The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters this week, causing an interstellar wave of excitement and anticipation to swell amongst lovers of sci-fi and adventure films around the world. A number of well-known music artists also are looking forward to the new movie, which sees the return of many of original Star Wars cast members, as well as a variety of new faces.
Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells ABC Radio that he loved the first two Star Warsmovies, but admits that the franchise “kind of lost me after a little while.”
He explains, “I went on to other things, but I was a huge, huge fan of the original, of course.” As for The Force Awakens, Micky notes, “We just had a massive premiere here in Los Angeles, in Hollywood, a couple of nights ago, and…I’m looking forward to seeing this one.”
Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson says he and his old band mates were such big fans of the original Star Wars movie that they jokingly began identifying with different characters from the flick.
“The joke in the Yes band was that [late bassist] Chris Squire was Darth Vader and I was Obi Wan Kenobi,” Anderson tells ABC Radio.
The singer also recalls that Yes’ members were treated to a special midnight screening of the first movie back in 1977 at a Pennsylvania theater while they were rehearsing for a U.S. tour.
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