Tubular BellsMike Oldfield’s seminal debut album that became a worldwide smash hit in 1973 when its opening theme was used on the soundtrack of The Exorcist (providing a very early boost to Richard Branson’s then fledgling Virgin Group along the way), it will turn 50 next year.
To mark the occasion, Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the concert and documentary narrated by Bill Nighy. The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour.
Filmed over three nights at London’s world-famous Royal Festival Hall, the feature film incorporates the original music with dance and acrobatics from Circa Contemporary Circus, as well as performances of Oldfield’s biggest hit “Moonlight Shadow,” along with “Summit Day, ” from his guitars album, and “The Gem”, a new work from music director Robin Smith.
Also included is a 90-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, narrated by Nighy, most recently seen in Oliver Hermanus’ award-winning drama. To live. The documentary feature film explores the history and legacy of Tubular Bells, closely following the dramatic story behind the new production. As an added bonus, the home entertainment Blu-Ray and DVD versions special feature will include turning back the clock – an interview with Oldfield and Branson.
“It is incredible to think that 50 years have passed since I started writing Tubular Bells, and I am touched that my music has reached so many people, all over the world, during that time,” said Oldfield. “I am confident that the Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Live Concert Experience will be spectacular, theatrical, fantastic and exciting, marking 50 years since I started writing music.”
Cleopatra is also planning a streaming release of The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour on December 13.
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