ROCKET MAN – ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE
Steptoes night club on Benidorm’s Calle Lepanto was the venue I visited whilst out and about this week to see Ricky Price perform an Elton John tribute under the alias Rocket Man.
This is a show for all Elton John enthusiasts as Ricky has studied the man to such an extent the looks, mannerisms and voice are very realistic.
Dave is currently in his sixth year as the mainstay for the Malibu Bar and when you chat to him and find out a little more about him, his previous musical history is very impressive. He started learning the piano at a very early age in fact he says it was as soon as he could sit on the piano stool without falling off! Dave was encouraged by his father who was a pre-war cinema organist to take up the keyboard, so much so, at the tender age of 11 Dave played at Blackpool Ice Drome until he was 14 when he decided to take up music professionally. By the time he had reached 18, Dave was Musical Director at Blackpool’s Gaiety Bar which was then the Flagship venue for the Top Rank Organisation.
The early 1980’s saw Dave on many cruise ships together with work in the USA before becoming Musical Director for the great showman Eric Delaney, a post he held for eight years where the summer months were spent at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool when the versatile Dave Peterson would play the world famous Mighty Wurlitzer.
A move to Spain in 1990 and in 1995 became the compere and MD at the Town nightspot here in Benidorm where he remained until 2000 when he returned to the sea to take up cruising with the Seabourn fleet.
In 2002 Dave finally settled back down in Spain at the Malibu bar where he currently plays 6 nights and 1 afternoon per week, backing artistes, entertaining and also running his own band, the Malibu Allstars.
In the daytime Dave is usually found working hard making recordings and backing tracks for many of Benidorm’s local artistes in his studios.
After visiting the Malibu Bar again recently in Benidorm’s Rincon De Loix area I thought it fitting to focus on the Musical Director and Compere of the venue, Dave Peterson.