic.