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Rick Wakeman announces his Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour

Rick Wakeman
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Rick Wakeman CBE has announced his UK Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour dates for November and December, which you can see below.

The tour sees Wakeman visit some cities of the UK that he hasn’t visited for several years, and will feature music taken from Wakeman's work as keyboard player in legendary prog rock band Yes through to his solo career and session work, plus covers given an unexpected twist and festive tunes uniquely rearranged Wakeman style, performed on grand piano and electric keyboards. And of course all punctuated with that unique Wakeman sense of humour.

“I love Christmas,” says Rick. “It’s just as well, as this will be my 74th Christmas. I will admit that I don’t remember 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952 very well, but after that, little bits of memory start to trickle back. I’m hoping this will be my best Christmas ever, but if not – well, there’s always next year!”

Rick Wakeman Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour dates:
Nov 24: Croydon Ashcroft Theatre
Nov 27: Dartford Orchard Theatre
Nov 29: Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Nov 30: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Dec 2: Poole Lighthouse
Dec 3: Bath Forum
Dec 4: Barnstaple Queen’s Theatre
Dec 5: Swansea Grand Theatre
Dec 6: Cheltenham Town Hall
Dec 8: Birmingham Town Hall
Dec 10: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Dec 11: Stoke Victoria Hall
Dec 13: York Barbican
Dec 14: Blackburn King George’s Hall
Dec 16: Buxton Opera House
Dec 17: Ipswich Corn Exchange
Dec 21: Worthing Assembly Hall

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Rick Wakeman

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.