The show, as experienced September 8 at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center in Palos Verdes, CA, features plenty of inside anecdotal banter about growing up Nelson. It’s also punctuated with compelling and appropriate video clips that help shape the arc of the story. As curators of the family dynasty, Gunnar and Matthew take the job seriously. Beyond just their own personal memories, which are as interesting as you might imagine, they have also taken pains to present the full context of just where the Nelson family fits in the pantheon of show business. And we are indeed talking royalty here.
Ricky Nelson established himself as one of the most important rock artists and influential musicians of the last 50 years, selling over 200 million recordings. Additionally, between 1957 and 1973, the rock and roll pioneer had 53 songs on Billboards Top 100 with hits like “Travelin Man,” “Believe What You Say,” “A Teenagers Romance,” and even Billboard’s first number one hit, “Poor Little Fool.” Nelson’s flair for rockabilly, natural ability to sing heartfelt ballads, and familial connection to the popular television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet allowed him to become a pop icon who received a Golden Globe nomination while co-starring with John Wayne in Rio Bravo. And the brothers cover every phase of his life, paying particular attention in Act II to his Stone Canyon Band, which helped create the blueprint for the birth of the country rock movement in Southern California.
To purchase tickets go to www.ticketmaster.ca; or call 1-855-985-5000 or at River Cree Casino Box Office.