A new multimedia show about Liverpool pop legend plays Liverpool's Epstein Theatre this month (January 29).
A precursor to the Beatles, Fury was the first UK artist to write his own pop album, The Sound of Fury, rising to fame after being pushed on stage by "Svengali" Larry Parnes at the age of 17. Fury went on to become incredibly successful, with more weeks in the UK top ten in the 1960s than even the Beatles (in fact a young John Lennon once got his autograph).
Using footage and celebrity interviews from the hit BBC4 documentary The Sound of Fury, the show tells the story of the much-loved local icon, with additional live performance from actor and singer Gavin Stanley, who has played Fury many times in the West End and on tour.
The celebrity interviews come from the likes of Len Goodman and Mark Kermode, among others, joined by performances of Fury songs, from Halfway To Paradise to It’s Only Make believe.
Gavin Stanley, who has also produced the event, said: “Fury is one of Liverpool's most iconic stars and I'm immensely proud to be representing him – there is something magical about portraying a star in his home town.
"I'm from Liverpool too – in fact I knew Billy's mother and brother well. They gave me fantastic support as a young performer and even came to see me play him in the West End in Jack Good's life story Good Rockin' Tonite!
“People forget how big a star Billy was: there's a picture of John Lennon getting his autograph; there was all the time he spent in the UK top ten and he was the UK's first artist to entirely write his own album.
"We tell his story through cinematic BBC documentary footage mixed with live performance. I'm excited to give Liverpool a little reminder of one of its greatest stars."
Info and tickets here