Rick Wakeman


Classic Rick Wakeman 1970s live shows unearthed for new box set

A four-disc set of historic live Rick Wakeman concerts, The Myths And Legends Of Rick Wakeman, is to be released through Cleopatra Records on May 13. The set, which concentrates on the 1970s, features four concerts; North America, 1974, Winterland Ballroom 1975, Hammersmith Odeon 1976 and The Maltings 1976, with Wakeman performing tracks from the legendary albums The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table, The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and others.

Q&A: Before coming to Clearwater, Rick Wakeman explains why he skipped Zoom concerts and said no to joining Bowie’s band

Rick Wakeman doesn’t have any plans to perform with Yes anytime soon, and he’s not distressed about that at all. Whether it’s solo or with the band, he’s been on the road for the majority of the last few years (we don’t count 2020). In 2016, he reunited with Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin to form Yes supergroup Anderson, Rabin, & Wakeman. That group is no more, and since then, he’s used his grumpy old rock star status to travel the world with a grand piano, microphone, and his fucked-up humor. As a matter of fact, the 72-year-old keyboard legend is bringing his “Even Grumpier Old Rock Star” tour to Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Tuesday, March 8.

Tony Fernandez to sit out upcoming Rick Wakeman dates

Rick Wakeman has announced that long-standing English Rock Ensemble drummer Tony Fernandez will no longer be taking part in the upcoming UK tour dates scheduled for March and April. “Tony has been a brilliant mainstay of the English Rock Ensemble since 1975,” says Rick, “but as he now lives permanently...

Rick Wakeman looks back on his life in music, from 'Henry VIII' to Yes and David Bowie

He launched his solo career in spectacular fashion in 1973 with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII," an instrumental concept album whose individual pieces were based on his interpretations of the title characters.  Two years later, a third solo album explored "The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table," complete with an opening track called "Arthur" that the BBC used as the theme to election night coverage for more than a decade. ...

Rick Wakeman Still Bewildered by ‘Close to the Edge’

Rick Wakeman said Close to the Edge was the best album Yes ever made and revealed he was still bewildered by what the band achieved with it. Released in 1972, the LP was the British band's fifth and remains a classic work in the prog genre. In a recent interview with The Mercury News, the keyboardist – a member of Yes during five separate stints – was asked to settle fan discussions by naming the band's greatest work. He chose Close to the Edge without hesitation.