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Progressive Rock Icon Rick Wakeman Opens Official Online Store

Rick Wakeman

Keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman has announced a new partnership with Music Glue as the new home of his online store, The Rick Wakeman Emporium. The new store includes Signed special items, signed CDs, DVDs and LPs, signed memorabilia & artwork, CDs, DVDs and LPs, T-Shirts, mugs and tote bags.

Visit Rick Wakeman’s Emporium: www.musicglue.com/rick-wakeman-emporium

Artist Profiles: Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

Richard Christopher Wakeman was born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, Middlesex, England. His interest in music manifested itself very early. From the age of seven on, he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, Wakeman joined a local band, Atlantic Blues. The same year, he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had intended to start a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique.

By his late teens, Wakeman was a well-known session man, playing on records by such diverse acts as Black Sabbath, Brotherhood of Man, and Edison Lighthouse. At the end of the 1960s, his name also began appearing on the credits of albums by artists such as Al Stewart and David Bowie. A set of sessions with a folk-rock band called the Strawbs led to his joining the group in 1970.

After two albums with the Strawbs, Wakeman joined Yes, a rock band that evolved into one of the pioneers of cutting edge progressive rock. Yes had attracted considerable attention with their first three albums. Wakeman played a key role in the final shape of the group’s fourth record, Fragile, creating a profound, swirling sound on an array of electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizers, and mellotron. Fragile was a hit, driven by the chart success of the single “Roundabout,” and Wakeman was suddenly elevated to star status.

Rick Wakeman – The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Yes’ next album, Close to the Edge, increased Wakeman’s audience and his appeal, for his instruments were heard almost continually on the record. During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work titled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which comprised his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Released early in 1973 on A&M Records, it performed well on the charts.

Yes’ next album, Close to the Edge, increased Wakeman’s audience and his appeal, for his instruments were heard almost continually on the record. During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work titled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which comprised his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Released early in 1973 on A&M Records, it performed well on the charts.

Cover of Yes’ Tales From Topographic Oceans, designed by Roger Dean

Public reception of Yes’ magnificent 1974 double album, Tales From Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the British pop critics, who disliked and misunderstood progressive rock, were cruel in their attacks on the record. Wakeman left Yes before the album’s supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, adapted from the writings of Jules Verne and featuring a rock band, narrator (David Hemmings), and full orchestral and choral accompaniment, was released to tremendous public response in both the United States and the UK, where it topped the charts.

Rick Wakeman

In 1975, Wakeman’s next album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was given a grand-scale premiere at Wembley’s Empire Pool, although it also cost Wakeman a fortune to stage the event on ice. During this same period, Wakeman began working on film scores with the music for Ken Russell’s Lisztomania, which was a modest hit.

In 1977, Wakeman returned to Yes, with which he has continued recording and touring. His solo career continued on A&M into the end of the ’70s, with Criminal Record and Rhapsodies, which were modestly successful.

Wakeman’s biggest media news during this period, however, came through his alleged role in getting the Sex Pistols dropped by A&M Records soon after being signed. None of this bothered his fans, which rapidly expanded to encompass those he picked up through his work with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, and his burgeoning film work, which included the music to movies about the 1976 Winter Olympics and the 1982 soccer World Cup competition. Additionally, he became a regular on Britain’s Channel 4. Wakeman’s audience and reputation survived the 1980s better than almost any progressive rock star of his era, as he continued releasing albums on his own label. He also remained associated with Yes into the 1990s.

Rick Wakeman

In January 2016, Trevor Rabin announced he plans to perform with Wakeman and Jon Anderson as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW), later in the year. Anderson revealed the three wrote “some unique songs together”. Also in January, following requests from fans, Wakeman recorded piano versions of “Life on Mars?”, “Space Oddity”, and “Always Together” as a tribute to David Bowie following his death with proceeds from the songs donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Selected Solo Discography:

The Six Wives of Henry VIII (A&M Records, 1973)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (A&M Records, 1974)
Lisztomania (A&M Records, 1975)
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (A&M Records, 1975)
No Earthly Connection (A&M Records, 1976)
Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record (A&M Records, 1977)
1984 (Charisma Records, 1981)
Silent Nights (President Records, 1985)
Country Airs (Coda Records, 1986)
The Gospels (Stylus Music, 1987)
Phantom Power (Jimco Records, 1990)
The Piano Album ( Castle Communications, 1995)
Return to the Centre of the Earth (EMI Classics, 1999)
Out There (Music Fusion, 2003)
Piano Odyssey (Sony Classical, 2018)

YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman to Perform in Miami

Progressive rock band YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is set to perform on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

YES was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of albums with classic prog rock releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Going For The One and the commercial radio friendly pop-rock recording 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.

The touring band line-up is completed by two remarkable musicians – Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

The trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release in early 2018.

YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Announce North American Tour Dates

YES featuring ARW – Photo by Kevin Nixond

Progressive rock band YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman will be touring North America August-October 2017.

It’s very simple,” explains band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson about the recent decision to change the band’s name from ARW to YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. “The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!

Tour Dates:

Saturday, Augugust 26 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theatre
Monday, August 28 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
Tuesday, August 29 – Friant, CA – Table Mountain Casino
Thursday, August 31 – Las Vegas, NV – Smith Center
Saturday, September 2 – Layton, UT- The Kenley Amphitheater
Sunday, September 3 – Littleton, CO – Hudson Gardens
Tuesday, September 5 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center
Friday, September 8 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater (new showdate)
Saturday, September 9 – Hammond, IN – Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
Tuesday, September 12 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
Wednesday, September 13 -Vienna, VA- Wolf Trap
Friday, September 15 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater at East End
Saturday, September 16 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Monday, September 18 – Quebec City, QC – Grand Theatre du Quebec City
Tuesday, September 19 – Montreal, QC – St. Denis Theatre
Thursday, September 21 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Saturday, September 23 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sunday, September 24 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center
Wednesday, September 27 – Newark, NJ – NJ PAC (NJ Performing Arts Center)
Friday, September 29 – Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
Saturday, September 30 – Trenton, NJ – Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Sunday, October 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Wednesday, October 4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
Thursday,October 5- Albany, NY- Palace Theatre
Saturday, October 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Sunday, October 8 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Tuesday, October 10 – Melbourne, FL – King Center For The Performing Arts
Wednesday, October 11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Friday,October 13- West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center For The Perf. Arts
Saturday, October 14 – Miami, FL- Adrienne Arsht Center For The Perf. Arts

Go to www.YESfeaturingARW.com for more information

Rick Wakeman Plays Favorites on Piano

Rick Wakeman – Piano Portraits (Universal Music, 2017)

Rick Wakeman, the musician known as a pioneer and master of the electronic keyboards has released a solo piano album titled Piano Portraits. The new recording contains covers of well-known rock and pop classics, along with some classical pieces, one original song and a version of the progressive rock-era Yes song Wonderous Stories. Rick Wakeman was the keyboardist in several of Yes’ most iconic progressive rock albums.

The piano Wakeman used was a Steinway Model D concert grand piano. The British keyboardist transforms the well-known songs into classical music-infused instrumental pieces. There’s barely any trace of rock or jazz. It’s piano playing in its purest form.

The song selection includes Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Space Oddity’, the Beatle’s ‘Help’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and several other popular songs.

Piano Portraits showcases the talent of Rick Wakeman as a virtuoso pianist and a masterful arranger.

Buy Piano Portraits in the Americas

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Keyboard Maestro Rick Wakeman to Release Five Albums

Rick Wakeman - Starmus 2015
Rick Wakeman – Starmus 2015

British progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman will be releasing 5 new albums on the RRAW label through Gonzo MultiMedia in Summer/Fall 2016.

Best known for his work on some of the best progressive rock-era albums with Yes, as well as his memorable solo career, Rick Wakeman’s upcoming albums are “Starmus 2015”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Gastank”, “Gospels” and “Rainbow Suite.”

Rick Wakeman, Brian Eno and Anathema to Perform at Starmus 2016 Festival

Starmus_2016

Rick Wakeman, Brian Eno, Hans Zimmer, Brian May, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Anathema are scheduled to perform tomorrow July 1st at Starmus festival place in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain).

Starmus was born with the goal of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public. This year’s event, currently taking place in Tenerife, is a tribute to Stephen Hawking, with speakers including Brian May, Richard Dawkins, Alekséi Leónov, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, and nine Nobel Prize winners.

On Friday, July 1st, the festival is holding the Sonic Universe Concert between 16:30 – 23:00 (local time). Along with speeches and medal ceremonies, the concert features the previously mentioned artists.

More at www.starmus.com

Former Yes Members Reunite to Form Superband ARW

A new progressive rock superband called ARW will be touring this fall, ARW includes singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. All three are formerly Yes musicians.

 

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson

 

Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin

 

The band will perform new music and Yes classics. Yes is one of the most successful progressive rock groups of all time. In the 1970s, Yes included founder Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. Yes released progressive rock classics such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Going For The One.

ARW will tour North America in October and November 2016, followed by the rest of the world in 2017.

The following are confirmed dates. Additional dates to be announced soon:
Tuesday, October 4 – Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Thursday, October 6 – Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Friday, October 7 – Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sunday, October 9 – Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Ctr
Monday, October 10 – Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
Saturday, October 15 – Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Sunday, October 16 – Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Wednesday, October 19 – Boston, MA Wang Theatre
Friday, October 21 – Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Saturday, October 22 – Huntington, NY The Paramount
Monday, October 24 – Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theater
Wednesday, October 26 – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Friday, October 28 – Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Saturday, October 29 – Akron, OH Goodyear Theater at East End
Tuesday, November 1 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Wednesday, November 2 – Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall
Friday, November 4 New – Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino
Saturday, November 5 – Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Monday, November 7 – Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Wednesday, November 9 – St Louis, MO Fox Theatre
Friday, November 11 – New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
Saturday, November 12 – San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Monday, November 14 – Austin, TX ACL at the Moody Theater
Wednesday, November 16 – Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Thursday, November 17 – Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theater
Saturday, November 19 – Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Sunday, November 20 – Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Tuesday, November 22 – Los Angeles, CA Orpheum
Friday, November 25 – San Francisco, CA Masonic