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Hall of Fame Confirms Pitney as Rock Giant

Hall of Fame Confirms Pitney as Rock Giant

Who: Gene Pitney
Where: Newcastle Panthers
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Wednesday April 10, 2002

PROVING that after even 30 years in the entertainment industry, Gene Pitney has what it takes to be an integral part of the scene.

Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a week before he embarked on a 23-date tour of New Zealand and Australia.

The induction was at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Monday.

Pitney will arrive in Australia and perform a special Newcastle show at ClubNova Newcastle on April 10.

In his career, Pitney has worked alongside major artists and producers from diverse backgrounds including The Rolling Stones, Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector. Pitney has been awarded for his work on many occasions and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture.

He was also nominated for an Oscar for Town Without Pity from the film of the same name and was the first pop artist invited to perform at the Academy Awards. His talent a singer and a songwriter has seen him produce a string of timeless hits including Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, Looking Through the Eyes of Love, Last Chance To Turn Around and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. 'I like things to keep changing,' Pitney said.

'I've seen too many artists left out in the cold because they relied on the same old sounds and same old type of songs.'

2002 will see the release of Pitney's new Foxwoods Live CD, video and DVD, which includes footage and sound from the 2000 concert at Foxwood Resort.

Tickets to Pitney's Newcastle show are on sale from ClubNova.

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