Rick Wakeman is an English keyboard player and singer-songwriter from London, best known for his time in Yes, as well as a solo artist.
Starting his music career in 1969 as a session musician, he worked with the likes of David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. He joined Yes in 1971, releasing several albums with the band. His debut was, ‘Fragile’ in 1971, but he left the band after ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ in 1973. He returned for ‘Going for the One’ in 1977, before leaving again after the release of ‘Tormato’ in 1978.
He launched his his solo career in 1973, releasing ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ in 1973, releasing popular albums in the 1970s such as ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ in 1974, which hit #1 in the UK Albums Chart and ‘The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’ in 1975, which reached #2. He carried on releasing records throughout the 1980s, including ‘1984’, which came out in 1981 and through to the modern day. He released his latest album, ‘Piano Portraits’, in January 2017 via Universal Music Group. The release hit #7 in the UK Albums Chart.
He has also appeared on TV and radio, including presenting his own show on Planet Rock and contributing to the BBC’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’.
He has headlined his own shows and tours across the world, as a member of Yes, ARW and as a solo artist. He headlined the inaugural Stone Free Festival in June 2016 at the O2 Arena.
Rick Wakeman will embark on his Piano Odyssey UK tour for autumn and winter 2018, with extra dates added due to high demand. Catch him live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.