Next up on Blue Bridge’s horizon is The Lonely’s tribute concert to the great Roy Orbison, with such songs as ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Runnin’ Scared,’ ‘Cryin’,’ and of course ‘Only the Lonely,’ with Mike Demers as Roy. We caught up with Mike before their May 13th concert to discuss the band.
In Conversation with Mike Demers
Mike Demers will be playing A Celebration of Roy Orbison with his band The Lonely at Blue Repertory Theatre on May 13. After playing at The Roxy, The Lonely is departing for an eleven stop tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan. He talked to us recently about what’s new and why he’s looking forward to playing at home again.
What’s been happening with The Lonely since you last played at The Roxy?
We have reached the two year mark as a group and we’ve played sixty shows together so a lot has happened. Our sound has evolved. We are tighter as a group. And we are still constantly striving to improve. We are coming back to places for a second time so people are starting to know who we are. We are building a following and it’s exciting to see people come to the shows to see The Lonely as much as to experience a tribute to Orbison.
It’s been thirteen months since you played in Victoria. What are you looking forward to most when you return to the Roxy?
It’s going to be really nice to play to a home crowd. It’s always nice to be heckled by people you know! We haven’t played in Victoria since last February so it’s nice to come home again.
What is new in this show?
I have a new twelve string guitar!
We have brought in a bunch of Travelling Wilburys tunes. This adds a whole new dimension to the show. It was a big part of his comeback and a lot of people know him from the Wilburys so it will be familiar to them. Many people came to Orbison’s music through that music. Tunes such as End of the Line will be added to the repertoire of favourites such as Pretty Woman, Crying, In Dreams and Blue Angel.
Since we formed this group a number of tribute bands have come on the scene so people are pretty familiar with the tribute band experience. We want to bring more to the show than just a tribute because it’s Orbison’s music but we are making it our own as well.
What are you enjoying most about travelling and being on the road?
We are really enjoying people sharing their stories when we are on the road. People have lots of strong memories of Orbison because he played everywhere. He opened for the Eagles. He met Linda Ronstadt and then Blue Bayou became a great hit, fuelling his comeback. He touched a lot of lives directly and indirectly.
What we’ve found most surprising is there is a Goth subculture connected to Roy Orbison because of Blue Velvet. It’s a small subculture but it’s there.
What will people take away from the show?
We are changing the song lineup to keep it fresh. We are still very excited to get up and play so each show is an opportunity to work on the sound and the music. I think people will notice the enthusiasm is still there.
We are excited to show folks how far we’ve come.We are trying to support the arts in any way we can. To support the arts people need to attend shows. Hopefully this is a show that gets people out and appreciating what we have in our community.
We are trying to support the arts in any way we can. To support the arts people need to attend shows. Hopefully this is a show that gets people out and appreciating what we have in our community.
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