An interview with the vampire

Published: Thursday 11th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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Steve Steinman and his crew of spooky bloodsuckers have been touring the world with their fang-in-cheek rock show for over twenty years.

On Saturday, Vampires Rock takes over Hull New Theatre in this brand new adaptation of the spellbinding story. We spoke with Steve to find out more.

Great to chat with you, Steve. Could you tell us a bit more about Vampires Rock?

If you’ve never seen it before I would say that it’s a full-packed rock panto, probably the best one you’ll ever see.

It’s very comical. Obviously, there’s a bit of thrill and danger there – after all, the main characters are vampires – but it’s all fun.

The music tells the story. Our audience plays a huge role in the atmosphere, they are always shouting out, singing along and joining in.

What are some of the songs we can expect to hear?

It’s all classic 80s rock; a bit like a Dad Rock album brought to life on stage. It’s great for fans of the genre, as well as those who just like a good show and want to be entertained.

It’s a fantastic way of looking back to that era and there are so many songs it’s impossible for me to name them all. We’ve got Bon Jovi, Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden. Everything you’d expect.

How did you get inspiration for creating this crazy show?

Well, around 28 years ago, I did Stars in their Eyes as Meat Loaf. I then toured for many years doing The Meat Loaf Story, which is still going now. The idea was born from that, really. Instead of just doing one person, I thought, why not combine all the greats into one show? I’ve always loved the rock genre.

Does it follow a storyline or is it more about the tunes?

The original Vampires Rock is set in an old abandoned nightclub. We’ve been touring for over two decades now and we always try to keep it fresh with new faces and twists to the story.

So this one is set in a ghost train. Characters Pandora and Roxy Honey Box are back; I play Baron Von Rockula and Bosley the Janitor is my sidekick. We all basically hang out and live in the ghost train, after fleeing the nightclub when it burnt down.

Now, we lure people into the train for a ride and basically, if you dare to enter, you ain’t getting back out.

And of course, it’s all set to the music. It’s far from a musical but it’s far more than just a concert. I like to think it’s the bridge between the two.

Lastly, why should people come along to see Vampires Rock?

All I’m going to say is that it’s mega. If people want a good night out, come along.

For me, entertainment is about walking away with a smile on your face. It’s about having a laugh and forgetting everything else. So if you want that from an evening, plus sing along to some of the best classic rock songs, Vampires Rock is for you.

You can catch Vampires Rock at Hull New Theatre on Saturday 13 January. To find out more and book tickets, please visit the Hull Theatres website. 

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Published: Thursday 11th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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