FOR the past 18 years, Dean Bourne has donned a dark crown of hair, custom-made black sunglasses and Gibson 335 guitar.
Having grown up listening to the records of Roy Orbison as a child with his father, he could appreciate the unique song writing and stylings of this rock 'n' roll legend.
And although The Big O is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through Dean's performance across the country and abroad.
"I was quite often told in my young years that I sounded so much like him (Roy)," Dean said.
"I had always been musically orientated; my father was a musician, and I had learned to play guitar at a young age and entered the talent quest circuits.
"I entered and won a talent quest called 'Follow that Dream' dressed as Roy Orbison and singing his music… and I guess that's where it all started."
IF YOU GO
What: Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers starring internationally renowned artists Dean Bourne with special guests the Robertson brothers.
Where: Pilbeam Theatre
When: Saturday, May 23
Cost: $69.90 (adults)
For more information: Visit http://www.seeitlive.com.au or phone 4927 4111.
Today the music of Roy Orbison is alive in Dean as he shares his love of a music legend on his national tour.
Roy Orbison (Dean) will bring memorable songs like Crying, Pretty Woman, Dream Baby, Leah and Only the Lonely to the Pilbeam Theatre stage for one epic night of music nostalgia on May 23.
He will be joined by internationally renowned vocal harmony duo The Everly Brothers (Geoff and Ben Robertson) as part of their national tour.
Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers had a very strong friendship, admiration and respect for each other which culminated in them performing together, writing hit songs and giving their audiences what they wanted to hear - all their massive hits together on one unforgettable night of rock and roll.
"They're just incredible," Dean explained.
"I don't think I've worked with any artists that's the calibre of these guys."
This will be Dean's first visit to Rockhampton and he said he was looking forward to it.
"For me personally, I enjoy bringing Roy's music to life - bringing back the memories; you can hear it, see it and feel it.
"Of course, a significant amount of the audience are those in their 60s and 70s who grew up listening to Roy's music, but you do see a lot of younger people coming to the shows too - those that may have listened to Roy's songs as a child with their parents.
"My favourite song to play, and always has been, is Crying, which was a true story co-written with Joe Melson and tells the story of how Roy was in love with a woman, but had no courage to tell her how he felt.
"On one occasion, this woman walked past him but because he was with his friends, he thought he would play it cool instead of talking to her, but later regrets his decision as he would never see her again," Dean said.
Winners of 23 industry awards and Golden Guitars, Aria nominees Dean Bourne and Geoff and Ben Robertson join forces on this magical tribute.