Where are they now? - Rick Wakeman

This page last updated: 14 May 2020
 
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Solo releases
Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble's The Red Planet (R&D Media; approx. 56 minutes duration) is due out. It was first announced for 3 Apr 2020, but then delayed to May. Wakeman has talked of a Jun release, while his website now says, "the reality of the current world situation is such that work on the project is affected by manufacturing and logistical issues. Regrettably we're therefore going to miss our April date and at this point it's looking like it will be nearer to June realistically - this also applies to download releases. Rest assured we will be doing everything in our power to bring the date closer especially the downloads." UK Amazon says 12 Jun.

The instrumental album, produced by Wakeman and Erik Jordan, consists of 8 new pieces composed by Wakeman. With Wakeman (analogue and digital keys), the performers are Lee Pomeroy (works with ELO, worked with Yes featuring ARW; bass), Dave Colquhoun (Downes Braide Association; guitar) and Ash Soan (Trevor Horn Band/Producers, Downes Braide Association, worked with Adele, Will Young, Seal; drums), who had leeway in coming up with their own parts. It appears Jordan also engineered and mixed. There's a limited edition (2000 copies) CD, signed with a pop-up cover, and a limited edition (1000 copies) 180g red 2LP, signed with a pop-up album cover, and then regular CD and 2LP releases. Some versions come with an accompanying DVD "with surround sound, interviews, and other extras". Tracks:
  1. "Mount Sharp"
  2. "Medusae Fossae"
  3. "Hale Crater"
  4. "Polar Ice"
  5. "Ghost Dunes"
  6. "Valles Marineris"
  7. "The Tharsis Volcanoes" (sample)
  8. "Olympus Mons"

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Promo describes the album as "a serious return to "Wakeman Prog"". In his Jan 2020 GORR, Wakeman said of 2020 that, "The first couple of months will include recording a new prog album for release in late March. It's going to be instrumental and very keyboard heavy!" On 13 Jan, he tweeted, "First day of recording for my first keyboard orientated instrumental prog rock album for quite a few years , All being well, will be released sometime in March". On 17 Jan, he said, "I've been reviewing what I've recorded so far and am more than delighted." His Feb 2020 GORR described a "keyboard heavy [...] prog rock instrumental album". Wakeman continued, "The basic tracks are already recorded and that includes contributions from the musicians named [...] I still have a lot to add to each track and that will be done throughout this month [Feb] before Erik starts his task of mixing it all so it ends up sounding like it should!" In his Mar GORR, published 29 Feb, Wakeman said:
he recording has finished......probably!

Erik [Jordan] is now heavily engrossed in the mixing and I will be going to his studio to listen as things progress and if there is something that I hear that needs replacing or something extra required, I will record it there..... but I think we are certainly 99% there.

On 2 Mar 2020, he tweeted, "Only a few days of mixing left on The Red Planet album. Can't wait to hear what Erik has done and move on to the final mastering stage ."

There was to be a playback launch event of the album planned at the UK's National Space Centre, Leicester on 4 Apr 2020, with Wakeman, Pomeroy and Soan attending, but this was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As for the possibility of touring, Wakeman continued in his Mar 2020 GORR:
There are already enquiries coming in as regards live performances of The Red Planet but a lot will depend on how well, (or not as the case may be), the album does and is received. Certainly it is something I would love to happen but would need serious additional players with me...2 more keyboard players for a start, (first choices would be Oliver and Adam) and additional percussion.
In a video interview promoting the album, released Apr 2020, Colquhoun said, "I'd love to go out and play The Red Planet music live. We all did our bits in isolation. It would be really great to work at [...] getting the dynamic between the musicians, the interaction." He also talked of a possible set list including "classic Wakeman material", mentioning "Catherine Parr".

After the success of Piano Portraits, Wakeman released two more piano albums, Live Portraits and Piano Odyssey (Sony Classical Records). Another, Christmas Portraits (Sony Music Classical), then followed 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 was at least as high as #102 on Amazon UK (#5 in Christmas Music) and #583 on Amazon US (29 Nov 2019). It made #16 on the UK iTunes chart and #80 (12 Dec) on the Canadian one (29 Nov). It made #82 in the UK album chart (#78 in Scotland). (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", video sample
  2. "In the Bleak Midwinter", video sample
  3. "Deck the Halls / Away in a Manger", video sample
  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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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 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 were 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 were then 12 English piano shows 5-21 Dec 2019, in support of Christmas Portraits. After that, he had said 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. However, in his Jan 2020 GORR, he spoke of his enjoyment of the Xmas shows in Dec 2019 and said they "are booking a further 15 shows for this coming December in towns that were missed out last year."
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.

More 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) were to be one of the headliners for HRH Prog 9 in Sheffield and London, Mar 2020, with a line-up of R Wakeman (keys), Adam Wakeman (keys, vocals), Tony Fernandez (drums, percussion), Lee Pomeroy (bass, vocals), Dave Colquhoun (guitars, vocals) and Ashley Holt (lead vocals, percussion). However, the event has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, Wakeman is headling HRH Prog XI on 3-4 Apr 2021 in Leeds. Wakeman and band had hoped to do additional shows in late Apr 2020, but without Adam. That seems unlikely now. They then had a Swiss show booked for 23 May 2020.

Wakeman played 2 final UK performances of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 13-4 Jul 2019 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. The shows won 5th place in the Event category of Prog magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll. Wakeman also came 5th in the Keyboardist category and 8th in the Person of the Year category.

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 covered 22 dates in US and Canada in Sep/Oct 2019. Rabin attended one of the shows. 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 played 11 English dates in Dec 2019 with a Xmas show. Following pandemic disruption, Wakeman has announced the Even Grumpier Old Xmas Show with 17 UK dates 27 Nov-21 Dec.

On 31 Jan 2020, Wakeman was set to be at an unveiling of a plaque at the Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, followed by a concert of Beatles music performed by Rick (piano), son Adam, granddaughter Skyla, and Bernie Marsden (ex-Whitesnake).

On 3 Mar 2020, Wakeman was one of the guests at Music for the Marsden, raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The house band will be Paul 'Wix' Wickens (works with Paul McCartney, worked with Paul Carrack; keys), Andy Fairweather Low (worked with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Kate Bush; guitars), Robbie McIntosh (ex-The Pretenders, worked with Paul McCartney; guitars), Dave Bronze (ex-Procol Harum, worked with Eric Clapton, Tom Jones; bass), Graham Broad (ex-Procol Harum, worked with Roger Waters, Bucks Fizz; drums, percussion) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple; drums, percussion). Other guests are Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Mike Rutherford (ex-Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics), Paul Young (ex-Mike & the Mechanics), Zucchero, Paul Carrack (ex-Mike & the Mechanics), Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann), John Illsley (ex-Dire Straits), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Yusuf (Cat Stevens). Wakeman played his version of "Eleanor Rigby" in the style of Prokofiev, and then "Morning has Broken" with Yusuf.

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 probably has another piano and orchestra show on 15 Aug 2020.

Wakeman will be part of a concert at the British Embassy in Rome in aid of Animals Asia on 11 Sep 2020. Before then, there's a UK evening with Rick Wakeman for Animals Asia on 1 Mar 2020.

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".

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 1 Dec 2019, and also compiled together as Box of Boots, out 2 Dec. General release for the box set came 13 Dec in the UK. 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"


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Before then, out 29 Nov 2019, came Live on Air (MFGZ048CD) by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble, a 2CD release of a radio broadcast recorded at 2 1976 shows in England. Tracks—CD1: "Music Reincarnate—Part II, The Spaceman", "Catherine Howard", "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Arthur", "Music Reincarnate—Part IV, The Realisation", "The Forest", "Catherine Parr", "The Prisoner", "Merlin the Magician"; CD2—"Recollection", "Music Reincarnate—Part IV, The Realisation", "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight", "Music Reincarnate—Part II, The Spaceman", "Catherine Parr", "The Prisoner", "Merlin the Magician".

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
"Lawrence: After Arabia" is a new film, released 16 Oct 2020, about the last years of TE Lawrence's life. The film is directed by Mark JT Griffin and stars Brian Cox. The score is by Clifford White. Wakeman, Guy Protheroe and the English Chamber Choir have done a new version of the hymns "Aberystwyth (Jesus, Lover of My Soul)". Bruce Woolley (ex-The Buggles, ex-Grace Jones) has also done a new song, "After Arabia", and was musical consultant for the film. There is a 2CD release of the soundtrack (released Mar 2020), with White's score on the first CD, while the second disc has the music by Wakeman, Protheroe, Chris Thompson, Bruce Woolley and Gryffyn, including 3 mixes of "After Arabia". Tracks:

  1. "Lawrence After Arabia (Opening Titles)" (6:52)
  2. "Reflections of Arabia" (2:31)
  3. "Lawrence's Theme (Part One)" (2:08)
  4. "Arabia Sands" (7:44)
  5. "Lawrence's Theme (Part Two)" (1:06)
  6. "Arabian Nights" (6:43)
  7. "Smooth Moves" (9:57)
  8. "Florence's Theme" (2:35)
  9. "Samarkand" (3:25)
  10. "Conspiracy" (2:01)
  11. "Planned Accident" (7:15)
  12. "Requiem for Arabia" (4:57)
  13. "Final Moments" (6:41)
  14. "Into His Quietness" (1:50)
  15. "Lawrence After Arabia (Single Edit)" (8:29)
  16. "After Arabia (Single Edit)" (4:11)
  17. "Jesu Lover of My Soul/Aberystwth (Choral)" (1:42)
  18. "Origins Opening Titles" (3:46)
  19. "Origins the Visitor" (8:00)
  20. "Origins Conspiracy" (4:00)
  21. "Origins Oasis of Peace" (6:10)
  22. "Origins a Silent Passing" (1:52)
  23. "Origins Glory" (3:06)
  24. "Origins End Titles" (6:25)
  25. "After Arabia (Instrumental)" (4:11)
  26. "Jesu Lover of My Soul/Aberystwth (Acapella)" (2:05)
  27. "After Arabia (End Titles)" (3:15)

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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. On 5 Mar 2020, Wakeman tweeted, "today I will be locking myself away and playing the piano all day and working on music that I have been preparing for over a year for a very special project with a very special collaborator.....(who's a big tease then) !" The next day, he tweeted, "work on the "special project" went incredibly well....more days to work on it coming up in readiness for my next meet up with my extremely special collaborator". This appears to be the project with Rice.

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, was 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. A general release for the CD then followed.

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, out Apr 2018. General release followed in Jul 2018.


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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
Wakeman's "Arthur" was used for many years by the BBC for its general election coverage before being replaced. A new version by the BBC, based on a new recording by Wakeman, was created for 2019's coverage.

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

Other news
Wakeman has been supporting PRS's Emergency Relief Fund for PRS writer members facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He sent a video message for their recent virtual gig, which raised over £2.1 million.

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 was also interviewed in 2017's "Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story" documentary film, produced and directed by Jon Brewer, and narrated by David Bowie.

He did recording for a documentary about Trident Studios in Jul 2019. He appeared as a commentator in Channel 5's All New Shocking Moments in Pop, broadcast 30 Jan 2020.

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). Roger DeCourcey is Wakeman's agent for TV, radio and corporate work (but not music).



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