THERE is one piece of news footage where the legendary Roy Orbison tells an interviewer in his gentle drawl that at the end of the day he simply wanted 'to be remembered.'

Well, one man who is making sure the legacy continues is Barry Steele and his superb six-piece band of musicians currently on a massive 70-date UK tour.

Using back-screen projection featuring film clips and news stories of the man known as the 'Big O', who tragically Left us too early at the age of 52 on December 6, 1988.

I wrote Roy's obituary for a national newspaper at the time and I recalled the genuine, wide spread outpouring of grief.

Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard wanted to go on record with their feelings.

Texas-born Orbison had a tragic life, losing his first wife and then later his songs.

He moved on in his life by putting his feelings into personal, heart-breaking accidents.

To this day his time-less, emotional hits speak volumes.

Barry Steele looks the part with trademark Orbison shades and stage gear.

Although Orbison did walk and play at the same time, Barry adopts a static approach.

He has a warm line in laid-back humour.

He soars on versions of the Orbison classics from the '60s such as In Dreams, Only the lonely and Running scared.

When he walks off for a costume change the band treat the audience to hits such as Keep on running and Procol Harum's A whiter shade of pale.

This takes the focus off Roy and I feel there are too many diversions with songs from other artists that - splendidly performed as they are - would sit better in a another musical show.

I, and my friend, Linda who saw the real Roy in concert would have been happy with the hit packed first half alone.

After the interval there is a Traveling Wilbury's showcase featuring Roy's collaborations with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

But, again, we did not really need to hear ELO's Turn to stone and Tom Petty's Won't back down.

There were also two Chris Isaak songs – maybe one is enough.

There were other Orbison songs that called out to be performed - Blue angel and Blue bayou being two favourites.

That said, when the emphasis is on Roy's solo output in the '60s and '80s, the show works wonderfully and is executed very well.

It includes a ballad written but never recorded by Roy called Till the heart caves in.

And the show ended with a rousing Pretty woman.

More of the 'Big O's catalogue and less supporting songs and this could be a five-star show.

Roy Remembered - four stars

The show is at the Brindley tonight and Southport Theatre in August.