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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Flatulent dinosaurs and tales from the centre of the earth

Rick Wakeman will be performing at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Friday, May 9

WHEN released in 1974. Rick Wakeman’s solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth sold 15 million copies and topped the album charts.“Actually,” Rick tells me during a break in rehearsals, “it got to Number One on my 25th birthday.”But that was 40 years ago, and that means….“Yeah, not long after the tour, I’ll be 65.”
The tour in question is a 40th anniversary celebration of the album and it’s to be a full blown performance of the album as Rick will be joined on stage by The New World Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble.
In fact, it’ll be a double celebration as it’s also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the original book by Jules Verne.
The story behind this musical event is a long one, and Rick tells it with his usual humour.
“After we toured the album in 1974, we lost all the music – it just disappeared and in those days it was all hand-written with no computers, so we have never been able to tour it since then.”
He continues: “Then, when I moved to my new house, we started gathering all the boxes that I had in storage all over the place and a cardboard carton arrived from Australia and it got put in the garage with about 70 other boxes.”
Luck took a hand next.
“Well, it was a couple of months later and I went through this box and it was full of music, but strangely enough, none of it was mine, until I got to the very bottom and there was the Conductor’s score for Journey.”

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