Legends at the Kings Hall
FORMER lorry driver Barry Steele, 52, gave up his day job 10 years ago – but still loves being on the road.
Luckily the born-again rock 'n' roller still gets plenty of time on the nation's motorways with his hectic gig schedule.
Barry, who visits Herne Bay's Kings Hall on Saturday July 14, has been playing twice a week for two years with his successful Roy Orbison tribute show.
The dad-of-three has toured New Zealand, Germany and Denmark.
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He said: "I didn't start singing until I was in my 40s. There were some opera singers in my family but I was a lorry driver.
"I loved being on the road but eventually I decided I wanted to do something more.
"One day I was singing to myself and someone told me I sounded like Roy Orbison. I've never looked back."
Barry's Roy Orbison Show also features special guest Marc Robinson as Buddy Holly and pitch-perfect Peter John Jackson, 27, as Johnny Cash. Backing them is a five-piece band.
It is a family affair backstage with Barry's wife Lynne doubling as promoter and producer and their eldest son Chris mixing the sound and driving.
They last played the Kings Hall in 2008. But worried Lynn says ticket sales are not going well.
She said: "We tour and play a lot and usually sell-out with ease. But Herne Bay, which we love, is proving a bit tricky.
" All the poster sites seem to be used for the Marlowe Theatre so no one knows what is happening at the King's Hall. It's a real shame.
"It is a lovely little venue and the Herne Bay audience is always fantastic – once they know something is on."
Roy Orbison Tribute , Kings Hall, Herne Bay, Saturday, July 18, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18.50 from www.marlowtheatre.com or 01227 374188.