Legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has announced his “The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour.” In addition to his Yes and solo favorites, Wakeman will be tipping his hat to some of the classic tracks he recorded with such fellow legends as David Bowie, Elton John, Lou Reed, and Al Stewart — including a salute to his favorite band, the Beatles.
Wakeman kicks off the trek on September 21st in Annapolis, Maryland at the Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts. The “Grumpy Old Rock Star” tour wraps on October 13th at Ridgefield, Connecticut's Ridgefield Playhouse.
Rick Wakeman told us that say whatever you will about Yes, when the key members got together, it made a sound that was unique unto itself: “There's very few bands, and Yes is one of them, where you can get five individuals come together, and however they sort of play, it comes out as a really unique sound. There's lots of bands with very good musicians that get together and play — they end up sounding like lots of other bands. But there's a strange thing about Yes: when you put the five of us together, it does produce, y'know, a sound of its own.”
Wakeman most recently toured with fellow Yes bandmates Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin as ARW — and then eventually under the Yes moniker.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Rick Wakeman North American tour dates (subject to change):
September 21 – Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts September 22 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall September 23 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur September 24 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount September 25 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere September 27 – Quebec City, PQ – Palais Montcalm September 28 – Montreal, PQ – Olympia Theatre September 29 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall October 2 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center October 4 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre October 8 – Allentown, PA – Miller Symphony Hall October 10 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center October 11 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium October 13 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse