SOUTH Tyneside’s very own Kings of Swing are doing it their way.
Hebburn stars Jason Cook, Steffen Peddie and Neil Grainger have teamed up with swing singer Glen Roughead to form The Geordie Rat Pack.
The foursome, backed up by The Paul James Band, are set to take to the stage together on Sunday, July 5.
They’ll be performing their unique mash-up of swing and comedy at The Sage Gateshead.
Comic Jason, who wrote and starred in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, said: “This all started when Glen, who is an incredible singer, was doing a gig for a Parkinson’s Disease charity and asked us if we’d appear.
“We thought rather than just go along and do a five-minute bit, we’d make a thing of it and we got to perform at Newcastle City Hall for almost 1,000 people.
“We just absolutely loved it. It was the most fun we’d had in years, so we just thought, ‘why not continue to do it?’”
Jason, who played Ramsey in his TV sitcom, will perform alongside his co-stars, Steffen, who portrayed Big Keith, and Neil, who starred as pub singer Gervaise, as well as rising swing star Glen and the band.
Jason, 41, from Hebburn, added: “We’re in full tuxedos and have a full band and it’s amazing. We try to do something a little different.
“We do a little bit of singing – Glen does a lot of the singing – and we do the comedy. We wanted it to be like the real Rat Pack, where they’re all just stood around the bar having a good time.
“We’re going all out this time as well and having a really glitzy show.
“There’s going to be lots of boisterous fun, lots of gags, classic songs, new songs done in a swing style, and the four of us having a lot of fun.
“We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves and maybe a few guest appearances too.
“Performing at The Sage is going to be great. If people want to get dressed up to come along they’re more than welcome – but it’s not compulsory.
“Once you mix the swing with the comedy, it’s the greatest night out you’ll ever have.”
Tickets for the 8pm show cost from £20.50. To book, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call the box office on 443 4661.
To find out more about the group, go to www.geordieratpack.co.uk