It was the first performance
at the Vienna State Opera for an enterainer, who had performed
in many concert halls around the globe during his lang carreer.
In his concert during the Vienna Jazz Festival in 2007, Paul Anka
mesmerized his audience with his power as well as his nuances
as an entertainer of world class. Not many would have know him
to be the author of almost 1.000 songs and a multi-instrumentalist
in his own right.
An artist in touch and in tune with his
Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and
1960s. Some of his hit songs from that time are among the most
famous tunes of all times: "Diana," "Lonely Boy,"
and "Put Your Head on my Shoulder." What might be less
know is the fact that he wrote Tom Jones' biggest hit, "She's
A Lady" as well as the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's
signature song, "My Way."
When in New York, Fritz Thom specially drove to New Jersey to
see Paul Anka perform. Not without a certain element of surprise
he encountered an entertainer with so much power in his performance
as well as an artist with long years of experience always in touch
and in tune with his audience.
A virtual duet with Sammy Davies Jr.
At the Vienna State Opera Paul Anka proved to be a genius of communication
with his audience, never shy to adopt the latest trends, taking
pictures of a picture-taking audience rather than prohibiting
photography at his concerts. The stairs from the stage to the
floor turned out to be an important element of his show, presenting
the producers with security problems in this historic opera house.
It was also the first time that the iron curtain – that
usually serves as the backdrop of the stage for concerts at the
opera house – was kept open during on special demand from
Paul Anka, who used a large video projection for his virtual duet
with Sammy Davies Jr. He was kind and patient with his fans asking
for his signature, but gave such souveniers only to those who
were able to name at least five of his songs.