David Essex, playing ‘The Artilleryman’, got started as the lead in the London production of stage musical Godspell in 1971 at the age of 23.
Phil Lynott leader and composer of Thin Lizzy, who plays ‘The Parson’, dies of drug and alcohol dependency in 1986.
Most of the lyrics are by Gary Osborne, who had written lyrics for Elton John through the album A Single Man.
On June 23, 2005 the original album is re-released on a remastered 2-disc SACD set; and in a 7-disc collector’s edition. A live tour takes place in the UK, Ireland and Australia in 2006-7.
Despite lukewarm critical response, the album quickly becomes an international top-5 hit. Lead single Boom Boom Pow became the group’s first #1, topping the US chart for 12 weeks ; second single, I Gotta Feeling does the same for 14 weeks.