Rick Wakeman

MARK NICHOLLS Hail the return of the rock wizard. Wakeman emerged, surrounded by banks of keyboards, adorned in sequinned cape and supported by the New English Rock Ensemble.

MARK NICHOLLS

Hail the return of the rock wizard. Wakeman emerged, surrounded by banks of keyboards, adorned in sequinned cape and supported by the New English Rock Ensemble. And there was a sell-out crowd on Friday night at King's Lynn Corn Exchange to see it.

We heard the classic pieces from Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Myths and legends of King Arthur, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and No Earthly Connection, all abridged and adapted for this style of show but original and magnificent in delivery.

Wakeman was on top form but it was the vocal of Ashley Holt, the voice of the original pieces from the 1970s, that made this show special.

Two pieces from the new album Out There, in itself a return to the concept album style that Wakeman perfected, were also included and a finale of the Yes classic Starship Trooper.

There were stunning visuals as well, supporting the new pieces but also a "keyboard cam" that illustrated Wakeman's versatility and brilliance.

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A monumental performance.

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