Tubular BellsMike Oldfield’s groundbreaking debut album that became a worldwide hit in 1973 when the opening theme was used in the soundtrack of the exorcist (giving a very early boost to Richard Branson’s then fledgling Virgin Group down the road), turning 50 next year.
To mark the occasion, Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the Bill Nighy narrated concert and the documentary film The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour.
Filmed over three nights at the world famous Royal Festival Hall in London, the film features the original music with dance and acrobatic feats of the Circa Contemporary Circus, as well as performances of “Moonlight Shadow”, Oldfield’s biggest single hit, along with “Summit Day ,” his guitars album, and ‘The Gem’, a new work by musical director Robin Smith.
Also featured is a 90-minute behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by Nighy, last seen in Oliver Hermanus’ award-winning drama to live. The comprehensive document examines the history and legacy of Tubular Bells, closely following the dramatic story behind the new production. As an added bonus, the special feature on the Blu-Ray and DVD home entertainment versions includes: Turn back the clock – an interview with Oldfield and Branson.
“It’s amazing to think that it’s been 50 years since I started writing Tubular Bells, and I’m touched that my music has reached so many people around the world during that time,” Oldfield said. “I am confident that Tubular Bells’ 50th Anniversary Live Concert Experience will be spectacular, theatrical, fantastic and exciting, 50 years from the time I started writing the music.”
Cleopatra is also planning a streaming release of The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour on Dec 13.