Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds
Thursday 27th April 2006
- Doors Open:
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, the multi-award winning classic album re-released in June, has become the biggest selling re-issue album of 2005. With Platinum sales status (sales of over 300,000 units) achieved once again and an amazing ten consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10 album charts, The War of The Worlds has proved to be the smash hit album of the summer and in terms of sales and chart positions has eclipsed many of the new ‘much –hyped’ artist album releases over the last 2 and a half months including The Black Eyed Peas, Charlotte Church & The Magic Numbers.
It has now also overtaken Paul Simon’s Graceland and REM’s Automatic for The People in the All Time UK album sales Top 40 and about to enter the Top 10 of longest running albums in chart history, having recently passed 290 accumulative weeks in the UK album charts.
Clear Channel Entertainment and SJM have just inked a debut TWOTW concert tour in the U.K. beginning in April 2006 (including the Royal Albert Hall) in which Wayne will conduct The Black Smoke Band and the 48 piece ULLAdubULLA (PRONOUNCED AS ONE WORD: OOLE-DUB-OOLE) Strings along with Special Guest Justin Hayward and in Sight and Sound, Richard Burton as The Journalist.
"The large-scale show is somewhere between a rock concert and very large-scale theatre," Wayne said, noting that the plan is to have five Martian Fighting Machines as tall as 30 feet, as well as a Martian Handling and Flying machine, the Thunder Child frigate and a number of other special effects.
The show will follow the album and additionally include a prequel that shows Mars suffering from severe ecological problems that force the Martians to leave the planet. Richard Burton's original performance will again be brought back to life with state-of-the-art technology.
Since its original release in June of 1978, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds has grown into a true classic; attracting a new generation of devoted followers whilst still inspiring the faithful listeners from the past decades.
Inspired by the HG Wells novel, the album features a compelling blend of prog rock and classical and literary influences, coupled with a spell-binding narrative performance from Richard Burton as The Journalist, and outstanding performances by some of the biggest artists of the 70s, including David Essex, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott and Julie Covington.
The album has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with sales before it’s relaunch of over 13 million records sold and numerous accolades including two Ivor Novello Awards, and the USA Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy which included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Alfred Hitchcock amongst the judging panel.