Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of
The War of the Worlds
40th Anniversary Tour
Saturday 8th December 2018
Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, UK
OMG I was soooo excited for this!!! These tickets had been booked for over 12 months and I was so very much looking forward to this.
I’m the youngest child of 3, my two brothers are 8 and 10 years older than me, so when this album first came out I was 7 yrs old and my eldest brother was 17 yrs old. I remember hearing him playing it and being fascinated by the words and the music, thinking it was real and it scaring the living shit out of me!!!
I learned to love it as I got older and it has been in my collection for years!! I really wanted to go to the 30th Anniversary Tour, but had just given birth to my youngest daughter and was really disappointed not to be able to go thinking that this would be the last tour and I had missed it. Thank goodness for a 40th Anniversary Tour!! We went as a family to watch this, taking my husband, 15 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter with us – much to my delight they absolutely loved it too!!! Another generation added to our family list of loving this music!!
No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinised, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.
I have included a selection of photos which do not do the concert any justice at all – it was exceptional!! I am going to post these as well as some videos taken on the night to my Facebook blog page, https://facebook.com/allthingsdarkanddirty please come and have a look and watch of the videos, you won’t be disappointed!!
At midnight on the twelfth of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, starting on its way.
The Cast in Order of Appearance:
Liam Neeson – George Herbert, the Journalist
Newton Faulkner – The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist
Adam Garcia – The Artilleryman
Nathan James – The Voice of Humanity
Anna-Marie Wayne – Carrie, the Journalist’s fiancée
Carrie Hope Fletcher – Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife
Jason Donovan – Parson Nathaniel
Jonathan Vickers – William Rowland, Jerome Marvin Krauth & Male Alternate
Lily Osborne – Vera May & Female Alternate
The Black Smoke Band:
Herbie Flowers – Bass Guitar
Chris Spedding – Guitar
Aggy Yeats – Drums
Tom Woodstock – Guitar, Keyboards
Laurie Wisefield – Guitar
Neil Angilley – Keyboards
Olivia Jaguers – Harp & Percussion
Rob Eckland – Keyboards
Thomas Gandey – Keyboards
Music composed, arranged, conducted and produced by Jeff Wayne