The Fan club’s website has a lot of links to reviews online as well as pictures of the aftershow party that Jacky has been sent.
Also check out Youtube for more red carpet videos and the ET report and of course the Official Canadian WWRY website that shows a video of the opening night.
There won’t be any Freddy Mercury, of course, and the legendary rock band isn’t about to play a show, but Queen-inspired musical “We Will Rock You” debuted in Toronto Tuesday night, and right off the bat had fans stomping their feet and clapping their hands with vigor. Of course before the show even started there was already a buzz among the crowd, with a gala premiere that included appearances by actors Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May (pictured) and Roger Taylor. Other notables on hand at the Canon Theatre included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and several members of the CHUM family including Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish and Jennifer Valentyne, and CityNews anchor Gord Martineau.
Taylor was the most vocal of the Queen alumni, saying he was pleased to finally see the popular show open in Canada. “It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” It certainly off to a solid start, and audience members wasted no time waiving the yellow glow sticks that were handed out before the curtain.
The story itself is the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton and is set in a dystopian future where creativity and individuality are stifled. That’s when a band of rebels known as The Bohemians come NeedAPlan.com together to rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and in the process, reclaim their freedom while rocking out 32 classic Queen hits including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The show’s also been injected with plenty of Canadian content. Included in the group of outcasts are characters called Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” For the most part, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline. (source)
TORONTO (CP) – Queen fans stomped their feet and waved glow sticks in the air as they sang along to a star-studded debut of the rock musical “We Will Rock You” on Tuesday night.
The stage show opened with a gala premiere attended by celebrities including actors Eugene Levy and Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Both May, who was draped in a long red coat, and Taylor, in a dark suit, were mobbed by cameras and autograph seekers as soon as they arrived at the Canon Theatre. Taylor said he was pleased to finally see “We Will Rock You” open in Canada.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” Other notables at the splashy debut included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and “Canada AM” co-host Seamus O’Regan.
Murphy, who has covered Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” in concert, said he’s never considered putting Sloan songs in a stage show, but he playfully considered the idea. “It would be hysterical to make one with Sloan music, but I don’t know,” said Murphy, dressed in a worn black leather jacket and his trademark oversized wire-rim glasses. Seated in an aisle seat on the floor, the rocker could later be seen stamping his feet and waving his arms in the air along with other audience members to hits including “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions.” Audience members also waved yellow glow sticks that had been handed out for free before the show began.
The story – the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton – is set in a dystopian future in which creativity and individuality have been stamped out. A band of rebels, known as The Bohemians, must rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and their freedom. All the while, themes of love and rebellion are propelled by 32 Queen hits, including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And plenty of Canadian references abound – among the outcasts are rebels known as Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” By and large, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline.
That didn’t bother Queen fan Brian Petrie, 50, who said the show had him singing along in his seat. “I thought it was very well done,” he said. “Very funny and original, and also I thought the reproduction of the voices were great.” (source)
Catch the band live
A reminder to those of you that haven’t bought tickets yet that Wire Daisies perform at The Borderline, London on Wednesday 18th April. The band will be on stage at 9:30pm. Tickets can be bought from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk. We need a couple of volunteers at the gig to go round and get people to sign up to the Wire Daisies database. It would be great to have Wire Daisies fans involved with this. We will provide some free drinks and a meet and greet with the band for those who are up for helping. If you’re interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Album Release date change
The brand new album ‘Wire Daisies’ is set for release on May 14th. The album highlights the eclectic mix of the band’s writing. It moves from out and out rock tracks, such as Wake Up and Time Will Tell, to full blooded ballads, such as Never Meant To Hurt You, Silver Top and Leaving So Soon. For those of you that cant wait that long the album will be available to download exclusively from Itunes from 30th April!
The media and music sections are now up and running on the website. You can check out the fantastic new press pictures of the band, exclusive pictures from Abbey Road and the Second Live concerts and sample tracks from the forthcoming album. A new members page will be launched very soon which database members will be able to access. This page will feature exclusive pictures, videos and audio tracks submitted directly from the band members. You won¹t find this content anywhere else!
Wire Daisies are continuing their unique residency in the ‘virtual world’ of Second life. Their next gig will be on Monday April 16th on the Island of Menorca. The live event, trialed in March, was so successful that the Wire Daisies have been booked for a regular residency in the virtual world.
Soon you will be able experience Queen’s 1981 Montreal performance from the comfort of your own home. The show will be released on DVD this fall with a double CD of the show also set for release. Drummer Roger Taylor told NeedAPlan.com us last year near the beginning of the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour, the vibe from the crowd helps make a great show. “Audience involvement is very important in our shows. It provides a great warmth between the stage and the audience. It was just incredible to see, especially so many young people, singing the songs, and to have known the music has crossed that generation gap.”
The next installment of the Queen DVD Collection is to the be Queen performance in Montreal from 1981. The DVD will be released through Eagle in the autumn. A double CD of the show will also be released through Parlophone Records. DVD extras are to be confirmed. The actual title of the release has also to be decided on.
Tomorrow night – Tuesday, April 10 – is the official gala opening of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Toronto!
The preview performances have been sold out. Audiences have been ecstatic. There have been standing ovations every night. And now, as Brian May and Roger Taylor fly in for the gala, we’re about to announce an extension of the show from May 29 to July 8 and open up a new block of tickets!
To thank you, our best supporters, we’re giving you first notice and an advance window to purchase tickets to summer performances, and to do it at a special discount! You’ll be among the first to get access to the best seats in the new block, plus you’ll get them at the best price – 30% off!
You must book by April 15. The 30% discount applies to the top two ticket prices and all performances except Saturday shows and the matinee of