He wants to play on the moon and live forever. Why not? He’s ...

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He wants to play on the moon and live forever. Why not? He’s André Rieu

And the infectiously ebullient composer, who believes 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is classical music, has other plans, too

Anita Singh

If you have missed out on tickets to see André Rieu this year, the best-selling classical musician on the planet, there’s no need to worry. He’ll be back in 2020. And the year after that. In fact, he might be here for all eternity.

Rieu, you see, is 69 but hopes to live to 1,000. “Yes! I would love to do it. I think it’s possible,” he says. He follows the work of Prof Aubrey de Grey, a British scientist who believes that the secret to living forever is within our grasp.

“I know what he’s working on and from the moment that he says, ‘okay, we are ready to trial’, I’m there. I’m first. Hellooo!”..

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