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Tour 2006 UK: Press Release

Official Press Release


ClearChannel have announced a thirteen-date UK tour of the award-winning ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’. For the first time ever, this highly anticipated classic album will now be staged as a full live production, featuring Jeff Wayne conducting The Black Smoke Band and the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings. Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward will feature in the show and, through the magic of modern technology, Richard Burton will be SEEN and heard in his role as ‘The Journalist’ in the musical spectacular of the year. To set the scene, Pink Floyd’s legendary set designer, Jonathan Parke, will be bringing the Martian invasion to life.

Since it’s original release in June of 1978, ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds’ has grown into a true classic; garnering 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 narration from Richard Burton 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 around 13 million records sold and numerous accolades acquired. The War Of The Worlds initially spent over 260 consecutive weeks in the UK albums charts (now approaching 300) and the recent Sony BMG re-release has gone on to sell, as of this writing, another 400,000 copies, turning nine times platinum.

The dates of The War of The Worlds UK Tour are:

Thursday 13 April 2006 – Bournemouth BIC
Friday 14 April 2006 - Brighton Centre
Saturday 15 April 2006 - Bournemouth BIC [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 16 April 2006 - Cardiff International Arena
Tuesday 18 April 2006 - London Royal Albert Hall [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday 19 April 2006 - Birmingham NEC
Thursday 20 April 2006 - Nottingham Arena
Saturday 22 April 2006 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sunday 23 April 2006 - Manchester MEN Arena
Tuesday 25 April 2006 – London Wembley Arena
Thursday 27 April 2006 - Newcastle Arena
Friday 28 April 2006 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 29 April 2006 - Sheffield Arena

Tickets are available on or on the Ticket Hotline 0870 400 0688. Tickets for all dates are already on sale and selling out fast (The Royal Albert Hall having sold out within days of going on sale).

Jeff Wayne, commenting on:

I have waited for almost 28 years to present The War of The Worlds – combining the excitement of live performance complemented by various technological ingredients that will hopefully give our audiences, a night to remember.


Combining the stylized tradition of old radio dramas with the sophistication of modern studio composition, ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds’ was a completely innovative work when it was first heard. Reared in the New York musical community, Wayne fashioned his talent and experience in record composition and production in the late 60s and early 70s. He produced the David Essex album ‘Rock On’, which reached number one in the UK and USA as well as Grammy nomination in the US and winning for Jeff the New Musical Express Award for Best Produced Single of 1978.

His reputation as a unique talent with precise musical sensibilities earned him the loyalty of the rock community and its most technically skilled players, including Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers, Ray Cooper, Barry Morgan and Jo Partridge. As a result, when Wayne announced his plans to reinvent H.G Well’s TWOTW as a musical drama, it was an easy task to recruit the cream of acting and music talent at the time. The Moody Blue’s Justin Hayward, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, David Essex, Julie Covington as well as Chris Thompson from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band all contributed their immense vocal abilities to the work. As the role of The Journalist, one of Britain’s greatest acting talents was fortunately enlisted for the role. With his distinctively rich tones, Richard Burton brings the story to life with his gripping and very enticing delivery. The result is a gloriously lurid, multi-facetted composition, which unites progressive rock, classical, narrative, and innovative electronic technology to bring this frightening story to life.

The rest is music history. It went on to sell millions worldwide, eventually being dubbed the best-selling original UK ‘Soundtrack’ in 25 years based on a BBC Radio 1 chart. International hits like ‘The Eve of War’ and ‘Forever Autumn’ are instantly recognizable with the latter, sung by Justin Haywood, getting major airplay and becoming a club favorite on both sides of the pond. Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds’ won various awards including two Ivor Novellos for composition, as well as the 1980 USA Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy, judged by none other than Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and George Lucas. Various foreign language versions have topped the charts throughout the world and generated even more interest in TWOTW.

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