Last night at the Historic Cabot Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts Music Sensation and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sold out a show of well over 800 fans to celebrate the holidays in only a way she could Darlene took the stage just a little bit after 6 and the moment she took the stage the crowd roar with excitement.
Darlene brought her hit touring show Rock with Holiday’s with Darlene Love to Beverly, of which this show is her only Boston area performance this year. Darlene Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and she was featured in "20 Feet From Stardom" in 2013. In 2014, that documentary won an Academy Award and Darlene was featured from the Dolby Theater stage on the Academy Awards Show. As she raised the Oscar, the entire house stood with a cheering ovation lead by the wildly applauding Bill Murray.
The crowd in Beverly got to hear many hits’ that Darlene has become famous for including her version of Marshmallow World” and David Letterman’s favorite Christmas song “Baby Please Come Home”. The show also featured Darlene signing version of Joan Jett songs and Bruce Springsteen. From the moment she took the stage she was so pleased with the response of the crowd she told the sold out crowd that she couldn’t wait to come back in 2016.
Also during the duration of the show the crowd got to hear many stories of Darlene’s upbringing in the musical world and how she got to work with many celebrities including Elvis The Blossoms, The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans. Also she brings up many memories about working with convicted murder Phil Spector who back in the 1960’s was a legendary music producer. Darlene talked about how he tried to take many of her hits and give them to someone else to sing and she would have to do backup. However now Darlene looks at those days in the past and says Phil got what he had coming to him and I am still making royalties on his hits so it all works out in the end.
Darlene’s performance cannot however be done without her amazing band which features talents who play procession and bass to the drums and the saxophone. Plus the crowd also get to hear the voice of her backup singers who at one point during the show Darlene left the stage to let them showcase their talents which is very humble of her to do. The crowd roared as her backup male singer sang one of the most amazing versions of “O’ Holy Night” that honestly as writing this that I have ever heard. Darlene informed the crowd that he was the choir director at her church but “There wouldn’t be enough room in her church for all of us to come here him sign at once, but we would have to take turns coming on down to New York”
Darlene made this show very memorable and put the newly established Cabot Theatre on the map once again as a premier house for entertainment. As a writer who has been to many concerts and events I honestly feel that his performance has to be the best show that I have ever attended and I could spend an entire day listening to Darlene sing as it is just one of the most amazing voices that I’ve ever heard. I recommend that if Darlene is coming to your town or when tickets go on sale for the 2016 show you get your tickets early because this is a show that will be talked about for many years to come. Beverly’s performance game was stepped up last night by all the great staff at The Cabot and I cannot wait to see where we go from here.
Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
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Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.