Rick Wakeman, the keyboardist and songwriter behind the progressive rock band ‘Yes’ recently toured with his album “Piano Portraits”. I drove up to the The Stables in Milton Keynes where he had his last performance of the tour. The venue was not quite as atmospheric as its name would suggest, but it’s a popular venue with a charitable background.
I had been given a limited amount of time to shoot Rick but it was such a laid back shoot that I’m not sure how much time I spent on the shoot. I had the feeling that the time restriction was more to make sure that if Rick was ‘bored of that f’n photographer’, then they had a getaway excuse. Rick was hugely inquisitive and interesting and with an abundance of stories. Not a dull moment and hard to find time to actually shoot as I was keen to hear more, ask more and tell more.
At the end of the shoot he offered us all a piece of cake donated to him from a local baker who had attended his show. The cake had on it the artwork of some of Rick’s most notable albums, obviously made by a fan.
It is musicians like Rick, who are all inclusive, appreciate all people around him and whom has produced quality music for such a long time, that can carry off the celebrity status with a visible childlike quality. Rick is the type of man that is open to people and his surroundings, listens with interest and therefor will always have a lot of stories to tell, and will always have a captive audience. If you had to be snowed in somewhere, in a cabin perhaps with plenty drinks and some good grub, then Rick is the man you want there with you. Oh – and make sure that cabin has a piano just to make the evening perfect!