Capitol Theater to host Rick Wakeman | Diversions
CLEARWATER – Keyboard magician Rick Wakeman is on his way for a solo tour of the United States that will bring him to the Tampa Bay area for a show on Friday, November 19, at 8 p.m. at the Bilheimer Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St ., Clear water.
Tickets, starting at $ 49, are on sale now. Visit www.rutheckerdhall.com or call 727-791-7400.
Wakeman has two reasons to celebrate: First, his exceptional career in music has just been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who appointed him Commander of the Order of the British Empire at his recent ceremony. annual anniversary. Second, after 18 months of lockdown in the UK, he is finally able to announce the long-delayed sequel to 2019’s “The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour” sold out with the aptly named “The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour. “. The 25-city tour will begin October 14 in New Hampshire. For more information, including a full list of tour dates, visit www.RWCC.com.
After making a name for himself creating progressive rock extravagances, in his solo shows, Wakeman returns to his roots with a program filled with virtuoso piano performances and hilarious anecdotes inspired by his career spanning more than 50 years. The repertoire will range from his solo works and appearances in the group Yes to his early days as a session musician playing keyboards on classics such as David Bowie‘s “Life on Mars”, as well as surprises like his performances. unique Beatles hits and many other memorable melodies, adapted for the grand piano. And all of that glorious music is punctuated with tumultuous reflections on his life and the people he has met along the way.
Wakeman’s career began as a much sought-after session player, who performed on recordings by David Bowie, Elton John, Lou Reed, Al Stewart, and hundreds of other artists. His big breakthrough came in 1971 when he joined Yes, a group that became the most successful progressive rock band in the world. But Wakeman has also always worked his way outside of this group.
In the 1970s, Wakeman enjoyed record success with solo albums such as “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” and “The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, ”which cumulatively sold over 10,000,000 copies in North America alone. He wrote several scores for films, including two for director Ken Russell -“ Lisztomania ”and“ Crimes of Passion ”- and two Harry Palmer films with Michael Caine.
In the UK, Wakeman has built an impressive reputation as a spiritual guest and host of shows such as “Grumpy Old Men”, “Countdown”, “Watchdog” and the comedy cabaret show “Live at Jongleurs. “. His wickedly irreverent acceptance speech when Yes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 almost brought the house down.
That same year he made British chart history when his record “Piano Portraits” became the first instrumental solo piano album to enter the UK Top 10 upon release – a feat he has achieved. then repeated with last year’s “Piano Odyssey”. Both records contain tracks that have a special connection to Wakeman’s personal musical journey and subsequent tours, in which he performs a selection of tracks accompanied by hilarious memories and anecdotes that sold instantly in the UK.