WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 8pm
WHERE: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
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The concert experience features their biggest hits—"Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” and Medley’s Grammy®-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life.”
With a string of #1 classics, including the most
played song in radio history, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield topped the charts for
decades. After Bobby’s death in 2003, Medley continued to perform to sold-out
crowds around the world, but fans and friends pleaded with him to keep The
Righteous Brothers alive. Medley says, “No one could ever take Bobby’s place,
but when I caught Bucky Heard’s show, it all came together.”
Bill Medley is truly
one of the iconic figures in American music history. His instantly recognizable
baritone voice has anchored some of the biggest recordings of all time. He’s
won a Grammy®, an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, and an American Music Award. The
Orange County, CA native began writing songs as a boy and had his breakout as a
songwriter and singer when, in 1963, the Medley-penned “Little Latin Lupe Lu”
became a regional hit for Medley and Bobby Hatfield, as their first release as
The Righteous Brothers. Other regional hits followed, “Justine,” “Koko Joe,”
and “My Babe,” which led to a regular spot on ABC-TV’s national Shindig!
broadcast. The show, featuring a cast of regulars, along with guest stars every
week, catered to the teen audience, something new for TV at that time. Shindig’s
smash success coincided with The Righteous Brothers opening for both The
Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their first U.S. tours.
Soon, The Righteous Brothers caught producer
Phil Spector’s attention and he signed them to record what would become,
according to BMI, the most played song in the history of American radio—the
Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil classic, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’” A string of
top hits followed until 1968 when Medley and Hatfield agreed to part ways to
pursue solo efforts. Medley soon scored with top 10 hits, “Peace, Brother,
Peace” and “Brown-eyed Woman.” In 1974, Medley and Hatfield re-united and
within a few weeks had yet another monster hit with “Rock and Roll Heaven.”
From then, until Hatfield’s passing in 2003, The
Righteous Brothers never stopped performing to packed crowds. During that
period Medley also recorded the chart-topping duet with Jennifer Warnes, “The
Time of My Life,” for the movie Dirty Dancing. It went on to sell over
32 million copies worldwide. In 2003, shortly before Hatfield passed away, The
Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bucky Heard is an Alabama
native and Auburn University alum. He’s been one of the most popular and
versatile performers in America for several years, headlining countless shows
in major venues. His reputation as a gutsy rock and roll singer, with an
incredible vocal range, has garnered much critical praise and a legion of fans.
He’s been hand-selected to share the concert
stage with legends, like Andy Williams and Glen Campbell, and honored as “Male
Vocalist of the Year” by entertainment publications. Credited with being one of
the hardest working and in-demand performers, Heard has rocked his way across
America with his 10-piece horn band, and also starred in numerous national
In recent years, Heard created, wrote, and
produced an original children’s musical variety show called, Rock U Mentally,
which headlined the American Bandstand Theatre for two consecutive summers.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
State Theatre has implemented important guidelines to protect the health of our guests, staff, artists, and
crew. All patrons must follow these guidelines for entry into the theater. Visit STNJ.org/policies for full information.
About State Theatre New
After major renovations, State Theatre New Jersey has reopened and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in December 2021 in a fully renovated theater including newly renovated lobbies, all new restrooms, upgraded HVAC systems, a new elevator for access to all levels, and brand-new theater seats. Originally built as a silent film and vaudeville palace, State Theatre’s historic significance was honored by PBS by featuring it in its documentary series, Treasures of New Jersey, in the fall of 2018. “Treasures of New Jersey: State Theatre New Jersey” can be streamed at STNJ.org/explore/treasures-of-new-jersey-documentary. Today, State Theatre is the largest performing arts center in Central New Jersey and has welcomed more than six million people through its doors since reopening as a non-profit performing arts center in 1988. State Theatre New Jersey is a cornerstone of the cultural vitality of Middlesex County and averages a total economic impact on New Brunswick and the surrounding area of more than $18 million a year. The mainstage programs have featured high-caliber artists such as Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Kevin Hart, Ringo Starr, Melissa Etheridge, John Leguizamo, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Program offerings include Broadway, orchestra, family, dance, comedy, rock/pop, jazz, Performances for Schools, and Sensory-Friendly Performances.
State Theatre New
Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County
Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts