Sunday, 24 April 2011
Rick Wakeman - Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead
The format was simple. The stage was set with a piano and a microphone. Rick introduced each piece with an amusing anecdote before sitting at the piano. Lots of the stories are well known, but he does love telling them. In fact he seemed to be really enjoying himself up there.
His piano playing is quite something to watch. Luckily from where I was sat he didn't have his back completely to us and I found myself quite mesmerised by his technique.
Highlight were A Glimpse of Heaven, You And I/Wonderous Stories, Morning Has Broken, Dance of A Thousand Lights (karaoke version - he played over a recording of the orchestral bits.) and Catherine Howard which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite pieces of his music.
There was even audience participation. We all got to be birds on The Birdman of Alcatraz.
It was a fun evening all round, and really do hope the opportunity arises that I can go and see him again.