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Fun Facts About We Will Rock You, Coming to Belk Theater May 27

May 7, 2014
Jacqueline Arnold in the national tour of We Will Rock You. © Paul Kolnik

Jacqueline Arnold in the national tour of We Will Rock You. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

We Will Rock You, the smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, is right around the corner! The show is set in a future age of mindless manufactured music and unoriginality, where an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians – waits for a hero to bring the power of rock back to the people.

Don’t miss this hilarious, record-breaking phenomenon in the Belk Theater May 27-June 1. CLICK HERE to buy tickets now!

FUN FACTS!

  • Queen was formed in 1970 from the remnants of Brian May and Roger Taylor’s previous band, Smile. Freddie Mercury joined after suggesting the band rename themselves Queen. John Deacon was recruited shortly after and the classic Queen lineup was born.
  • Queen’s biggest songs in the U.S. where the No. 1 hits “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” both from the album “The Game.”
  • Queen’s “Greatest Hits” peaked at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart for four weeks. It has spent 476 weeks in the U.K. charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the U.K. It is certified eight times platinum in the United States, and is Queen’s most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  • In the U.S., Queen has had seven albums certified multiplatinum, 12 albums certified platinum and 19 albums certified gold.
  • Freddie Mercury’s real name was Farrokh Bulsara. He was a Parsi born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens.
  • Brian May’s distinctive sound came from his self-made “Red Special” guitar, which he and his father constructed from a carving from an antique fireplace, motorbike valve springs and a knitting needle.
  • BMI, the music licensing agency, repeatedly lists “We Will Rock You” as the song most played at sporting events.
  • “We Will Rock You” was played over half a million times during the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Brian May is an enthusiastic astronomer and holds a doctorate in astrophysics, which he achieved after returning to college more than 30 years after Queen formed.
  • Many Queen songs have been used on the soundtracks to films. The band recorded commissioned soundtracks for Flash Gordon and Highlander, while their songs have provided memorable moments in films such as Wayne’s World and Shaun of the Dead.
  • The Muppets parody of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video has been viewed over 31 million times on YouTube. Click here to watch it.
  • The musical We Will Rock You features more than 24 Queen songs, is in its 11th year in London, has played in some 20 countries and has sold over 15 million tickets worldwide.
  • We Will Rock You is the longest-running musical to play at the Dominion, one of the West End’s biggest theaters. It is currently the ninth longest-running show in the West End. At the 2011 Olivier Awards, We Will Rock You was crowned the U.K.’s favorite show. In the only award category voted entirely by members of the public, the musical came out on top, beating a shortlist including Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and Les Misérables.
  • The purchaser of the 1 millionth ticket to We Will Rock You in London on October 2006 was a 61-year old grandmother who was buying a ticket to treat her 4-year-old great-grandson to see the show.
The cast of the national tour of We Will Rock You. © Paul Kolnik

The cast of the national tour of We Will Rock You. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Be sure to catch this amazing show when it comes to Belk Theater in just a few weeks! CLICK HERE for a full list of performances and ticket prices.

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