Whether you’re hitting skip on Spotify or jumping channel to channel on the radio, you know the frustrating journey of trying to hear what YOU want to hear. In the age of shuffle, sometimes you just want to hear THAT song or THIS artist. Billy McGuigan from the hit show, Rock Legends, is here to give you that customized experience where you pick the set list.
Now if you’re wondering where you’ve heard the name Billy McGuigan before, you might have seen him on our stage for the national hit show, Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience where he pays homage to Buddy Holly.
The unique experience of Rock Legends is in its song-picking process: McGuigan & the band take audience suggestions to shape the music they play. Each performance delivers a new creative collision of the rock music you love.
We sat down with McGuigan to get the low-down on all things rock and roll.
Curtis Theatre: Who or what is your biggest inspiration for the music that you create?
Billy McGuigan: My dad always had music on and taught my brothers and I how to play instruments. He loved groups like the Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, but his favorite, was the Beatles. Every show or performance I put together has been influenced by him.
What’s your favorite part of performing for a live audience?
I love that first moment when I come out on stage and can immediately feel the audience. Sometimes, right from the start, the audience is hooked and you can feel that they are ready for a good time. Other times, I can feel that it’ll take a little more work to hook the crowd. How I perform depends on that feeling, and it never gets old for me!
Do you have any lucky charms or pre-show rituals you always do before going on stage?
I really don’t have any pre-show rituals. I do try and take a moment to feel the energy on and off stage, but that’s about it!
How do you involve the audience in what you do on stage?
Rock Legends set list, each night, is based on, what I call, audience personality tests. The cards are filled out in the lobby before the show and asks questions like; Favorite decade of music, Favorite Female Singer, First Rock Concert… their answers shape the set list, so it’s unique and different each night.
If your show was an animal, what animal would it be?
It’s a platypus! There’s nothing else out there like it.
What do you hope we walk away from the show feeling?
I hope the show brings back memories for the audience, and for those 90 minutes, makes them have the most fun they’ll have that day.
Start thinking about which songs you want to hear at this customized concert & while you’re at the show, stop by our audience board to share with us your first rock concert experience.
Rock Legends performs April 29 & 30, 2017. Saturday at 3PM & 8PM, Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our website or call the Box Office at 714-990-7722 Tues-Fri 12PM-3PM. Have questions? Contact us!