The “original urban cowboy”, Mickey Gilley, will be playing a limited number of selected concert dates in Canada in 2016, and his stops in the Maritimes will be his first in over 30 years.
It was “Stand By Me”, from the blockbuster film “Urban Cowboy” in 1980 that catapulted Gilley from country to pop crossover superstar, taking him out of the shadow of his famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.
As he shares with audiences his career in music and the stories behind the hit songs, it was the 70′s that brought him most of his signature songs, awards and accolades. He is the recipient of six Academy of Country Music Awards, from his first in 1974 – Top New Male Vocalist, to Entertainer of the Year in 1976. Gilley is also famous for his namesake nightclub with the legendary mechanical bull and was one of the first artists to open a theatre in Branson, Missouri, which he successfully operated for over 26 years.
The legendary singer has achieved seventeen #1 singles in his long career including “Room Full of Roses”, “City Lights”, “Fool for Love”, “Don’t the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time” and his remake of the soul standard “Stand By Me”.
Join Mickey Gilley in concert along with his legendary “Urban Cowboy Band” and talented backup vocalists “The Urbanettes”. His show is a virtual trip down memory lane with classic video clips that segue into the live performance of favourites, “True Love Ways”, “A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)”, “Lonely Nights” and “Put Your Dreams Away” – songs that set in motion the amazing career of this Oklahoma born veteran performer!
Mickey Gilley is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, June 17, at 7 PM