Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman

I am very interested in music and have a wide range of tastes from classical to electronic. I particularly enjoy pop and rock music from the 50's to the present day, though my main interests are in electronic music, 80's synth pop and 70's Glam Rock. In my teens I played keyboards in a couple of bands and looked a little like Rick Wakeman!

Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman, a more recent photo

I have been a long time fan of Rick Wakeman since seeing him on the Old Grey Whistle Test in the 70's playing The SIx Wives of Henry VIII, and have been to see him many times since including Journey to the Centre of the Earth at the seventh Crystal Palace Garden Party, King Arthur on Ice at Wembley, The Six Wives of Henry the VII at Hampton Court in 2009, plus several other smaller concerts. I finally got to speak to him at a very small and intimate concert in Hinkley in 2011 organised by Hinkley ACT

The Pet Shop Boys
The Pet Shop Boys

I also love live music and have been to see many bands since my teens including: Pet Shop Boys, The Rolling Stones, Human League, Alison Moyet, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Meatloaf, The Pogues, Madness, Guns n Roses, Kiss, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Santana. I also enjoy seeing tribute bands such as Off The Wall (Pink Floyd), Barry Steele as Roy Orbison, Bjorn Again (Abba), The Complete Beatles.

The Sweet
The Sweet

Back in my teens I went to see bands such as The Sweet, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Status Quo, Procol Harum, Leo Sayer, and Hawkwind.

Ive also seen some avent garde and alternative musicians such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and the unique Thunderclap Newman.

In June 20th 1974 I went to one of the free concerts in Hyde Park which included artists such as John Cale, Gong, Reggae Guitars, Nico, Kevin Ayers, Chapman Whitney Street Walkers and Kevin Coyne.

See this web page for photos

 The following is a list of live music events that I have attended since 2013
 Meatloaf, the last tour  LG Arena  2013
 Petshop Boys  Barcelona  June 2013
 Kraftwerk (at long last!)  Barcelona  June 2013
 The Sweet  Warwick Arts Centre  2013
 Slade  Warwick Arts Centre  2013
 Barry Steele as Roy Orbison  Northampton, Derngate 20/3/14 
Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth 40th Anniversary Concert NIA, Birmingham 29/4/14
Jean Micheal Jare  O2, London  2016
Roy Wood, Andy Fairweather Lowe, Rick Wakeman, Adam Wakeman  NIA, Birmingham  Dec 14
Petshop Boys NIA, Birmingham  24/2/17
Human League Leicester 2017
Kraftwerk New Theatre, Oxford 6/6/17
Howard Jones Milton Keynes 29/3/17
Keith Emerson Tribute with Rick Wakeman  Symphony Hall, Birmingham  28/7/17
Alison Moyet Corn Exchange, ambridge 12/11/17