Queen fan Andy rocks out in band’s musical

Some the cast members and Andy Sparks (centre) in We Will Rock You! at The Dominion in London
Some the cast members and Andy Sparks (centre) in We Will Rock You! at The Dominion in London
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MANY Queen fans dream of rocking out on stage to the band’s famous hits.

But it was something that became a reality for Andy Sparks after he performed in Queen musical We Will Rock You.

The 44-year-old, of Drayton, Portsmouth, danced to Bohemian Rhapsody during a five-minute slot in the show, held at The Dominion Theatre, London.

The musical is set 300 years in the future and tells the tale of a massive corporation, Globalsoft, banning creative forms of music.

Andy played the part of a Bohemian, a group of rebels who try to bring music back.

He was one of 120 people that took part in the show on Saturday and his wife Claire, 42, son George, 16, and daughters Aimee, 21, and Holly, 20, went along to watch.

Andy, who is a self-employed carpenter, said: ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was unreal.

‘It’s probably the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life.

‘It’s such a well put together show.’

‘You don’t have to necessarily be a Queen fan to enjoy it.

‘I was nervous before the show and I was worried I was going to mess up.

‘But the cast and back room staff were extremely supportive.

‘After the show people congratulated me and said I did a good job. I was on such a high afterwards.’

‘Hopefully people watching the show thought I was a normal member of the cast.

‘My family loved every minute of it.’

Andy took part in four rehearsals prior to the show, which first appeared at The Dominion Theatre in 2002.

As previously reported in The News, Andy got the chance to take part after he won Freddie For A Day, a competition which asked people to take pictures of themselves dressed up as Freddie Mercury.

He took photos at a party he threw in homage to the legendary singer at his family home.

Andy also has a Queen room inside his house which contains 3,000 Queen-related items made up of memorabilia, CDs and vinyls.

‘I don’t think I’m going to do any other theatrical performances in the future,’ Andy said.

‘It was just a one-off thing.’