o-one would've believed... that in 1978 a legendary musical was to be born. A musical that would blend science fiction and 1970's pop/rock music together. Inspired by his father; Jerry Wayne, Jeff Wayne ventured out to a library and borrowed a selection of books to start work on a new musical score. Thus, as some would say was the beginning of an amazing journey that has given us impressive arena tours, video games, a possible CGI movie and not forgetting a new revamped version of the original musical starring Liam Nesson as the Journalist.
Towards the end of last year Jeff Wayne and his team announced, to mark the 40th Anniversary, there was to be one more UK arena tour. I for one leapt at the chance of purchasing tickets as they went on what I call the "pre-pre-sale." Thank goodness for O2 Priority! Its the simple things in life. Shortly after the announcement came the preorder of the second remastered version of the original musical. This time on record, again I jumped at it and preordered myself a copy without a moment's hesitation!
I have to say that being a fan of the musical overall I love anything to do with it! When I listen to the musical I'm always transported back to Victorian England receiving a pasting from the inhabitants of the planet Mars. Jeff Wayne and his team have yet again delivered an outstanding piece of work with the brand new remastered album. It's a lot clearer and sharper, but then again I'm a fanatic so I am going to biased about the overall product.
I was half expecting some little bits to be added to the musical but thank goodness there isn't; don't fix something that isn't broken. I'm just wondering what has Jeff Wayne got in store for us when the tour starts later this year. Even though the narration is going to be done by Liam Nesson, is Richard Burton in someway going to have a mention OR is the musical going to sound like the original instead of it sounding more "modern" like The New Generation version does?
Time will tell, until then "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one..."