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Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Picture Show DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Those looking for a smoking live concert video of Rick Wakeman probably should turn their attention elsewhere. This is in many ways so much more. Rick Wakeman delivers a one man show that is just as much about telling his life story as it is about the music.

After a humorous introduction Wakeman makes his way reluctantly (that is a humorous skit in itself) to the stage. He then begins to tell about what we are about to see and goes into the story of his life. As he performs the musical pieces solo it they actually have musical accompaniment. This is achieved through pre-recorded performances of fellow musicians that are not only heard but seen on the screen. These allow Wakeman to bring his musical performance live while being the only real person on stage.

I have to say that this is the most unique approach I’ve ever seen for a live concert. It’s also incredibly cool. It allows a much deeper connection between the performer and the audience. It seems to bring you into Rick Wakeman’s life – at least a little bit. And you get some great music along with it. That’s a win-win in my book.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 4 at

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