Where are they now? - Rick Wakeman

This page last updated: 3 Apr 2014
 
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On this page: Solo projects - Collaborations - Re-releases/archival releases - Media appearances, charity work etc.

On other pages: The Anderson Wakeman Project

Rick Wakeman's official site: Rick Wakeman's Communication Centre; Official Twitter (Note that Wakeman does not have a MySpace site); Internet TV channel

New solo releases
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."

Another piano album of Yes music performed in a classical manner was also announced as forthcoming but has yet to appear.

Released in Argentina only in May 2012 was Live with Symphony Orchestra (Mundo Records, MRCD 99122), a live album from Wakeman's 2011 Latin America tour. Tracks: "King Arthur Suite", "Part1: Catherine Howard; Part 2: The Mystery of Youth", "Help/Eleanor Rigby", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "Merlin the Magician", "The Jig".

Live shows (guest appearances are further down)
Wakeman played a one-off piano solo show in Tel Aviv, Israel on 20 Jan. He plays another on 30 May near Vicenza, Italy.

Wakeman is among guests for a show celebrating Jon Lord's life on 4 Apr 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Organised by The Sunflower Jam, also appearing will be the 83-piece Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann, Joe Brown, Bruce Dickinson, Alfie Boe, Steve Balsamo and Miller Anderson.

Billed as his "only MAJOR concerts of 2013", there were a series of shows in Gloucestershire 15-17 Jun 2013, with profits going to the Cathedral of Gloucester. 15 Jun was to see two sets by "Wakeman with Wakeman with Wakeman and Wakeman" in Blackfriars Abbey in Gloucester (250 seat capacity; both sold out). This will be a performance by Rick (keys) with his children Adam (keys, guitar, vocals), Oliver (keys) and Jemma (keys, vocals). The set had no overlap with the 16/17 Jun shows, and was to be recorded (possibly filmed).

The next two days, billed as "The Rick Wakeman Ultimate Experience", saw Wakeman with his English Rock Ensemble, the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Guy Protheroe) and Gloucester Cathedral Choirs performing in Cheltenham (2200 seat capacity), with a 2-hour set based around selections from The Myths and Legends of King Arthur..., Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Some "extra surprises" were also promised. In his Apr 2013 GORR, Wakeman described performing "a large chunk of Journey, large chunks of Arthur, at least 2 of the 6 Wives plus at least 5 other pieces." These shows were part of the Medieval Mystery Play Festival. Earlier plans mooted TV broadcast and later DVD release.

On 28 Apr, Wakeman was doing a piano performance at the Gouveia Art Festival.

On 25 Mar, Wakeman took part in a concert celebrating the late Vivian Stanshall (ex-Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band).

Wakeman with the English Rock Ensemble (Oliver Wakeman—keys, Dave Colquhoun—guitars, Lee Pomeroy (Headspace, Steve Hackett, Diamond Jubilee Concert)—bass, Ashley Holt—vocals, Tony Fernandez—drums) were to headline the Crystal Palace Garden Party in the Bowl in Jun 2012 (capacity: 5000), but the show was cancelled due to problems with the venue. However, the band did play Norwich and an "unplugged" show (both Wakemans—grand piano, Colquhon—acoustic guitars, Holt—vocals, Fernandez—percussion) in Norfolk that month. In a late May 2012 interview, Wakeman said:

I rarely do shows with the English Rock Ensemble in the UK so when we do get together we pretty much know what we all want to play which is a mix of the Classics such as 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth', '...King Arthur...' and 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII', plus we throw in a few surprises that perhaps people won't be expecting.

[...] This band is the best I've ever had and I do wish we could do more together. We're off to Hungary in July for a festival and then out into Europe for October before South America kicks in, but due to a lack of festivals this year [2012] in England it seems that 99% of everything is abroad.

The Norfolk set was: "The Jig", "Guinevere", Colquhon solo, "The Hymn/Julia", O Wakeman solo, "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Sea Horses", "Make Me a Woman", "Dance of a Thousand Lights" (R Wakeman solo), "Georgia on My Mind", "Norwegian Wood/Help"; encore: "Summertime", "Sweet Georgia Brown". Both shows were to be broadcast through Wakeman's Internet TV channel, but, due to weather conditions, that proved not to be possible for the Norfolk show. Wakeman and the band next played Chile, Brazil and Argentina in Nov 2012 with Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett, ex-Steve Howe, ex-Iona) filling in for Pomeroy (who was busy touring with Gary Barlow) on bass. They are also taking part in a show with orchestra in Buenos Aries, Argentina: see below.

Wakeman appeared with the English Chamber Choir, under Guy Protheroe, at a 27 Oct show in London.

He played 2 piano concerts in Slovakia in Sep 2011 and has also mooted the possibility of his piano show with orchestra and choir in the country in 2012.

In his Feb 2012 GORR, Wakeman said he "will be spending a few days working [in Feb] on a choir arrangement for the choir of St Martin's in the Fields for the David Croft Memorial Service and also an arrangement of Morning Has Broken for them." Wakeman's "Croft Chorus" was performed by a choir at the event on 15 Mar 2012. On 12 Apr, he appeared at the Kids 'n' Cancer charity dinner at Chesterfield Football Ground. On 27 May, he hoted an night of chat with actor Ian Lavender (best known for Dad's Army) to raise money for the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal's community and education programme. Wakeman also wrote some music for the event.

Wakeman is appearing in a tribute to Marc Bolan. Other guests at the T .Rextasy 35th Anniversary Show, 15 Sep in London include Steve Harley, Toyah Willcox, Alvin Stardust and Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols).

Wakeman TV
Wakeman has also launched an Internet TV channel that will show his live performances. As he explained in his Apr 2012 GORR:

WTV, (possibly not the final choice for its name but a good working title), is an internet television channel that we’ve started and will eventually carry many of my live performances, plus live transmissions from various studios during recordings and many other hopefully innovative ideas that we are planning. More details will be on the website very soon and we are all pretty excited about this new venture.

DVDs of shows are now also available through the site.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table re-visited
Wakeman has been and is re-visiting his classic early solo albums The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table with his English Rock Ensemble band. This includes live performances, in some cases with additional new music, and a new studio recording of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, again with additional material.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Journey (and the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's original story) in 2014, Wakeman is touring the album with the English Rock Ensemble, the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and choir. 7 UK dates 28 Apr-4 May followed by 2 in France (6-8 May) have been announced, with "over 100 dates planned around the world". Further dates are expected to be announced soon. The show will have graphics and visuals by creative director for the shows, Roger Dean, including a huge screen projections. This will be a 2-hour show in 2 sets. The first set (~50 min.s) will consist of Wakeman solo on a piano, with a video screen backdrop, playing and telling stories about the album. The second set (~70 min.s) will consist of a full performance of the 2012 expanded Journey (with extended solos) plus "Dance of a Thousand Lights" from Return to the Centre of the Earth. There will then be an encore consisting of a rearranged finale from Journey with the addition of "Ride of Your Life" from Return. Plans for a Dean set have been shelved because of limited stage sizes, but Wakeman hopes later shows will be able to incorporate this.

Recording for the new Journey was completed in Sep 2012; mastering took place in Oct. The album was initially available only as a Classic Rock fanpack (CRP13-11-12), with a 132-page magazine and poster; cover by Dean. A vinyl release followed in Feb 2013. The only performer other than Wakeman (keys) from the original verison of the album is Ashley Holt, who shares vocals with Hayley Sanderson (who does the new songs and the parts by Gary Pickford-Hopkins on the original). The other performers are Dave Colquhoun—guitars, Lee Pomeroy—bass, Tony Fernandez—drums, with The London Symphony Orchestra (original orchestrations: Danny Beckerman, Wil Malone; transcription from original score: Ann Manly, Guy Protheroe; additional orchestrations: Manly, Protheroe) and the English Chamber Choir (conducted by Protheroe; additional choir arrangements by Wakeman). The album was produced by Erik Jordan and Wakeman. Tracks:

  1. "The Preface" (1:10)
  2. "The Journey" (11:58)
    1. "The Journey Overture" (2:25)
    2. "The Journey’s Dawn" (3:39)
    3. "Crystals" (0:34)
    4. "The Gothic Cathedral" (1:07)
    5. "The Quest for Water" (1:18)
    6. "The Hansbach" (2:55)
    7. "Fervent Prayer" (0:41)
    8. "The Recollection" (2:32)
  3. "Prayers" (4:33)
    1. "Lost & Found" (0:44)
    2. "Echoes" (3:49)
  4. "The Battle" (13:06)
    1. "4 Miles" (0:18)
    2. "The Reunion" (2:42)
    3. "A New Vista" (0:50)
    4. "A World Within a World" (2:14)
    5. "The Raft" (1:07)
    6. "The Battle" (5:55)
  5. "The Elements" (2:40)
    1. "Cumulus Clouds" (0:38)
    2. "The Storm" (2:02)
  6. "The Discovery" (7:12)
    1. "The Cemetery" (1:28)
    2. "Quaternary Man" (4:50)
    3. "Mastodons" (0:54)
  7. "The Forest" (6:20)
    1. "The Forest" (2:31)
    2. "Ages of Man" (1:56)
    3. "The Tunnel" (1:53)
    4. "Hall of the Mountain King" (0:53)
    5. "Mount Etna" (3:17)
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In his Feb 2012 GORR, Wakeman said, "On the 13th and 14th [Feb], [engineer] Erik Jordan and myself will be completing the definitive guide back track for the new extended version of Journey to the Centre of the earth before it goes off to Guy Protheroe for orchestration." In Jul 2012, Wakeman tweeted about working on an extended Journey. On 26 Jul, he said, "I'm pretty excited about the new extended version of Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Should be finished by mid September". There is 20 minutes of additional material written for the original album, but not used because of time limitations. Tweets through Aug/Sep 2012 described recording sessions for the project. Narration for the new version is by Peter Egan (known for Ever Decreasing Circles). The album is dedicated to the late Jon Lord.

A new deluxe box set version of the album is coming in 2014, with art by Roger Dean.

A Nov 2012 show in Buenos Aries, Argentina featured the band (Dave Colquhoun—guitars, Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett, ex-Steve Howe; filling in for regular Lee Pomeroy)—bass, Ashley Holt—vocals, Tony Fernandez—drums) and an orchestra playing both the expanded Journey (66 minutes long) and Six Wives (Hampton Court version). While Holt was the main vocalist, a female vocalist sang on the 'new' pieces.

There were three shows in Gloucestershire 15-17 Jun. A performance of King Arthur in Gloucester including 30 minutes of new music written for the show, plus a possible second show performing Journey, were planned, possibly to be filmed for TV broadcast and later DVD release. However, plans have now shifted to two shows based around selections across King Arthur, Journey and Six Wives: see above for details.

The original scores for King Arthur and Journey were stolen in the 1970s, but a damaged conductor's score for Journey... re-emerged in 2007 and Guy Protheroe has been working on transcribing it. Talking about King Arthur, Wakeman said in an Aug 2012 article:

When we went to get the cases with the music in back in the late 70s [...] the cases were empty.

That was it, the music was gone.

We've been extending the whole thing, re-orchestrating it, keeping the original orchestrations and adding loads more stuff to it.

When we come [to perform it] next year [2013] it will be something incredibly special, a real one off.

It also gives us a chance to change one or two of the little bits that I was never 100 per cent happy with.

Retiring from some touring and a new focus
Over the last few years, Wakeman has talked about somewhat reducing his workload and a changed emphasis in what he does. 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. In the 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.

Other solo work
In his Sep 2011 GORR, Wakeman says "negotiations are quite far advanced for 2 film scores next year [2012]." One of these appears to be "The Haunting of Harry Payne", the score of which Wakeman was working on during Oct 2012, but the film (due 2013) is now listed on IMDB with music by someone else.

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."

In a Jan 2003 interview, Wakeman said that there is a good chance that his album The Wizard and the Forest of All Dreams will be turned into a ballet. Early in 2001, Wakeman's newsletter said: "[2001-2] will see Rick concentrating hard on getting major projects off of the ground." This may include a new version of his ballet "Killing Grounds", a.k.a. "Triumph of Death". In his 2011 Innerview, he says, "I'm also halfway through a ballet I've been writing the music for off and on for four years." Wakeman has been working on a follow-up to Hopesongs with music for weddings and funerals, presumably again with Howard Prior. He was planning some pieces with vocals from daughter Jemma; and a keyboard concerto. He expressed the hope to record a "major themed work" in conjunction with Italian television. In a Jul 2004 interview in Switzerland, Wakeman said: "I have a dream to have a year off to do solo work and DVDs etc. However people ask me to do TV shows, concerts, so the dream never happens." While touring Cuba in Apr 2005, Wakeman said he hoped to return to Cuba several times to work with local artists. He expanded on these comments in an interview: "There were three or four very unique musicians [in Cuba] that I have to say I would love to collaborate with in a recording. Very unique styles and forms of writing that I think would fuse well with my orchestral rock way of working, but only time will tell if this is likely to happen."

Collaborations & guest appearances
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have been working together as a duo: an album (The Living Tree) and tour came in 2010; a live release and more touring came in 2011. See details for further plans. Anderson, Wakeman and Trevor Rabin have also been planning a project together: you can follow the story on the main page.

Wakeman guested on Billy Sherwood's tribute album to Supertramp and his Prog Collective and Fusion Syndicate projects, and guests on a forthcoming William Shatner album co-written by Sherwood. Wakeman guests on a forthcoming project by both Leon Alvarado and one now released by Sarastro Blake: see main page for details (Sherwood also guests).

Wakeman guests on piano and synths the new album from Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon project, Theory of Everything (InsideOut Music): hear clips here. This 2CD album is a rock opera consisting of four long pieces, subdivided into a total of 42 tracks:
  1. "Phase I: Singularity" (23:29; tracks 1-11)
  2. "Phase II: Symmetry" (21:31; tracks 12-22)
  3. "Phase III: Entanglement" (22:34; tracks 23-31)
  4. "Phase IV: Unification" (22:20; tracks 32-42).
Wakeman plays a synth solo on "Surface Tension", part of "Phase II: Symmetry". Also performing are John Wetton (Asia, ex-King Crimson; vocals), Keith Emerson (ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer; synth solo), Steve Hackett (Squackett, ex-GTR, ex-Genesis; guitar), Marco Hietala (Nightwish; vocals), Janne 'JB' Christoffersson (Grand Magus, ex-Spiritual Beggars; vocals), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil; vocals), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater; synth solo), Michael Mills (Toehider; vocals, Irish bouzouki), Sara Squadrani (Ancient Bards; vocals), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder; vocals), Troy Donockley (The Bad Shepherds, ex-Iona, worked with Nightwish, Magenta; Uilleann pipes and whistles), Ben Mathot (violin), Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky; cello), Jeroen Goossens (Pater Moeskroen; flutes, piccolo), Siddharta Barnhoorn (orchestrations). The album made #3 in the Netherlands, #21 in Germany, #26 in Norway and #28 in Finland; it also made the top 50 in Austria, Wallonia (Belgium), Switzerland and Sweden, and the top 60 in Flanders (Belgium). It made #13 on the US Heatseekers chart (for acts that have never charted in the top 100 or the top ten of certain sub-charts).
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In his Feb 2012 GORR, Wakeman says he is that, "There is so much other stuff in the pipeline that I will be trying to bring to fruition this month which include a possible trio album with Tony Levin and Ian Paice. Early stages of discussions with all concerned, but looking very promising." Tony Levin, of course, played bass in ABWH and on Yes's Union, among many, many other projects, while drummer Ian Paice is in Deep Purple.

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 1 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.

In Mar 2010, Wakeman met up with actor Sir John Standing. Standing has asked Wakeman for help in developing his Noel Coward tribute project, previously performed on stage in New York.

Wakeman and Keith Emerson have talked previously of a joint tour. In a Dec 2010 interview, asked "Is there any possibility you and Rick Wakeman would tour together in more intimate settings?", Emerson replies:
We’ve spoken about it. I think the last time was at the MoogFest at B.B. King’s club in New York, and Rick reckoned that he might bring some financiers to bear. [...] We’ll see what happens, but yeah, we’re up for it.
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Wakeman is guesting on album by well-known Yes fans Nic Caciappo (percussion) and Tim Morse (author of "Yes Stories", in Yes tribute band Parallels) with Dan Engle. Also guesting will be Michael Martin Murphey.

In his Jan 2011 GORR, Wakeman said: "it's very likely that I will be collaborating with both Jon Lord and Keith Emerson on separate ventures but these are likely to be later in the year." In the Feb GORR, he says, "I'll be meeting up with Jon Lord again to finalise our plans for some joint appearances with orchestras and hopefully the start of writing a new piece between us as well for future concerts." In an Innerview with Anil Prasad, published May 2011, Wakeman said of the collaboration with Lord: "We're going to see what fun we can have in the orchestral area. [...] We've had discussions about the whole thing". Lord and Wakeman both appeared at the Sunflower Jam in Jul 2011. During rehearsals, they wrote a piece for the event entitled "It's Not as Big as It was". (This performance is now included on the bonus disc of "The Sunflower Superjam 2012".) And, in his Jul GORR, Wakeman goes on to say, "we thought it would be a lot of fun to knock up an entire album of joint compositions, so watch this space...it will happen!" Lord has since passed away (Jul 2012). In his Innerview, of a possible collaboration with Emerson, Wakeman said: "We've talked so much about doing stuff together. He's really busy. Again, it's one of those things we have to do on our own terms [...] We were going to do something earlier, but management really put their spoke in it, and it immediately ground to a halt."

Re-releases/archival releases
Wakeman is planning re-releases of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, No Earthly Connection and White Rock. These were initially announced to be on Gonzo/Voiceprint, but now appear to be coming from early 2014 on Esoteric Recordings. In his Jan 2011 GORR, Wakeman said: "this year [2011] [...] barring a disaster, all the A&M catalogue should be released with lots of enhancements and additions." And in the Feb GORR, he continued, "sometime this month, the contract will be signed enabling the release of a very special re-mastered set of all of the A&M product that I released in the 1970s. There will also be additional bonus material with this set and it is all completed and just "sitting" waiting to go". And in the Apr 2011 GORR, he said:

The A&M Years special edition should be available very soon. This is all the albums I recorded for A&M records, all remastered and “cleaned up” and with additional material as well to create a very special limited edition package. We will also be releasing them separately as well.

In the May 2011 GORR, he said:

We have already planned exactly how we’re going to release The A&M Years and also how it is going to be something very special as well.

And in the Jun 2011 GORR:

the final contracts still haven’t been agreed and signed yet as regards the release of all the original re-mastered A&M product, but I am reliably informed by the legal eagles dealing with everything, that it really is the last bit of “i” dotting and “t” crossing and within the next couple of months, we should hopefully see the releases appear in the “real world”.

And in the Aug 2011 GORR: "Would you believe that we’re still trying to get the whole A&M deal finalised, but I am continually being told that we're almost there, so my patience continues."

No Earthly Connection was released 29 Jan 2013 in the US on Real Gone Music, its US debut on CD. This version includes no bonus tracks, but replicates the original artwork/credits plus has new liner notes.

Catalogue label Phoenix Music, in alliance with digital rights company One Media, are planning a number of digital compilations based on their recently acquired rights to the Gut Records and Jet Star back catalogues, including material by Wakeman.

Out in the UK is "The ITV Live Archive Concert Series: Rick Wakeman" DVD (Wienerworld), a 2-disc release with a 56 minute playing time.
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Out in Mar 2012 was In the Nick of Time (Music Fusion (Gonzo), MFVP128CD), a live album recorded in 2003 with Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble (Ashley Holt, Tony Fernandez, Ant Glynne, Lee Pomeroy). The tour was to promote Out There; tracks: "Catherine Parr", "Out There", "No Earthly Connection", "Dance of a Thousand Lights", "The Cathedral in the Sky", "White Rock", "Wurm".

The Caped Crusader Collectors Club is a beat-the-boots series on Gonzo/Floating Worlds. Initially due for 2006, the project was much delayed, but Gonzo eventually released a 5CD Bootleg Box Vol. 1 (RW1007). Tracks: disc 1, Live in Sweden 1980: "A Swedish Intro", "Catherine Parr", "No Earthly Connection Medley", "Anne Boleyn", "Happy Birthday K Krona", "King Arthur Medley", "Journey to the Center of the Earth Medley"; disc 2 Live in Holland 1993: "Catherine Howard", "Instrumnetal", "Eleanor Rigby", "Adams Entrance", "King Arthur", "Catherine Parr"; disc 3 Live at Kabooze Bar USA 1985, for which Gonzo's track listing is largely indecipherable; disc 4, Live in Boston 1974 Part 1: "Introduction", "Horizon", "Rachmaninoff Symphony 1", "Catherine Parr", "Catherine Howard", "Anne Boleyn", "Something Completely Different"; disc 5, Live in Boston 1974 Part 2: "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "Part 2". A 5CD Vol. 2 has now also been released. Executive producers on the project are Rick Wakeman and Daniel Earnshaw (worked with Jon Anderson, ELP) although Earnshaw's work on the project was undertaken prior to him severing ties with Voiceprint, the company's subsequent liquidation and its re-birth as Gonzo. Wakeman spoke previously about the project: in an Apr 2002 interview, he said, "we know of 111 bootlegs of my stuff out there [...] [W]e are going to reproduce, at special bargain prices, every bootleg. We will have them all re-done, with additional things, and all nice packages and we are just going to fight the bootleggers at their own game." Managing Director Rob Ayling also had this to say: "It will go well beyond what we started with the Treasure Chest. This project is very exciting and possible the most comprehensive ever under taken by such a well known artist such as Rick". In Wakeman's Christmas Newsletter 2004, he described "cleaned up bootleg product and other rare artefacts" and said they plan to open the series with 20 releases, while in his Spring Newsletter 2006, he spoke of "over the next few years [...] in excess of 100 recordings available to buy or in some cases, download" including the Caped Crusader Collection, Music Fusion releases and more.

Media work
Wakeman continues to do TV work, including for the BBC series Watchdog. He is in an episode of Celebrity Pointless for the BBC, expected Feb 2014. He guested in a new BBC4 3-part rockumentary sitcom, "The Life of Rock with Brian Pern", by Rhys Thomas and Simon Day (The Fast Show), which includes Matt Lucas as "Ray Thomas" (an homage to Roy Thomas Baker, currently producing the new Yes album). He is starting a new podcast series with Susie Dent (Countdown), due around Easter.

Other news
"Grumpy Old Rockstar" (subtitled "And Other Wondrous Stories"; ISBN: 1848090048, Preface Publishing (Random House Group)), by Wakeman in collaboration with Martin Roach, was a collection of stories from his life. Wakeman said in the RWCC Summer Newsletter 2009 (out Sep) that the book "is currently hurtling towards the 50,000 sales mark and it's [n]ot even out in other English speaking countries yet". There is also an audio book version read by Wakeman. A second volume, "Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star" (Preface Publishing), followed. He is now working on a third volume, initially tentatively entitled "Even More Adventures from a Grumpy Old Rockstar". 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 [solo shows in Slovakia, Anderson/Wakeman in North America, solo shows in South America] 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. 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 Classic Rock Presents... Prog. He continues with various speaking engagements. He also said to Classic Rock that, "thanks to the television exposure, I do a considerable amount of after-dinner speeches". 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.

Roger DeCourcey is Wakeman's agent for TV, radio and corporate work (but not music). Wakeman sits on the executive board of the Bob Moog Memorial Fund, set up in Bob Moog's memory. He is also an honorary director at Melling Sports Cars.



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