Vampire Rocks! Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:07 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

 

VIDEO: Dave Somerton-Rees

VIDEO: Dave Somerton-Rees

THE Exmouth Pavilion has done it again. Yet another great show organised by Leisure East Devon with Vampire Rocks!

This show can be summed up with two words; Superb entertainment .

THE Exmouth Pavilion has done it again. Yet another great show organised by Leisure East Devon with Vampire Rocks!

This show can be summed up with two words; 'Superb entertainment'. However, there would be a big white space on this page if I didn't write more and I probably wouldn't have a job for very long!

This musical comedy touring the UK was set in the year 2030, in New York and the undead are among us and livelier than ever!

Steve Steinman, with his unique tongue in cheek humour, played the charismatic and supremely evil, Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die Club.

In search of a bride, the Baron must convince his chosen one, aspiring singer Pandora played by Emily Clark, to agree to eternal immortality, to be his new queen and live forever!

However he seems to forget that he has a queen already but has failed to tell her of his plan.

The spellbinding cast and musicians blast their way through the greatest rock anthems ever, including songs from Meat Loaf, Rainbow, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Queen, White Snake, Bonnie Tyler and Cher.

The show opened with smoke and dry ice, the audience was reduced to a faint mumble and then the opening riff from Welcome to the Jungle ripped through the Pavilion.

From the very start the Baron and his sidekick, Stringfellow (Mike Taylor) sparked some great comedy and the sell out crowd knew they were in for something special.

The sexy dances from vampires Shereen and Harriet left the women in the audience wishing they could move like that and the men wishing they hadn't brought along their partners!

Then came the person that the audience has come to see, the devil queen played by a little known star of the eighties Toyah!

She may well have been added to the show purely to get bums on seats but in reality she was superb, sexual, a stunning voice and what was already a great show was taken to a new level. The audience got into the mood by dressing up as vampire and this only added to an awesome show.

Despite what must have been an exhausting show, Toyah, Steve and all the cast were still humble enough to come to the foyer to meet the fans, sign autographs, chat and have photos taken.

I can't wait for the next show.

REVIEW: Dave Somerton-Rees

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