Baron Von Rockula poised to vamp it up

Scenes from Vampires Rock
Scenes from Vampires Rock
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The hit rock-musical Vampires Rock returns to Blackpool Grand Theatre on Saturday as part of its 11th anniversary tour.

Opening it’s doors for the first time back in October 2003, 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 band. Cue lots of comedy, fantastic costumes and a fair amount of fake blood, as the Baron attempts to teach Pandora the ways of ‘Rock’.

The show is set to a backdrop of rock anthems known and loved by all ages, including classics by the likes of Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Queen and many more. Vampires Rock has gone from strength to strength over the years with front man Steinman keen to add and update aspects of the show, from pyrotechnics to costumes and fire dancing, to keep old and new fans alike coming back.

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.

Speaking about the show’s success, Steve Steinman said,‘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 over the years.

In 2007 Eddie Ojeda of hit rock band, Twisted Sister, played guitar in the show, and was followed by Toyah Wilcox, who toured in the show for two years as the Devil Queen.

The Final Countdown Tour comes to Blackpool Grand on Saturday as part of a 50-date tour, and is a must for all rock-music lovers.

Vampires Rock: The Final Countdown Tour, Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool, Saturday, 7.30pm. Call (01253) 290190 for tickets.