Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman


Author Profession: British Musician
Born: May 18, 1949
Age: 67 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus


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There's a fine line between angry and grumpy. Angry isn't nice, but grumpy is funny.

I had just left Yes and had done a concert at Crystal Palace, South London, with a choir and orchestra playing my solo album 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' when I had my heart attack. That day, I hadn't been to bed for four days. I don't remember much. I felt very numb during the day and airy, which is the best way to describe it.

I've got an overactive brain. I enjoy work, I enjoy life, and I'm not good at relaxing. I've also never slept very much due to this overactive imagination and my brain constantly thinking.

My faith is very private to me. It plays an important part in my life, but I do not try and throw my beliefs at others. I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other.

I always say that it's about breaking the rules. But the secret of breaking rules in a way that works is understanding what the rules are in the first place.

I like Toronto a lot, it's a good city. The only thing that really annoys me about Toronto is that you're turning Maple Leaf Gardens into a grocery store, which is absolutely nothing short of disgusting.

The studio is not the place to write. You need to be 75% ready when you go into the studio, and then the music can develop to the next stage.

There must be something wrong with the mirrors in our house because every single one I gaze into makes me appear somewhat overweight.

When I die, I'll probably climb out of the coffin and play the organ at my own funeral!

I am a very extreme sort of character, as I don't do things by halves.

Since the 1980s, I've been known more for my TV work, I used to host 'Live at Jongleurs' and of course 'Grumpy Old Men,' and so it's really all come from there. It's been a funny career really, there are people that know me now as a TV person, a comedian, an interviewer - I've had people genuinely gobsmacked to find out I am a musician.

Actually, I only left twice. I left then, and then rejoined literally two years later for Going For The One.

My life revolves around music and always will. I need to be a part of music and not an observer.

People like Frank Zappa were amazing for us Brits.

Sparks is a sporting charity that puts on golf tournaments for sick children, and my animal charities include Oldham Cats and Feline Care, a big cat charity close to me in Norfolk. I'm also a Freemason and the money they raise for charity is phenomenal.

I cut out bread, I don't eat after 6 P.M., and I go on walks, and it's had a great effect.

I was born in 1949 - which seems like a long time ago... Actually, it is a long time ago, when I think about it.

I'm always writing or playing because that is my life.

'Tales From Topographic Oceans' is like a woman's padded bra. The cover looks good, but when you peel off the padding, there's not a lot there.

As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie - a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

I can be a nice person, but if someone is messing with someone I care about, the tougher side comes out a little more. Daniella Alonso

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