Following the announcement of his brand new album, ‘Open Arms - The Symphonic Songbook, Alfie Boe’ releases the second offering from the LP with a stunning version of Chris Isaak’s beautiful classic ‘Wicked Game’.
Alfie’s new album is out October 27th on BMG.
A spine tingling rendition of the haunting masterpiece, which featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild At Heart, Alfie said: “I couldn’t resist adding ‘Wicked Game’ to the record. We recorded it on a separate day to the other tracks, filmed it with the orchestra and it felt quite magical.
“The contrast of epic drama, cinematic strings but soft all the same time. It’s a powerful song to sing, I just love it.” Alfie’s homage to rock, Open Arms - The Symphonic Songbook sees the tenor rework versions of rock’s finest tracks such as Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’, Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of ‘69, & many more, into simply spectacular symphonic masterpieces.
The foundations of this album go deep, back to over 20 years ago. Alfie was on Broadway, appearing in Oscar-winning film director Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of La Bohème. “Baz was opening up this vast world for me to venture into,” he remembers.
“And I found that the love of music for me had broadened, from classical to rock and contemporary. I'd always been into my rock music. But I thought: this is a great opportunity for me to show people the similarity between classic rock and classical music, and the structure of them, and how the two worlds are so close.”
Alfie also releases his memoir, Face The Music: My Story - out September 7th via Penguin Spotlight. Between late 2022 and early 2023 Alfie decamped from his new home to Metropolis Studios in Chiswick.
The producer: the legendary Al Clay, a man who, having collaborated with everyone from Hans Zimmer to Del Amitri via the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, had his feet in both the rock and the classical words. The players: a “scratch” orchestra assembled by Clay - a group of players unbound by tradition or heritage.
A decorated career that’s lasted 30 years, Alfie is one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. He has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls around the world and has two recent UK #1 albums under his belt for albums 'Together' and 'Together Again', made with his great friend Michael Ball.
The duo also won two Classic BRIT Awards earlier this year for 'Best Album' and 'Group of the Year'. His exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor.
The Tony Award winner has conquered the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas and led the cast of Les Misérables. He stole the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and performed at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.
Most recently the public saw another side to Alfie when he starred on BBC1’s Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, which involved taking on various challenges in sub-zero temperatures. In warmer climes, Alfie then made a surprise cameo appearance on ITV’s BAFTA-winning dating series Love Island, serenading two contestants, one of whom was moved to tears by his singing, whilst viewers up and down the country praised Boe’s passionate performance.
Currently touring across the UK, Alfie bought his electric live show for a standout performance at London Palladium earlier this month. Alfie is an artist who has effortlessly broken boundaries via his love of music - and with this brand new record, he continues to do so.
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
Sat 30th Harrogate Convention Centre
Mon 2nd Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tue 3rd Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Thu 5th Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Fri 6th Nottingham, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
Sun 8th Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Tue 10th Cardiff, St David's Hall
Wed 11th Oxford, New Theatre
Fri 13th Blackpool Winter Gardens
Sat 14th Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Mon 16th Belfast, Waterfront Hall