Queen musical We Will Rock You predicted Simon Cowell’s domination of the UK singles chart according to original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. But with rock music dead, could it be due a comeback?
Now in its ninth year, the show sees a group of young kids struggling to express their individuality after the creativity of rock and roll has been eclipsed by generic commercial music.
“It’s sort of predicting Simon Cowell in a way,” said drummer Roger.
He isn’t entirely wrong. Last year only three tracks of the top 100 best-selling singles in the UK were rock songs, a far cry from Queen’s glam rock heyday.
In the show, the Killer Queen has banned all instruments, and consequently the Ga Ga Kids no nothing of rock and are forced to listen to mainstream commercial songs.
Guitarist Brian added: “Basically rock and roll has been eclipsed by marketing and money and whatever.
“It’s the story of these kids' search to express themselves, to be individuals and to make rock and roll. That’s why it’s uplifting I suppose. It ends up happily.”
It may be a long time before these bohemian kids of the future actually bring rock back, but it’s clearly not completely dead. After nine years and alternative productions of the show in Europe, Africa, the US and Australia, the popularity of Queen’s hits remain undiminished.
The band is about to hit their 40th anniversary and a special exhibition, Stormtroopers in Stilettos, is to open in London in February to celebrate.
We Will Rock You runs at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until February 19, before touring to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen from June 7–July 2, then the Edinburgh Playhouse from November 19 2011–7 January 2012.
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