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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Prepares to Wrap Up His US Touring Career After Upcoming North and South American Jaunt

The onetime Yes member takes his tour from Ridgefield, Connecticut down to Curitiba, Brazil.

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Rick Wakeman, during one of his live dates in 2023

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Having begun his career in 1969 as a session musician and continued it into five stints as a member of Yes as well as a solo artist with four top-10 albums in the UK, keyboardist Rick Wakeman has announced that he plans to wrap up his career as a touring artist in the U.S. after his upcoming dates throughout North and South America.

Wakeman will be trekking his way across the UK throughout February, starting on Feb. 15 in Glasgow and concluding in Bristol on Feb. 28, after which he crosses the pond, where he starts in Ridgefield, Connecticut on March 19, finishes up in Albany, New York, on March 29, and then spends April 3-15 making his way from Mexico City down to Curitiba, Brazil.

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Rick Wakeman during a 2017 performance with Yes

"I always planned to stop touring by my 77th birthday – for those of you who wish to send me a card, it's 18th May! – but there is so much to fit in before then that I'm having to make plans now and so my final one-man shows will have to cease by that date,” wrote Wakeman in an official statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed performing the various one-man shows, but it's time to call it a day. I intend to throw in the best of what I have done in the past, plus a few new surprises on the way, and possibly even the odd guest joining me on the odd occasion. The plan is not to perform at the same venue twice throughout this period, so whatever venue you are hopefully thinking of coming to, it will be the last performance there – and I am taking this opportunity of thanking everyone and anyone who has supported me over the last 53 years!"

In the statement, Wakeman also revealed that he will be premiering a brand new piece of music, "Yessonata", a 30 minute instrumental work featuring YES themes and melodies, woven into sonata form.

It's also perhaps worth mentioning that the phrasing of the announcement says that Wakeman is "calling a halt to lengthy American one-man show tours, in order to concentrate on composing, recording and collaborating with other musicians." As such, it seems quite reasonable to interpret that his days of touring the UK are perhaps not nearly as done as his days of touring the US.

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UK Dates

Feb. 15 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Feb. 17 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Feb. 18 – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Feb. 20 – Brighton Dome, Brighton

Feb. 23 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Feb. 24 – Barbican Centre, York

Feb. 25 – Glasshouse, Gateshead

Feb. 27 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Feb. 28 – Bristol Beacon, Bristol

North and South American Dates:

Mar. 19 – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

Mar. 20 – Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ

Mar. 22 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Mar. 23 – Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ

Mar. 24 – Tupelo Music Hall, Derry, NH

Mar. 26 – The Vogel – Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank, NJ

Mar. 27 – Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

Mar. 28 – Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

Mar. 29 – The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, NY

Apr. 3 – Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico

Apr. 6 – Teatro Teleton, Santiago, Chile

Apr. 9 – Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Apr. 11 – Salao de Atos da PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Apr. 12 – Tokio Marine Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Apr. 14 – Centro de Convencoes Ulysses Guimaraes, Brasilia, Brazil

Apr. 15 – Opera de Arame, Curitiba, Brazil

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