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Rick Wakeman: "If I'd started on the drug thing, I would've killed myself"

Rick Wakeman on Thatcher, Castro, never taking drugs, being Grandpa Grumpy and still doing what he loves

Former Yes man, keyboard pyrotechnician and grumpy old progger Rick Wakeman might be 67, but that doesn’t mean he has any plans to slow down. There’s a world tour with his new supergroup ARW (Anderson Rabin Wakeman), his album Piano Portraits featuring renditions of classics by Bowie, The Beatles and more, followed by a solo tour… “I don’t like being bored,” he says. “I can’t sit around. I’m a fidget. I have to be doing something.” What does his doctor have to say about his manic schedule? “Oh, he gives up with me.”


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