“We Will Rock You” close on 31st May, What now for the stars of the show?
After 12 Years on the West End, the hugely popular show, ‘We will rock you’ will be closing for the final time.
Although with 4500 performances and 6.6 million tickets sold across 12 years, what will the musicians do now?
WELL, THE TIME IS NOW AND THE BAND IS SPACEELEVATOR!
Some of the Shows musicians have formed a new band called Space Elevator, playing the same type of rock music and unlike the iPlanet, no musical instruments are banned.
The group have played together in ‘We will Rock You’ and have now hooked up with the beautifully bonkers front woman ‘The Duchess’ to form the next best thing in British Rock.
Members from the new band, Space Elevator are asked about the show and their aspirations
When asked why Queen and Ben Elton’s show was such a success, they believe it is simply the Music.
“This is universally known and loved, Queen have so many hits that we would defy almost anyone even almost 30 years after the original four last played live not to know 90% of the Show. The music is loud and the audience gets swept away every night and at the end it’s like being at a rock concert, with the chance to stand up, stomp and clap and go nuts. Queen wrote songs that speak to all classes, all generations. They write songs to be sung on football terraces and also on the West End stage. Every member of Queen has written a top 10 hit. Such a vast catalogue of instantly catchy accessible music! The lyrics are witty and poignant and uplifting. The band in the show sounds so incredible that you get carried away with nostalgia and enthusiasm. Even though most of the vocals sound “musical theatre” the actual band sounds totally authentic and rocking like a Queen concert and that’s why it works. Also it shows great respect to Freddie’s memory. He was the greatest front man ever and this is acknowledged in the story”.
Memorable WWRY shows
Included is one which was a tribute to what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 60th birthday. Brian May and Roger Taylor joined in for an extended encore. We played The Show Must Go On with them, Brian performed Love Of My Life and Roger performed Say It’s Not True. That was a lovely night.
Another fantastic night was the Cast Change 2011, where Brian May came in and played Bohemian Rhapsody with us.
Some nights it is the audience. There have been many famous people in the audience, such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Liza Minnelli etc or well-known people guesting on stage on special occasions, such as McFly, but the most memorable performance for many of the full time members of the band was at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in 2002.
Space Elevator CD is out now – from Amazon, HMV and all good record shops. Cat No SECD1
Musicians/singer are available for interview