Written by RogorMortis
Monday, 04 November 2013
Rick Wakeman Extends Journey Tour
Going on a long Journey: Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman has doubled his run of 2014 shows in which he’ll bring his classic album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth back to life.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of its release, and also the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s iconic novel.
The shows will feature Wakeman telling the story of the album in his own words, based on his Edinburgh Festival show from earlier this year. Then he’ll be joined by the New World Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble. They’ll deliver a revamped version of the score, which includes music originally left out due to the restrictions of vinyl album capacity. The stage will be decorated with new sets designed by long-term collaborator Roger Dean.
Wakeman says: “This is the start of a new Journey. The original score for the album had been lost for so many years, making any new performances impossible. But after it turned up without warning, we managed to restore it and add previously missing music.
“It’s taken another half-decade to develop it into this tour, but I can’t wait to take Verne’s magnificent story on tour again.”
The 2012 recording of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth was released as a Classic Rock Fanpack. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 9am tomorrow (November 1) via KiliLive.com.
Apr 24: Newcastle City Hall
Apr 25: Manchester Apollo
Apr 26: Plymouth Pavilions
Apr 28: London Royal Albert Hall
Apr 29: Birmingham NIA
Apr 30: London Royal Albert Hall
May 01: Grimsby Auditorium
May 02: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
May 03: Bournemouth International Centre
May 04: Cardiff Arena
May 06: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
May 08: Sheffield City Hall
May 09: Liverpool Philharmonic
May 10: Llandudno Venue Cymru