Saturday, February 07, 2009

Yes to Henry!

Way back in time - that's 1972 - Rick Wakeman recorded the album The Six Wives Of Henry The VIII. A prog classic released 1973.
37 years ago Rick Wakeman also tried to perform the music from the album at Hampton Court, residency of Henry VIII. But to no avail. He didn't get the neccesary permissions.

That is; until now. It's 500 years since Henry VIII became king, and May 1 the full album will be performed at Hampton Court. According to an article in Times Online it will be a "mock-rock Tudor experience with Wakeman clad in a cape and surrounded by his customary rack of 20 keyboards. There will be a choir, a full orchestra, a company of ballet dancers and several other “surprises”.

Enough to bring newly retired drummer Bill Bruford, who played on the original album, out of retirement?

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