Justin Hayward leads new The War Of The Worlds video for Life Begins Again

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Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward leads the cast of Jeff Wayne's multi-award winning The War Of The Worlds in a brand new video for Life Begins Again, the closing track from the famous work.

Hayward, reprising his original role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. and a cast, which includes Inglorious singer Nathan James (The Voice Of Humanity), Duncan James (Parson Nathaniel), Claire Richards as Beth, The Parson’s Wife, Anna-Marie Wayne as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée and Kevin Clifton as The Artilleryman, will take the show out on. the road in March and April next year.

“I'm very proud to announce the release of Life Begins Again, a song for the times," says Jeff Wayne. "From my musical version of The War of The Worlds, it’s performed by the cast of our coming 2022 arena tour.  But why a song for the times? Well, while the world has faced many challenges in recent years, commitment and faith remain at the heart of our chance for the future. Life can, and will, begin again."

“I’m very happy to be back as part of The War of the World’s family, this time with Jeff’s production The Life Begins Again Tour," adds Hayward. "Wherever I go in the world, Forever Autumn, along with Nights in White Satin, is one of the songs that people know and love, and as a singer it’s a joy to perform.This production is sure to be spectacular, and the music as wonderful as ever. I’m looking forward to it all very much."

Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist while Jeff Wayne again conducts the Black Smoke Band and symphonic ULLAdubULLA Strings while the show also features the iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real-flame Heat Rays over the audience.

You can see the dates below.

The War Of The Worlds: The Life Begins Again Tour dates

Mar 23: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena 
Mar 24: Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Mar 26: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena * 
Mar 27: Brighton Centre
Mar 28: Brighton Centre
Mar 29: Bournemouth International Centre
Mar 30: Bournemouth International Centre 
Apr 01: Manchester AO Arena 
Apr 02: Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Apr 03: Leeds First District Arena
Apr 05: Hull Bonus Arena 
Apr 06: Liverpool M&S Arena 
Apr 07: Newcastle Utilita Arena
Apr 09: London The O2 * 
*Matinee and evening shows

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.