The New Gospels in California (1997)

Rick took his powerful oratorio, The New Gospels to Southern California for five major performances during Easter Week 1997.

Joining Rick for this first performance in the United States were the world-class tenor, Ramon Remedios with British Shakespearean actor, Garfield Morgan, and Rick's son, Adam Wakeman.

Date Venue Reviews
Wednesday, March 26, 1997 Calvary Chapel
Downey, CA
Thursday, March 27, 1997 Horizon Christian Fellowship
San Diego, CA
Friday, March 28, 1997 University of Redlands main auditorium
Redlands, CA
Saturday, March 29, 1997 Calvary Chapel
Costa Mesa, CA
Sunday, March 30, 1997 Calvary Chapel
Costa Mesa, CA

Rick Wakeman and Ramon Remedios also took part with Pastor Chuck Smith in the mid-day Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Good Friday service at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, California, and also the Easter Sunday "Sunrise" service at Irvine Meadows.

Each of the concerts was performed as a benefit with all proceeds supporting Rick's favorite charity, ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times). ASSIST, which is based in Garden Grove, California, is run by Rick's long-standing friend, Dan Wooding, who wrote the first-ever press story on Rick more than 25 years ago when he was a reporter on a London, England, newspaper, and later penned his biography, "The Caped Crusader."

One of the Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa concerts was broadcast live across America on the Calvary Satellite Radio Network and also on the INTERNET. The INTERNET event also made history as it was used as a "virtual fund raiser" for ASSIST, the first time this has been done in a live concert.

26th March at Calvary Chapel of Downey, California
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Adam Wakeman
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Remon Ramedios
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Rick Wakeman
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Adam, Ramon, Rick & Choir
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Rick Wakeman
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Richard Hudson
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Garfield Morgan
 
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All photographs kindly supplied by and © Robert Rooks, 1997