October 13, 1973
RICK WAKEMAN TO GO SOLO
RICK WAKEMAN is to star in his own show at London's Royal Festival Hall next year. And the concert will be recorded for his next solo album.Green Light for Yes TV
Wakeman will appear with the 100 - piece London Symphony Orchestra performing his own musical adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
It will be Wakeman's first solo concert and there are also plans to film the concert for colour video cassettes.
The show will be presented at the Festival Hall on January 18, by Yes manager Brian Lane - in conjunction with Lou Reizner, who master-minded the all-star version of the Who's " Tommy " - and Barry Dickens of MAM.
There will be two concert performances, each lasting one hour 40 minutes. Wakeman - voted the world's best keyboards player in Melody Maker's 1973 Poll - will play selections from "Six Wives" followed by "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth." It is hoped Richard Harris will be the narrator.
An album, recorded live at the concert, will be rush-released by A&M at the end of January. And if the venue's authorities agree, the show will be filmed for video cassettes, to be used when they become "commercially viable."
On stage Wakeman will play three Moog synthesisers, three Mellotrons, three electric pianos, an acoustic piano, a Hammond organ, an electric harpsichord and two electric devices to mix and control his own sound.
He will also play the Festival Hall organ.
None of the other members of Yes will be taking part, but Wakeman will be working with Barney James (drums), Ashley Holt and Gary Pickford-Hopkins (vocals), Mike Egan (lead guitar), Dave Wintour (bass), Roger Newell (bass) and Frank Riccotti (percussion).
Holt and James are both members of Warhorse, a band Wakeman worked with up until 1969. He has now taken over as their record producer.
THE LIVE outside broadcast of Yes at the Rainbow Theatre, for the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test on November 20, looks like going ahead as planned.
Programme producer Mike Appleton was " fairly confident" that the technical problems over stage lighting wouid be resolved soon. BBC and Yes technicians are working out how television cameras can best handle the group's own light show.
"We can't just go and blast them with white light." said Mr. Appleton. ''We have to fit in with the group's own lighting. lf it does come off it'll be the first time we've done an outside broadcast with stage lighting rather than our own lighting."
It is intended that the unique broadcast will go out from 11:30 pm on November 20, the opening of Yes's five nightly concerts at the Rainbow. The broadcast will take up the second half of that night's "Whistle Test," and could last up to an hour.
Radio Luxembourg are also hoping to broadcast the set, and there is a possibility that French television will take the show over the Eurovision link.