Rick Wakeman is known for many things. First and foremost, of course, he’s renowned for his keyboard work for Yes (he joined and left the band no less than five times so far). He’s notorious for his glittery cape and massive bank of keyboards. He’s acknowledged for his prolific nature (he’s released more than 100 albums). And he’s also a celebrated raconteur of the highest order, with television and radio appearances that never fail to entertain.
I’ve interviewed Wakeman a half-dozen times, and all rank among my favorite interviews of all time. He’s a razor-sharp wit, and he’s game to discuss most anything. I’ve also had the honor of writing liner notes for some reissues of his A&M-era album releases. Here’s a quick rundown of our chats.