SUPERSTAR singer Rory Taylor today told how he took the difficult decision to turn down West End stardom in favour of his Mersey band.
The 24-year-old got straight back to work with 54321 on new seven-song record Motion Picture Scenery, which is out on Monday.
Rory also lined up a gig for the boys to support singer Melanie C, who he met during Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV search for Jesus Christ Superstar.
But he has still managed to set some time aside for a short touring concert of the hit musical Rent alongside West End leading lady Kerry Ellis.
He said: “I met Kerry when I had a guest spot at one of her gigs in Leicester Square.
“Next year we are touring in a concert to celebrate 20 years since the first performance of Rent. I am really excited about playing The Auditorium in Liverpool.
“After Superstar I got offered a lot of work in the West End, which I would love to do but the timing was not right.
“It was hard turning down some really nice offers to start at the bottom of the ladder but the band takes major priority and that is what I want to do.
“On Superstar we got to sing for about four minutes a night at the most. It does not give you any time to get into it so being back on stage and playing full gigs felt great.”
The five-piece – made up of Rory, his brothers Olly, 27, Barney, 26, Callum, 21, and their cousin Liam Capleton, 23 – recently returned to Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
Rory, from Heswall, said: “It was a thank you for everyone who supported me during Superstar. Walking out on stage and seeing everyone was really cool.”
The unsigned band, who started recording in a studio in their parents’ garden, will join Melanie C at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 6.
Rory said: “I got on really well with Mel on Superstar so we have kept in touch.”
Drummer Olly said: “She said it would be lovely to have us supporting her. It was an honour. It only takes one person to be there to help us get to the next stage.”
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