Jeff Wayne to launch live production of album.

American producer Jeff Wayne is to take his hit 1970s musical album "The War of the Worlds" on the road next year as a full-live production.

Clear Channel Entertainment will promote the tour, which will take in 13 dates in the United Kingdom beginning April 13 at the Bournemouth BIC.

Moody Blues front man Justin Hayward will feature in the project, which is based on H.G. Wells' novel of the same name. Hayward performed on the original recording, along with its narrator Richard Burton, David Essex and Phil Lynott.

After its release in June 1978, the double album initially spent 260 consecutive weeks in the U.K. albums chart. The release this summer of the Steven Spielberg blockbuster movie "War of the Worlds" helped generate a revival in interest for Wayne's earlier recording.

Sony BMG scored another top-ten U.K. hit with the record when its Columbia label reissued the set in June as a remastered hybrid CD/SACD edition. Worldwide, the record has shifted about 13 million copies, according to Sony BMG.