Added on 28-Jun-2005
The Broadway debut of the Queen musical We Will Rock You has been put off indefinitely. Instead of making plans to bring the show to New York City any time soon, Queen guitarist Brian May told us that it will hit a number of other cities firstThe Broadway debut of the Queen musical We Will Rock You has been put off indefinitely. Instead of making plans to bring the show to New York City any time soon, Queen guitarist Brian May told us that it will hit a number of other cities first:
[ click here to listen if you have a Backstage Pass] "The plan is to tour it in the States next year. That's what we plan to do. We had a hard time in the West End to begin with, you know, because it is very much not West End-sort of traditional ways of doing things, and we got really slagged off. To go in to Broadway, I think, would be a similar experience, and I think we would rather get across that it is a, a rock show before we go into that sort of territory."
We Will Rock You uses Queen songs to tell the story of a future where all music is made by computers, and where personal expression and freedom have been banned, although there is some resistance. The original production, in the West End of London, was savaged by critics when it premiered, but it's still going strong in its fourth year.
The show is currently running in London and Las Vegas, and it's also been staged in Russia, Spain, Germany, Australia, and Japan.
Queen + Paul Rodgers resume their European tour on the day of the Live 8 concerts, Saturday (July 2, 2005) in Lisbon, Portugal. They will reportedly send a message via satellite to be broadcast during the global event.
After the European shows they are expected to play in New York City and Los Angeles later this year, with a full-on North American tour coming in 2006.