Catch Rick Wakeman on ‘The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour’ Starting in October in North America

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The Queen of England doesn’t go around naming just anybody Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) — but that was a recent honor bestowed upon keyboard legend Rick Wakeman.

Riding high on those high-profile accolades, Wakeman will head out on a U.S. tour starting in October, and The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour looks like a lot of fun. Per a news release:

Repertoire will range from his solo works and his stints in the band YES through to his early days as a session musician playing keyboards on such classics as David Bowie’s Life On Mars, plus surprises like his unique interpretations of Beatles’ hits and many more memorable tunes, adapted for the grand piano. And all of this glorious music is punctuated by riotous reflections on his life and the people he’s met along the way. As he himself often observes, life is rarely dull when Rick Wakeman is around!


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The tour also comes on the heels of Wakeman’s outer space-themed prog-rock opus, The Red Planet, which came out in August of 2020 and was the focus of a spirited interview with Rock Cellar in January of this year — click here to read that.

And the dates for the tour, with tickets going on sale this Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. local time (more details at Wakeman’s site):

14 Tupelo Music Hall, Derry NH
15 Academy of Music, Northampton MA
16 Garde Arts Center, New London CT
19 Narrows Center for the Arts, Full River MA
22 The Paramount, Huntingdon NY
23 Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York NY
24 The Birchmere, Alexandria VA
26 Asbury Hall, Buffalo NY
27 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair NJ
28 The Vogel @ Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank NJ
29 Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood NJ
30 Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT

1 The Kent Stage, Kent OH
3 The Sheldon, St Louis MO
4 Copernicus Center Theater, Chicago IL
5 Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis MN
9 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix AZ
11 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco CA
12 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA
13 Magnolia, El Cajon CA
15 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
17 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
18 Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, Fort Lauderdale FL
19 Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater FL

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