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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

INTERVIEW WITH THE LEGENDARY RICK WAKEMAN


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Mark caught up with keyboard legend Rick Wakeman, just as the news was breaking that the Crystal Palace Garden Party had been cancelled due to a rotting stage. Check out our front page for the news item on this...

Hi Rick. You were due to headline at the Crystal Palace Garden Party on June 23rd. News has just come through that it has now been cancelled due to the Health And Safety reasons.

We were told the stage was rotting but apparently it is in a much worse state than we were told. I'm still going ahead with the show in Norwich at the Open though the day before on the 22nd June.

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What can we expect to hear in the live set?

I rarely do shows with the English Rock Ensemble in the UK so when we do get together we pretty much know what we all want to play which is a mix of the Classics such as 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth', '...King Arthur...' and 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII', plus we throw in a few surprises that perhaps people won't be expecting.

"The last time we played in the UK was three years ago at the Cropredy Festival which was wonderful. This band is the best I've ever had and I do wish we could do more together. We're off to Hungary in July for a festival and then out into Europe for October before South America kicks in, but due to a lack of festivals this year in England it seems that 99% of everything is abroad."

You've played at the Crystal Palace Bowl before though in 1974 performing 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth'. After that show you suffered a heart attack despite only being in your twenties. What caused that? Was it the rock n' roll lifestyle or the stress of success or a bit of both?

"A bit of both I suspect!!! I can tell you though I do not plan to repeat that particular performance again!"

Between 1971 and 1975 you had huge success with both Yes and your own solo career with six Top Ten albums with two Number 1 albums here in the UK, one with Yes' 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and your own 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth'. What was it like being Rick Wakeman on a daily basis at the time? Did you keep yourself down to earth as possible or did you became an out of control egotistic rock star?

"When not rehearsing, doing shows or recording I did exactly the same things I'd always done with my mates in my spare time. Going to football matches, going to banger racing, going to pubs to play darts and bar billiards. Sadly, banger racing is pretty scarce these days, probably thanks to Health And Safety, and pubs in general are rubbish these days. You're hard pushed to find a bar billiards table and a dart board these days unless you search. No wonder pubs are going under. Plus the fact I haven't drunk for more than 27 years!!!"



The album 'The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table' sold 12 million copies and was performed live at the Empire Pool in London, infamously on ice. We can look back now and smile about it, but it cost a fortune to produce. Whose idea was it and was there any other grand ideas lined up for you?

"To be honest I smile with a bit of pride. If I had a pound for everyone who has told me they were there, then I would never have to work again. I'd do it again if I had the money. True it did cost a fortune, but the album ended up selling more than 12 million after those concerts.

"I wanted the concerts to be musical and entertaining. I followed some great advice given to me by David Bowie who told me to do what I wanted to do on stage, especially if I was using my own money. 'Don't let any promoter, agent or manager tell you', he said. 'They don't have the imagination...'. I'm forever indebted to David for that."



In hindsight was it wise to leave Yes when you did?

"Wise?... That's a strange word. It suggests money... Well, if money was the reason I left, then I should have stayed as the QPR football stadium was booked plus some other enormous venues too, so it would've made sense for me to stay if that were the case. Hindsight is the most useless thing a human can look at. It was the right time and for the right reasons... 100% Musical."

You have said yes to Yes five times in your career, returning at various times. Would you ever return again and how do you feel about their treatment towards Jon Anderson?

"Can of worms... I'm very unhappy about the treatment of Jon, but that's my personal and private view. Would I ever go back?... Not now."

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What's the biggest crowd you've ever performed to?

"Difficult one this, as I've played at festivals with other bands where there were probably more than 100,000 out there, but they weren't all mine or Yes' audience, so the biggest I've played as 'Rick Wakeman' was in Canada three years ago where I performed 'Return To The Centre Of The Earth' in front of an estimated 82,000.

Before you found stardom, you played the Mellotron on David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. Whilst recording it, did you think it would become such a massive smash hit?

"Yes... It was such a stand out song. Same with 'Hunky Dory'. You knew it was something special... Very special."

Whilst recording 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' at the Morgan Studios, Black Sabbath were next door recording 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'. You ending up guesting with them on that album, but with the two bands at the height of their fame in the same studios together I can only imagine that there were times when you were ready to party. Do you have any stories you wish to share?

"Do I have stories of my time with Sabbath?.... Of course I do!... Would I like to share?... Of course I wouldn't!!!"

In 1999 you made the album 'Return To The Centre Of The Earth', an album with an impressive cast. My favourite track is the highly underrated 'Buried Alive' which featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. Did you write that song with Ozzy in mind?

"Yes I did... You're the first person to ever ask me that so good spotting. I spoke to Ozzy first and asked if he would like to be involved and he was well up for it. I'd guested on his 'Ozzmosis' album a few years prior to that and knew from tracks like 'Perry Mason' that Ozzy was much more accomplished than a lot of people gave him credit for. He's a very bright guy and I have much admiration for all he does. He sang 'Buried Alive' brilliantly and I love the track to bits."



To promote that album you held a very lavish launch party at the Natural History Museum in London, an evening that I was fortunate enough to attend myself and I must thank you for the very fine wine that I consumed that drunken evening. What was the most extravagant party held either for yourself or for Yes?

"Yes were never party animals to be honest. Thinking back, the ideal reception party held for Yes would've been held on an organic lettuce farm with the Mahavishnu Orchestra playing on a giant mushroom.

"Most parties held for the band were attended by hundreds of people but rarely the band! The most lavish parties for me and my own band were undoubtedly in South America. Amazing, truly amazing."

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You're just as well known now as a TV star as much as being known as a keyboard wizard, but your first real introduction to TV was the largely forgotten programme on Channel 4 in 1982, Gastank. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

"It was the late Tony Ashton's concept and a great one too. Simply, bands played live and were interviewed afterwards. The bands would record live onto multi track and then mixed that morning. No cheating and no overdubs. No miming.

"Channel 4 had a moan and said that we were using too many old bands and musicians and we needed to get some new bands involved. We explained that we had contacted every single record label around at the time but every single one said that their acts could only come on if they were allowed to mime, so it was goodbye to Gastank. Some classic performances came out through it such as Phil Lynott and John Entwistle. I'd love to do that programme again."

What was your favourite interview you did on Gastank and favourite performance too?

"Favourite performance was John Entwistle... Truly amazing and probably the interview too."



Do you feel that Jools Holland stole a few ideas from Gastank for his own show?

"I'll ask him!! But I don't think so. Nice guy, Jools."

"The book 'Caped Crusader' is just to be re-published. Would you say the book is the definitive read on Rick Wakeman?

"To be honest... No! But if you want to complete the book collection then it's harmless enough. If I were to choose the best books in order to buy then they would be 'Further Adventures Of A Grumpy Old Rockstar', 'Grumpy Old Rockstar', 'Say Yes' and then the 'Caped Crusader'. I was only 27 years old when that book was finished so not very much had happened!!! Good pictures though!"

You now live in Norfolk. What made you move to East Anglia and are the local radio DJ's really like Alan Partridge?

"I love Norfolk and all of North East Anglia. Wonderfully commutable to almost everywhere. As for radio... BBC Radio Norfolk is excellent. It's one of the biggest BBC radio stations and I listen a lot... As for the other stations around? Well to be honest, there is more than a hint of Alan Partridge with one station in particular, but I'm not giving the name away!!!"

You've just done a bizarre performance at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds with the actor Ian Lavender, recently seen in EastEnders and fondly remembered as Pike in Dad's Army. Please tell us a little bit more about that?

"Ian and I are great mates and the evening was just so much fun. David Croft, the writer and director and indeed the producer of Dad's Army was very fond of the Theatre Royal and we were asked if we would like to do a fund raiser for the theatre by Ann Croft and the rest of the Croft family who I simply adore. They are so lovely. It was an one off evening with so much off the cuff immediacy. I felt privileged to be a part of it."

You're known as one of the 'Grumpy Old Men'... What is your rant for today?

"I will not get even close to finishing everything I had planned to do today which means people will be emailing me later with "You haven't replied" AND and the phone will ring with people saying "You were going to call me..." Patience is lacking in today's world. Solution for today? Don't answer the phone and turn the computer off."

You are a very well known face and you must get stopped in the street all the time. What's the funniest mistaken identity you've ever had from someone?

"I used to be mistaken for Rick Parfitt a lot, but not so much now. A lot of people will tell me 'Tubular Bells' is a great album and I say "It wasn't me". "Oh, right... It was 'War Of The Worlds' wasn't it?"... By this time I say "thank you2 and toddle off."

And with that Rick Wakeman puts on his cape and toddles off to prepare for his 'Homecoming' at the Open in Norwich. For further details about the Norwich Open show click here.

31.5.12


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Following the Monsters Of Rock cruise the tour continues through several US cities, ending at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES SUNDAY NIGHT SPECIAL GUESTS, ACOUSTIC LOUNGE AND MORE
For 2015 the Acoustic Lounge is back, bigger and better than ever....

the darkness BREAKING NEWS: THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UNVEIL NEW VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning music band The Darkness....

jim cregan JIM CREGAN POSTPONES MARCH CREGAN & CO TOUR FOLLOWING CANCER NEWS
Soon I'll start treatment which I'm hopeful will lead to a full recovery and I'll be back doing what I enjoy most, performing with this great band in May and on tour in October..."

hang the bastard HANG THE BASTARD ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH CORROSION OF CONFORMITY & UK HEADLINE DATES
"It's gonna be heavy and it's gonna be loud!!! Bang your heads, we are coming for you!..."

aaron keylock 17 YEAR OLD GUITAR HERO AARON KEYLOCK SIGNS TO MASCOT LABEL GROUP
One of the most exciting and brightest young talents in the UK, Aaron is a mesmerising live performer with over 200 shows to his name...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN SINGER BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT
Sometimes a news item breaks that shakes you to your foundations...

rock goddess ROCK GODDESS ANNOUNCE FIRST LONDON DATE IN OVER THIRTY YEARS
The waiting is over. The reformed South London hard rock trio have announced details of their first London concert in over 30 years...

nigel glockler BREAKING NEWS: SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER PRONOUNCED 100% RECOVERED WITH ZERO DAMAGE
"This means that I am okay to get back to work, but I am told to ease back into it and on my own timeframe..."

turbowolf TURBOWOLF RELEASE BLISTERING NEW SINGLE 'NINE LIVES'
"Nine Lives is a song about making the most of our limited time; about living with no regrets; about changing our attitudes towards death and about life..."

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DATES FOR 2015
European fans will see Arch Enemy again in late April. The band are coming back with support from US Metal force Unearth and Drone from Germany...

motley crue EXCLUSIVE: MOTLEY CRUE PAY TRIBUTE TO GARY GLITTER ON THE FINAL TOUR
Debauched rockers Motley Crue are currently in Japan performing their last Asian dates on their much publicised Final Tour...

music for nations LEGENDARY HEAVY METAL LABEL MUSIC FOR NATIONS IS BACK
As well as reissues, the label will be signing new artists for the first time in over a decade...

satyricon SATYRICON SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS FOR RELEASE OF SPECTACULAR LIVE DVD
"It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band..."

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'IN SOME WILD UNIVERSE' PLUS TOUR UPDATE
This video features the touring line-up of the band for 2015...

rival sons RIVAL SONS WITHDRAW FROM SOUNDWAVE 2015
Australia will have to wait a little longer to see Rival Sons in the flesh as family matters take priority...

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE BRAND NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'LONG LIVE THE RENEGADES'
"The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality..."

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR FOR JUNE 2015
US punk pioneers will bring their distincitve sound to four countries over ten dates...

carl sentance BREAKING NEWS: CARL SENTANCE ANNOUNCED AS NEW VOCALIST FOR NAZARETH
Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance replaces Linton Osbourne to start the next chapter for the Scottish hard rockers...

rockingham firefest BREAKING NEWS: ROCKINGHAM RELIGHTS THE FIREFEST; GOTTHARD, DAN REED, STAN BUSH AND MORE ANNOUNCED
The AOR flag will be raised high yet again over Nottingham Rock City...

pentagram PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS - ALBUM RECORDING UNDERWAY
Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram have become a legendary international act...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP 2015 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
This tour follows on from the release of the band's acclaimed album 'Outsider' which enjoyed excellent reviews...

godsmack GODSMACK VOCALIST SULLY ERNA TO MAKE AN ONLINE POKER COMEBACK
For Godsmack fans this could be disheartening as Erna shifts his attention from music to poker...

quo convention FIRST EVER STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
There will be live music, very special guests and a packed programme this October for this very special celebration...

queensryche THUNDER CONFIRMED AS VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO ZZ TOP AT WEMBLEY ARENA PLUS MINI UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
The group's first studio album in six years, 'Wonder Days', reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before...

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE TO TOUR EUROPE AND RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015
It's a busy year for Queensrÿche with headline shows and festival appearances before the new album release...

dir en grey dir en grey RETURN FOR TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS
The Islington O2 Academy will be the scene for Japanese avant-garde Metal in May...

unleashed SWEDISH LEGENDS UNLEASHED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND ARTWORK
The founders of the Viking Death Metal movement are back and as brutal as ever...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'MY REMEDY'
Get a taste of the new album with 'My Remedy', the third single to be released...

Shattered sun LEGENDARY BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS FM RETURN WITH 'HEROES & VILLAINS' ON APRIL 17TH
"We're on a roll! Some of the tracks on this album are better than anything that the band has ever produced, and Steve's voice is as good as ever..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE THIS YEAR WITH ARCH ENEMY SUPPORTING
"Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS GO UNPLUGGED AND PERSONAL: ACOUSTIC DATES ANNOUNCED
After last year's highly acclaimed unplugged tour, The Quireboys are pleased to announce a very intimate string of evenings early 2015...

killit KILLIT UNLEASH DEBUT VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW
'Shut It Down' is the first single from the album and is out now and available...

state villains STATE VILLAINS TO RELEASE SECOND EP IN SPRING
State Villains have an honesty that harkens back to an era of integrity and a distinct lack of gimmicks...

chris slade BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SLADE IS BACK IN AC/DC
Chris will rejoin the legendary hard rockers for their appearance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as well as the band's upcoming tour...

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