I took my dad to see Rick Wakeman at the Waterside - and it was excellent!

My dad is a huge fan of Rick Wakeman - in fact he always says that his dream dinner party guest would be the prog rock raconteur.

Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 12:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 10:27 am
Rick Wakeman

So when the opportunity came up to see the great man for ourselves at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre it was a chance that we definitely couldn’t miss.

My dad lives in the north of England - so we always try and make any visit he makes down south extra special - I think it’s safe to say that this one is going to be hard to top.

Our seats were on the front row! Which did make me worry a little that Mr Wakeman would be looking us right in the eye as he delivered his witty lines and performed his piano odysseys.

But I needn’t have worried, when the lights went down it became clear that the intimate-feeling event was very relaxed, and the whole thing felt like chatting to a kind house visitor - albeit one who can play the piano incredibly well!

I won’t ruin the show by saying what Rick said, but he comes on and tells stories about the songs before delivering simply amazing performances. I’m not a prog rock fan, but I was blown away by stunning renditions of Merlin The Magician, numerous pieces by Lennon and McCartney and his finale - nursery rhymes in the style of great composers, which was mind-bogglingly brilliant.

Prog lover or not, if you get the opportunity to see Rick Wakeman go for it, he’s a national treasure, and he’ll make you laugh too.

And finally, dad joke alert: My dad said he was worried that our front row seats would give him a crick (Wakeman) in his neck - but they didn’t and he thought it was amazing! Happy days!

To find out more about Rick Wakeman - and his upcoming tour dates go to https://www.rwcc.com/