Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Rick Wakeman revives prog-rock masterpiece at NIA

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, the Yes man’s take on the Jules Verne novel that, according to your point of view, represented an inspired crossover triumph or a high-water mark in prog-rock excess.
And to mark the occasion a new production of the piece will hit the arena circuit, kicking off at Birmingham’s NIA on April 29, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Monday.
The keyboard maestro will be accompanied by The Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and the sets have been designed by Roger Dean, the man whose sleeve art became an integral part of Yes’s success.
Wakeman’s original piece is one of the most successful concept albums in history, shifting over 15 million copies, and the revival is timely because it also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Verne’s novel.
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