Friday, July 4th, 2014 by Music News Group
Posted in Music News
Frankie Valli says he feels honored to be taking part in PBS’ annual Independence Day special, A Capitol Fourth, which will air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
“I think it’s just an incredible event,” the frontman of the legendary group The Four Seasons tells ABC News Radio. “It’s something that I usually watch every year. To have been asked to do it is, I mean, it’s very exciting. It’s not something that everybody gets an opportunity to do, so it is special.”
The 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he isn’t working up a special patriotic-themed tune to perform at the concert, but rather he’s simply going to sing some of his classic tunes.
“I don’t think you have to sing a patriotic song to be patriotic,” he maintains. “We’re gonna do some hits. That’s what people want and that’s what we’re gonna give them.”
Among the other artists performing on this year’s A Capitol Fourth are Patti LaBelle and ex-Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald, and Valli says he’s very happy that the two singers are on the bill alongside him.
“Patti LaBelle is an old friend and probably one of the most talented lady singers that there is on the planet,” Valli declares. And Michael McDonald, I don’t even have to say anymore…For me, he’s a legend.”
Meanwhile, Valli tells ABC News Radio that if he hadn’t been invited to perform at the concert, he probably would be spending July 4 like many other Americans.
“The Fourth of July is a celebrating of country and in most cases that’s what it’s all about, and people do sit and barbecue and watch the fireworks,” he points out. “And since I have kids, that’s probably what I would have done.”
Other stars on the lineup for this year’s A Capitol Fourth include former American Idol champs Jordin Sparks and Phillip Phillips, The Muppets, country singer Sara Evans and Kendall Schmidt of the boy band Big Time Rush. There also will be a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by the renowned composer John Williams. The special, which will be hosted by Tom Bergeron, will be topped off by a dazzling fireworks display.
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