Fans of the enormously popular movie "Dirty Dancing" can get another dose of the dancing and the music Wednesday, Aug. 24, this time live and in person, as "Dirty Dancing - The Concert Tour" makes its debut in the Salt Palace arena.
The tour features Bill Medley, Eric Carmen, the Contours, Merry Clayton, Jennifer Warnes and dancers from the movie in a performance of the music and dancing that has spawned two top-of-the-chart albums.Medley and Warnes sang the Oscar- and Grammy-winning duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" for the movie and will perform the song during the two-hour show. Medley was the gravely-voiced half of the Righteous Brothers singing duo that enjoyed great success in the mid-'60s and gave substance to the term "blue-eyed soul." Just before beginning the 100-city "Dirty Dancing" tour, Medley and partner Bobby Hatfield completed a 25th anniversary Righteous Brothers tour. Medley has had little time to himself since. Recently the tour performance was filmed for a television broadcast set for later this fall.
Sharing the spotlight will be Eric Carmen, formerly of the Raspberries. Carmen's "Hungry Eyes" from the soundtrack album also did well on the charts, and his song "Make Me Lose Control" is currently in the Top 10.
The movie's success, and the release of a second album, "More Dirty Dancing," featuring additional songs from the movie, gave rebirth to the Contours, who will be part of the show. Their early hit "Do You Love Me" is one of the highlights of the new album, and that popularity led to their being asked along for the tour. The group members perform a number of their early hits.
Merry Clayton is a former Raylette, the backup singers for Ray Charles. She first burst onto the rock charts in the 1970s with the mega-hit "Gimmee Shelter," which featured a duet with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Clayton's "Yes" was one of the most danceable tunes on the soundtrack album.
It wouldn't be the same, though, without the dancers. Six of the original dancers from the movie have been recruited for the tour to provide some visual backup for the singing. Several of the dance scenes from the movie are recreated to give fans a sense of being there.
- Wil Grey