Rick Wakeman is to play five headline shows with the English Rock Ensemble in spring 2022. The gigs, which include a set at HRH Prog XII, will also feature material from his most recent ‘rock’ album, The Red Planet.
Wakeman explains, “On the rare occasions I am able to get the English Rock Ensemble together, it’s always very exciting for me, as the setlist determines the line-up. This particular show will include some songs that various female singers have sung with me over the years and because we will be playing some tracks from The Red Planet, there will also be additional musicians in order to do the music justice.”
Joining him on the stage are: Dave Colquhoun (guitars and backing vocals), Tony Fernandez (drums and percussion), Lee Pomeroy (bass and backing vocals), Hayley Sanderson (vocals) and Adam Wakeman (keyboard, guitars and backing vocals).
The English Rock Ensemble was originally founded in 1975 as a solo project by Rick after leaving Yes and has continued to play together intermittently over the years with a fluid line-up. It’s been nearly 20 years since they last toured the UK.
In addition to these special shows, Rick Wakeman is due to play 16 solo dates as part of his The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show. The festive performances begin in Basingstoke on November 28 and wrap up on December 21 in Hull. Tickets are now on sale for all dates via Ticketmaster.
Rick Wakeman And The English Rock Ensemble 2022 Dates
Mar 30: London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Mar 31: Birmingham O2 Academy
Apr 01: Glasgow O2 Academy
Apr 02: Sheffield O2 Academy (as part of HRH Prog XII)
Apr 03: Newcastle O2 City Hall
Rick Wakeman's Not Quite As Grumpy As Last Xmas Tour dates 2022
Nov 28: Basingstoke The Anvil
Dec 01: Leicester De Montfort Hall
Dec 03: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Dec 04: High Wycombe The Swan
Dec 05: Dorking The Halls
Dec 06: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Dec 09: Birmingham Town Hall
Dec 10: London Cadogan Hall
Dec 11: Southampton Central Hall
Dec 14: Southend Palace Theatre
Dec 15: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Dec 16: Gateshead The Sage
Dec 17: Middlesbrough Town Hall
Dec 18: Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Dec 20: Bradford St George’s Hall
Dec 21: Hull City Hall