As many UK fans will know, Rick has had a pretty successful "other career" as a raconteur/stand up comedian both on television and in theatres with his one man show which was a mixture of music and pretty hilarious accounts of his life both on and off the road.
The one man show has up until now, never been performed outside of the UK, quite simply because Rick did not believe it would "travel", and then a very strange thing happened.
Whilst doing some promotion back in March of this year in America he performed a one hour special for XM radio based on the one man show formula that had been so successful in the UK. He also followed this up with a one off two hour performance in Annapolis, just outside of Washington. To Rick's genuine astonishment the reception for this very "British" evening was fantastic and immediately he was asked by promoters and agents to consider doing some more selected shows in America. Rick agreed on the condition that it was all arranged through the same agent as the one used by YES so that there could be no confusion over free time and dates and also should something appear for YES, then solo stuff could easily be moved around. All this was agreed and achieved very easily.
The outcome is that from mid October 2003, Rick toured the USA with his one man show which was titled, THE OTHER SIDE OF RICK WAKEMAN.
He took with him just two or three keyboards and a grand piano and of course a microphone, (let Rick loose with a microphone and one reviewer wrote that it becomes a comic lethal weapon)! The show was in two halves and in total just over two hours long. He played music spanning 35 years of his life and as he was on his own, the arrangements were both different and intimate in nature. A DVD of the show was been released in America to coincide with the tour entitled The Legend 2000.
There is no doubt that for all those who know him in America this was a completely different "Rick Wakeman", and so to all you Americans who braved one of the evenings, you either came away having had a great night or came away thinking that Rick needed to be mentally certified ....but most likely ...... both! But read the reviews for yourself!
|Friday, October 17, 2003||Tampa Bay PAC, Tampa, FL|
|Saturday, October 18, 2003||Carefree Theatre, W. Palm Beach, FL|
|Sunday, October 19, 2003||Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL|
|Wednesday, October 22, 2003||Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA|
|Thursday, October 23, 2003||Spirit Square Arts Center, Charlotte, NC|
|Friday, October 24, 2003||Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD|
|Saturday, October 25, 2003||Trump Marina Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ|
|Sunday, October 26, 2003||Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY|
|Tuesday, October 28, 2003||Whitaker Center , Harrisburg, PA|
|Wednesday, October 29, 2003||The Electric Factory, Philadelphia , PA|
|Thursday, October 30, 2003||Somerville Theater, Boston, MA|
|Friday, October 31, 2003||Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY|
|Saturday, November 1, 2003||Rosebud, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Sunday, November 2, 2003||20th Century Theatre, Cincinnati, OH|
|Tuesday, November 4, 2003||Odeon, Cleveland, OH|