WIN: three Sunderland Empire shows for the price of none

Illegal Eagles
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A trio of one night spectaculars will be rocking the Empire stage – and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for each show.

First up is Steve Steinman as Barron Von Rockula in the all new Vampires Rock saga Ghost Train, which promises ghoulish fun when it’s performed on October 8.

As Club Live and Let Die burns to the ground, Barron Von Rockula flees the ill-fated club with his band of blood sucking vampires in search of a new home. Eventually they come across an old abandoned fairground ride, the Ghost Train, where they take refuge and make this their new home. The Barron and his motley crew then set a cunning plan to lure victims into the ride and to live in Rock n Roll hell forever.

Along with Steve Steinman a full cast of singers, dancers, formidable band and aerial performers, blast their way through some of the greatest classic rock anthems of all time.

It features tracks made famous by some of the best-known artists of all time such as Meat Loaf, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Cher, White Snake and Guns and Roses plus many more – all teamed with a stage set and pyrotechnics that promise to blow your mind.

The same week, top tribute act Illegal Eagles will raise the roof at the High Street West theatre.

One Night of Queen

One Night of Queen

The band have been touring for the past 18 years, bringing the sound of The Eagles to stages around the country, and say they are looking forward to returning to Sunderland on Saturday, October 10.

Following a number of critically-acclaimed UK and international tours and headlining countless concerts and festivals, the band have established themselves as a leading tribute act to the iconic band

Members Phil Aldridge, Keith Atack, Al Vosper, Darin Murphy, Garreth Hicklin and award-winning vocalist Greg Webb say they pride themselves on tight harmonies and acute attention to detail, which captures the sound of Don Henley and his bandmates.

This latest production brings you all the classics – Hotel California, Take It Easy, Take it to the Limit, Lyin’ Eyes, Tequila Sunrise, Life in the Fast Lane, One of These Nights, Witchy Woman, Rocky Mountain Way, Heartache Tonight and more.

The following month, One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, hits the stage on Sunday, November 8.

In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the show’s history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up.

Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band, The Works, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since May 2002, Gary Mullen and the Works have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000.

One Night of Queen promises to be a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. •Tickets are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022 or online at

•We have a pair of tickets for each of the three shows to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, just send a postcard or letter with your name, contact details and which show you would like to win tickets for – either Vampires Rock, Illegal Eagles or One Night of Queen – to Empire Competition, Katy Wheeler, Johnston Press North East, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA.

Alternatively, you can email the above details to

Closing date: October 6.