Rick Wakeman puts the fans first

Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman

Raconteur and prog rock god Rick Wakeman brings his music and anecdotal wit to Motherwell Concert Hall on Thursday, April 16.

It has been put together from the thoughts and comments of fans who’ve written to his website with regards to what they hope to hear.

But it isn’t just an evening of Rick playing songs from his illustrious career.

Rick said: “I always try to include pieces I know people want to hear, but also throw in some surprises from the people I have worked with like Cat Stevens and David Bowie.

“It’s all piano-based, which is fabulous for me as that’s what everything I write has been written on, and it is interesting to see how that music has developed over the years.”

Rick started doing session work around 1966 while still studying at the Royal Academy of Music and it was he who introduced the mellotron to Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.

He said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, David is the musician who has had the most influence on me.

“He’s a true musician and artist and totally in love with his art, it was an honour to work with him.”

Rick joined The Strawbs and then Yes, and also forged a more than successful solo career.

In more recent years, he has become a regular on television, but still loves to appear live.

He said: “As well as all the music, I’ll be telling an innumerable amount of silly stories of which I have a plethora as it seems nothing normal happens to me.

“For the recording of ‘Topographic Oceans’, Yes built a farmyard in a London studio as we wanted to feel we were in the country.

“It worked pretty well, that is until I had to have some of my keyboards taken apart and the woodlice removed.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £25 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visit Culture NL