The Other Side of Rick Wakeman (2003)

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!

Date Venue Reviews
Friday, October 17, 2003 Tampa Bay PAC
Tampa, FL
Saturday, October 18, 2003 Carefree Theatre reviews
W. Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, October 19, 2003 Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Variety Playhouse reviews
Atlanta, GA
Thursday, October 23, 2003 Spirit Square Arts Center reviews
Charlotte, NC
Friday, October 24, 2003 Avalon Theatre reviews
Easton, MD
Saturday, October 25, 2003 Trump Marina Hotel reviews
Atlantic City, NJ
Sunday, October 26, 2003 Westbury Music Fair reviews
Westbury, NY
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 Whitaker Center
Harrisburg, PA
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 The Electric Factory reviews
Philadelphia , PA
Thursday, October 30, 2003 Somerville Theater
Boston, MA
Friday, October 31, 2003 Tralf Music Hall
Buffalo, NY
Saturday, November 01, 2003 Rosebud reviews
Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, November 02, 2003 20th Century Theatre reviews
Cincinnati, OH
Tuesday, November 04, 2003 Odeon reviews
Cleveland, OH