connections gives you some time ahead of others to arrange
When I heard the celebration of the 7th birthday of the WWRY
Musical was to be held on May 18th I immediately booked tickets,
hotel and flight.
Together with a 2 friends from the Netherlands and 2 from
Belgium we travelled to London to see the show and the
performance of Brian May.
On May 18th we stood at the stage door of the theatre at about
3.00 PM, but learned that Brian had already entered the theatre.
He would not appear outside the theatre before the show was
over, so we experienced... Jeez... this was a long wait!!
I enjoyed the musical as usual but having seen it 24 times now I
sure think seeing it once a year is enough. The guy that played
Galileo is not my favourite actor/singer to play this part. The
audience was very enthousiastic but this night there were
actually a lot of Queen fans present. I must say that at the end
of the show everybody went wild, fan or no fan.
As announced, Brian would participate during the show, which
obviously meant he would rise up onto the stage during Bohemian
Rhapsody. As an encore the cast sang The Show Must Go On while
Brian played guitar with a very nice intro. Brian introduced Ben
Elton who made a short and funny speech.
After the show we went back to the stage door with about 50
other visitors. We only spotted Brian a couple of times when the
stage door was opened but he did not appear outside. After about
one and a half our a lot of people had left. One guy had
succeeded in getting his Brian May signature Guitar signed by
Brian by giving it to Pete (Brian May's personal guitar
assistent). Personally I'd prefer having it signed by Brian in
my own presence actually...
Finally we went to the front of the theatre and at last there he
was... the genius himself being the usual down to earth guy we
Everybody got a chance to get an item signed, so did my friend
Mark. Mark himself surprised Brian by giving him a Queen
compilation cd he had bought in China! Brian was clearly
overwhelmed by this present. His response was extremely kind and
warm. My Belgian friends got an item signed also and they gave
Brian the picture that was taken last year after the concert at
the O2, where Brian stands in the middle of the 4 of us. He
liked it. As usual I asked Brian just to shake hands (no item
for signing) and that was really really appreciated by Brian as
well. The hours of waiting outside finally did pay off. Thanks
Brian for being such a sport - AGAIN!
The next day we went
to the Hard Rock Café in London to see the items they have on
display. Some nice Queen items as well. I was very impressed by
the display of the Jimi Hendrix items as well.