The proof is in: Frankie Valli has managed to go through the years with as much grace and ease as his successes. The 88-year-old musical legend proved to be as strong vocally as physically during his visit to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on Thursday evening.
Very elegant in his dark suit, Frankie Valli was welcomed as the icon of American music that he is by a frankly enthusiastic audience. A standing ovation before even having uttered the first note? Yes. And this one was absolutely deserved, we would add, given the status of the singer and his Four Seasons.
It must be said that the famous group had long been desired.
The singer himself admitted to having been particularly ripe for a visit to the metropolis, his last presence among us dating back, according to him, to the 1960s. And a lot has happened during these six decades. A video montage, presented at the start of the evening, also retraced the main feats of arms of Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons, images showing the singer alongside Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and other Lionel Richies of this world.  ;
The question still remained: has the singer's voice also stood the test of time?
A few seconds were enough to reassure us: the years have obviously not amputated anything from Frankie Valli's vocal register. The singer may have a tone that is a tad nasal at times, he reaches without the slightest difficulty the same vocal peaks as at the time. And if the energy is, naturally, less than before, the idol is particularly solid by virtue of its very respectable age.
The new Four Seasons
On the other hand, his four [more] young accomplices– the new Four Seasons – all have a warmer vocal range, contrasting nicely with that of their leader. This new blood also brings a good dose of pep and dynamism, especially with their rudimentary choreographies, of course, but executed with good-naturedness and aplomb.
These come to coat the unwavering ones in a beautiful way Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off You and other December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night), all warmly applauded, and often given a standing ovation by the fans.
It should be noted that while the majority of these spectators had, say, graying temples, we met many thirty-somethings and twenty-somethings – in addition to a good handful of school-aged children – in the hall of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in the minutes leading up to the concert.
Good proof that the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons n has not simply crossed the ages; it will live for a long time to come thanks to these new generations of music lovers. And that's really good news.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128