Toyah Willcox in Vampires Rock
was a poster girl for punk, then went on to dip
her toe into projects as diverse as presenting
Songs of Praise and the Good Sex Guide in a
career spanning 30 years. Now actress and singer
Toyah Willcox is vamping it up for a new role in
hit musical Vampires Rock.
Toyah Willcox is having
the time of her life performing in rock 'n' roll
musical extravaganza Vampires Rock.
"Steve Steinman (the
man behind the hugely successful show) had been
asking me to do it for a couple of years but my
filming schedule was always too tight," she
"This year I said:
'OK, I'll give you 20 dates' and Steve being the
absolutely brilliant businessman he is, came back
with 44 dates!
"But I'm having the
time of my life. I'm loving every moment of it.
There's such a buzz around the show, it's
Vampires Rock premiered in
2004. Rave reviews and standing ovations across
Britain soon followed.
The show, which features
music from Meat Loaf, Queen, AC/DC, Bon Jovi,
Alice Cooper and Guns 'n' Roses, combines a twist
of rock, vampires and comedy.
The latest version of the
show is set in 2030 New York city. Baron Von
Rockula (Steinman), owner of the Live and Let Die
Club, is searching for a new bride, someone he
can persuade to sell her soul to rock 'n'
The reason the show is
such a success, according to Toyah, is because of
its unique mix of tongue-in-cheek comedy and
"The band are
fantastic," she said.
"I'm married to one
of the top 10 guitarists in the world (Robert
Fripp) and he says these guys can outplay him,
that's how good they are.
"The show is very
clever in that it is an arena show set in a
theatre. It's mind-blowing. There are
pyrotechnics and it's very loud, like a rock
concert. From the stage you often see the
audience's jaws drop open. It's
"It's funny too, for
the fact it's quite ridiculous at times. It's
sometimes almost a parody of the songs but done
in a very clever way. It doesn't try to be Les
Mis. It's a powerful show for people who love
rock 'n' roll. There certainly isn't a flat
moment in the show."
Steinman, who made his
name as a Meatloaf tribute artist, agreed that
there's no other show like it.
"We know how to work
the crowd and they keep coming back, which is the
sign of success," he said.
"The same people will
come back night after night five or six times and
you think 'You must be off your head' but they're
And he shared the secret
of his success.
"I've stuck with the
northern crowd," he said.
"I'm from Oldham, our
singer is from Blackburn and all the crew are
northern. There's lots of talent in the north
and, as well as producing a 100 per cent
professional show, we've got a good sense of
humour, which the crowd loves."