Tony and an eleven piece band presented the "The Rarin' Darin Concert" at the Missouri History Museum on September 6, 2005. The concert also featured "The Last Chapter", a female vocalist group, and Tony's brother Joe Viviano, who joined with Tony in duets that Bobby Darin performed with Johnny Mercer.
The concert had perfect weather and a great crowd turned out for the event. Some estimates put the crowd at over three thousand people.
Tony would like to personally thank all of those who turned out for the event. What a great audience!
With his delivery and husky voice, Tony is most often compared to Tony Bennett. However, Bobby Darin probably had the greatest influence on his style and enthusiasm for performing. Whether belting out "Dream Lover", softly crooning "Beyond the Sea" or snapping his fingers to "Mack the Knife", Viviano brings to mind the versatility and stage presence of Darin. Although his supper-club and wedding gigs include tunes by Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin is Tony's idol.
Some time ago, Tony did a review for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Bobby Darin movie "Beyond the Sea".
He faulted "Beyond the Sea" for failing to mention Darin's TV variety show, his foray into folk music and his talent as an instrumentalist. "Onstage, Bobby played piano, bass, drums, guitar, vibes and harmonica," he notes. But Tony was impressed with the performance of Kevin Spacey and said he was moved to tears by the final fantasy sequence, in which Darin dances with his young alter ego.
"Bobby had more ambition and determination than any other entertainer on this planet. He had the nerves of a bank robber. When he stood in front of you, he made sure you were entertained. He also made sure there were no glasses or silverware tinkling in the audience. He was a perfectionist."
"Bobby wore many hats, and he wore them well. If you're a great baseball player, you stick to your position. But Bobby wanted to play left field, right field, pitcher, catcher. At one point in his career, he forgot where his bread and butter was, which was the finger-snappin' swing music. But he knew he was going to die, so he had to try everything."
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