Keyboard player/composer/raconteur Rick Wakeman CBE’s Grumpy Christmas tours are now as traditional in the festive season as mince pies and pantomime (“oh yes, they are…”) and 2022 is no exception.
Audiences can expect music taken across the breadth of Rick’s career, from his work as keyboard player in legendary prog rock band YES to his solo career and session work, plus covers given an unexpected twist and festive tunes uniquely rearranged Wakeman style, performed on grand piano and electric keyboards. All of this musical virtuosity will, of course, be punctuated by Rick’s typically ridiculous stories, which, as he himself states, always contain an element of truth – it’s up to the audience to decide how much!
This year, Rick’s Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour will be taking him to some cities of the UK that he hasn’t visited for several years, kicking off in Croydon on 24 November before visiting Dartford, Newcastle, Liverpool, Poole, Bath, Barnstaple, Swansea, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Stoke-on-Trent, York, Blackburn, Buxton and Ipswich before concluding in Worthing on 21 December.
“I love Christmas,” says Rick. “It’s just as well, as this will be my 74th Christmas. I will admit that I don’t remember 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952 very well, but after that, little bits of memory start to trickle back. I’m hoping this will be my best Christmas ever, but if not – well, there’s always next year!”
RICK WAKEMAN’S GRUMPY CHRISTMAS STOCKING TOUR 2022
29 Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
30 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
2 Poole Lighthouse
3 Bath Forum
4 Barnstaple Queen’s Theatre
5 Swansea Grand Theatre
6 Cheltenham Town Hall
8 Birmingham Town Hall
10 Cambridge Corn Exchange
11 Stoke Victoria Hall
13 York Barbican
14 Blackburn King George’s Hall
16 Buxton Opera House
17 Ipswich Corn Exchange
21 Worthing Assembly Hall
Tickets and VIP packages for Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Christmas are available at: https://myticket.co.uk/
Ahead of the tour, TotalNtertainment chatted with Rick about the annual festive shows, his favourite Christmas movies and what his plans are for 2023. Listen to the interview here: