Where are they now? - Rick Wakeman
This page last updated: 2 Dec 2023
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I thought, “It’s time to do a new album.” [...] normally I have a concept of things to go with how the music is [...]
But it was really weird, sitting at the piano, and writing and playing was quite different this time around. For some unknown reason, music was flowing, which was great. But [...] all of the pieces were incredibly different, unlike Red Planet, where they all sort of belonged to the same group of music and the same sounds.
[...] There were obviously songs that I could hear [...] I kept hearing [Sanderson's] voice for a song called “This Is Good for Them.” There were other pieces that were just piano-based. Then there were some that were very prog-rock-y. I thought, “[...] I’ve got an album coming together here of so many different kinds of music, so how do I hold them all together?” A good friend of mine, we were talking about going to an art gallery [...] I suddenly had this idea, if you go to an art gallery, the pieces aren’t all of the same. [...]
I started thinking about having an album based on [a] gallery, like a music gallery. So it’s called A Gallery of the Imagination. [...] what you hope people will do when they listen, is to paint their own pictures. Obviously, there will be titles to help, but they’ll paint their own pictures as to what they see. One of the things we want to do is we’re going to encourage people to perhaps produce a painting as they see it [...] Then at some juncture we want to hold an exhibition of everything.
|Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble's The Red Planet was released in Jun 2020. The initial release was through a dedicated website, but a general release distributed through Madfish came 28 Aug 2020, with a US release on Snapper. Madfish did a 2-disc release in May 2021 of the CD + DVD with 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-res stereo audio, plus 3 mini promo films and a 70 minute documentary, with a 16-page colour booklet. The instrumental album, produced by Wakeman and Jordan, consisted of 8 new pieces composed and arranged by Wakeman. With Wakeman (analogue and digital keys), the performers are Lee Pomeroy (works with ELO, worked with Yes featuring ARW; bass, fretless bass), Dave Colquhoun (Downes Braide Association; guitar) and Ash Soan (Trevor Horn Band/Producers, Downes Braide Association, worked with Dua Lipa, Adele, Will Young, Seal; drums), who had considerable leeway in coming up with their own parts. Jordan also engineered and mixed.|
he recording has finished......probably!On 2 Mar 2020, he tweeted, "Only a few days of mixing left on The Red Planet album. Can't wait to hear what Erik has done and move on to the final mastering stage ."
Erik [Jordan] is now heavily engrossed in the mixing and I will be going to his studio to listen as things progress and if there is something that I hear that needs replacing or something extra required, I will record it there..... but I think we are certainly 99% there.
There are already enquiries coming in as regards live performances of The Red Planet but a lot will depend on how well, (or not as the case may be), the album does and is received. Certainly it is something I would love to happen but would need serious additional players with me...2 more keyboard players for a start, (first choices would be Oliver and Adam) and additional percussion.In a video interview promoting the album, released Apr 2020, Colquhoun said, "I'd love to go out and play The Red Planet music live. We all did our bits in isolation. It would be really great to work at [...] getting the dynamic between the musicians, the interaction." (Pomeroy recorded a few parts at Colquhoun's studio before lockdown and that had been the plan for all the recordings.) He also talked of a possible set list including "classic Wakeman material", mentioning "Catherine Parr". Pomeroy said in a Jun 2020 interview that they'd been looking at doing live dates as a quartet (Wakeman, Colquhoun, Soan, Pomeroy) and they might still do so. In an interview with Aymeric Leroy for issue #110 of the French magazine Big Bang, Wakeman talked of playing 5 prog festivals in early Mar 2021, although those did not happen, again due to COVID-19. Instead, dates moved to 2022.
On 1-3 Mar 2018, Wakeman played 3 concerts with orchestra and choir (Guy Protheroe conducting) in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The 2 Mar show was almost sold out, while the 3 Mar show was a free event. Wakeman announced his planned set (subject to change) as "Life on Mars" (solo piano), "Suite from Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table", "After the Ball", "Cathering of Aragon" (solo piano)/"Catherine Howard", "Gone But Not Forgotten", "And You and I/Wonderous Stories" (solo piano), "Help/Eleanor Rigby", "Dance of a Thousand Lights", "Sea Horses", "Suite from Journey to the Centre of the Earth", encore: "Merlin the Magician", "The Jig". The show in the Teatro Colón opera house was recorded. Wakeman said in his Apr 2018 GORR that "hopefully it should see the light of day in the not too distant future as part of a special limited edition collection." It was mixed in Jun 2018 and was announced as being due out around mid-2019.
Wakeman appeared with his Green Dolphin Trio at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 29 Apr 2017, tickets selling out. Wakeman formed The Green Dolphin Trio in 1966 for club work; the band lasted about a year. He revived the name for this performance, a line-up with Dave Colquhoun and Matt Pegg. The set included "Merlin the Magician", "Eleanor Rigby", excerpts from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, "Georgia on My Mind", "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Baby Face" (with a 50 strong audience choir). Edited highlights were to be released on CD: this was expected late 2017, but then did not appear.
Previously, Wakeman has talked of working an instrumental prog
album along similar lines to The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
He has also talked of a new piano album with son Adam.
In his Apr 2011 GORR, Wakeman said:
I am finishing off writing the music for a double CD of piano which we will be recording at The Granary on my favourite piano. 70% of the music has been recorded so we’re on the last stages now. Hopefully this will see the light of day around summertime.
He continued in his May 2011 GORR: "Quite a bit of recording
going on as well in May with Erik Jordan engineering for me as
always, whilst we finish off two piano albums that we have been
working on, (off and on), for nearly two years now. These will be
recorded at The Granary on my all time favourite Steinway concert
grand piano." In the Jun 2011 GORR, describing activity for that
month: "Jordan and myself will be finishing off the piano
recordings we have been doing at The Granary with my favourite
piano." And in the Aug GORR, Wakeman described finishing recording
on what is now three
piano albums, saying, "It's possible they will be released in time
for Xmas." It is unclear what has happened to these.
Another piano album of Yes music performed in a classical manner
was also announced as forthcoming but has yet to appear.
The New Gospels was a 1995 album by Rick Wakeman with the late tenor Ramon Remedios, a setting of the Biblical Gospels to music. The piece had begun as a live performance around 1992, before being recorded. In his May 2023 GORR, Wakeman said he had had meetings in May 2023 about a live performance of the piece, which "with a few small re-writes and musical additions" will "re-appear under the new title of Christus". (I am unclear if this is implying a new album release as well.) Details are yet to be confirmed, but the plan is for a 1 Apr 2024 (Easter Sunday) show in Norfolk or Suffolk, England, with R Wakeman, son Oliver Wakeman (keys), a tenor, a narrator, a guitarist, a percussionist, a choir and some orchestral musicians.
With the English Rock Ensemble
Wakeman played 2 sold out dates, 22-3 Feb 2023, in London with different sets. 22 Feb was The Six Wives of Henry VIII (played in chronological order of the wives rather than the album order), followed by The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (with "Merlin the Magician" moved to the end as an encore). 23 Feb had a first set called Classic Yes and a second set for Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Performing with Wakeman were the English Rock Ensemble, consisting of Dave Colquhoun (guitars and backing vocals), Adam Falkner (drums), Lee Pomeroy (bass, backing vocals), Hayley Sanderson (worked with Trevor Horn; vocals), Adam Wakeman (keys, guitars, backing vocals), plus Ed Scull (percussion), the English Chamber Choir and pre-recorded narration by Peter Egan and Ian Lavender. These shows are being released as the 4CD Live at the London Palladium 2023 (Fragile Records, FRCD4BOX1940) on 16 Feb 2024. Tracks—CD1 (The Six Wives of Henry VIII):
CD2 (The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table):
CD3 (Classic Yes):
CD4 (Journey to the Centre of the Earth):
The band return for a 9-date UK
tour 15-28 Feb 2024. This will be with the 23 Feb 2023 set,
"Classic Yes" followed by Journey. The band is R Wakeman,
A Wakeman, Colquhoun, Falkner, Pomeroy and Sanderson. In two Mar
2023 interviews, Wakeman talked of bringing these shows to
the US in 2024.
Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble played 5 UK dates in
2022: regular shows 30 Mar-3 Apr, plus headlining HRH Prog XII on
2 Apr in Sheffield. The band had various different support acts at
different dates, including Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy on 31 Mar. The
line-up was R Wakeman (keys), A Wakeman
(keys, guitars, backing vocals), Pomeroy (bass, backing vocals),
Colquhoun (guitars, backing vocals) and Sanderson (Strictly
Come Dancing; vocals, tambourine). Tony Fernandez
was initially announced on drums and percussion, but travel
restrictions (he lives in Portugal) meant he was unavailable; he
was replaced by Falkner (Headspace,
ex-The Strawbs, worked with Dido). (Wakeman and the
English Rock Ensemble were to be one of the headliners for HRH Prog 9 in Sheffield and
London, Mar 2020, with a line-up of R Wakeman, A Wakeman,
Fernandez, Pomeroy, Colquhoun and Ashley Holt (lead vocals,
percussion). However, the event was postponed due to COVID-19.
Likewise, Wakeman was to headline HRH Prog XI on 3-4 Apr 2021 in
Leeds, but that also did not happen.) Programming for the tour was
by Erik Jordan. Rehearsals began in Mar. Rick has said he would
like them to play more dates in the UK and beyond, if there is
Wakeman had said the set would include material from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey... and Return to the Centre of the Earth, The Time Machine, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Softsword and The Red Planet, plus at least one Yes song. The band played a 95 minute set of: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (abridged, ~35 minutes), 1984 Medley ("Hymn"/"Julia"/"Robot Man"/"Hymn (reprise)"), "Catherine Parr", "Merlin the Magician", "The Rest of Arthur" medley ("Arthur"/"Guinevere"/"Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight"/"The Last Battle"); encore: "Starship Trooper".
Further live shows
Wakeman has UK piano and keyboard shows on 7 Dec 2023 (in Hunstanton) and 1 Mar 2024.
Wakeman is also headlining 2 shows
raising money for Saving
Strays. The first was on 24 Nov 2023 at Guildford
Cathedral, while the second is on 23 Dec 2023 in Ipswich. These
shows are with Peter Egan, Triple Cream, Mim Grey, Nicola Olsen
Wakeman played a 2-hour show on
21 Jul 2023 as part of the Marylebone Music Festival, with Adam Wakeman
and Hayley Sanderson.
Rick Wakeman, Oliver Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap (worked with Rick Wakeman, Oliver Wakeman) and Carrie Martin (worked with Oliver Wakeman) played a charity concert on 6 May 2023 in Tewkesbury, UK, entitled The 'Other' Coronation Concert. Oliver's son, Arthur, also joined Oliver for one song. The event raised money for Milestone and Cleeve Schools and nearly sold out. It may become an annual event. Rick also had his annual charity concert in Apr 2023 for Animals Asia, with Peter Egan, at the Mill in Sonning.
Wakeman had a US east coast solo tour, An Evening With Rick
Wakeman: His Music and Stories, with 17 dates 15 Mar-15 Apr 2023.
Wakeman performed on grand piano and keys (or keys alone at some
venues when the piano provided was poor). Set: "Just a Memory"
Gallery of the Imagination), "Morning has Broken",
"Jane Seymour", "And You and I/Wonderous Stories" (on piano),
"Merlin the Magician", "The Dance of a Thousand Lights",
"Catherine Howard", "Sea Horses", "Space Oddity/Life on Mars";
encore: "Help!/Eleanor Rigby". The tour was booked around
Wakeman's appearance on the '70s Rock & Romance
Cruise, sailing Mar 2023 from Miami, FL. (Jon Davison
was also on the cruise.) Wakeman tweeted
on 13 Apr that there will be a "2nd leg of this tour in October
& November which will signal the end of the one man shows in
America"; see more below on his plans to
changes in touring. The leg was to be called The Final Grump Tour. However, in his Jul 2023
GORR, he announced that this leg was now off, to be
replaced by a longer, coast to coast, one man tour in 2024.
Wakeman performed "Life on Mars" at the Aug 2023 memorial concert for John Wetton: see main page for details.
There was a 17-date UK Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour 24 Nov-21
Dec 2022, mixing music and anecdote. On 7 Dec, Wakeman's keyboards
and other equipment were stolen during the tour, so the 8 Dec
Birmingham show was just done on piano. Numerous musicians offered
help, with Wakeman
tweeting a thanks, including to Geoff Downes and Yes's
management. Downes drove from Wales with some specialist
replacement kit. Wakeman wrote more in his Jan 2023
I had so many calls from musicians and other people offering to loan me anything I needed if they had it, which was really unbelievably kind, and there was one piece of equipment, a Sycologic, which is virtually impossible to replace, but I really have to thank Geoff Downes for coming to the rescue as he had one that he has kindly loaned us and I am so grateful to him as I am not sure how the Palladium could have gone ahead without this piece of equipment
The 30 Nov 2022 set list was "In the Bleak Midwinter", "Amazing
Grace/A Carol/Morning has Broken", "Just a Memory", "Jane
Seymour/Catherine Parr", "Deck the Halls/Ding Dong Merrily on
High/And You and I/Wonderous Stories", "Merlin the
Magician/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", interval, "The Dance of
a Thousand Lights", "Away in a Manger", "Gone but Not Forgotten",
"Sea Horses", "The Creek", "Space Oddity/Life on Mars"",
"Help!/Eleanor Rigby", encore: "Silent Night", "Clair de Lune".
"Just a Memory" and "The Creek" are from A
Gallery of the Imagination.
Wakeman was a guest at Tim Rice's Carols
of Light event at Durham Cathedral on 15 Dec 2022, which is
raising money for Foundation
of Light, Sunderland football
club's charity. Other guests include TV presenter Alexander
Armstrong, Alan Price (ex-The Animals), Kathryn Tickell,
Marty & Roxanne Wilde, Kiki Dee
(worked with Patrick Moraz, Elton John) & Carmelo,
George Clarke, Olympian
Steve Cram, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham,
the Salvation Army Band, Durham Cathedral Adult Choir and St
Mary's Primary School Choir.
There was a charity event on 30 Oct 2022 in London, UK, raising money for Saving Suffering Strays. This Evening with Rick Wakeman & Friends entails a performance by Wakeman and an auction. The event will be hosted by actor Peter Egan.
He played 2 shows in Norfolk, UK on 11-12 Oct 2022 with himself
(piano), son Adam
Wakeman (Challen piano) and Hayley Sanderson (vocals). On 12
Oct, they played: first set: "The Hymn", "Make Me a Woman",
"Catherine Howard", "Mr Slow", "Space Oddity" (instrumental)/"Life
on Mars"; second set: "And You And I" (dedicated to Alan White;
instrumental), "Julia", "After Prayers", "The Winter Palace" (Adam
Wakeman solo), "Morning has Broken" (instrumental)/"Amazing
Grace", "Help"/"Eleanor Rigby"; encore: "Merlin the Magician".
They previously played 27-29
Jul 2021 at Ronnie Scott's in London. Billed as Strictly
Wakeman with Wakeman, the line-up was Rick (piano, keys), Adam Wakeman
(Jazz Sabbath, Tony Hadley, Headspace; keys,
guitar) and Hayley Sanderson (Strictly Come
Dancing; vocals). That set included material from
The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 1984 and songs by
David Bowie and The Beatles.
Wakeman was at Starmus 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia, 5-10 Sep. In his Sep 2022 GORR, he said he would be playing "the theme music with the orchestra which I wrote for Starmus some years ago as well as playing the piano on Space Oddity for Chris Hadfield" (the astronaut).
The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour covered 22 dates in the US and
Canada in Sep/Oct 2019. The format was a solo grand piano show by
Wakeman with music (including solo, by Yes, early Bowie and The
Beatles) and chat. He then played 11 English dates in Dec 2019
with a Xmas show. Following pandemic disruption, Wakeman
announced the Even Grumpier Old Xmas Show with 17 UK dates in
2020, but these were disrupted by the pandemic. 16 dates were
postponed to 28 Nov-21 Dec 2021, now under the title The Not Quite
As Grumpy As Last Xmas Tour. The set list for 9 Dec was "When a
Child is Born", "After the Ball", "Morning has Broken", "Gone But
Not Forgotten", "Jane Seymour", "And You and I", "The Last
Battle", "Merlin the Magician", interval, "The Dance of a
Thousand Lights", "Sea Horses", "Space Oddity", "Life on Mars",
"Catherine of Aragon", "Catherine Howard", "Help!", "Eleanor
Rigby", "Silent Night".
He was then on a US tour with dates in the same format, entitled
The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour. Dates were scheduled 14
Oct-19 Nov 2021, but some later dates on the tour were
re-scheduled to Feb/Mar 2022 so that the team could avoid flying
during the pandemic. (Three dates could not be re-scheduled and
were cancelled.) There were thus 19 dates 13 Oct-1 Nov, then 13
dates 22 Feb-14 Mar. (A Toronto date was cancelled "due to the
difficulties with truckers and other political demonstrations",
Wakeman explained in his Mar 2022
GORR.) In an Oct
2021 interview, Wakeman said that, as well as stories, he'd
be playing music from his solo career, Yes, work with Cat Stevens,
and with David Bowie. He was playing on piano and keyboards, until
his keyboard was stolen in California during the second leg,
requiring sets to be re-thought for piano only. Sets on the first
leg included "Seahorses", "Jane Seymour", his versions of The
Beatles' "Help!" and "Eleanor Rigby", "Space Oddity"/"Life on
Mars", and a Yes medley of "The Meeting", "And You and I" and
Over the last few years, Wakeman had talked
about reducing his workload and a changed emphasis in what he does
as a consequence of his age. He stopped doing more substantial
solo tours and is focusing more on TV and radio work (see below), shorter tours and one-off
performances, although Anderson, Rabin
& Wakeman saw a more significant commitment to touring.
2023 interview described Wakeman as having "arthritis in his
hands and feet, type two diabetes, and macular degeneration in his
left eye." Wakeman said, "I'll keep playing until it hurts too
much, but there's going to come a time I'll have to stop. I'd
never want to walk on stage and hear someone say, 'he used to be
good'." In his May 2023 GORR, Wakeman explained:
the second leg of the piano and keyboard one man show in America later in the year [...] is likely to be the last one man show there [...] The reason is that the arthritic hands can't take the battering that the one-man show requires anymore. I can still get through okay but back in the dressing room at the end, the hands are plunged into an ice bucket of ice and ice-cold water in order to get some relief and so in future I am looking at touring with other musicians in order to share the load… this will mainly be with the English Rock Ensemble or members of the band.
I will still continue to do the odd one man show, but these will be one offs and mainly for the charities I support. I have a beautiful music room at the new house and so I will be spending a lot of time putting together various projects that I have been planning for the last few years.
There is really so much musically still to do that I want to make sure happens and so life will be just as busy, but just in a different way.
In an Oct
2019 interview, he was asked why ARW's next tour (in 2020)
would be a farewell tour. Wakeman replied:
a mixture of honesty and then you can read into it what you will. None of us are getting any younger health-wise [...] It’s not the playing, though that does get a bit difficult at times. There’s the traveling and everything that goes with it. [...]
I have been diagnosed with arthritis in both my hands. It’s controllable at the moment. I don’t take anything for it, pills or drugs, but I do exercises. I have creams and special gloves and things that keep me going. I know I have to practice really hard to keep my fingers supple. I always said that I never want to walk onstage and not play to the standard I want to. [...] there comes a time to stop.
[...] I might be wrong. I might have a few more days than I think. I do have some days where they seize up quite a lot, but at the moment I can still play. The dexterity is still there. When I do the right exercises I am fine.
I reckon I have until probably the beginning to the end of 2022 and then I think I won’t be able to do it anymore. I’ll still be able to play, but not [up to] the standard live that I do now. I’ll still be able to record and do music and the odd concert, but they will be different concerts. That’s my reason why I voted along with everyone, actually, that we’ll do a farewell/thank-you tour to the fans when you can still do the best you do
In the RWCC Winter Newsletter 2007, Wakeman explained:
After 40 years of concert tours
[...] he has called it quits.
Don't panic! Wakeman simply means no more touring, no more traipsing from gig to gig, giving the same concert night after night, sometimes as many as 140 in a year. He is not retiring.
"I wanted to do a lot more (musically). I want to be more (diverse) in the concerts I do," he told Reuters [...]
What that means is cutting back
to maybe 40 appearances a year.
His Sep 2011 GORR had this: "Although I have set a date of May
2014 to cut right back and not work 18 hours a day minimum 7 days
a week anymore, (It'll be 4/5 days a week instead), the next two
years are going to be more manic than ever, especially if most of
what's in the pipeline comes to fruition." And the Oct GORR began:
I’m about to head into one of
the busiest travelling periods I’ve had for years and it is
highly unlikely ever to happen again either! Much as I love
performing on stage, my love of hotel rooms and airplanes
dissipated about five years ago, but sometimes things happen
that means that personal rules have to be broken and the next
couple of months are such a period.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII: original album; alternative versions; The Three Wives – Radio Session 27th Feb 1973; DVD: Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975The box also contains replica press packs for albums in the period covered, tour programmes, posters, and a 60-page hardback book with memorabilia. There is also a 10LP set (180g), with a limited edition of 100 units in coloured vinyl and then another 150 units in black vinyl.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth: original album; The Other Half; The Three Wives – Radio Session 27th Feb 1973; Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975 part 1; Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975 part 1
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur...: original album; King Arthur on Ice - Live at Wembley 1975 + Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan January 21st 1975 part 1; Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan January 21st 1975 part 2; DVD: King Arthur on Ice - Live at Wembley 1975
White Rock: original album; original music and FX soundtrack; The 1974 Canadian Broadcast; DVD: "White Rock" film
Lisztomania: original album; The Real Lisztomania; Live from the Winterland Ballroom 11th Feb 1975; DVD: "Lisztomania" film
No Earthly Connection: original album; Live at the Maltings 1976; The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland May 7, 1976; DVD: Live at the Maltings 1976
The 1976 Concert: Live at Hammersmith 1976; Christmas in Rio Live December 21st 1975; Missing Pieces and Interviews; DVD: Live at Hammersmith 1976 (quad mix) + Success Story, The Story of Journey and other TV extras
And the Rest...: Live in Anaheim 11th November 1975 live part 1, Live in Anaheim 11th November 1975 live part 2, Reflections of Winter (White Rock Sessions) part 1, Reflections of Winter (White Rock Sessions) part 2
I’ve never done anything with it but i was thinking of adapting it and making it all of the animals that I am involved with [...] just talking to you I might just resurrect the “Cathedral Cats” thing and look at all the animals that I have been involved with over the years and then do pieces specifically for all of themIn an Apr 2021 update, Wakeman implied there would be some more archival releases coming.
In an Aug 2007 interview, he said, "I'm currently involved in a stage musical, two other films and a stage juggling show!" In a May 2005 report, Wakeman says that after ending live work in 2006, he "will concentrate on recording and writing for films wherever and whenever possible." In recent years, Wakeman has been doing some soundtrack work. He has been director of the music division at Write Good Films. IMDB.com report that Wakeman is doing the music for a UK film currently in production called "Out of Reach". In an Apr 2004 interview, he says, "I've got this soundtrack thing coming up", but no details were given. In his Christmas 2004 Newsletter, he says he hopes to do more film and TV work. In Apr 2005, Wakeman said he was doing music for an animated children's feature about Noah. He had previously said that he would finish recording of his "Noah" project (performed live with the English Chamber Choir in 1997), but I am unclear whether this is connected or not. In the Nov interview, he said he would like "to do more work with orchestras and choirs and also some more film scoring which I really enjoy."
Wakeman had been working on a follow-up to Hopesongs with music for weddings and funerals, presumably again with Howard Prior.
with Tim Rice and Alfie Boe
collaborations & guest appearances
Both Wakeman and Trevor Rabin are expected to guest on Jon Anderson's 1000 Hands: Chapter Two, expected in 2023: see under Anderson. Wakeman and Trevor Rabin had both mooted the possibility an album together at some point: see here for details.
Wakeman continues to guest regularly on Cleopatra Records
projects. He is on Born to be Wild (Cleopatra Records),
out 14 Apr 2023 from actor/singer Ann-Margret (Olsson).
Ann-Margret was twice Oscar nominated, in 1972 for "Carnal
Knowledge" and in 1975 for the rock-opera "Tommy". Her singing
career goes back to 1961 (when she worked with Marty Paich) and
includes a Grammy nomination in 1962. Tracks:
He has appeared on a series of Pink Floyd tribute albums led by
Jürgen Engler, with the next one being Meddle Reimagined:
see on main
page for details. He covered Space's "Magic Fly" on Synthesizer
Classics, also put together by Engler and out Aug 2022: see on main
page for details. He guested on 3 tracks of Fernando
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, out Sep 2022. He
also appears on Perdomo's A Speedway on Saturn's Rings
under The Fusion Syndicate moniker: see again
the main page for details on both of those.
Wakeman guested with his son Adam's band, Jazz Sabbath, at their
26 Nov 2022 show, from which a live album is due. The line-up also
Howe (drums) and Justin Swadling (trombone). See details
My Labrador Eats Poo (HaGaTaS) was a 2017 book of poetry by Charles Garland (worked on Blue Peter, Terry and June, Hi-De-Hi!, 'Allo 'Allo). The accompany audio book, read by Garland, also includes musical inserts by Wakeman. Wakeman said it was due Aug that year, but it doesn't appear to be out yet. Garland was also touring England with an evening of humour, including readings from the book and Wakeman's recorded music. There were 14 dates in 2017. Wakeman also appears to be involved in the publishing company, HaGaTaS.From 21 Sep 2015 onwards, Wakeman (with Erik Jordan engineering) was recording piano and organ on tracks for Armando Peralta (Twitter).
In his Jul 2023 GORR, Wakeman said he may be doing some filming for the BBC's Children in Need. This was competing on a special Children in Need edition of Bargain Hunt, as the show tweeted about.
On 27 Aug 2022, he was a guest of the Pianoforte Tuners' Association in Beccles, Suffolk, playing a 1935 Challen concert grand piano that, at 11' 8", was when it was made the largest piano in the world. He was in conversation with Prof John Covach in Oxford on 29 Aug 2022. He had another speaking engagement with a Sunday lunch in Sheffield on 25 Sep 2022.
The adaptation of Wakeman's "Arthur" continues to be used by the BBC for their election coverage with the 2023 English local elections.
Early May 2023, Rick and son Oliver were both interviewed for a forthcoming documentary film about The Strawbs.
Wakeman has a speaking appearance on 10 Dec 2023 in Sheffield, UK.
Wakeman has previously written "Grumpy Old
Rockstar" and "Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock
Star". Some years back, he talked of working on a third volume. In
his Jul 2011 GORR, he said he was close to finalising a deal for
this third volume; and in the Oct 2011 GORR, this: "Whilst away on
all overseas trips I like to keep myself occupied as I loathe
hotel rooms and so the plan is to finish the third book in the
Grumpy series which has a working title of "Rick Wakeman's Grumpy
Old RockStar Rants". I've been working on it for most of this year
, (and some of last year  too), and, like the first
two, contains ludicrous stories but with added rants along the
way!" In Nov 2012, he tweeted about the need to finish writing the
book. However, no further news followed until a 7
Sep 2017 tweet in which he said, "Decided it's time for the
3rd Grumpy Old Rockstar book & have already started on it."
In the Jul 2005 interview, he said that he is going to write a
book about Yes ("Grumpy Old Rockstar" only has a small amount of
Yes content)—see details here.
In the RWCC Winter Newsletter 2007, Wakeman said, "I'm very much
looking forward to producing various music books with duets for
piano as well as music for other instruments accompanied by piano.
This is very much a long-term project and hopefully by Easter ,
the first books will be available."
Wakeman has been managed since approx. 2013 by Brian Lane
(previously managed Yes, Yes ft ARW, ABWH). Larry Magid (worked with Yes) is his agent in the US, with
Kilimanjaro having that role in the UK.
Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.