Wit and musical wizardry from legend of rock Rick

rick wakeman at dlwp for night of anecdotes and song
rick wakeman at dlwp for night of anecdotes and song

It’s an intriguing prospect - a night of war stories from olden times in rock music, opinions of a self-confessed Grumpy Old Man, and displays of a dazzling musical talent which bewitched a generation.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former Yes keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, Rick Wakeman has certainly led a rich and varied life.

In his one-man solo show, he recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a career that included musical collaborations with David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Elton John, as well as worldwide tours with YES and his own band The English Rock Ensemble, punctuated by episodes of amazing virtuosity on the piano.

Classically trained pianist Rick was a much-sought-after session musician in the late 60s and early 70s when he played on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists which included such diverse talents as Cilla Black, John Williams, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath.

In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES.

He has written film scores and takes part in The News Quiz, Just A Minute and It’s Your Round on BBC Radio 4.

He has also featured in every single episode in the Grumpy Old Men series, as well as making just under 100 appearances on Countdown and accepting numerous invites to guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

He is now in his fifth year as a regular presenter on Watchdog.

Rick still finds time each year to perform concerts around the world, which can range from his extremely popular one-man show to extravaganzas that include symphony orchestras and choirs.

In 2014, he toured the UK with his multi-million selling work, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, which included two sell-out performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and was voted Best Live Event at the Progressive Music Awards 2014.

In August 2013, for the first time in his long and varied career, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a run of 12 solo shows which were a sell-out success, winning rave reviews and quickly becoming a ‘must-see’ event of the festival.

As he takes the show on the road one more time, come along and find out why life is rarely dull for Rick or those around him.