Eric Monty Morris Still Dazzles On Stage
The man might be old but don’t tell him cause he still thinks he’s a kid. Jumping around in a flashy suit doing flashy moves like in the old days. The guys still got talent and the voice to make you dance.
Back in the Ska days he never got a chance to hit Europe before he gave up his singing for another life. He finally made his debut this past Saturday April 9 to a sold out crowd at the prestigious McCormacks Ballroom.
Just take a look at the videos below for a glimpse at all the fun that must have been had. You can read the full press release below the videos with a little more information on what went down and fan reaction.
& Monty doing his classic “Sammy Dead”
Eric Monty Morris Leaps in Leipzeg, Germany
Ska Legend Dazzles in First European Show
LEIPZEG, DE, APRIL 10, 2011 â€“ Ska Legend Eric Monty Morris made his European debut to a sold out crowd at the prestigious McCormacks Ballroom on Saturday April 9, 2011. It was a night that will go down in the history books as one of the greatest exhibitions of Ska in modern times.
A steady stream of fans could be seen greeting Morris upon his arrival at McCormacks Ballroom, seizing the opportunity to shake the hand of the man who wrote songs like â€œSammy Dead,â€ â€œStrongman Sampson,â€ â€œPenny Reel,â€ â€œInto this Beautiful Gardenâ€ and â€œHumpty Dumpty.â€ One patron knelt before Morris, kissing his hand while explaining that she had waited all of her life to see his perform.
At the stroke of midnight, Morrisâ€™s backing band for the evening â€œThe Saloon Soldiersâ€ opened up the Morris set with interpretations of favorite Ska and Rocksteady tunes. Then it was time for the legend to take the stage. A single spotlight could be seen beaming into the crowd, in search of the man affectionately called â€œMonty.â€ As it found itsâ€™ mark, Morris made his way slowly through the eager crowd, guided by manager/producer Sadiki as well as representatives of his European Agency.
Total pandemonium! Euphoria! Are only a few of the words that can be used to describe the reaction and feeling of the crowd when Morris finally took to the stage. Opening with his classic ballad â€œWhere in the World Are You Going,â€ Morris had the crowd hanging on every line. He then commanded the crowd to â€œGet Your Feet Moving,â€ fans willingly obeyed the command and danced up a Ska storm. If there was a doubt as to who this well dressed 60 something year-old man on stage was, there was no doubt by the time Morris got to â€œPenny Reelâ€, â€œSammy Deadâ€, â€œOil In My Lampâ€ and the widely popular â€œHumpty Dumptyâ€. Patrons from as far away as France, Spain, Austria and the UK, gleefully chanted, line for line, the lyrics that made Eric Monty Morris a Living Legend! By the end of his forty-five minute set, and not one but two encores, Morris and fans seemed more like a tightly knit family as they sang â€œWhat You Gonna Do (Say Bye Bye)â€.