Let the Good Times Roll is a smash recreation of 1950s rock 'n' roll frenzy, a moving and exciting nostalgia trip.
Let the Good Times Roll is a smash recreation of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll frenzy, a moving and exciting nostalgia trip.
The production focuses on two rock ‘n’ roll revival concerts held in Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and Detroit’s Cobo Hall, personalizes the 33 musical numbers with penetrating backstage views of the performers, and underpins the whole with astutely-chosen film and video clips and stills of the decade.
The talent lineup resurrected for Let the Good Times Roll shames all such previous features save Woodstock and reminds one that a lot of performing excitement has not been properly utilized in recent years. In a group consisting of such 1950s giants as Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, The Shirelles, Bill Haley and The Comets, The Five Satins, The Coasters, Danny And The Juniors and The Bobby Comstock Rock & Roll Band, three stand out with especial distinction.
Chuck Berry is clearly wrecked by the audience outpouring that greets him. Bo Diddley also stands out. Best of all, however, is Little Richard, that pompadoured teenage screamer who affects the next best thing to drag for his frenetic workouts with an equally hysteric audience.