Dad of Divas' Reviews: CD Review - The Hit Men Live

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CD Review - The Hit Men Live

About the CD
The Hit Men – the celebrated SuperGroup consisting of the original performing and recording members of mega-star acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and more – have debuted their yuletide track “A Four Seasons Christmas” exclusively with Huffington Post. The song is a medley of everyone’s favorite holiday songs performed in the style of The Four Seasons – an aural treat for all!

The Hit Men are: Lee Shapiro, Don Ciccone, Larry Gates, Gerry Polci, Jimmy Ryan and Russ Velazquez, a SuperGroup whose friendship has spanned more than 50 years. As part of their reunion, the six members of the SuperGroup have hit the road again for a bicoastal tour, which includes a stop at New York City’s 2012 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP). The two-night performance will take place on January 7th and 8th at The Hilton Hotel in New York. Classic hits performed on tour include “Oh, What A Night,” “Who Loves You” and “Hanky Panky”.

The Hit Men’s debut album “The Hit Men Live” will be available everywhere on February 28th, 2012.

Learn more about The Hit Men’s illustrious rock and roll history, and follow them as they tour the country from coast to coast, performing the greatest hits of all time. Like them on Facebook today at



December 2 - Tilles Center - Brookville, NY
December 16 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ


January 7 and 8 – APAP Showcase at the New York Hilton – New York, NY
February 10 - Duncan Theater - Lake Worth, FL
February 11 - The Phil - Naples, FL
February 12 - The Phil - Naples, FL
February 19 - The Sunrise Theater - Fort Pierce, FL
February 24 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
February 25 - Broadway Theater - Pitman, NJ
March 24 – Prairie’s Edge Casino & Resort – Granite Falls, MN
March 31 – Brauntex PAC – New Braunfels, TX
April 19 – Katherine Hepburn Theater – Old Saybrook, CT
April 20 – Harrington Raceway & Casino – Harrington, DE
April 21 - The Lehman Center - Bronx, NY (OPENING FOR GLORIA GAYNOR)
June 11 - Garde Arts Theater - New London, CT
June 12 - Garde Arts Theater - New London, CT
June 30 – 4th of July Festival - Bristol, RI
July 14 – Ft. Lee NJ Summer Concert Series – Fort Lee, NJ
September 8 – The Plaza Arts Center – Eatonton, GA

My Take on the CD
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock.

You will not be able to listen to this CD without moving and you will not be disappointed in it.

The Hit Men: Lee Shapero, Don Ciccone, Larry Gates, Gerry Polici, Jimmy Ryan, and Russ Velazuez whose friendship has spanned over 50 years have put together a tour of the United States and this CD. They have been involved over the years with such sensations as the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and others.

The CD includes popular songs such as: Rag Doll, Oh What a Night, Sherry, Grease, Younger Girl, Peace Train, Bad Leroy Brown and more.

These talented singers are also the instrumentalists behind the music.

It was such a pleasure to review this CD. I just wish one of the tour stops was at the Wharton Theater, on the MSU campus, in Lansing Michigan. I would be the first one in line for a ticket.

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