Jon and Rick will go on tour! Check out the tour dates here.
Born May 18, 1949, Perivale, Middlesex, England; Keyboards, Arranger, Piano, Organ.
At the age of seven on he studied classical piano. 14 years young, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on 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.
Before starting with The Strawbs he played in:
The Concord Quartet '65-'66,
The Ronnie Smith Band '68,
The Tony Dee Show Band '68-'69, agian in
The Ronnie Smith Band '69,
Spinning Wheel '69-'70,
then as mentioned in:
The Strawbs '70-'71 (but he played occansionally some more gigs).
During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work entitled;
The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which consisted of his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Public reception of Yes' 1974 album, Tales from Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the critics were merciless in their attacks upon the record. Wakeman exited the group before the album's supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Center 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 America and England, where it topped the charts.
In 2002 a few DVD's appeared of Rick:
In 1977, Wakeman returned to Yes, with which he has continued recording and touring and making a lot of solo-albums, he left Yes again and joined and left and joined etc.etc..
Journey To The Center Of The Earth DVD,
Rick Wakeman - and the English Rock Ensemble live in Buenos Aires,
The Legend Live in Concert 2000.
Session for/ with:
The Strawbs Strawbs (1969), ('70), ('71), ('76), ('93),
David Bowie Man of Words/Space Oddity (1969) Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust (1972), Hunky Dory (1972), Another Face (1981)
Magna Carta Seasons (1970) & Songs from Wasties Orchard (1971)
T. Rex Electric Warrior (1971) Keyboards,
Cat Stevens Teaser & the Firecat (1971),
Elton John Madman Across the Water (1971),
John Williams Changes (1971) Keyboards,
Colin Scot Colin Scot with Friends (1971),
Ralph McTell You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here (1971),
Harvey Andrews Writer of Songs (1972),
Al Stewart Orange (1972), Past, Present & Future (1974),
Lou Reed, Berlin (1972),
Black Sabbath Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (1973),
Dave Cousins Two Weeks Last Summer (1972),
Dana Gillespie Weren't Born a Man (1973),
Viv Stanshall Teddy Boys Dont Knit (1981),
Ramon Remedios & Rick... Suite of Gods (1988),
Adam Wakeman Soliloquy (1993) Executive Producer,
Denny Laine Blue Nights (1994),
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzmosis (1995) Keyboards,
Dr. Feelgood Chess Masters (2000),
John Bo Bo Bollenberg ('02) +
Yes: Fragile (1972), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1974), Going for the One (1977), Tormato (1978), Yesshows (1980),(1981), Union (1991) Vocals, Multi Instruments, Yesyears (1991), Union [Special European Release] (1991) Vocals, Multi Instruments, Yesstory (1992), Very Best of Yes (1993), Evening of Yes Music Plus (1994), Family Album (1994), Keys to Ascension (1996), Yes Highlights (2001) Musician.
The Tsunami Project with
Spocks Beard ('05).
and he's working on a other Tsunami Project, see the News section.
Ayreon (The Theory of Everything '13)
Solo with for example:
Maths & Legends of King Arthur ('75),
1984 (from '81):
Steve Harley &
Tim Rice vocals,
Tony Fernandez &
Frank Ricotti- drums,
Tim Stone Beaky- guitar,
Steve Barnacle- bass.
Time Machine ('88):
Roy Wood &
Return To The Centre Of The Earth ('99):
Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek") - voice,
Ozzy Osbourne, (Black Sabbath),
Justin Hayward, (Moody Blues),
Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves),
Trevor Rabin (late of Yes),
Tony Mitchell (of the band Kiss of the Gypsy),
Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith on guitar,
Phil Williams on bass,
Simon Hanson on drums, and both
the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Snell and the
English Chamber Choir conducted by Guy Protheroe.
In 2003 with a great, proggy album called Out There with
Damian Wilson (and Tonny
Fernandes, Ant Glynne, Lee Porneroy with an additional guitar solo of Fraser Thorneycroft.
It doesn't sound as a solo-album of Rick as we are used to the last decade, but more a
result of a band.
People who like Ayereon, Threshold or Arena will love this.
Also big point of credit is the albums’ artwork. Painted by Wakeman’s girlfriend
Alicia Bencini, a painter from Italy and I think it complements the music very well.
It's a shame that Damian will not do the live tour, but Ashley Holt, a long time musical
friend of Wakeman.
Classic Pictures will be releasing Rick Wakeman Made in Cuba DVD on 5th September 2005.
The Whole List;
Piano Vibrations (71)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (73)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (74)
The Myths & Legends of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table (75)
Lisztomania (75, Soundtrack)
No Earthly Connection (76)
Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record (77)
White Rock (77, Soundtrack)
Animal Showdown (79)
Rhapsodies (79, 2LP)
I'm So Straight I'm A Weirdo (80)
1984 (81, w/ Tim Rice)
The Burning (81, Soundtrack)
Rock n Roll Prophet (82)
Cost of Living (83, w/ Tim Rice)
G'ole! (83, Soundtrack)
Glory Boys (84)
Silent Nights (85)
Lytton's Diary (85)
Live at Hammersmith (85, Live)
Crimes of Passion (86)
Country Airs (Original) (86)
The Gospels (87)
The Family Album (87)
Creepshow II (87, Soundtrack)
A Suite of Gods (88, w/ Ramon Remedios)
20th Anniversary Limited Edition (88, Compilation)
Zodiaque (88, w/ Tony Fernandez)
Time Machine (88)
The Word and The Gospels (88)
Black Knights at the Court of Ferdinand IV (89)
Sea Airs (89)
In The Beginning (90)
Night Airs (90)
Phantom Power (90)
Aspirant Sunrise (91)
African Bach (91)
2000AD Into The Future (91)
Rock n Roll Prophet Plus (91)
The Classical Connection (91, Compilation)
Aspirant Sunset (91)
Aspirant Sunshadows (91)
Best Works Collection (92, Compilation)
Country Airs (92)
The Classical Connection 2 (93)
Wakeman with Wakeman (93, w/ Adam Wakeman)
The Heritage Suite (93)
No Expense Spared (93)
Classic Tracks (93)
Unleashing The Tethered One - The 1974 North American Tour (93)
Live On The Test (94)
The Stage Collection (94)
Lure of the Wild (94)
Wakeman with Wakeman - The Official Bootleg (94, w/ Adam Wakeman)
Rick Wakeman's Greatest Hits (94)
Light Up The Sky (94, EP)
Wakeman with Wakeman Live (94)
Rock & Pop Legends (95)
The Piano Album (95)
Cirque Surreal (95)
Romance of the Victorian Age (95)
The Seven Wonders of the World (95)
Rick Wakeman In Concert (95)
Almost Live in Europe (95)
The Private Collection (95)
Simply Acoustic Video (96)
Can You Hear Me? (96)
Tapestries (96, w/ Adam Wakeman)
The New Gospels Video (96)
The Word and Music (96)
The New Gospels (96)
Fields of Green (96)
Welcome a Star (96)
Fields of Green '97 (97)
Fields of Green Maxi-Single (97)
The Piano Tour Live (97)
Simply Acoustic - The Music (97)
Rick Wakeman Live Video (98)
Master Series (98)
Official Live Bootleg (99)
Stella Bianca alla corte de Re Ferdinando (99)
The Art in Music Trilogy (99)
The Natural World Trilogy (99)
White Rock II (99)
The Masters (99)
Return To The Centre Of The Earth (99)
Chronicles of Man (00)
Christmas Variations (00)
Rick Wakeman Live in Concert 2000 DVD (00)
Rick Wakeman Live in Concert 2000 CD (00)
An Evening with Rick Wakeman Video (00)
Recollections - The Very Best of Rick Wakeman (00, Compilation)
The Caped Collection (00)
Morning Has Broken (00)
Preludes to a Century (00)
Simply Acoustic (2001),
Classical Variations (2002),
Two Sides Of Yes (2002).
announces the full line-up for the epic stage production of ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ - Live at Hampton Court Palace, May 1st & 2nd, 2009. Additionally, The Acoustic Strawbs, led by frontman Dave Cousins are confirmed to be supporting on both nights.
The confirmed line-up is now as follows…
Narrator - Brian Blessed
Keyboards – Adam Wakeman
Percussion – Ray Cooper
Drums – Tony Fernandez
Bass Guitar – Jonathan Noyce
Guitar – Pete Rinaldi
Guitar – Dave Colquhoun
The English Chamber Choir
The Orchestra Europa
Conducted by Guy Protheroe
In 1972, Rick Wakeman released one of the most iconic solo albums of all time, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’. Amazing, the music has never been performed in its entirety… until now! Staged in spectacular style at Hampton Court Palace, in front of ‘Henry’s Gate’, this truly unique concert features expanded pieces from the music of the Six Wives and additional tracks; ‘Tudorture’, ‘Defender of the Faith’ and ‘Tudor Rock’, composed exclusively for this performance.
The Classic Media Group will be filming the event for a future DVD release. 2009 is the 500th Anniversary of Henry VIII’s ascension to the throne and Hampton Court is playing host to numerous associated events throughout the year.
Information can be found on the Rick Wakeman Official website and for ticket & Venue Information, click HERE.
Son of Rick and also a good keyboardplayer;
Session for/ with;
Clive Nolan; Jabberwockey ('99 and 2002),
Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman: Hound of the Baskervilles.
Steve Howe ('05).
Dave Brianbridge, Songs for Luca II ('05).
Yes live ('08 - '09).
The Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat ('09).
Meanwhile, Oliver Wakeman has released his "solo"-album, called The 3 Ages of Magick. This album, presented as "Oliver Wakeman with Steve Howe", has
been launched at a release party on July 23rd, with Clive Nolan, Tracy Hitchings and
Rick Wakeman present in the audience. Rick Howe plays guitar on the album.
Landmarq's Dave Wagstaffe will be playing drums on Oliver Wakeman's new album Anamcara. The
album, which has "a more Celtic/Gaelic flavour", should be released later in the year 2002.
Oliver Wakeman will be headlining this years Classic Rock Society Awards Night with his
Anam Cara project. The band consists of:
Oliver Wakeman - Keyboards
Rachel - Vocals
David Mark Pearce - Guitars
Tim Buchanan - Bass
Dave Wagstaffe - Drums (Landmarq)
The set will include material from the new album Anam Cara as well as material from The
Hound of the Baskervilles, Jabberwocky and The 3 Ages of Magick.
The concept of the third Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman collaboration will be based
around Mary Shelley's Frankenstein story. With the busy schedule of both gentlemen, a
release is not expected before early 2004.
He made some contributions to a few albums with Poems; the great epic poems etc.
And some New Age music such as you'll find on the album Chakras.
November 2005 sees the release of Oliver’s latest album, the band orientated
Mother’s Ruin through Progrock Records. Oliver will also be performing shows with
his band in support of the album.
The line-up will be
Oliver Wakeman - Keyboards & Piano,
Paul Manzi - Vocals,
David Mark Pearce - Guitar,
Paul Brown - Bass,
Dave Wagstaffe - Drums.
The gig wil take place at the Classic Rock Society on Friday 25th November.
Adam did made a few solo albums (Neurasthenia ( Adam Wakeman - Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Bass - Steve Davis, Drums & Percussion - Richard Brook, Jo Knight - Backing Vocals,
Reg Chapman - Sax), Solioguy, 100 years over time, Real world
trilogy), some such as Wakeman with Wakeman ('92) and Vignettes ('96) with his dad.
Bands that Adam has worked with live include
(and also some of the most nice looking girls on this planet):
Futher i like to mention (with a great sleeve design by Roger Dean);
A tribute album dedicated to the band YES, produced by Adam in 2001, featuring guest
vocals by Judie Tzuke, Chrissie Hammond, Dougie White, Eddie Hardin, Steve Overland and
Damian Wilson. Also includes Rick Wakeman playing Hammond Organ on "ROUNDABOUT".
The band is Adam Wakeman on Keyboards, Lee Pomeroy on bass, Richard Brook on Drums and
Ant Glynne on guitars.
Annie Lennox (SOLO tour 2003)(
Carol Kenyon, Beverly Skeete and Claudia Fontaine were on backing vocals),
Victoria Beckham (M.D. and all live & TV from Nov 2001 to Mid 2002),
Atomic Kitten "right here right now" tour 2002,
Artful Dodger (summer festivals - Jam in the Park, Homelands 2001 and live Jools Holland,
TFI & T4),
Lisa Stansfield (TV campaign for the single "let's just call it love"),
Indi band GENE (MTV, VH1 concerts 1999),
A company of snakes (formerly Whitesnake),
pazillian pop duo Sandy & Junior - (european TV campaigne 2002),
Progressive Rock legends YES - at the Manchester Apollo, England - ex keyboard player
Igor was delayed in the US. Adam played the encore after Igor's last minute arrival
on Fepuary 26th 1998,
EMI artist Gintare, BMG artist Rob Dougan,
Ex Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley draughted Adam in on keyboards for a two
week CSE tour in KOSOVO January/Fepuary 2000. Winter 2000 took the KOSOVO
peacekeeping band to the FALKLAND ISLANDS, again for the british troops.
MYSELF - album by Norweigen artist Hanah on EMG Europe,
Rosie Ribbons - Colours (produced by Fraser T-Smith),
A1- Hide your Love away & High and Dry,
Rolling Stones Tribute album produced by Nick Smith,
Rod Stewart Tribute album produced by John Burns,
Musical Director on: Cirque Surreal - Rick Wakeman
Pre production on : 'Stella Bianca', alla corte di re ferdinando -
Travi live '04
Black Sabbath live '05
Daughter of Rick (and Nina, Rick ex) and responsible for the cover of Wakeman with Wakeman ('92).
Updated 05-05-2008 by Nick.