The Winners who correctly answered…. Vampire is played by Who?
- A. Steve Steinman
Mike Radford +1
Karen Malone +1
Richard Rawlings +1
Vampires Rock – The Final Countdown Tour
SOUTHPORT THEATRE Saturday 21st February, 7.30pm
Long before the World became obsessed with the likes of Twilight and True Blood, hit musical, Vampires Rock, paved the way for all things supernatural. Opening it’s doors for the first time back in October 2003 at the Majestic Theatre Retford, Vampires Rock has become one of the most successful touring theatre shows in the UK today, playing to sell-out crowds year on year.
Telling the story of Baron Von Rockula (Steve Steinman), the show is set in the aptly named Club Live & Let Die. The Baron is on the look-out for a new bride when along comes Pandora, a naive and geeky young singer looking to audition for a place in the club’s resident rock back. Cue lots of comedy, fantastic costumes and a fair amount of fake blood as the Baron attempts to teach Pandora the ways of ‘Rock’. And of course the tale is told through a whole horde of Rock Anthems known and loved by all ages – hits by acts such as Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Queen and many more – and that’s one of the reasons the show is so popular with fans.
“The problem with a lot of musicals is that you have to see them a few times before you know the songs and can sing along, but the singing along is the fun part. I wanted to create something where you could come to the show and be part of it from the very first time,” says Vampires Rock creator and star, Steve Steinman.
The show has gone from strength to strength over the years with Steinman keen to add things to keep the fans coming back. “When we started out the show was great but it was a bit smaller than it is now, over the years we’ve added more dancers, more costumes, more pyrotechnics, we’ve introduced fire dancing and we recently added a silk dancing routine as well. And we always keep the tours fresh by changing some of the songs that feature, of course there’s some that’ll never be missed out -I don’t think we’d ever get away with not doing Bat Out of Hell, the fans wouldn’t stand for that!” In 2005 the show embarked on its first arena tour. With over a million ticket sales to date the show doesn’t look like its going to stop just yet. Steinman has been active on social media from the get go, inviting fans to suggest what songs they would like to see in the show and even what venues they want it to play. “I wouldn’t say Vampires Rock is a cult, but once you’ve been to see it you keep coming back – there’s definitely a Vampires Rock Family -there are people that travel all over to see us, there’s even people with Baron Von Rockula and Pandora tattoos – that’s the level of commitment the fans have.”
The show has attracted some famous names in its time on tour too, in 2007 Eddie Ojeda of hit rock band, Twisted Sister, played guitar in the show, and he was followed by Toyah Wilcox, who toured in the show for two years as the Devil Queen, the long suffering wife of Baron Von Rockula. Steinman says, “Toyah wanted to be in the show but there wasn’t a suitable character for her to play so we wrote one specially. Toyah was great, she introduced the show to a new audience. I remember in one of our first meetings we were discussing what type of costumes we would design for her and she said ‘Oh don’t worry darling, I’ve got the perfect thing in my wardrobe already’ – that was Toyah, she was made to be in a show like this!”
So with eleven year’s past what does the future hold for Vampires Rock? “Well since we started the show the brand has grown, we have a Vampires Rock clothing line and now even a Vampires Rock Motocross team, but it’s always been about the music.
The Final Countdown Tour has a fifty date tour about to start and there’ll be a huge Halloween party at the Plymouth Pavilions theatre which is not to be missed!”
*Competition – We have three pairs of tickets to give away for friday 20th February evening show
Question: …… Vampire is played by Who?
- A. Steve Steinman
- B. Steve Irwin
- C. Steve Mqueen
Please leave a contact telephone number
To enter email us with your answer – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winner’s will be announced on Friday 20th February 5pm !
Concessions £2.00 off
Children Half Price /Groups 10+ £1 off
Steve Steinman – Biography
Back in 1990 ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ hit our TV screens for the first time, transforming everyday people into superstars for ‘one night’.
After his appearance 20 years ago, performing as Meat Loaf, Steve Steinman has worked hard to extend that ‘one night’ into a full blown career.
As well as being a very busy singer and actor, Steve is also the driving force behind his own production company and has worked with some of the World’s best-known Rock Stars.
Born in Manchester in 1965, Steve started out on a very different career path. A love of good food led him to train and begin work as a chef in his home city. Though enjoying his job, Steve became frustrated with being unable to create the food he wanted to, and decided to open and run his own restaurant. It was a big gamble at a young age, but one that paid off and Steve soon branched out further, owning a number of restaurants, bars and hotels.
Never actually intending to leave the restaurant business behind, Steve applied for ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, after being urged to do so by anyone who heard him sing. After an amazing response from the show, Steve decided he had achieved so much within the restaurant business, that he would give performing a chance. Eighteen years on, Steve no longer owns a restaurant, but still loves his time in the kitchen whenever he gets the chance (which isn’t very often when you spend half your life on a tour bus!)
In 2004 Steve produced brand new show Vampires Rock a concert fantasy featuring all of the great rock anthems. The show, along with Steve’s popularity continued to grow, and in 2005 Steve and ‘Vampires Rock’ embarked on an Arena tour, performing at Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester Evening News arena.
2006 saw the release of the Vampires Rock DVD, filmed live at Nottingham Arena, released on Mad Man Records and available from all good record stores. The 2007 tour saw Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda join Vampires Rock and in 2008 the legendary Toyah Willcox joined in a brand new role created just for her. Toyah has also signed up for the 2009 tour.
The biggest project for 2009 sees Steve in the driving seat once again. Bat The Symphony is a dream Steve has had for a long time. Combining a 40 piece Orchestra with Steve’s very own rock band to perform all of Meat Loaf’s biggest hits, was always going to be major project with a big risk. But sales have surpassed all expectations!
In 2010 Steve took Vampires Rock back on tour with a massive 100 date sell out tour taking the show well into 2011 and to date.
In 2011 Steve launched Vampires Rock clothing. The new clothing came out of the popularity of Steve’s merchandise rage sold at venues. Not satisfied with a clothing range Steve is also the team manager for a new youth motocross team, Vampires Rock KTM UK racing. The team is backed by one of the world’s leading motorbike manufacturers KTM and this will see the VR brand moving into a new market with a range of motocross clothing and pit wear.
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