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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Inside the mind of Rick Wakeman... by bIG bLOGGER on 19 April 2009 3:48pm
Hello! I'm Rick Wakeman,and I'm inviting you for this one-off opportunity to step inside my mind and have a good look around.

As you are aware,in 1975 I produced 'Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table' at The Empire Pool,Wembley,on ice,with dancers,skaters and a 50-piece orchestra. And that was just for starters. The whole giant fantasmagorical production originated inside my mind here,--isn't that just fantastic!!

Well,I've been wondering lately if I can go one better,and I believe I've come up with a crackling idea--see what you think about this..

I've been fantasising about putting on a production in London of 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII'--and where better to hold it than Henry's former home,Hampton Court Palace. No guesses for who'll be taking the plum role of Henry VIII.
This is going to be my biggest spectacular to date,although you can always go one better. I'm planning to book the English Rock Ensemble,as well as The English Chamber Choir and The Orchestra Europa. And it will be performed out in the open air in the evening with these guys playing those medieval instruments such as the dulcimer,the clavichord,harpsichord,lutes,ocarinas and mandolins--it should be bloody amazing!! And who better to narrate and host the performances than Mister-Over-The-Top Himself,Brian Blessed,straight from his ascent of Annapurna,one of the world's highest and toughest mountains.

My mind naturally is full-a-buzzing with all this excitement I'm generating,and I'm just fizzing with a stack of great new ideas,what to mention serenading my six wives before I send them for summary execution. What a gas!!! We must have fireworks as well! ..Can't do it without fireworks... What a historic production,I can just read the glowing reviews even before they are printed.....OooH!!
Re: Inside the mind of Rick Wakeman... by canaveralgumby on 19 April 2009 4:07pm
Pete, is this serious? Where did you get this from?!

Rick Wakeman's instrumental album "Six Wives" is one of my "desert-island discs" as they say. I'd HATE to see him cheese it up like he did with his "King Arthur" album.

-- canaveralYesFan
Re: Inside the mind of Rick Wakeman... by bIG bLOGGER on 20 April 2009 4:05pm
Yes,Cori,--canaveralYesFan--believe it or not,Rick Wakeman has decided to make a full-blown production out of his 1973 'concept album': "The Six Wives..." --which contained 6 tracks of varying length,each track supposedly inspired by each one of Henry's wives,and on which album Rick had instrumental help from 4 of his 'Yes' bandmates--Chris Squire,Bill Bruford,Alan White and Steve Howe.
Obviously you weren't too impressed by the production of "King Arthur...". I don't honestly know whether "The Six Wives..." will be similarly all cheesed up...we'll have to wait and see...

The concerts will be staged on May 1st and May 2nd (The May Bank Holiday in England) at Hampton Court Palace,Hampton Court.

see/link/for more details:--

On the piece posted on this official website,Rick describes the event as a 'mock-rock Tudor experience' (..Hmmm!)
and he has composed 3 more extra pieces for the occasion. Because of the seating capacity,audiences will be limited to 5,000 at each performance,and ticket prices commence at £49.50.

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