Rick Wakeman is at his best in front of an audience, as we're sure many of you know. This page contains details of all forthcoming performances worldwide. We also try where possible to list appearances on TV and radio.
The Not Quite As Grumpy As Last Xmas Tour
During 2020, Rick's Even Grumpier Old Christmas Shows were postponed to this year.
Ticket holders for the postponed 2020 shows can retain their tickets for the 2021 date, or refunds will be available from the point of purchase.
Commenting on the shows Rick said "It's so difficult to imagine how live music is going to be in the future, but I have to believe that there will be sensible and workable answers to enable us all to enjoy concerts, the theatre and other social events. So, with my positive hat on, I'm looking forward to a new 'Even Grumpier Christmas Show' to hopefully play my part in putting smiles back on all our faces and prepare us for a healthier and continually caring 2021."
For further details and for all enquiries, please visit myticket.co.uk - the website cannot answer ticketing questions.
|28th Nov 2021 at 7:30 pm||The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK|
|1st Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK|
|3rd Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK||Tickets|
|4th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, UK||Tickets|
|5th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Dorking Halls, Dorking, UK||Tickets|
|6th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK||Tickets|
|9th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Town Hall, Birmingham, UK||Tickets|
|10th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Cadogan Hall, London, UK||Tickets|
|11th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Central Hall, Southampton, UK||Tickets|
|14th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Palace Theatre, Southend, UK||Tickets|
|15th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK||Tickets|
|16th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||The Sage, Gateshead, UK||Tickets|
|17th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough, UK||Tickets|
|18th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, UK||Tickets|
|20th Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||St George's Hall, Bradford, UK||Tickets|
|21st Dec 2021 at 7:30 pm||Hull City Hall, Hull, UK||Tickets|
The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour USA
A portion of Rick's upcoming The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour of the USA has been moved into early 2022, dates below. Ticket holders should retain their tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.
The dates remaining to be scheduled to next year are:
- Asbury Hall, Buffalo NY
- The Kent Stage, Kent OH
The dates cancelled are:
- Orpheum Theatre, Wichita KA - unfortunately this show cannot be rescheduled. Refunds available at point of purchase
- Copernicus Theatre, Chicago IL - unfortunately this show cannot be rescheduled. Refunds have been issued. A new show at Des Plaines Theatre, IL is now on March 5th 2022
If you purchase a Meet and Greet package, your ticket agency receipt will acknowledge the purchase but you might not receive physical tickets for that part of the event. You will be contacted by email 5-7 days before the event with timings for the day and the meet location, so make sure to check your junk mail folders just in case it gets marked as spam by your email provider. The meets are often many hours before the event start time so make your travel arrangements accordingly.
For all ticketing enquiries or issues, please contact the ticketing platform's customer service - the website cannot answer individual ticketing questions.
Covid precautions (vaccine requirements, negative test results etc.) may be in place at venues on this tour which are, of course, out of the control of Rick and the tour promoter and we strongly advise that you check with the venue directly nearer the date.
|22nd Feb 2022 at 8:00 pm||Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA||Tickets|
|24th Feb 2022 at 7:00 pm||The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA, USA||Tickets|
|25th Feb 2022 at 8:00 pm||The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA||Tickets|
|26th Feb 2022 at 8:00 pm||The Magnolia, El Cajon, CA, USA||Tickets|
|1st Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ, USA||Tickets|
|2nd Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, USA||Tickets|
|4th Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA||Tickets|
|5th Mar 2022 at 7:00 pm||Des Plaines Theatre, Des Plaines, IL, USA||Tickets|
|6th Mar 2022 at 7:30 pm||The Sheldon Concert Hall, St Louis, MO, USA||Tickets|
|8th Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, FL, USA||Tickets|
|9th Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, USA||Tickets|
|11th Mar 2022 at 8:00 pm||Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||Tickets|
Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble UK Tour
Almost twenty years since they last toured the UK with a diverse set, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman CBE is delighted to announce that he is reforming the English Rock Ensemble for British shows in March/April 2022. The group will be performing at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (30 March), O2 Academy Birmingham (31 March), O2 Academy Glasgow (01 April) and O2 City Hall Newcastle (03 April), as well as headlining HRH Prog XII at O2 Academy Sheffield (02 April).
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. Rick 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."
Consequently, in addition to Rick (of course!) on keyboards, the line-up will consist of:
- Dave Colquhoun – guitars and backing vocals
- Tony Fernandez – drums and percussion
- Lee Pomeroy – bass and backing vocals
- Hayley Sanderson – vocals
- Adam Wakeman – keyboard, guitars and backing vocals
While the setlist is still under discussion, it will contain music from 1984, The Six Wives…, Journey…, Return To The Centre Of The Earth, The Time Machine, King Arthur…, Softsword "and at least one YES song will get an airing", Rick promises. "It will be solid prog from start to finish!"
Tickets on sale now.
|30th Mar 2022 at 7:00 pm||O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK||Tickets|
|31st Mar 2022 at 6:00 pm||O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK||Tickets|
|1st Apr 2022 at 6:00 pm||O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK||Tickets|
|3rd Apr 2022 at 6:30 pm||O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, UK||Tickets|
One off Appearances
Rick and the English Rock Ensemble will be appearing on Saturday 2nd April at the rescheduled Prog XI event, which is now sold out.
These are the tours that have been listed on RWCC since 1996. For earlier dates, you can try setlist.fm
- Yet Another Evening with Rick Wakeman (Jan-May)
- YES Featuring ARW (Mar-Jul)
- Piano Portraits (May-Nov)
- YES featuring ARW North America (Aug-Oct)
- Yet Another Evening With Rick Wakeman (Jan/Apr)
- A Very Intimate Evening (Jan/Dec)
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth UK (Apr/May)
- The English Rock Ensemble in South America (Oct/Nov)
- A Very Intimate Evening (Mar-Dec)
- Grumpy Old Picture Show (Apr-May)
- Rick was on tour with YES on the 35th Anniversary Tour (Apr-Sep)
- Rick Wakeman and the NERE Out There (Apr-May)
- Rick was on tour with YES on the Full Circle Tour (Jun-Oct)
- The Other Side of Rick Wakeman (Oct-Nov)
- Rick was on tour with YES on the Full Circle Tour (Jul-Dec)
- Rick Wakeman Back Again (Mar-Apr)
- An Evening with Rick Wakeman (Feb-Apr)
- The English Rock Ensemble in South America (Sep)
- An Evening with Rick Wakeman (Oct-Nov)
- The Half a Century Tour (May-Jun)
- Words and Music Tour 98 (Mar-Apr)
- The New Gospels in California (Mar)
- The Piano Tour (Apr-May)
- The Six Piece at Ronnie Scotts (Jul)
- The It's Nearly Xmas Tour (Oct-Nov)
In addition to the above formal tours, this is a list of one off dates.
Previous Tour Programmes
These tour programmes are presented as PDF files. My thanks go to the contributors of these programmes.
Contributors: Paul Chandler, John Chivers, Martin Cook, Paulo Edson, Graham Johnson, Eddie Lee, Eddie McFadden, Brian Neeson, Craig Smith, Derek Wales
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974)
- Journey at Crystal Palace (1974)
- North American Tour (1974)
- King Arthur at Wembley (1975)
- Journey in Australia (1975)
- Japanese Tour (1975)
- Rick Wakeman Em Concerto in Brazil (1975)
- Rick Wakeman in Concert (1976)
- No Earthly Connection (1976)
- Rick Wakeman in Concert at Sun City (1981)
- Journey in Durban (1981)
- The Daily Error (1981)
- Silent Nights (1985)
- Southbank Pops '87 (1987)
- Rick Wakeman 20 Years (1989)
- Ere We Go Again (1990)
- Classical Connections II (1992)
- Wakeman with Wakeman (1992)
- Rick & Adam Wakeman - Alone at Last (1994)
- Wot's On TV Tonite (1996)
- The Piano Tour (1996-7)
- It's Nearly Christmas Tour (1997)
- The New Gospels (1997)
- An Evening with Rick Wakeman (2000)
- Back Again (2001)
- The Ultimate Experience Live in Gloucester (2013)
- Piano Portraits (2017)
- Piano Odyssey (2018)
- Piano Portraits Live at Lincoln Cathedral (2018)
- The Grumpy Old Christmas Show (2019)
- Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour USA (2019)
- Journey at the Royal Festival Hall (2019)