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Rick Wakeman releases new Red Planet video

Rick Wakeman
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Rick Wakeman has released a brand new video giving fans a taste of his forthcoming new album The Red Planet. The new album sees the keyboard legend return to his progressive rock roots, and will now be released in June. You can watch the video below, which features the track Tharsis Folus.

"It’s been great fun getting back to prog and I think the period away from recording such an album has contributed greatly to making The Red Planet sound extremely fresh," Wakeman tells Prog.

The new album sees Wakeman team up with The English Rock Ensemble/ARW/ELO bassist Lee Pomeroy, Trevor Horn/Producers drummer Ash Soan and guitarist Dave Colquhoun.

The Red Planet will be released on LP and CD, with the first 1000 vinyl units pressed on 180g red double vinyl, which will be signed and numbered and presented in a ‘pop-up’ cover.

The first 2000 CDs will also be autographed and numbered and feature their own ‘pop-up’ cover.

Asked about the expectations of prog fans who are hoping to see the “prog fader turned up to 11,” Wakeman replies: “That could be a problem as it's already at 14!”

Both versions are available to pre-order.

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

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.