Busker Warren hopes to follow Queen’s success with his first album

Warren Dean took to the streets on a one-man musical odyssey with nothing more than the clothes on his back and a guitar in his hand.

The result was a musical mission the length and breadth of Britain which raised enough to fund recording sessions for his own album, out this week.

The 27-year-old rocker packed his guitar, left the comfort of his flat in London’s East End and hit the road.

His busking tour reads like a railway timetable—stopping off at places like Brighton, Canterbury, St Alban’s, Reading, Cambridge, Oxford, Norwich, Southampton, Bristol and reaching as far as Plymouth, Exeter, Cardiff, Liverpool, York, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Crowds of up to 50 gathered at a time.

In just a few months and 50 towns and cities later, Warren has raised enough to fulfil his dream to make an album.

“I hope people remember where they first heard these songs,” he says. “If they remember the guy in red trainers singing and playing his heart out in their home town, thanks for the pennies.”

He returned home to Bethnal Green after raising �1,170—enough to pay for six days’ recording at the Brick Lane studio where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, which got to No 1 in 1975 and stayed there nine weeks.

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Warren would love to follow that success with his album ‘Who Is Warren Dean?’ out this week in record stores and online at amazon.co.uk and play.com.