It’s the announcement that fans of the late B.E. Taylor have waited more than a year for.
The concert that meant Christmas to thousands of people is coming back.
B.E’s son, brother and friends announced the show will return to the Capitol Theatre on December 22.
Last year, Christmas was only four months after Taylor’s death.
But since then, his family and friends have felt there was something they needed to do.
“I’m so excited to do it, but it’s about as bittersweet as something can get,” said Taylor’s son, B.C. Taylor.
They say in many ways, B.E. Taylor will be there.
“He will be part of the show,” B.C. noted. “We will be incorporating video and audio so we get to play with my father again.”
“B.E. Taylor and his family and friends were–and are–the spirit of Christmas here in the Ohio Valley,” said Denny Magruder, executive director of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority.
Taylor took Christmas seriously, but took himself lightly, always putting other people at ease.
In a vintage video clip, he can be heard joking with an interviewer about how cold it was in the dressing room.
“Oh the weather inside is frightful!” he sang.
His younger brother Dan Taylor’s singing voice is eerily similar.
He says that’s part genetics and part hero worship.
‘I loved his music, I loved what he did and just loved him as a person, so I almost idolized him in a way,” said Dan. “So I almost copied everything he did!”
In taped interviews, B.E. can be heard telling a reporter how a serious illness at age 11 led to his career.
“I spent a year in bed,” he said. “And it was tough. And that’s when my parents got me a guitar.”
It led to a career that sold out theaters every Christmas.
“We’re going to have fun because that’s what Bill would have wanted us to do,” said Dan Taylor. “He would want us to celebrate the birth of Christ, feel the love of Christmas and what it really represents. Jesus was the reason. And that’s what Bill was all about.”
“I think we’re going to feel that spirit of Christmas once again,” said Denny Magruder.
B.E. Taylor never took for granted the fact that his music meant Christmas to so many people.
In an interview, he once said, “I pinch myself, to know that we’re having that kind of an impact on people.”
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. at the Wesbanco Arena Box Office.
They are also available online at capitoltheatrewheeling.com and by phone at (304) 233-4470.