Rick Wakeman @ Birmingham Town Hall, Thursday 9th December 2021

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Telling us he was ‘Not Quite As Grumpy as Last Christmas’, Rick Wakeman was finally able to bring his festive one man show to Birmingham for a mix of music, laughs and anecdotes from across his illustrious career that now stretches back more than five decades. The staging at Town Hall was a simple affair with a lighted Christmas tree flanked on one side by Rick’s grand piano, and on the other by a very modest keyboard set up which would have been dwarfed by the amount of equipment he was surrounded by in his Yes days.

Rick Wakeman

Rick has been performing this type of show for a number of years now and the audience come along knowing very much what to expect.  A selection of music he has been involved with over the years (including songs by Yes, David Bowie and Cat Stevens), with regular between song musings that take on all sorts of subjects….growing old, grandchildren, marriage, Americans, Jon Anderson and much more. All of these are delivered by Rick in a humorous manner although he does reflect on the friendships he enjoyed with both Keith Emerson and Jon Lord before dedicating the poignant ‘Gone but Not Forgotten’ to them both.

Rick Wakeman

The show also included highlights from Rick’s two huge 70’s concept pieces, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Round Table with a dazzling ‘Merlin the Magician’ closing the first half of the show. The occasional festive tune and Rick’s arrangement of a couple of Beatles classics in ‘Help!’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ provided more crowd pleasing moments before the show closed with ‘Silent Night’. Rick Wakeman returns to Birmingham on 31 March 2022 when he will be joined by the English Rock Ensemble for a performance at the O2 Academy. For more information check out www.rwcc.com

Setlist:-

When a Child Is Born
After the Ball
Morning Has Broken
Gone but Not Forgotten
Jane Seymour
And You and I
The Last Battle
Merlin the Magician

The Dance of a Thousand Lights
Sea Horses
Space Oddity
Life on Mars?
Catherine of Aragon
Catherine Howard
Help!
Eleanor Rigby
Silent Night