Webb Wilder rockin’ in Fiji!
American music is still very appreciated on other shores. Webb Wilder and his band, The Beatnecks, are doing their first tour of Fiji this month and it seems rock n’ roll still drives the kids crazy!
The tour is taking them across the islands down under. The band is representing America as Cultural Envoys, exposing Fijians to the best of Americana music with concerts and Master Classes. There are collaborations with the local Hard Rock Cafe as well. It’s been a wonderfully satisfying experience for both the musicians and the fans. The Fiji Times said Webb’s band “brought out the wild side in students” he played for there.
Webb Wilder commented after a packed show, “Today was great ….. You know actually playing real rock and roll for young people, for teenagers and having them so excited it was like Beatle Mania.” He continued, “It gave you a taste of what that must have been like for those groups because a lot of time we play for people our age, fans who have been with me a long time in the States. You know in the early days of the 1950s, people like Elvis Presley …. their early gigs were in high schools so we’re always trying to figure out a way to reach some young people. I never had that kind of opportunity so it was wonderful.”
The band is back stateside September 20th, in time for the sixth Annual Webb Fest in Bowling Green, KY on Oct. 1st.