Rick Wakeman has two reasons to celebrate. First, his outstanding career in music has just been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in her recent annual Birthday Honours.
And secondly, after 18 months of lockdown in the UK, he is finally able to announce the long-delayed follow-up to 2019’s sell-out The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour with – The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour..
Having made his name creating prog rock extravaganzas, in his solo shows Wakeman returns to his roots with a programme packed with virtuosic piano performances and hilarious anecdotes, inspired by his 50-plus-year career. 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.
The 24-city tour will kick-off on Thursday, October 14th in Derry, NH at the Tupelo Music Hall and continue through November. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, June 25th, 10am local time. Check Rick Wakeman’s website www.RWCC.com or the theatre’s sites for specific on-sale information.
The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour – North America 2021
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