Ricky Wilson playing the David Essex role in the live version of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War Of The Worlds’? Really? Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs? Well, I suppose if Adam Lambert can headline Sonisphere, anything’s possible, and Wilson has indeed been confirmed for the next ‘War Of The Worlds’ tour, with West End theatre type Kerry Ellis also confirmed to appear.
Announcing Wilson and Ellis’s involvement in the next tour of his musical masterpiece, Wayne told CMU: “Over the years, I’ve been so fortunate to have had the participation of some truly great artists. For me, the real bonus is that I’ve always been a true fan of those who I’ve approached and when they’ve come on board, to me it’s not been ‘work’, just great fun. Already, Ricky Wilson and Kerry Ellis, the first two guest artists for our New Generation tour, fall into that category. Ricky because of his command on stage with the wonderful Kaiser Chiefs, and Kerry who I saw in the original production of ‘Wicked’ in London’s West End, whose voice and charismatic performance drew the audience to her like a magnet. I welcome them both to ‘The War Of The Worlds’”.
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