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Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds, live in London

Live Review

Venue: O2, London

Progressive musical take on man versus extraterrestrial sweeps into London

When H.G. Wells's War Of The Worlds was first broadcast on US Radio in 1938, it famously caused widespread panic. Three quarters of a century later, things are altogether more sedate as Jeff Wayne brings the New Generation version of his 1978 concept album to the stage. But what did we make of it all?

It's an eclectic crowd
While Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds has always been regarded as something of a late 70s rock classic, it attracts a mixed audience tonight. There are those here because there's an X Factor contender – Shayne Ward – plus a former boy bandolier, Brian McFadden. However, if the presence of Jason Donovan also adds to ticket sales, there are also those in Motörhead and Thin Lizzy T-shirts, the latter perhaps acknowledging Phil Lynott's role on the original 1978 album.

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