Where are they now? - Rick Wakeman

This page last updated: 7 Oct 2017
 
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On this page: Solo projects - Collaborations - Re-releases/archival releases - Media appearances, charity work etc.

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Rick Wakeman's official site: Rick Wakeman's Communication Centre; Official Twitter; Internet TV channel

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.

New solo releases

Wakeman's 100th solo album is an instrumental piano album of covers for Universal, entitled Piano Portraits (UMC). It was released 13 Jan 2017 on CD and download; a 2LP followed 3 Feb. He had filming in Aug and Sep for TV advertising for the project and a film about the album's recording, including some live performances. Wakeman has been discussing another project for Universal. Details in Yescography. Tracks:
  1. "Help", available early with digital pre-orders
  2. "Stairway to Heaven"
  3. "Life on Mars"
  4. "I'm Not in Love"
  5. "Wonderous Stories"
  6. "Berceuse"
  7. "Amazing Grace"
  8. "Swan Lake"
  9. "Morning has Broken"
  10. "Summertime"
  11. "Space Oddity"
  12. "Dance of the Damselflies" (original composition by Wakeman)
  13. "Clair de Lune"
  14. "I Vow to Thee My Country"
  15. "Eleanor Rigby"
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In a Jan 2017 interview, Wakeman discussed how the idea for the album arose out of the success of his "Life on Mars" cover (see below):

Then I started getting calls from record labels, some big and some not so big, all saying, “Hey, we’d love for you to do a piano album in a similar style to that you did for ‘Life On Mars.'” [...] I spoke to all the labels to see how they’d envisioned it and Universal were great because they envisioned it exactly as I did — as a real mixture of music, not losing sight of what the original songs stood for but always working as piano pieces.

[...] We spent quite a few weeks recording this album. We knew that every piece had to be a performance; you couldn’t just edit stuff. [...] there were some pieces that I thought would work fantastically well that didn’t work so we didn’t include them and gave up on them and other pieces that I felt would never work, worked great — like “Stairway to Heaven.”

The best example of that is I wanted to do “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a little suite but I could not make it work for a way that would make me happy; it just drove me mad. Overall we ditched about six or seven pieces.

The album made #7 in the UK (20 Jan), having been at #6 in the midweek chart (16 Jan). This was #4 in physical sales, #6 in total sales (and #6 in Scotland), #11 in downloads, but outside the top 100 in streaming. The next week, it made #6 again in the midweek chart (23 Jan) and #6 in the full chart (27 Jan). This was again #4 in physical sales, up to #4 in total sales, again #6 in Scotland, up to #6 in downloads, but still outside the top 100 in streaming. It was down to #8 in week 3 (#67 in downloads, #5 in total sales, #3 in physical sales, #10 in Scotland; 3 Feb). It was #2 in the Progressive album chart in the UK for Jan 2017, and still #4 by the Aug 2017 chart and #10 in Sep. The CD was also #1 in Classical albums on UK Amazon, and at least as high as #3 on all albums; even the vinyl release was at least as high as #6 in Solo Instrumental Classical albums (all 18 Jan). The CD was also at least as high as #402 on US Amazon (#235 in Rock, #385 in Pop; 18 Jan). The album made Silver in the UK, i.e. 60,000 sales.

He did a 11-date English tour in support from 25 May-6 Jul 2017 (while a 7 Jul show included some material from the album, but was billed separately). Most of this leg sold out. The set included 10 pieces from the album and some additional music. A second leg sees 19 UK dates 23 Oct-27 Nov.

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 later in 2017.

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."

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 on 10 Dec 2017 that teams Wakeman with artist Maria Rud, in aid of Animal Asia and their work with the Asian black bear (or moon bear). Wakeman will be performing with son Adam, Ed (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 is not seated: the audience will be able to move around to watch the performers and the art. There will be further activities connected to the charity.

King Arthur
Wakeman's crowdfunded, re-recorded The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is now out, including 5 new pieces ("Camelot", "The Holy Grail", "Morgan Le Fay", "Percival", "Princess Eleane" although, in a mid-Feb update, Wakeman said "It looks very likely that there will now be a 6th new piece as well"). The new recording is 88 minutes long. Wakeman has also said that there will be no additional narration compared to the original album. This will make the new album 80 min.s in total, to be released as 2CD or 2LP. You can support the project on PledgeMusic. On the recording will be the English Rock Ensemble (the same line-up as on the Journey to the Centre of the Earth re-recording, except Lee Pomeroy is 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. The release with 20 tracks is out via PledgeMusic as 2CD, 2LP or digital download; release through Wakeman's Music Emporium followed. In a Jan 2017 interview, Wakeman said they were "hoping" a general release in the US will come in 2017. 19 Jun 2016 saw a live performance of the album: see below. The album has new artwork by Roger Dean. Erik Jordan and Toby Wood are engineering. Fernandez, Pegg and Colquhon recorded parts circa Mar 2016, with Sanderson and Holt recording vocals over the weekend of 9 Apr, followed by finishing parts by Wakeman, and then the English Chamber Choir recorded on 17 Apr. There was to be 3 days for recording the orchestra, final touches and then 3 weeks for mixing. The album was mixed by mid-May. A playback party for the album was on 12 Jun, followed by 2 days of band rehearsals, then 2 days of full rehearsals with orchestra and choir.

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 (and coinciding with the release of a new recording of the album: see above), with support from Marillion and Steve Hackett. The band included son Oliver Wakeman. He is now planning a performance of the album in Tintagel, UK for around the second weekend in Sep 2018, again involving Oliver, and (according to an interview conducted Mar 2017) a large orchestra and choir.

Symphony for the Spectrum
Wakeman is patron of the Orion Orchestra's Marylebone Festival, 24-6 Jun 2016, raising money for the West London Day Centre. Opening the festival, Wakeman performed with the strings of the Orion Orchestra and a girls' choir augmented with singers from the English Chamber Choir, conducted by Toby Purser. The concert, entitled Symphony for the Spectrum, was written for children with autism. The central piece being performed is "The Rainbow Suite". The Rainbow Suite, recorded by Wakeman and the Orion Orchestra, was also released on CD (RIC 2719) on 25 Nov 2016, exclusively through Wakeman's Music Emporium.

Further live shows
Wakeman guested at a charity show on 28 Jul 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".

Wakeman played 3 Italian shows 2-5 May 2017. These were solo piano shows, with sets including versions of material from The Myths & Legends of King Arthur... and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. He guested at a charity show by the Band of the Household Cavalry and the Orion Orchestra in London on 10 May. On 14 May, he played a benefit show for Animals Asia, hosted by Peter Egan and including a charity auction.

Following Jan-Apr 2015 UK dates, the 'Yet another evening with Rick Wakeman part 2' tour continued with UK dates 6 Feb-3 Jul 2016, with a single St Ives show at a festival on 11 Sep and one in Rye on 8 Dec. The 9 Apr and 4 Jun shows sold out. He has had an offer for further one-man touring in 2017. He played 2 Xmas shows on 16-7 Dec with son Adam, Emmie Beckett and a local choir.

Rick guested at Noisy Notes 2017, 29 Jan 2017 in Margate. This show by the Orion Orchestra, conducted and presented by Sue Perkins (ex-Great British Bake Off, worked with Dylan Howe), is for children, and Wakeman was to perform the Noisy Notes theme he wrote for them.

Rick and Adam Wakeman performed 4 shows in London at the Steinway Festival, London, 11-12 Mar 2016. Rick also played at the Mick Abrahams benefit show on 9 May 2016, and was at a Jun benefit near Lowestoft for the Water Rats. Wakeman also has another benefit show, for children with Down's syndrome, forthcoming.

On 27 Jun 2016, Wakeman played again at the Starmus festival in Tenerife, in a tribute to Stephen Hawking. He performed a piece he had written for the festival on a previous appearance a few years ago, with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra conducted by Diego Navarro. Later in the festival, he performed "Space Oddity" on piano with astronaut Chris Hadfield (vocals, guitar), followed by a solo piano version of "Life on Mars".

Over the last few years, Wakeman has previously 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, although Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman sees a more significant commitment to touring. 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.

Wakeman's Music Emporium
Wakeman's Music Emporium is his new online shop selling a range of hard-to-find items, including CDs, DVDs and memorabilia. It will also carry exclusive content, like everything detailed in this section.

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.

Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble performed at the Starmus festival in 2015, with Brian May (Queen) guesting. Their set, including "Starship Trooper", was released on DVD, entitled "Starmus" (MFGZ019DVD), on 29 Jul.

Wakeman wrote a soundtrack for the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera", which was released in 1990 as Phantom Power. Phantom of the Opera (RIC2716) is a 2CD/1DVD release of the film with the unedited soundtrack, with different mixes to the Phantom Power release. DVD bonuses include a commentary by Wakeman, a featurette on the soundtrack and the original trailer. This is due 3 Feb 2017, with a signed, limited edition version (RIC2714) due 24 Feb.

The Complete Gospels (RIC2736) is a signed, limited edition boxset combining the 2CD The Gospels, the 2CD The New Gospels, a DVD about the project and, previously unreleased, a CD/DVD of The Gospels performed in California. The release was 21 Oct 2016.

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 16 Dec 2016 through the Emporium 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), Steve Hackett, Phil Lynott, Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Suzi Quatro and others.

Other solo work
In memory of David Bowie, Wakeman performed a piano arrangement of "Life on Mars" for the BBC. He then released "Life on Mars" b/w "Space Oddity" as a digital single in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (out 22 Jan 2016; available in multiple countries). A CD release followed 16 Feb on RRAW (UK only), with a third track, "Always Together". This made #1 in the UK physical sales singles chart (19/26 Feb). The single has now led to a new album project, Piano Portraits: see above for details. Past Bowie tracks on which Wakeman played are included on the compilation Best of Bowie, which was the 10th best-selling album of 2016 in the UK, and the 86th in the US.

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 has been working on a follow-up to Hopesongs with music for weddings and funerals, presumably again with Howard Prior.


Collaborations & guest appearances
Jon Anderson, Wakeman and Trevor Rabin are working together, with touring and recording plans for much of 2017: 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 guested on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic (Decca), conducted and arranged by Peter Scholes, released Feb 2016. He plays piano on the opening track, "Wish You Were Here" with the London Orion Orchestra and Alice Cooper (vocals).

Wakeman guested on Billy Sherwood's recent Citizen album—details on the main page. He also guests on a forthcoming project by Leon Alvarado: see main page for details (Sherwood also guests).

In his May 2017 GORR, Wakeman said, "on the 30th [May]....I will be recording with Erik [Jordan], a track or two for the wonderful Harry Shearer". Shearer is best known for his work on The Simpsons and "Spinal Tap".

In Aug/Sep 2015, Wakeman was recording with young soprano Emmie Beckett. This has included a version of "Welcome a Star" (originally on Wakeman's The New Gospels), released Dec 2015 by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, with subsequent additional recording of orchestral strings from the Orion Orchestra, acoustic guitar and the English Chamber Choir. Tracks: "Welcome a Star", "Away in a Manger", "Angels from the Realms of Glory". A percentage of profits is being donated to Kids'n' Cancer, that Wakeman and Beckett both support—indeed, they first met at a Kids'n' Cancer fundraiser. The single peaked at #17 on the UK physical singles chart.



"Sir Henry at Rawlinson End" was created by the late Vivian Stanshall (ex-Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) for John Peel's Radio 1 show in the 1970s. The work has now been staged and a cast recording, Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (RRAW Records), was released 6 May 2016 by Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House. The recording also features Wakeman (piano), Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, ex-The Rutles, ex-Monty Python) and Susie Honeyman (The Mekons; violin). RRAW Records is a new label from Wakeman and Rob Ayling (ex-Voiceprint). Tracks:



  1. "Aunt Florrie's Waltz"
  2. "Interlewd"
  3. "Wheelbarrow"
  4. "Socks"
  5. "The Rub"
  6. "Nice 'n' Tidy"
  7. "Pigs 'Ere Purse"
  8. "6/8 Hoodoo"
  9. "Smeeton"
  10. "Fool & Bladder"
  11. "Endroar"
  12. "The Beasht Inshide"
  13. "Junglebunny"
  14. "Aunt Florrie Remembers"
  15. "Rawlinsons & Maynards"
  16. "Papadumb"

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

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


In his Feb 2012 GORR, Wakeman said 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." Levin, of course, played bass in ABWH and on Yes's Union, among many, many other projects, while drummer Paice is in Deep Purple. Nothing more has been heard about this project.

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.

Wakeman guests on piano on a forthcoming album by Kilty Town, consisting of Daniel Engle (octave mandolin, mandolin, guitar, fiddle) and well-known Yes fan Nic Caciappo (bodhran, percussion); the album is produced and recorded by another well-known Yes fan, Tim Morse (author of "Yes Stories", in Yes tribute band Parallels). Also performing are Morse (keys, MIDI), Michael Martin Murphey (vocals), Ray Frank (guitar), Bret Bingham (vocal on "Norwegian Wood"), Annbjørg Lien (Hardanger fiddle) and her husband, Bjorn Ole Rasch (ex-Secret Garden; pump organ).


Re-releases/archival releases
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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—are being remastered by Universal Records for a staggered re-release, usually with bonus material. In the Apr 2014 issue of Prog, Wakeman said, "They've found some additional stuff and it's a possibility the 'missing' music from each might feature. [...] they're looking at ideas for three-CD box sets, maybe eventually in vinyl." Wakeman has been seeking a re-release for some years and has previously talked of "lots of enhancements and additions" and "additional bonus material". Six Wives... and King Arthur... were first, out Feb 2015. They are available on CD, CD/DVD, LP and digitally. Six Wives... comes with three bonus tracks: "Catherine of Aragon (First Mix 14/02/1973)", "Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended' (Single Edit)" and "Catherine Parr (Single Edit)". King Arthur... doesn't have any bonus tracks. The DVDs have new quadrophonic mixes of the albums, with that for Six Wives... additionally having a 16 Jan 1973 Old Grey Whistle Test performance of "Catherine Howard".

Journey... followed 6 May 2016 in the UK, including a deluxe 2CD version and a super-deluxe 4-disc box. The super-deluxe versions consists of the original album, plus "The Pearl and Dean Piano Concerto"; live in Boston, 1974; live in Buenos Aires, 1993; and a DVD with quadrophonic and Hi Res mixes. The album came with new artwork by Roger Dean. The box was nominated for the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards. The album made #27 in the UK Progressive Albums chart for Jul 2016.

The 1991 Norman Wisdom album, A World of Wisdom, with Wisdom on vocals and Wakeman on piano was re-released as RIC2703 on 29 Apr 2016.

Jun 2017 saw a re-release of Crimes of Passion, Wakeman's score for the 1984 Ken Russell film. A limited edition (250 copies) box set comes 2 Jun with a CD (with a bonus track of "Dangerous Woman", sung by Maggie Bell), DVD/BluRay (including a 112-minute director's cut and a 107-minute unrated version of the film, deleted scenes and an interview with Wakeman), a signed and numbered certificate, and various artwork/reproduction press materials. The CD and DVD will also be available alone.

Now out is No Earthly Connection, remastered by Andrew Walter, as download, LP, regular CD or deluxe 2CD, the latter coming with a bonus disc of a 1976 live show recorded for the BBC (tracks: "The Spaceman", "Catherine Howard", "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Arthur", "The Realisation", "The Forest", "Catherine Parr", "The Prisoner", "Merlin the Magician"). The liner notes include a new interview with Wakeman by Jerry Ewing.

Esoteric Recordings are remastering some of Wakeman's more recent back catalogue, with 2003's Out There and the 2009 DVD "Live in Lugano" already out. Softsword and Out of the Blue follow in Jun 2014. Two more albums will follow every 2 months, with the complete list of albums due being 2000AD—Into the Future, Always with You, Almost Live in Europe, the Art in Music trilogy, Fields of Green, In the Nick of Time—Live in 2003 (this was previously re-released in Mar 2012 by Music Fusion (Gonzo) as MFVP128CD), Past, Present & Future, Phantom Power, The Natural World trilogy, Tribute, Wakeman with Wakeman (with Adam Wakeman), and White Rock 2. Re-releases of Wakeman's 1980s solo albums are also being considered, but require a separate deal.

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.

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 Yes, 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.

Starship Trooper (Purple Pyramid) is a compilation of recordings featuring Wakeman for Purple Pyramid and compiled without his involvement (Wakeman explains here). The album was released Apr 2016 and includes two previously unreleased pieces. It made #27 in the UK Progressive Albums chart for Jun 2016. Tracks: "Sober" (Tool cover, previously unreleased, with Sherwood and Jürgen Engler), "Are We to Believe?" (from The Prog Collective's Epilogue, with Sherwood), "Random Acts" (also credited as "Random Acts (Revisited)"; presumably this is "Random Acts of Science" from The Fusion Syndicate, with Sherwood), "Dynamics of Delirium" (I think this is the other previously unreleased track; with Engler), "Love Reign O'er Me" (instrumental, deluxe Who are You: An All Star Tribute to The Who), "Crime of the Century" (instrumental, deluxe Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp, with Sherwood, Levin), "The Great Gig in the Sky" (Return to the Dark Side of the Moon: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, with Sherwood, Howe), "I'm Not in Love" (instrumental, deluxe Nektar's A Spoonful of Time, with Sherwood), "Starship Trooper" (From Here to Infinity, with Sherwood, Howe, Kaye, White), "Check Point Karma" (The Prog Collective, with Sherwood), "Change" (William Shatner's Ponder the Mystery, with Sherwood), "Nobody Home" (Back Against the Wall, with Sherwood), "Light My Fire" (instrumental, deluxe Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors, with Sherwood, Howe). "Are We to Believe?" is also tacked on to another Purple Pyramid release, Steve Hillage's Madison Square Garden 1977, while likewise "Random Acts (Revisited)" is on Nik Turner's Space Fusion Odyssey.
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Beyond the Planets was a 1985 version of Holst's "The Planets" largely put together by the late Kevin Peek (ex-Sky, worked with Jeff Wayne), but with Wakeman guesting on 4 tracks. He also wrote a finale piece, while Jeff Wayne guests on an overture written for the album. The album was re-released on May 2016.

Media work
Rick Wakeman's Key to Keys series on BBC Radio 2 continued with an interview with Tony Banks (ex-Genesis), broadcast 28 Aug.

Wakeman was on Desert Island Discs on 11 Jun (recorded 11 May). Late Jul 2017, he was due to do filming for another TV's Most Shocking Moments. He was on Vintage TV's My Vintage on 29 Aug 2017.

Wakeman presented a BBC 4 documentary on the history of the concept album, "When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album", first broadcast May 2016. The show included clips of Yes and saw Yes cover artists Roger Dean and Aubrey Powell (Hipgnosis) among the interviewees. He appears on an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, competing against Ian Lavender. In Jul 2016, he did filming for a documentary on why celebrities think they can sing. On 7 Dec 2016, Wakeman was doing a voiceover for a Deep Purple DVD.

Other news
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 is also now managing the Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman band: see main page for details. Roger DeCourcey is Wakeman's agent for TV, radio and corporate work (but not music).

In the 2016 Prog Readers' Poll, Wakeman was third in the Keyboardist category (won by Marillion's Mark Kelly). ARW was 8th in the Band category.



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