Review: The Johnny Cash Roadshow at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre

AUTHENTIC SOUND: Clive John in the Johnny Cash Roadshow. picture: SUPPLIED

AUTHENTIC SOUND: Clive John in the Johnny Cash Roadshow. picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

One of the problems with loving music from the past is that you don't get to see many of your heroes performing live.

AUTHENTIC SOUND: Clive John in the Johnny Cash Roadshow. picture: SUPPLIED

AUTHENTIC SOUND: Clive John in the Johnny Cash Roadshow. picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

Tribute bands try to fill the void, but are a bit hit and miss.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow, however, was all hit and no miss.

'Man in Black' Clive John has clearly worked tirelessly to perfect a fitting tribute to his musical hero. The hair and the clothes were great, but - most important of all - he nailed the laconic singing and brooding stage presence of Cash.

He was backed by a surprisingly large entourage, including 'June Carter' and the 'Carter Sisters', whose voices harmonised to perfection. There was also a double bassist with a thumb of thunder, a fantastic guitarist and a drummer - plus the occasional appearance of a pair of cornet players.


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The result was a depth of sound and a richness of range that did justice to one of the genuine legends of the music world.

With 47 years of music to choose from, The Johnny Cash Roadshow did well to dance through the decades, picking out some of the many great songs that Cash recorded.

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My highlight was the dark but deeply moving Hurt. But it was closely followed by the foot-stomping Get Rhythm, San Quentin (with the audience rather lamely playing the part of prison inmates), A Boy Named Sue and the brilliant encore - Ring of Fire.

The Cash-Carter duets, Jackson and Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man, were beautifully delivered.

I cannot recall the slightest slip-up. But I can recall being thoroughly entertained for the best part of two-and-a-half hours and more than 30 songs.

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