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Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign on PledgeMusic For “Crimes of Passion” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

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Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign on PledgeMusic For “Crimes of Passion” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

London – Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his soundtrack “Crime of Passion”.

Originally released in 1984 “Crimes of Passion” was directed by Ken Russell and starred Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness. A mix of sex and suspense.

“Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well….Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level.

“He was always involved and came to stay with me during my writing period. He would listen and make suggestions. He would always be complimentary if you did something he really liked and if he felt something wasn’t working musically he would discuss it with you and explain what he needed for the film.

“I learned so much from Ken and to this day I feel it is a tragedy that in his later years film companies didn’t give him more opportunities to show off his talents.

“ ‘Crimes of Passion’ is a much deeper film than it has ever been given credit for. It took many years before ‘Lisztomania’ became cult and recognised for the clever film it was and I class ‘Crimes of Passion’ in a similar way…

“With every film Ken ever made the viewer and listener has to immerse themselves into every crevice of the work and may take multiple viewings before his genius is truly absorbed.” – Rick Wakeman, New York April 2017

There will only be 250 of this deluxe edition manufactured and each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive experiences as part of this pre-order campaign.

Box Set Content:
CD
DVD/BluRay
Signed / numbered Certificate
8 x Repro Lobby Cards A6
Repro Japanese Press Pack
A3 Repro poster
Repro Press Release

Release date 2nd June 2017

For more information and to pre-order please visit this PledgeMusic link:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-crimes-of-passion

About PledgeMusic:
PledgeMusic is the leading global direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering artists, labels and brands to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for “Helping artists and fans get what they want”. – Fast Company

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com
(Catch Rick on tour with YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman – http://www.yesfeaturingarw.com/)

Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches “Phantom of the Opera” Pledge Music Campaign

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches “Phantom of the Opera” Pledge Music Campaign

“Phantom of the Opera” Box Set – get signed items, merchandise and events exclusively here on PledgeMusic.

London, UK – Exclusive to PledgeMusic – For the first time on DVD the Lon Chaney silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with Rick Wakeman’s Soundtrack together in a Limited Edition Box Set with a signed and numbered certificate.

The legendary 1925 Lon Chaney film is brought to life with a specially commissioned Rick Wakeman soundtrack. This is the first time this version of the film has been issued on DVD, as such the images have been fully restored and the sound track lovingly remastered.

The DVD also has several bonus features;

Rick Wakeman commentary
Christopher Lee introduction
Rick and the Phantom – featurette
Originally trailer

The soundtrack double CD is the original Rick Wakeman unedited soundtrack and contains the original mixes of the songs which are different to what eventually appeared on his album “Phantom Power”.

Special Limited Edition boxset contains:

Single DVD
Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman and numbered certificate
2 x Reproduction Lon Chaney 10˝ x 8˝ photos
4 x A4 Reproduction “Lobby Cards Taken from the original artwork
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There will only be 250 of these manufactured.

There are additional items, merchandise and a special screening of the film available too!
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickwakeman-phantom

NOTE Release Date 2nd of December for all items except the vinyl which will be delayed until February 2017due to long manufacturing lead times and the screening which is planned for January 2017

All prices include Postage and Packaging.

1) Double CD / Single DVD of The Phantom of The Opera. – SIGNED by Rick Wakeman
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2) The “Phantom of the Opera” Double 180g Vinyl – Gatefold signed by Rick Wakeman. There will only be 250 signed and the pressing will be limited to 500
Due to long manufacturing lead times the Vinyl will not be shipped until February 2017.
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3) “Phantom of the Opera poster Signed by Rick Wakeman. There are only 50 of this item available
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4) 2CD/1DVD – “Phantom of The Opera”
NTSC/PAL Region 0
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5) “Phantom of the Opera” Album download on MP3 or FLAC
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6) Exclusive T-Shirt
New design just for pledgers.
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7) Special Screening of the “Phantom of the Opera”
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A very special screening will take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.

8) VIP Ticket to the screening of “Phantom of The Opera”
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
To take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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9) Platinum Ticket. + AccessPass
This very special Pledge includes all of the following.
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
Laminate
Box Set
And a Curry at a restaurant with Rick and the team after the screening.
It will be in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Keyboard Icon Rick Wakeman and Legendary Astronaut Chris Hadfield Pay Tribute To Stephen Hawking and David Bowie At Starmus Festival 2016

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Keyboard Icon Rick Wakeman and Legendary Astronaut Chris Hadfield Pay Tribute To Stephen Hawking and David Bowie At Starmus Festival 2016

London, UK – In a rare meeting of the minds, keyboard icon Rick Wakeman and legendary astronaut paid tribute to Stephen Hawking at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife, Spain on July 1, 2016! The two legends performed a moving tribute David Bowie with their rendition of his classic song “Space Oddity”.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LFUoV_8OoM&feature=youtu.be

The Starmus Festival was born with the aim of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public. Traditionally the perfect symbiosis between astronomy, art and music, STARMUS 2016 brought together not only the brightest minds from these areas but many others besides, as we debate the future of humanity with scientists, business people at the cutting edge, and celebrities of all kinds.

Chris Austin Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

Commander Hadfield originally performed a cover Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station in 2013. He posted the video on the internet which immediately became a global sensation, being the first ever music video performed in space. Although he had made the video for a number of reasons, Hadfield felt that, “Maybe most importantly, it was a chance to let people see where we truly are in space exploration”. David Bowie himself responded saying that the cover of his 1969 song was “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”. The guitar Hadfield used to perform the song is still on the space station where it will remain forever!

Rick Wakeman, who played mellotron on the original version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” says, “It’s a real honour to have played on probably the two most iconic versions of ‘Space Oddity’, the brilliant original with David of course and now this very special version with Chris that was born 300 miles from planet earth!”

While the Starmus Festival 2016 was paying tribute to Hawking, the promoters also decided to pay tribute to David Bowie! Why? Because Bowie and Hawking share the same birthday – January 8th. Also, Bowie was very much inspired by Space, Astronomy etc… He was invited to Starmus but the invitation arrived the same day he passed…

For more information: http://www.starmus.com/

Rick Wakeman – “Rainbow Suite”

Starmus is festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child Garik Israelian (The astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of stellar mass black holes). Rick Wakeman has made several appearances at this festival. The most notable was in 2014 where he was joined on stage by Dr Brian May, the iconic guitarist from Queen, where Rick Wakeman and English Rock Ensemble performed amongst other tracks from throughout Rick’s career a legendary version of Starship Trooper. This release is a must for all fans of Classic Rock!

This is a brand new orchestral piece written and performed by Rick Wakeman and the Orion Orchestra. This is a specially written piece of therapeutic music designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to enjoy as well aficionados of good quality instrumental music. This is Rick and Orchestra at their finest !!!

Available to pre-order from http://www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com

For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15964/Rick_Wakeman-Rainbow_Suite.html

Release Date: 25th November 2016

Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Keyboard Icon Rick Wakeman To Issue Five New Releases!

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Keyboard Icon Rick Wakeman To Issue Five New Releases!

London, UK – As prolific as ever, keyboard icon Rick Wakeman will be releasing 5 new titles on the RRAW label through Gonzo MultiMedia in Summer/Fall 2016! Best known for his work with progressive rock legends YES, as well as his illustrious solo career, Rick Wakeman’s four new titles to be released are “Starmus 2015”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Gastank”, “Gospels” and “Rainbow Suite”

Rick Wakeman “Starmus 2015” (with guest appearance by Brian May)

Starmus is festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child Garik Israelian (The astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of stellar mass black holes). Rick Wakeman has made several appearances at this festival. The most notable was in 2015 where he was joined on stage by Dr Brian May, the iconic guitarist from Queen, where Rick Wakeman and English Rock Ensemble performed amongst other tracks from throughout Rick’s career a legendary version of Starship Trouper. This DVD is a must for all fans of Classic Rock!

For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15956
Release Date: 29th July 2016

Rick Wakeman – “The Phantom of the Opera”

The legendary 1925 Lon Chaney film is brought to life with a specially commissioned Rick Wakeman soundtrack. This is the first time this version of the film has being issued on DVD, as such the images have been fully restored and the sound track remastered. The DVD also has several bonus features; Rick Wakeman commentary, Christopher Lee introduction Rick and the Phantom – featurette, original trailer. The soundtrack double CD is the original Rick Wakeman unedited soundtrack and contains the original mixes of the songs which are different to what eventually appeared on his album “Phantom Power”. There are two versions of this project available:

Special Limited Edition boxset containing
Single DVD
Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman
and numbered certificate
2 x Reproduction Lon Chaney
10˝ x 8˝ photos
4 x A4 Reproduction “Lobby Cards” taken from the original artwork
Standard Edition
Single DVD and Double CD

For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15959/Rick_Wakeman-Phantom_of_the_Opera_Deluxe_Box_Set.html
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15957/Rick_Wakeman-The_Phantom_of_the_Opera.html
Release Date: 5th August 2016

Rick Wakeman – “Gastank”

Gastank was an English television show that aired between 1982–1983 on Channel 4. Hosted by Rick Wakeman the show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Rick and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show. The format was very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or two followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables. Wakeman would frequently cite the show as an opportunity for musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to work together. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse as Ian Paice, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Godley and Creme, Eric Burdon and Phil Lynott. Now for the first time on DVD all the episodes of Gastank along with a CD of these now seminal music performances of Rick and his guests.

Special Limited Edition Boxset containing
Double DVD and a Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman
and numbered certificate
Gastank T Shirt
Rick Wakeman – The Gastank Interviews book
Reproduction AAA pass
Standard Edition
Double DVD and Double CD

Available to pre-order from http://www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com
For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15960/Rick_Wakeman-Gastank_(DVD).html
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15961/Rick_Wakeman-Gastank_(2CD).html
Release Date: 16th September 2016

Rick Wakeman – “Gospels” (Deluxe Box Set)

The Gospels evolved because Rick Wakeman was asked to perform at an organ recital to raise money for the Camberley United Reform Church, which was in desperate need of a new organ. Rick pondered what to play and the more he thought about it and what the evening should mean, the more he felt that something very special was about to take place. Thoughts of the New Testament kept creeping into his mind and he decided to write an instrumental piece to the settings of the four Gospels. He began working but after a couple of hours realised that there was no way he was going to get across the feelings he wished to portray without singing. The music seemed to cry out for an operatic tenor. Amazingly enough, just a few weeks earlier, Rick had met the famous tenor Ramon Remedios at a charity concert in which they both performed and he plucked up courage to ask him if he would kindly agree to perform the New Gospels with him. The concert was a tremendous success and Ramon’s feeling and understanding of the music moved many people to tears. The complete Gospels is a limited edition box set containing all the known recordings of the project both audio and visual. Along with a reproduction A4 x 12 page concert program.

Special Limited Edition Boxset containing
Signed by Rick Wakeman and numbered certificate
DVD containing over 2 hours of footage including an in depth interview with Rick about the project.
Double CD 1, The Original Gospels – with Robert Powell as the Narrator
Double CD2, The New Gospels DVD / CD of The Gospels performed live in California – never seen before
Reproduction A4 x 12 page concert program

For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15963/Rick_Wakeman%20Gospels_(Deluxe_Box_Set).html
Release Date: 21st October 2016

Rick Wakeman – “Rainbow Suite”

This is a brand new orchestral piece written and performed by Rick Wakeman and the Orion Orchestra. This is a specially written piece of therapeutic music designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to enjoy as well aficionados of good quality instrumental music. This is Rick and Orchestra at their finest !!!

Available to pre-order from http://www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com
For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15964/Rick_Wakeman-Rainbow_Suite.html
Release Date: 25th November 2016

Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman To Release “Starship Trooper” Compilation Feat. Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe, William Shatner and Others!

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman To Release “Starship Trooper” Compilation Feat. Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe, William Shatner and Others!

Los Angeles – On April 15th Purple Pyramid records will be releasing an out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by legendary YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman! For more than four decades Rick Wakeman has established himself as a visionary showman without peer, the creator of some of the most extravagant performances, breathtaking soloing and imaginative passages ever preserved on record, or executed on stage.

Aptly titled “Starship Trooper”, this amazing collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool’s “Sober” plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! The compilation also includes performances by Gong’s Steve Hillage, Yes’s Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe and Tony Kaye, William Shatner, Colin Moulding, Jerry Goodman, Nik Turner, Carmine Appice and more!

“Over the last few years I have performed on many tracks as a ‘guest’ but never before has anybody put some of the best of those I played on into a compilation. It’s always challenging to be involved in tracks of other people’s music and other people’s arrangements as it often makes you think and play differently and certainly on many of these tracks I play in quite an unexpected way, but there again, much of my life has been pretty unexpected anyway!” – Rick Wakeman

The liner notes were written by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson, who says of Rick Wakeman, “This most personable of superstars has made inroads into the worlds of journalism, broadcasting and acting – professions which his eye for spectacle, story telling and stylishness might well have made inevitable all along. But he also happens to be among the most gifted, visionary and brilliant performers his chosen instruments have seen.”

Track List:
1. Sober
2. Are We To Believe
3. Random Acts (Revisited)
4. Dynamics Of Delirium
5. Love Reign O’er Me
6. Crime Of The Century
7. The Great Gig In The Sky
8. I’m Not in Love
9. Starship Trooper
10. Check Point Karma
11. Change
12. Nobody Home
13. Light My Fire

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/RickWakemanCD
Download the digital version: http://flyt.it/RickWakemanDig

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Rick Wakeman Releases Piano Version of Life on Mars in Aid of Macmillan

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Rick Wakeman Releases Piano Version of Life on Mars in Aid of Macmillan

“It was obvious from the listeners’ response to Rick playing ‘Life On Mars’ on Radio 2 Drivetime last Monday, that they wanted to own a copy of this beautiful piece of music, as well as make a contribution. With Rick releasing this new recording it’s a perfect way to do that.”
– BBC Radio 2 presenter, Simon Mayo:

London, UK – Following the overwhelming response to Rick Wakeman’s piano tribute to David Bowie, Rick has recorded new piano versions of both Life on Mars and Space Oddity with royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The tracks are now available from Amazon, as well as iTunes and Tesco.

Rick, a close friend who worked with Bowie, was the pianist on the original 1971 release of Life On Mars and appeared on BBC Radio 2 last Monday (11th January) on the day of Bowie’s death, to play his own tribute to the star. The video of his emotional performance has since been viewed over 2 million times on the BBC Radio 2 website and after receiving thousands of requests from fans, Rick headed back into the studio to re-record the tracks which include Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Always Together.

Rick said: “I feel extremely fortunate to be able to release my piano version of David Bowie’s Life On Mars and Space Oddity, both of which I performed on the original releases. I think it’s very apt for the proceeds to go to Macmillan, a charity that is so crucial to so many people. I witnessed this first hand when I lost my mother to cancer and the work they do comes from the heart and is truly priceless.

“Whilst some amazing advances in medicine mean that some form of cancers have a very high survival rate and indeed prolonged life in others, with all cancers it is a very tough time for both the patient and their loved ones. Hopefully the songs will not only be a fitting tribute to David, but will also raise some money to help Macmillan with the wonderful work they do, ensuring no-one faces cancer alone.”

Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “We were so very sad to hear the news about David Bowie and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Sadly the number of people with cancer in the UK is growing rapidly and half of us will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lives, so it has never been more important that everyone gets the emotional, practical, physical and financial support they need. We want people to feel comfortable talking openly about what they’re going through with friends, family and experts or – through our online community – other people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

“We know that music is something that not only brings people together, but also helps them through difficult times and so we are deeply grateful that Rick has decided to donate the proceeds from these tracks to Macmillan. The money raised will help us to continue to offer a range of support for anyone affected by cancer.”

For more information or support please visit macmillan.org.uk

To purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LIFE-MARS-Rick-Wakeman/dp/B01ATOATG6/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1453455316&sr=8-7&keywords=rick+wakeman
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/life-on-mars-single/id1077404186
Tesco: http://www.tesco.com/direct/rick-wakeman-life-on-mars-macmillan-cancer-support-cd/573-5206.prd?skuId=573-5206&pageLevel=sku

Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

Rick Wakeman press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Collaborates With 15-year-old Soprano Emmie Beckitt On New Single “Welcome A Star”

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Collaborates With 15-year-old Soprano Emmie Beckitt On New Single “Welcome A Star”

London, UK – “Welcome A Star” is the first single from 15-year-old soprano Emmie Beckitt, in collaboration with classically trained pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman. Rick first met Emmie, who has been singing classical repertoire since the age of ten, at a fundraiser for Kids ‘n’ Cancer – and was so impressed by her crystal clear voice and effortless range that he decided her to record a song from his oratorio The New Gospels, which tells the real story of Christmas.

The result is “Welcome A Star”, a beautifully melodic Christmas song, released by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, on Friday 4 December. “Welcome A Star” was recorded by Emmie with the English Chamber Choir and the Orion Orchestra, and features Rick on keyboards.

Currently studying for her Grade 8 exam in singing, Emmie Beckitt takes part in the Senior School Chamber Choir at St Augustines, Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is also a member of her school orchestra and jazz band, as she plays tenor saxophone, violin and piano. When aged only 13, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood’s sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a standing ovation. She recently sang “The Hymn”, composed by Sir Tim Rice and Rick Wakeman, with an orchestra and choir, at The Sage Gateshead, as part of the Tim Rice Concert Series.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former YES keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, classically trained pianist Rick Wakeman began his career as a much-sought-after session musician in the late Sixties, playing on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists, including Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath. In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES. As a solo artist and with YES, he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. He has written a number of film scores and has become a TV regular, appearing on shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Countdown and of course, Grumpy Old Men and Watchdog. He still finds time to perform numerous concerts around the world every year, ranging from his extremely popular one-man show to extravaganzas that feature symphony orchestras and choirs.

Both Emmie and Rick are patrons of the Chesterfield charity Kids’n’ Cancer and a percentage of the profits from the sale of Welcome A Star will be donated to that organisation.

Welcome a Star is released on Friday 4 December, and is available in CD and digital single formats:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/welcome-a-star-single/id1052288010
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Star-Emmie-Beckitt-Wakeman/dp/B01762UWC0/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1447065657&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=emmie+beckitt

Rick Wakeman’s official website: http://www.rwcc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/RickWakemanMusic
Twitter: @GrumpyOldRick

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Legendary Artist Roger Dean To Appear At Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST

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Legendary Artist Roger Dean To Appear At Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST

London, UK – Legendary artist Roger Dean is the latest celebrity to be added to the line-up for Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST in October 2015 in Lincolnshire. Roger will be holding a Question & Answer session on Saturday October 31st at 3:40pm – 4:00pm, as well as showcasing his spectacular art.

Known primarily for the dreamy, other-worldly scenes Roger Dean has created for Yes, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and other bands, Dean has said, “I don’t really think of myself as a fantasy artist but as a landscape painter.” His first album cover work was in 1968 for The Gun. He also did the artwork for Atomic Rooster’s album In Hearing of… This album cover hinted at the inimitable style for which he would later become famous. In the same year Dean produced the cover for the first album by the African/Caribbean band Osibisa, which featured a hybrid insect/elephant. This was much closer to Dean’s work as we came to know it and it attracted widespread attention. Later that year, he began the partnership with the progressive rock bands Yes (and Asia) for which he is best known. His first design for Yes was for their album Fragile. Dean designed the now-classic Yes “bubble” logo, which first appeared on the album Close to the Edge, and continued to create covers for the band. In addition to their album covers, Dean also contributed to his brother Martyn Dean’s stage set designs for the band.

Though he primarily works with watercolour paints, many of his paintings make use of multiple media, including gouache, ink, enamel, crayon and collage. In addition to his cover paintings, Dean is respected for his calligraphic work, designing logos and titles to go with his paintings. There are three books chronicling Roger Dean’s art: “Views” (1975) “Magnetic Storm” (1984) “Dragons Dream” (2008).

His work has inspired generations of young men and women who have become professional designers and artists!

WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

The event will be held at the legendary Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire. The venue started life as a roller skating rink, but began to attract musical acts in the 1950’s. The venue’s golden age came after it was rebuilt in 1964 following a fire. The rink remained but the Starlight Rooms opened and the biggest names in pop headed to the east of England, which includes Yes, The Kinks, Small Faces, Elton John, T.Rex and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Says Rick, “I wanted to create a festival I would want to go to myself. We have chosen as the venue for this 3 day event, The Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire because of its amazing history. I remember playing there many times over the years, especially with YES. We are also hoping to organising various hotel deals for people to book into as well. It all starts on the Friday with a full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home”.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this…

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End
3:40pm – 4:00pm – Q&A with Roger Dean
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

Entertainment:
2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

For more information: http://www.wakemanfest.com
http://www.rwcc.com/notice_wakemanfest.asp

Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Presents WAKEmanFest 3-Day Event October 30-November 1, 2015!

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Presents WAKEmanFest 3-Day Event October 30-November 1, 2015!

London, UK – WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

The event will be held at the legendary Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire. The venue started life as a roller skating rink, but began to attract musical acts in the 1950’s. The venue’s golden age came after it was rebuilt in 1964 following a fire. The rink remained but the Starlight Rooms opened and the biggest names in pop headed to the east of England, which includes Yes, The Kinks, Small Faces, Elton John, T.Rex and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Says Rick, “I wanted to create a festival I would want to go to myself. We have chosen as the venue for this 3 day event, The Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire because of its amazing history. I remember playing there many times over the years, especially with YES. We are also hoping to organising various hotel deals for people to book into as well. It all starts on the Friday with a full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home”.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this…

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

Entertainment:
2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

Says Rick, “The Cadbury Sisters supported me on my last tour and were absolutely amazing. Everybody simply loved them.

“The Electric Strawbs of course will be very special as I will be joining them for 2 pieces. The Hangman and the Papist and also Where is this Dream of our Youth…and I will be using an original Hammond L100 similar to the one I used on the original recording at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

“Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End is that wonderful piece written by the late Viv Stanshall who I worked with. Mike Livesley does an amazing version which I join in with every year at the Bloomsbury Theatre. His entire 11 piece band (plus me) will be performing it.

“The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra are heavily connected to the Water Rats who will benefit from the Sunday which will be a great day of entertainment. High Energy Music & Comedy

“Kevin Orkian is a music and comedy genius and also a Water Rat, hence his appearance which is not to be missed!

“All in all, it is going to be a really fun weekend and also the launch of the new book company HaGaTaS and there will be readings going on in adjoining rooms as well, so something happening all the time. We plan this to be an annual event and really hope people will enjoy themselves…expect an early visit from father Xmas as well!”

For more information: http://www.wakemanfest.com

Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Something Else Reviews – Rick Wakeman – In the Nick of Time

Rick Wakeman – In the Nick of Time (2012)
Posted by Nick DeRiso
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If there is a central image of prog rock’s excesses, it is likely the cape-sporting Yes man Rick Wakeman surrounded by a semi-circle of towering keyboards.
But strip away at the pomp, the pageantry and, yeah, the cape, and there remains just as much musical brilliance, something you’re reminded of all over again with this never-before-released live date from 2003 with the New English Rock Ensemble. At times, In the Nick of Time has an almost unquenchable propulsion, as Wakeman works in furious bursts of creativity — moving from classically inspired fugues to gnarled rock squalls and back again, with all of these winkling squiggles of color in between.
There’s even a tasty deep-cut nugget for fans from his Yes years in the closing track “Wurm,” originally included as the final segment of “Starship Tooper” on 1970′s The Yes Album. It’s interesting not just because the track dates to before Wakeman’s tenure in the band, but also in that the Steve Howe composition doesn’t end up as a showcase for guitarist Ant Glynne (a veteran of tours and sessions with Asia, Mike Oldfield, Slash, Carl Palmer, Mavis Staples and Simon Phillips), so much as the young percussive bassist Lee Pomeroy — who performs with a thrumming power. Wakeman lets that unspool for awhile, before eventually powering his way to the fore with an expansive solo full of soaring runs.
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In the Nick of Time opens with “Catherine Parr,” originally the finale on Wakeman’s 1973 solo release The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a complex and involving character analysis that finds Wakeman exploring both organ and synthesizer, before the track moves into a leaping, guitar-driven section powered by Glynne. Wakeman’s then-new album Out There provides both the title track and “Cathedral in the Sky.” The former becomes the first to showcase vocalist Ashley Holt — whose best-known work with Wakeman dates back to Six Wives and 1974′s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. (No Earthly Connection, 1976′s stripped-down set piece, also included both Holt and this date’s drummer Tony Fernandez, a sideman on Wakeman’s underrated 1985 release Silent Nights.)
These important assists from the New English Rock Ensemble, with whom Wakeman has been scheduling dates again for this summer, give In the Nick of Time a complexity that swerves well away from the baroque caricature: “Cathedral” includes a thunderous chorus, and a churchy organ turn from Wakeman to boot. Meanwhile, there is a diaphanous classical feel to “Dance of a Thousand Lights,” originally found on Wakeman’s 1999 concept albumReturn To The Centre Of The Earth. “White Rock,” the title song from a 1977 soundtrack, retains the original’s intricate amiability.
It’s not a perfect record. For instance, I have never found a way to like Holt — an often brittle, bombastic vocalist — as much as Wakeman so clearly does. That’s a small thing, however, on a project with so many sweeping delights.In the Nick of Time ends up as a tour de force reminder of the talent that always girded Rick Wakeman’s legend, with or without the cape.

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