Having recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and played over 4,000 performances to an audience of over 6.4 million in London alone, QUEEN and Ben Elton‘s West End smash hit show “We Will Rock You” will release a special 10th-anniversary edition of the original cast recording.
Having already surpassed platinum sales in its original version, this new edition comes specially redesigned and repackaged to mark its tenth year, and now comes as a 2CD and DD set made up of the original CD plus a bonus disc of 11 previously unavailable tracks including performances by QUEEN.
In a well-documented new 20-page booklet packaged into the new CD set, we find out that it was a chance encounter in August 1996 between QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor with acting legend Robert De Niro at the Venice Film Festival have brought us to this celebration of a decade of “We Will Rock You”. When at that meeting in Venice De Niro raised the question: “Have you ever thought of making a musical? My daughter loves your music,” unstoppable wheels were set in motion.
Fast forward to May 2012, and the appearance of Robert De Niro once more in the company of May and Taylor: this time in London, and as joint producers of “We Will Rock You”, together celebrating an unbroken 10-year run of the show at London’s Dominion Theatre. It is worth noting that no other musical show previously staged here, including the screen version of “The Sound Of Music”, managed to run beyond three years in this venue which boasts itself one of the West End’s biggest.
Undaunted by the scale of its vast surroundings, “We Will Rock You”, continues to book at the Dominion long into 2013, making it a fair certainty that it will outrun all previous residencies by as much as four times.
The “We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary Edition” special 2CD set will be released October 15 through EMI Records and will be available in record stores and from the Dominion Theatre.
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