Exclusive augmented reality showcase of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds at The Gadget Show Live this week

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of 
The War of The Worlds 

The Gadget Show Live 2012 - with Vuzix Europe

Out of this World Augmented Reality Showcase, set to Capture Audiences Imagination

To celebrate the launch of the forthcoming release by Sony Music of the “New Generation” recording of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, and the 2012/13 major Arena tour, which kicks off in Dublin at the end of November, before touring the UK and Europe, Vuzix is bringing an exclusive augmented reality showcase to visitors of the Gadget Show Live this week.

Visitors to the Vuzix stand D140 will be given the unique opportunity to get an incredible preview of Martians and Martian Fighting Machines both in 3D Augmented Reality and stereoscopic 3D video eye wear.

Vuzix has been leading the way with augmented reality eyewear over the last twelve months. Its branded AR eyewear has enabled consumers, developers and organisations to have three dimensional augmented experiences, where virtual reality and the real world combines.  Harnessing this exciting technology and producing the content is iSee UK, a visionary company pioneering advanced developments in Augmented Reality, mobile applications and promising that whatever you have seen in AR,  ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet.' 

For the first time ever, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds will be at the GSL and visitors will be part of an exclusive first public showing of the New Generation visual content. Vuzix’s own AR eyewear/product range has also been given the augmented reality treatment from iSee UK and can be experienced on the stand.  Alongside all the exclusive AR demonstrations, visitors have the opportunity to try out virtual reality – enjoying Call of Duty on the PC in 3D with head tracking and the Vuzix video eyewear for 2D and 3D stereoscopic movie viewing. 

David Lock, Vuzix's Director of Operations EMEA Region, said, “We’re delighted that iSee UK and The War of the Worlds team are giving Vuzix fans the chance to see something completely different.  Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is iconic and has always embraced technology. Hollywood’s Liam Neeson will be taking over the baton from Richard Burton, both on the new double album and the new Arena show, which will include Liam’s holographic performance, full body on stage interacting with the other performers as well as within the cutting edge CGI-animation on a 100-foot wide “Animation Wall”. 

Follow Vuzix on Twitter @VuzixEurope and for the latest news and updates on what you can expect to see at the Gadget Show Live.

November 2012
Thu 29th  – The O2, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

December 2012

Saturday 01 - Liverpool EchoArena
Sunday 02 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 03  -Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 04 - Nottingham Captial FM Arena
Thursday 06 - London Wembley Arena
Friday 07 - Birmingham Nia
Saturday 08 - Manchester Evening News Arena
Sunday 09 - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Monday 10 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 11 - Glasgow Secc
Thursday 13 - Bournemouth Bic
Friday 14 - Bournemouth Bic
Saturday 15 - London O2 Arena
Sunday 16 - Brighton Brighton Centre
Monday 17 - Brighton Brighton Centre

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Tickets: (all prices subject to booking fees)

£62.50 / £52.50 / £42.50 London
£62.50 / £42.50 Regional

Internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson will be seen in 3D holography as the story's narrator and leading a new cast.  Neeson will be seen in 3 ways: appearing as the first full body hologram seen on stage interacting with live actors, as an 11-foot high holographic head and shoulders hovering above the stage, and appearing within the 2-hour CGI film projected onto the incredible 100 foot wide ‘animation wall’ which adds a true epic scale to the production.

The War Of The Worlds will be imminently announcing further cast members to the show and contributors to the ‘NewGen’ album.

New Generation Facts:
On the original 1978 double album and from 2006 when the arena tours began, Richard Burton’s audio and technological visual performances contained 74 sequences.  Liam Neeson’s Journalist contains 90.  Richard’s performance was seen in one way.  Liam will be seen in three:

As an 11-foot high holographic ‘head and shoulders’ as The Journalist recounts in 1904 his story of survival from the Martian invasion of Victorian England some six years earlier. 

Within CGI sequences seen on a 100-foot wide ’Animation Wall’.

Perhaps the most remarkable element, and a world first in live entertainment, will see Liam Neeson appearing full body on stage interacting holographically with the show’s live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.

Jeff Wayne will again conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings with musical Guest Artistes to be announced for both the new album and tour.

The new live production will also contain exciting new ingredients, as well as some of the most iconic elements returning, including:

A 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it ‘lands’ on centre stage. 

Special effects and illusions including a world first ‘levitation’ and the Martian Fighting Machine’s ‘incineration’ of a cast member.

Leaf drops over the audience and surround sound that engulfs them, contributing to the all-encompassing experience that is The War of The Worlds.

Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released by CBS records in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts (to date) plus achieving two International hit singles – ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’. 

The War of The Worlds has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers since its original release. 

For anyone of any age, The War of The Worlds – The New Generation is a unique double album and exciting arena show, not to be missed!