Just thought I’d share this video with you. Some very talented people from Sligo, they were heard on Hector on 2FM this morning. I hope they get the recognition they deserve.
Chapter’s Coffee House hosted a brilliant ‘micro arts festival’ over the last couple of days. There were all kinds of music, fun and games taking place for all ages.
Rory from Chapters was great at introducing all the events. We also held our Sligo ‘tweet up’ there today which I really enjoyed. It’s great to meet the people behind the twitter accounts and to put faces to names.
Afterwards I got to listen to Joe Hunt and Keiran Quinn. They are such talented musicians and there was a great atmosphere upstairs in Chapters. I took a short bit of video.
If you don’t want to read any spoilers from the show don’t read on I wasn’t sure about the whole New Generation thing as I am a massive fan of the original album and show. However my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to go to Dublin and see what I thought.
You’ll have to forgive the lack of photos. The O2 were being really strict about people taking photos so I just sneaked a few and they aren’t great. The show begin with ‘William and Vera’ (Michael Falzon and Lily Osborne), they had more of a speaking part than in the 2010 show although they didn’t walk into the audience this time. There was the gust of wind at the end of their part where the newspapers blew into the audience.
Liam Neeson is now George Herbert the journalist, taking over from Richard Burton. As well as the holographic head to the left of the stage (and I heard some people on the right had trouble seeing it). Liam also appears full body on a screen which comes up from the stage from time to time. So for this show he actually interacts with some of the cast. Of course he’s not Richard Burton and I found some of the narration lacking a bit, what was missing with the diction was made up for by Liam’s facial expressions. He actually acted the part where of course Richard couldn’t.
Marti Pellow played the ‘Sung thoughts of the journalist’. To be honest this was the most disappointing part of the show for me. After hearing Gary Barlow singing on the new album, (and I’m not a Gary Barlow fan), I thought Marti might be fine. I found his voice quite weak though and he just really didn’t seem to be putting much feeling into it. The leaves came down on the right side of the stage during Forever Autumn.
Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs was the artillery man and I have to say he stole the show. He really does a brilliant rendition of someone going insane. He put such energy into the part, I loved it when he ran into the audience. He did have a few problems with the high notes from Brave New World but it didn’t make any difference he was still great and got the biggest cheer of the night. He has more props than in previous shows and actually digs into the stage which looks quite realistic.
Will Stapleton was the Voice of Humanity and he was brilliant, he’s got a great powerful voice and was perfect for the role. I really want to check out his band Jettblack.
The sound for the second half was a bit distorted and I found some of the voices were drowned out by the music, especially during Spirit of Man but I was really impressed with what I did hear. Jason Donovan was excellent as Parson Nathaniel, the role suited him better than the artillery man role he played last time. Kerry Ellis as Beth was excellent, probably the best one I’ve seen. At the end of the song Beth dies and her ‘spirit’ is meant to levitate, something went wrong though so it didn’t work as planned and they had to drag the dress through the trap door in the stage.
At the end all the cast are introduced and all sing part of The Eve of the War. There was a standing ovation for the show which was well deserved. It did annoy me when people started walking out during this song, it’s very distracting for those trying to watch the show.
Michael Falzon took to the stage for the epilogue as Marvin, the NASA controller. Again this is a longer part than the 2010 show, he gets blown up in the end though…and I still have no idea how they did it.
Other parts of the show: the heatray from the fighting machine…and I screamed again!, paperboys running across the stage twice, the change in the music making it more modern, more graphics on the screen, Chris Spedding and Herbie Flowers getting their own little ‘solo’ where they get to stand on a raised stage. The martians talking more in the show. A bit at the end of Liam Neeson and Carrie talking to eachother. Liam’s hologram was on stage and Carrie’s hologram was on the left of the stage. There was loads of merchandise for sale including some great t-shirts. I did think 20 euro for a mug was way too expensive though. Also the programmes were 20 euro but if you wanted one signed by Jeff it was 40! If you met him, he’d sign it for nothing.
Things that I didn’t like…the daft woman who thought the show was about a spider! The people behind me who had no idea what the show was about. Not being able to take photos. Apart from that I loved every minute and it was over way too quickly…if you get a chance to go do. My photos are here.
We got to meet most of the cast and crew afterwards as I was staying in the same hotel. They were all so nice especially Michael Falzon who spent a good while talking to us and Jeff and his wife…but all of them were lovely. A fan asked Jeff to phone his friend….no one would have believed I’m sad it’s all over but looking forward to the next tour and fingers crossed they bring out a new DVD.
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Facebook page released a sound clip of the ‘new generation’ Thunder Child today. It features Liam Neeson as the narrator and Alex Clare as the ‘voice of humanity’.
Let me know what you think. Oh and by the way if anyone has a spare ticket for the show in Dublin….please send it my way. I’d love to go Here are my photos from last time.
If you are a fan of Irish traditional music there is a great show online tonight at 8pm GMT from Ireland West Trad. There will be some fantastic musicians playing and the webcast will also be showcasing Leitrim. So relax in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland.
On Tuesday we went to the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo to see The Mersey Beatles. They were amazing. I can’t praise them highly enough. They played for over 2 and a half hours and belted out so many hits from The Beatles. We were singing along to them all.
John really did look like John. Although George looked more like Paul as Paul himself admitted. Confused? I am
The lads went through 4 changes of outfits which I never expected but it was brilliant. It really did reflect the changes The Beatles went through. They sounded so much like the real thing as well. The Mersey Beatles are doing a tour of Ireland after spending ten years playing The Cavern in Liverpool. If you get a chance do go and see them. It’s an amazing show.
I have to say though in this photo I think ‘George’ on the left looks like James May. Sorry George
We got to meet the band after the show and they commented on Andy’s ‘Beatle’ haircut! The rest of my photos are here.
I can’t believe the show wasn’t sold out. Sligo people where were you?? You missed an amazing night.
Contrary to popular belief the name ‘Magnumlady’ doesn’t come from the ice cream, champagne, a certain Tom Selleck or a gun. It’s actually a rock band. You can find them here. On Monday I flew over to Birmingham for the launch of the new album ‘On the 13th Day’ …which I have to say is brilliant. Anyway I met some of the band way back in the 1980′s, I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years! When I found out the launch party was happening I had to be there to hopefully meet all the band…and I did! You’ll have to excuse the daft look on my face. I look like some crazy fan girl (which I guess I am!)
This is me with Bob Catley, the lead singer of Magnum He’s a lovely man, he let me play his tambourine (that’s not a euphemism) at the last concert I was at in Manchester.
This is Mark Stanway the keyboard player of Magnum. Mark has also played keyboards for other bands over the years including Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott. Mark was telling me he spent a year in Ireland back in the day and thought the people were wonderful.
This is Al Barrow the bass player for Magnum. He’s also a fantastic photographer. He gave me a copy of the single ‘So let it rain’ and signed it for me. He also kept thanking me for coming all the way from Ireland. Spike from The Quireboys is in the photo too.
Harry James is the drummer for Magnum. There have been a few different drummers over the years. Harry was also the drummer for Thunder and is with a couple of other bands.
Tony Clarkin is the lead guitarist and song writer for Magnum. He has written some amazing songs over the years.
So without sounding like a big old groupie it was an amazing night and a dream come true. Not only did I get to meet the band I also got to meet some new friends and catch up with some of the fans I met from last year too. Thanks to Julie, Den and Jason for the photos…..and to Magnum for the music!
Well there is still speculation about who is playing Justin Hayward’s part in the stage show of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds New Generation. It was announced that Gary Barlow was singing the part on the new album. I must admit I was sceptical but I’ve listened to it and I have to say I quite like it. What do you think?
I was so delighted. Lucy is a massive fan and we went to the Monster Ball in 2010 but couldn’t afford tickets to this years one. As it’s her birthday on Wednesday it was a fantastic early birthday present.
Lady Gaga was brilliant. She puts so much energy in her shows. I have to say I preferred the Monster Ball in 2010. Mainly because it was in the O2 and it’s a much more intimate venue. We were standing as well at that one and although it nearly killed me it’s much easier to get involved in the show. We had a great time though, it was a brilliant show. My photos aren’t great because we were so far away. They are here though.
We really enjoyed it. The people were very friendly and we had some laughs especially when one of the fellas introduced himself as Mary. I can only think of him as Mary now It’s amazing that after only a couple of hours we were actually playing a tune!
There is another free lesson next week, sadly we can’t make it but I’m definitely going back again. It really was a great night. You can follow them on Facebook and find out more about the lessons.