A Night At The Rock Opera
'A Night At The Rock Opera'
How do you like your rock? Well, for those who can’t get enough of The Who, David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen, you can’t get closer to the anthemic rock experience than to buy a ticket to see the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra’s “A Night At The Rock Opera.”
For classic rock fans it’s almost a truism that there’s been nothing produced post 1979 that has truly made a significant contribution to the rock art form - one reason perhaps for the ongoing success of classic rock radio. You’ll get no argument from the members, creators, and producers of the URO, a Boston based group committed to bringing the best of classic rock to life for those who’ve never had a chance to hear it LIVE in 3-D.
“I like to call it I-Max rock,” says co-creator, producer, and performer, Sal Clemente. “It's music that is incredibly tough to pull off live, unless you have 13 singers and an absolutely killer band, which we just happen to have. God love ‘em, there’s no way the corner bar band can pull off Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen never even played the whole song live, they skipped the intro and played a tape during the ‘Galileo’ section. With the URO you get the whole experience, with every note sung and played live.”
While the URO are in effect a giant ‘cover’ band, you’ll see no Freddie Mercury moustaches or Beatle bowl-cuts, these guys leave that to the tribute band wannabe’s. For the URO – it’s all about the music and, of course, the epilepsy inducing lights and innards-shaking sound. “We perform the crown-jewels of classic rock, and we play them the way these songs were meant to be played, with true rock’n’roll feeling, not like some Broadway-ized, wimpified version.”
‘A Night At The Rock Opera’ is indeed more homage than tribute, with some of the songs altered to take advantage of multiple lead singers. “We call the show ‘A Night At The Rock Opera’ for a reason,” continues Clemente. “We picked these songs because they’re huge in scope as well as production - these songs could have been in rock operas. ‘Concept rock’ gets a bad rap but these songs and these bands have stood the test of time for a reason - because they’re amazing.”
“A man actually came up to me in tears, nearly speechless because as a teenager he’d bought Abbey Road and the Beatles broke up the next day,” said drummer, creator, producer Alan Ware, “He thought he’d never get to hear songs from that record performed live, it was actually a dream come true for him and that’s a great feeling, to know that you’ve really connected with the audience in that way.”
“A Night At The Rock Opera” is more party than opera, with music courtesy of an insanely versatile band, capable of bringing off even the most intricate rock pieces with effortless ease, lighthearted humor and an audacious display of vocal prowess. And the URO is perfect for families, with many bringing their kids to introduce them to the music they grew up on – the URO gives these parents instant “rock cred,” and the kids love them for it.
Spotlights include the aforementioned rarely performed crown jewels of classic rock: "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Space Oddity," “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End,” “Black Dog,” “Immigrant Song,” and many more. With this kind of rock pedigree, diehard fans of the URO have had their minds blown and eagerly returned for more.
We cannot play all these in one performance - so audiences will experience some different songs on different nights.
Our standard performance is two 50 minute Sets.
Tie Your Mother Down
Fat Bottomed Girls
Love Of My Life
Death On Two Legs
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions
Somebody To Love
Get Down Make Love
Won't Get Fooled Again
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
I Can See For Miles
Here Comes The Sun
You Never Give Me Your Money
Mean Mr. Mustard
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help from My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
I Am The Walrus
Band On The Run– Paul McCartney
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney
Misty Mountain Hop
Whole Lotta Love
ULTRASONIC ROCK ORCHESTRA
Will We Rock You?
Andrew Lloyd Webber Said No
Across The Sea
Child Thy Name Is Rock