Supergroup tribute band bringing ‘80s anthems to Romford

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:06 05 October 2015

The Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys tribute band on stage entertaining fans. Picture: Jayne Connor

The Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys tribute band on stage entertaining fans. Picture: Jayne Connor


A tribute band is bringing to the stage a supergroup that the world never got to see play live.

Brookside Theatre, in Eastern Road, Romford, is hosting a Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys tribute show on October 10, featuring professional singer Paul Hopkins as Orbison.

The 55-year-old, from Bulwell in Nottingham, said the production was a very difficult show to produce.

“We needed five people who all looked like the singers and sounded like the Traveling Wilburys,” he said.

The show will feature the individual icons in their own right – Orbison, Beatle George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan.

The production will showcase the work of the band and delve into the solo careers of each member.

It will feature classic songs such as Wilbury Twist, Handle With Care, Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman and You Got It, Harrison’s Got My Mind Set On You, Petty’s Won’t Back Down and Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

The Wilburys were an English-American band whose first album, Travelling Wilburys Vol. 1, was released in May 1988 and met with commercial and critical success.

Their name is said to derive from a slang word Harrison used to name recording errors created by faulty equipment during the recording of his solo album Cloud Nine.

Harrison jokingly said to Lynne, “We’ll bury ‘em in the mix.”

From then on, the term was used to describe small errors.

Vol. 1 spawned several hit singles, winning the group a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

However, Orbison died of a heart attack in December 1988.

The remaining band members intentionally misnumbered their second and final recording as Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

Paul said: “We managed to find five fabulous people who, like the original members, have camaraderie within the band, which the audience can see.

“We hope to entertain fans and send them home delighted.”

The show is at the theatre for one night only, with tickets £17.50.

To book, or for details, call 01708 755775 or visit

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