Where are they now? - Rick Wakeman

This page last updated: 12 Oct 2019
 
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On this page: Solo projects - Collaborations - Re-releases/archival releases - Media appearances, charity work etc.

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In his Jan 2016 GORR, Wakeman talked of a new year's resolution "to actually finish off as much as I can as regards projects that I had started and were lying half completed", spurred on by the recent deaths of several friends.

Solo releases
After the success of Piano Portraits, Wakeman has released two more piano albums, Live Portraits and Piano Odyssey (Sony Classical Records). Another, Christmas Portraits (Sony Music Classical), is due 29 Nov 2019 on CD/LP/digital, with recordings done in Aug at the Granary on Steinway Model D piano with Erik Jordan as engineer and co-producer. The album has been as high as #559 on Amazon UK. (Sony had asked for Christmas Portraits after the initial success of Piano Portraits, but Wakeman suggested doing another album, what became Piano Odyssey, before Christmas Portraits.) Tracks:

  1. "The First Noel"
  2. "In the Bleak Midwinter"
  3. "Deck the Halls / Away in a Manger"
  4. "The Holly & the Ivy / Mary's Boy Child"
  5. "Silent Night"
  6. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Angels from the Realms of Glory"
  7. "O Come All Ye Faithful / Hark the Herald Angels Sing / See Amid the Winter Snow"
  8. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
  9. "I Saw Three Ships / When a Child is Born"
  10. "O Holy Night"
  11. "Coventry Carol / O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
  12. "A Winter's Tale"
  13. "We Three Kings"
  14. "Sussex Carol / It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"


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Tracks for Piano Odyssey:

  1. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", The Beatles cover
  2. "Liebesträume/After the Ball", Franz Liszt piece/Rick Wakeman solo piece from White Rock
  3. "And You and I"
  4. "Rocky (The Legacy)", by Wakeman, a new piece, about an Asian black bear rescued by Animals Asia from the bile trade; LP1 side B begins; YouTube video
  5. "The Boxer", Simon & Garfunkel cover
  6. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud", David Bowie cover, originally the b-side to "Space Oddity"—Wakeman played on the original
  7. "Strawberry Fields Forever", The Beatles cover; LP2 side A begins
  8. "Roundabout"
  9. "Cyril (Wolverine)", by Wakeman, a new piece, about another rescued Asian black bear; YouTube video
  10. "Jane Seymour", from The Six Wives of Henry VIII; LP2 side B begins
  11. "Largos", credited to Handel and Dvorak
  12. "Bohemian Rhapsody", Queen cover; recorded with a string section, choir and Brian May (Queen) on acoustic guitar (Wakeman had tried to do the album on Piano Portraits, but had felt it didn't work with a purely piano arrangement)
The album is with a string section and choir (who are mostly doing wordless vocals, although they do sing a few lyrics on "Roundabout" and "Bohemian Rhapsody"). Wakeman played a Steinway Model D grand piano throughout and shared conducting with Guy Protheroe. Engineering was by Erik Jordan and Toby Wood.


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The album entered the UK chart at #7 (19 Oct 2018). It was still #2 in the Progressive Album chart in the UK for Dec 2018.

In his Jan 2018 GORR, Wakeman wrote that, "The first part of [2018] is very much one of preparation for recording of a new album, more details of which will be in the next GORR as arrangements are currently being finalised. [...] I am going to be spending much of January and February locked in my music room and studio every day, writing and recording as well as doing some orchestrations." Wakeman then said in the Feb 2018 GORR:

I’m also spending quite a bit of time deciding on what pieces of music will be on the new piano and strings album, Piano Portraits Plus, to give it its working title. I already have half a dozen pretty firm choices and it’s just a matter of sifting through the shortlist of others.
In his Mar 2018 GORR, he talked of work in the second half of Mar, "making preparations for a new solo album". He continued, "more work in the studio [...] will spill over into April", referring to both this and work for a Yes featuring Anderson Rabin Wakeman album. The Apr 2018 GORR then brought more:
as March came to a close [...] my manager completed an agreement with Sony Classical / Masterworks for a new album [...]

untitled as yet, the album will be piano pieces of variations on some classically inspired music, some contemporary music and some original music [...] some will simply be piano, whilst others will have just choir or strings and a few will have both.

I have already started on the choice of music and have made a short list of 60 pieces which I will whittle down to 20 and then record them all, choosing the 14 that I feel work the best. It is very possible that 2 of the original compositions will be 2 that I have written for 2 wonderful Moon Bears [see below for more on Wakeman's bear work]. [...] The piano will all be recorded at the Granary on my favourite piano and the orchestra in a London Studio.

Then next month [i.e. May] it’s into the studio for a few days to record the strings and choir before the music is mixed and delivered for mastering.
By his May 2018 GORR, he was able to report the album was being mixed. Here he described, "whittling down the short list of 40 potential pieces to the final chosen 12, I set about preparing the piano arrangements at home over a 2 week period followed by one month of doing the orchestrations. [...] I created variations of the selected pieces, hopefully keeping all the flavours of the originals". He recorded piano parts over a week at the Granary, with Erik Jordan as the recording engineer. Wakeman "then spent a further week "tweaking" the orchestrations and talking to Guy Protheroe who would be sharing the conducting with me. We then spent three solid days in Angel Studios with the Orion Strings and the English Chamber Choir with Toby Wood engineering." Piano Odyssey has now been mixed by Toby Wood and is to go for mastering soon. He doing some filming for album promo on 13 Jul 2018.

Wakeman played a supporting 20-date, Piano Odyssey, England tour Sep/Nov 2018, plus 7 more Xmas dates with a modified set in Dec. (The 26 Oct Ipswich show was sold out or close to being so, with a capacity of 1500. The 16 Dec Bristol and 17 Dec London shows have sold out, the latter having a capacity of 900.) There were then more dates in England, with 10 shows 4 May-21 Jul 2019 and possibly a final show on 15 Aug. Two more shows are listed on Wakeman's website for 16-7 Nov 2019, although he has also described an Aug show as being the last in the series. The set list draws from Piano Portraits, Piano Odyssey and possibly earlier music, with an encore of [SPOILERS—highlight to read] nursery rhymes played in different styles. The 2018 Xmas set included "Liebesträume". There are then 12 English piano shows 5-21 Dec 2019, in support of Christmas Portraits. After that, he plans no more piano shows until 2022, when he "will probably do one final piano tour, but hopefully with a bit of a twist which I'm currently working on", to quote his Aug 2019 GORR.
Piano Portraits (UMC) was Wakeman's 100th solo album, an instrumental piano album of covers, released early 2017 on CD. Details in Yescography. Wakeman did an 11-date English tour in support May/Jul 2017. The set included 10 pieces from the album and some additional music. A second leg saw 19 UK dates Oct/Nov and there was a Mar 2018 Italian date. Wakeman recorded a special 7 Mar 2018 show at Lincoln Cathedral for a live CD/DVD, Live Portraits (trailer), backed by a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic. Erik Jordan was the recording engineer. This was released mid-2018.

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 are to be released on CD: this was expected late 2017, but has yet to 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.

Sound & Vision
Sound & Vision is the name of a live event at The Queen's House, Greenwich, London, UK that teams Wakeman with artist Maria Rud, in aid of Animal Asia and their work with the Asian black bear (or moon bear). Originally scheduled for 10 Dec 2017, this date has been cancelled and the  event is now planned for near Xmas 2018. Wakeman was due to be performing with son Adam, Ed Scull (Orion Symphony Orchestra) with a "mass of percussion", and a "very large" choir. Rudd will be painting live to the music, her work being projected on to the buildings. Wakeman will be playing new arrangements of existing material and some new material for the show. The event was planned not to be seated: the audience were to be able to move around to watch the performers and the art.

With the English Rock Ensemble
In his Aug 2019 GORR, Wakeman writes of further English Rock Ensemble shows being planned. Wakeman and a full band (so presumably the ERE) are one of the headliners for HRH Prog 9 in Sheffield and London, Mar 2020.

Wakeman played 2 final UK performances of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 13-4 Jul at London's Royal Festival Hall, with the Orion Orchestra, English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble, plus Alfie Boe (vocals on "Never is a Long, Long Time" and "Still Waters Run Deep") and Robert Powell (narration). Guy Protheroe conducted. The rest of the band were Adam Wakeman (keys), Tony Fernandez (drums), Matt Pegg (bass), Dave Colquhoun (guitars), Ashley Holt (vocals) and Hayley Sanderson (vocals). The set was to integrate two songs from Return to the Centre of the Earth into the running order of the original album.

Wakeman re-recorded The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, with the English Rock Ensemble (the same line-up as on The Journey to the Centre of the Earth re-recording, except Lee Pomeroy was replaced by Matt Pegg on bass), the Orion Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir, with Guy Protheroe conducting (orchestral scores by Protheroe and Ann Manly; choral arrangements by Wakeman). Vocalists are Hayley Sanderson and Ashley Holt. Jun 2016 saw a live performance of the album: Wakeman headlined the second day of The Stone Free Festival, London, 19 Jun 2016, playing a 90 min. set including all of The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The band included son Oliver Wakeman. He was planning a performance of the album in Tintagel, UK. This was to be in Sep 2018, again involving Oliver, and (according to an interview conducted Mar 2017) a large orchestra and choir. Plans then shifted to Sep 2019, but the logistics proved not workable and this is not going ahead.

Further live shows
The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour covers 22 dates in US and Canada from 21 Sep-27 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 plays 12 Xmas dates in England 6-21 Dec 2019.

Wakeman, with Guy Protheroe, played a private show with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir in Moscow, Russia in early Jul 2019. Brian Lane also accompanied them. Later that month, he again plaed the Starmus festival, also with Steve Vai, Brian May, Hans Zimmer and a symphony orchestra and choir.

Wakeman was due to be at Noisy Notes in London on 24 Feb 2019, an interactive concert for children with the Orion Orchestra (with whom Wakeman have worked before). The event was led by presenter and guest conductor Sue Perkins (worked with Dylan Howe). Wakeman and Perkins returned on 22 Jun 2019 for a London show exploring his career with the Marylebone Music Festival Choir.

5 Nov 2018 saw An Evening with Rick Wakeman in Reading, compered by Peter Egan and also with actress Lesley Nicol, in aid of Animals Asia. In Jan 2019, Wakeman did an interview with some piano pieces at a 27 Jan 2019 church event in north London, organised by Simon Mayo.

29-30 Jul 2018, Wakeman played at Ronnie Scott's in London with his Trio, which he's now calling KGB, with Colquhoun (guitars) and Pegg (bass). Both shows sold out. They next played Devizes on 19 Jan 2019.

Wakeman played two belated Xmas shows at the Granary in Suffolk on 24-5 Jan 2019.

Wakeman toured South America in Jul 2018, playing grand piano, with an orchestra and choir conducted by Protheroe. He played three more dates in this configuration 1-5 Dec 2018, 2 in the Czech Rep. (both sold out) and 1 in Ukraine. The South American dates went as follows:

He played two piano shows in Italy: 3 Aug 2018 in Treviso, and 4 Aug in Trieste. He may possibly also have a piano show 5 Aug in Faro, Portugal.

Wakeman played at the 2018 Marylebone Music Festival on 23 Jun 2018, in aid of a homelessness charity. The evening saw Rick interviewed by son Adam, with Wakeman performing a few solo pieces on piano and possibly a duet with Adam, while a string quartet will also play, as Rick puts it, "a couple of arrangements of music from my childhood that I loved and indeed, still love."

On 21 Apr 2018, Wakeman and Peter Egan did a private show to raise money for Animal Asia.

Wakeman had piano shows on 26-7 Apr 2018 at Tadcaster Methodist Church.

On 16 Mar 2018, Wakeman (piano) did a show in Elche, Spain with Valentina Blanca (vocals).

Wakeman guested at a charity show on 28 Jul 2017 in Birmingham, UK in celebration of Keith Emerson's life. Organised by comedian Jim Davidson, also performing were Rachel Flowers, Thierry Eliz, ELP tribute band Noddy's Puncture, a symphony orchestra and others. Wakeman played a piano piece based around themes from "Trilogy", "Lucky Man" and "Nutrocker". The event has been nominated for the Event of the Year category in the Progressive Music Awards 2018: you can vote here.

Over the last few years, Wakeman has previously talked about reducing his workload and a changed emphasis in what he does as a consequence of his age. He has 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. The latest comments came in an Oct 2019 interview where 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:

I still intend to keep the live performances to a sensible amount and so long spells of touring are still not on the agenda and to be honest, won't be again. [...] with fewer performances each one became special and had a little something unique.

An Aug 2010 article said:

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.

Wakeman's Music Emporium &c.
Wakeman's Music Emporium is now available through Glue Music. Wakeman also has a new YouTube channel that includes some full albums and other material.

Released through the Emporium is a new Official Bootleg Series, with 10 released out 1 Dec 2019, and also compiled together as Box of Boots, due 2 Dec. The releases are:

1, Live in Osaka Japan 21st January 1975: CD1—"Opening", "Catherine Parr", "Guinevere", "Catherine Howard", "Merlin the Magician", "Anne Boleyn"; CD2—"Turning", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Journey Recollection, The Battle, The Forest, The Forest (encore)"
2, Live in Boston Music Hall, MA, USA October 5th 1974: CD1—"Horizon", "Rachmaninoff 1st Symphony in D Minor Opus 13", "Catherine Parr", "Catherine Howard", "Anne Boleyn", "Something Completely Different"; CD2—"Journey/Recollection", "Battle/Forest", "And Maybe Something Else Completely Different"
3, Live in Vienna Austria 1976 with Vienna Ensemble: CD1—"The Journey", "Sir Lancelot and The Black Knight", "Anne Boleyn", "The Day Thou Gavest Lord hath Ended", "Arthur", "The Forest", "Catherine Parr"; CD2—"The Spaceman", "Catherine Howard", "Free Song/The Warning", "The Battle", "The Realisation", "The Prisoner", "Merlin the Magician", "Standard", "Merlin the Magician (reprise)"
4, Live at Cropedy Festival Oxfordshire UK 2010 with the English Rock Ensemble: "Intro", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "Catherine Parr", "Arthur Medley: King Arthur/The Last Battle/Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Merlin the Magician", "Starship Trooper"
5, Live in Guildhall Preston, UK November 16th 1981: CD1—"War Games", "King Arthur Medley (A) Arthur (B) Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Sea Horses", "Julia", "Three Wives (A) Catherine of Aragon (B) Anne of Cleves (C) Catherine Howard", "The Proles", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Part 1) (A) The Journey (B) The Recollection"; CD2—"Danielle", "The Probe", "Chamber of Horrors", "The Hymn", "Anne Boleyn (inc. guitar, drums, bass, keyboard solo)", "Robot Man", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Part 2) (A) The Battle (B) The Forest"
6, Live at the City Hall Sheffield, UK November 21st 1981: CD1—"The Journey", "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Anne Boleyn", "The Day Thou Gaveth Lord hath Ended", "Arthur", "The Forest", "Catherine Parr"; CD2—"The Spaceman", "Catherine Howard", "Free Song/The Warning", "The Battle", "The Realisation", "The Prisoner", "Merlin the Magician", "Standard", "Merlin the Magician (reprise)"
7, Live Solo Performance, Tokyo, Japan 2008: "Pachelbel's Canon in D Major", "Catherine Howard", "Morning has Broken", "You & I - Wondrous Stories", "The Dance of a Thousand Nights", "Jane Seymour", "The Meeting", "Merlin the Magician", "Catherine of Aragon", "Help! - Eleanor Rigby", "The Jig"
8, Live at International Forum Hall, Tokyo, Japan 1st July 2014: CD1—"Pachelbel's Canon in D Major", "Catherine of Aragon/Catherine Howard", "Morning has Broken", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "The Meeting", "Merlin the Magician"; CD2—"The Jig", "Life on Mars?", "The Dance of a Thousand Lights", "King Arthur Suite", "You & I - Wondrous Stories", "Help? - Eleanor Rigby", "Gone But Not Forgotten"
9, Live at Sankei Hall, Osaka, Japan 30th June 2014: CD1—"Pachelbel's Canon in D Major", "Catherine of Aragon/Catherine Howard", "Morning has Broken", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "The Meeting", "Merlin the Magician"; CD2—"The Jig", "Life On Mars?", "The Dance of a Thousand Lights", "King Arthur Suite", "You & I - Wondrous Stories", "Help? - Eleanor Rigby", "Gone But Not Forgotten"
10, Live at Daphne Du Maurier Festival UK 17th January 2001: CD1—"Intro/The Journey Suite", "Never is a Long Time", "Catherine Suite", "No Earthly Connection", "Merlin the Magician"; CD2—"Intro/King Arthur Suite", "1984 Suite", "The Visit", "Catherine Parr", "Starship Trooper", "Eleanor Rigby"


When first announced, the "Exclusive Emporium Collection" was announced as consisting of 2 new solo albums (a reduction from an original plan of 6 albums). Movements, a synth album, was due Apr 2016, but has yet to appear. The second was announced as due Nov 2016, also yet to appear. It is unclear what has happened with these plans.

Gastank was a 1982-3 Channel 4 TV series where Wakeman interviewed other musicians. Each episode saw Wakeman, the house band and the interviewee perform. This was released Dec 2016 as a 2DVD (RIC2718), a 3CD (RIC2717; buy from Amazon UK) or a signed deluxe box set with both and further extras (RIC2715). A general UK release for the CD followed in 2017. Guests included Eric Burdon, John Entwistle, Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme (worked with Yes, Trevor Horn), Steve Hackett, Phil Lynott, Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Suzi Quatro and others. The first 2 episodes are on Wakeman's YouTube channel, with the implication that 6 will be in due course.

Other solo work
Wakeman was scheduled to do the score for "Hawk the Hunter", a planned sequel to the 1980 fantasy film "Hawk the Slayer", if the film secured funding through a planned Kickstarter that started 30 Aug 2015. That Kickstarter was unsuccessful and the project team are looking at possible next steps.

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.



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Collaboration with Tim Rice and Alfie Boe
In his Feb 2019 GORR, Wakeman wrote, "Plans are in place for a new collaboration with Sir Tim Rice and also Alfie Boe which all being well should come to fruition next year" [2020]. Wakeman and Rice (worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Björn Ulvaeus/Benny Andersson, Elton John) previously collaborated on Wakeman's 1981 album 1984.

Wakeman, with Boe guesting, was among those performing at the Grand Order of Water Rats Annual Ball, a charity event on 25 Nov 2018.

Collaborations & guest appearances
Jon Anderson, Wakeman and Trevor Rabin are working together as Yes featuring Anderson Rabin Wakeman, with touring and recording in 2018: see here.

My Labrador Eats Poo (HaGaTaS) is 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, but it doesn't appear to be out yet. Garland has also been touring England with an evening of humour, including readings from the book and Wakeman's recorded music. There were 5 dates in Jun/Jul, with 9 due Sep-Nov 2017. Wakeman also appears to be involved in the publishing company, HaGaTaS.




Wakeman guests on grand piano on 2 tracks of a forthcoming world music/progressive folk album by Kilty Town, consisting of Daniel Engle (composer, octave mandolin, mandolin, guitar, fiddle) and well-known Yes fan Nic Caciappo (worked with Jon Anderson; bodhran, dumbek). The 11-track album Kilty Town (video sampler) is out Jan 2019 on digital platforms and CD; details in Yescography. It was produced, recorded and mixed by another well-known Yes fan, Tim Morse (author of "Yes Stories", in Yes tribute band Parallels), mostly composed by Engle and mostly arranged by Engle/Caciappo. Also performing are Morse (keys), Michael Martin Murphey (vocals), Maurya Murphey (Michael's niece; whistle), Ray Frank (guitar), Bret Bingham (vocal on "Norwegian Wood"), Iwan Hassan (Celtic harp guitar), Oisin McAuley (Danú; fiddle), Robert Lunceford (SonoMusette; accordion), Annbjørg Lien (Hardanger fiddle) and her husband, Bjorn Ole Rasch (ex-Secret Garden; pump organ). Wakeman appears on "September Waltz" (dedicated to the victims of September 11) and "Never Ending Journey". Wakeman described the tracks as the most unusual he had ever played on. Art is by Brian McDonagh. Tracks:
  1. "Good News/Gipsy Flight" [Engle]
  2. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)" [Lennon/McCartney; arr. by Caciappo]
  3. "September Waltz" [Engle]
  4. "(Reels) The Last of Maggie/Cathy Tonkovich's" [Engle]
  5. "(Jigs) The Handyman/Work's All Done" [Engle]
  6. "The Maid of Kildare (Song/Waltz)" [Engle]
  7. "(Reels) Creel of Perches/Curragh Races/Beauty Spot" [traditional]
  8. "Chicago Rag/The Speakeasy" [Engle]
  9. "Celestial Waltz" [Engle]
  10. "The Milky Way" [Engle; arr. by Morse]
  11. "Never Ending Journey" [Engle; arr. by Morse/Kilty Town]


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Wakeman is guesting on an album from Rodney Matthews, as is his son Oliver: see under Oliver for details.

From 21 Sep 2015 onwards, Wakeman (with Erik Jordan engineering) was recording piano and organ on tracks for Armando Peralta (Twitter).



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Wakeman is playing on all the tracks of La Bambola di Pezza, the debut full studio album from Italian singer Valentina Blanca. The album is largely written by Bruno Rubino (Fiaba) and arranged by Wakeman. Two digital singles have been released so far, both as by Valentina Blanca and Rick Wakeman (written by Rubino, arranged by Wakeman). Title track "La Bambola di Pezza" (4:30; with Blanca on vocals and Wakeman on piano) was released in Jan 2013, while "Volano le Farfalle" (4:32) followed Aug 2013. An album sampler is on her website and a video for "La Bambola di Pezza" is on YouTube (filmed & edited by Pierluigi Cavarra; directed by Cavarra & Rubino). Wakeman described working on a track for the project in Jan 2012 with engineer Erik Jordan. Cavarra said in Jan 2013 that a number of tracks had been recorded, but he did not know when the album was due. It is unclear what has happened since.

Re-releases/archival releases
"G'ole!", FIFA's official film of the 1982 World Cup, with music by Wakeman, is being released on DVD through PledgeMusic. There is a limited edition box set (250 copies) with the DVD, 2CDs and various knick-knacks. 1 CD is the original soundtrack album, the other, exclusive to this box, is billed as "Hero Soundtrack + G'ole! Demos" and all previously unreleased. The CD and DVD are available separately and in various combinations.

Wakeman's Piano Vibrations was re-released on 2 Mar 2018 by Nova Sales.

Wakeman's 8 albums with A&M from the 1970s—The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Lisztomania, No Earthly Connection, White Rock, Criminal Record and Rhapsodies—were announced as being remastered by Universal Records for a staggered re-release, usually with bonus material. Six Wives, Journey and King Arthur came out 2015-6, followed by No Earthly Connection.

However, Wakeman then re-released The Real Lisztomania through PledgeMusic, due early Apr 2018. The original 1970s release of the album was put together by A&M having rejected Wakeman's soundtrack master. This full score was released some years ago but just within the limited edition Treasure Chest boxset. The score has now been re-mastered from the original tapes and interspersed with narration by Paul Nicholas. This is available on CD, download or in a deluxe box set with a DVD of the film and various extra. Tracks:


  1. "The Scene" (0:34), narration
  2. "The Metronome" (0:58)
  3. "The Country Sword Dance" (4:05)
  4. "Free Song"
  5. "The Freudian Dream"
  6. "Dante Period" (2:31)
  7. "Orpheus Song" (4:04), vocal by Roger Daltrey (The Who)
  8. "For the Chop" (2:38)
  9. "Hell" (1:57), vocal by Linda Lewis
  10. "Wagner's Dream" (0:29), narration
  11. "The Dream of Hell" (1:12)
  12. "The Inferno Ride" (0:51)
  13. "The Master Race" (0:48)
  14. "The Ride of Thor" (3:17)
  15. "Excelsior Song" (2:37), vocal by Paul Nicholas
  16. "The Guardian Virgins" (0:19), narration
  17. "Rape, Pillage and Clap" (3:24)
  18. "Loves Dream" (3:47), vocal by Daltrey
  19. "The Suffering" (0:14), narration
  20. "Peace at Last" (3:52), vocal by Daltrey
  21. "Loves Dream" (4:26), vocal by Daltrey, alternate mix not previously released


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The 2CD Martyrs and Cowboys (The Atlantic Recordings 1974-1975) (QECLEC22691), due 27 Sep in the UK and 4 Nov in the US, compiles Wally's two albums on Atlantic, Wally (1974) and Valley Gardens (1975). The former was produced by Bob Harris and Wakeman. Each disc includes an unreleased track: "The Life You're Living" on CD1 and "Right by Me" on CD2.

Media work
In early Sep 2019, Wakeman was doing filming for the TV show Car SOS.

Other news
Wakeman appears in "Electronic Voyager" (having been filmed in late 2017), a forthcoming documentary film about the late synth inventor Robert Moog, by his daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa. Other interviewees include Jean-Michel Jarre and Gary Numan. There is a crowdfunding campaign to finish the film.

He did recording for a documentary about Trident Studios in Jul 2019.

He was a judge at the National Cat Awards on 8 Aug 2019.

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 [2011], (and some of last year [2010] 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.

Wakeman is a columnist for Prog. 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 two record companies, Ambient Records and Hope Records. Fintage Music have announced a publishing and neighbouring rights administration deal with Wakeman covering the administration of his rights outside of North America, among other services.

Wakeman has been managed since approx. 2013 by Brian Lane (previously managed Yes, ABWH). Lane also manages Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman: see main page for details. Roger DeCourcey is Wakeman's agent for TV, radio and corporate work (but not music).



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