Adam Wakeman

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Adam Wakeman
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Adam Wakeman on Ozzy Osbourne's Black Rain world tour 2008
Background information
Born (1974-03-11) 11 March 1974 (age 44)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Genres Rock, pop, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Keyboard, guitar
Associated acts Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Headspace, Strawbs, Snakecharmer

Adam Wakeman (born 11 March 1974) is an English musician and the current keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne's band; he also played keyboards and guitar off-stage for Black Sabbath. [1] Other musicians Wakeman has been involved with include Annie Lennox, Travis, the Company of Snakes, Strawbs, Will Young, Victoria Beckham, and Atomic Kitten. Adam has often collaborated with his father, Rick Wakeman, and has released albums with him. In 2006 he created his own band, Headspace.

Keyboardist musician who plays keyboard instruments

A keyboardist or keyboard player is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists or organists. Since the mid-1960s, a plethora of new musical instruments with keyboards have come into common usage, requiring a more general term for a person who plays them. These keyboards include:

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

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Biography

Wakeman was born into a musical family as the younger brother of Oliver Wakeman and the son of long-term Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. He started playing classical piano at the age of eight. He also cited Mark Kelly of Marillion as an influence, with the solo from "Incommunicado" one of the first he learned to play as a child. [2] By the age of seventeen he had obtained grade eight from the ABRSM and had recorded the first album with his father. [3] Father and son toured extensively, the two of them sitting at grand pianos to full scale rock performances with orchestra and choir. At the age of 24, Adam won the Keyboard Magazine Best New Talent award and promptly started a session career of his own in London. [3]

Oliver Wakeman British musician

Oliver Wakeman is an English musician, rock keyboardist and composer, best known as a former member of Yes, having filled the role of keyboards previously held by his father, Rick Wakeman.

Yes (band) English rock band

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood, with no remaining founding members. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

Rick Wakeman English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author

Richard Christopher Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. He is a current member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

In the mid-1990s, Wakeman formed Jeronimo Road with Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith. An album, Live at the Orange, was released after the band broke up on the Explore Multimedia label.

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In 2000 and 2001 he toured with his father's old band the Strawbs.

Adam released four solo albums, "Soliloquy", "100 Years Overtime", "Real World Trilogy" and "Neurasthenia".

In 2006, he put together the progressive rock band Headspace, with vocalist Damian Wilson, guitarist Pete Rinaldi, bass player Lee Pomeroy and drummer Richard Brook. Their EP entitled I am... was released in 2007 to coincide with support shows at Wembley Arena, Birmingham's NIA and Dublin's The Point with Ozzy Osbourne. They released their debut concept album I Am Anonymous worldwide on 22 May 2012 on the Inside Out / Century Media record label to critical acclaim.

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening, not dancing.

Damian Wilson British singer

Damian Wilson is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Headspace and (formerly) Threshold. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Landmarq, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album.

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He recorded six original albums with his father as Wakeman with Wakeman, and three live albums. He also participated in Wakeman's tours from 1992, and he appeared in the Border TV's 1996 broadcast and VHS presentation of 'The New Gospels' from the Isle of Mann, [4] the DVD from the Gran Rex, Argentina as well as 2009's Six Wives of Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. The 2010 release, Scream , from Ozzy Osbourne featured five songs co-written by Adam Wakeman, although an error in the liner notes means the track "I Want It More" was wrongly credited to only Osbourne and Kevin Churko. [5]

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Argentina federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially named the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

<i>The Six Wives of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace</i> 2009 live album by Rick Wakeman

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace is a live album from English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman, released through Eagle Records on 5 October 2009. The album is a live recording of the second of two sold-out concerts on 2 May 2009 at Hampton Court Palace in London. It documents the first live performances of Wakeman's 1973 instrumental concept album The Six Wives of Henry VIII in its entirety, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. Wakeman performs with his band, The English Rock Ensemble, the Orchestra Europa and the English Chamber Choir.

With over 200 pieces of music composed for several production music libraries, Adam started www.theperfectmusiclibrary in 2010 representing and creating music for Film, TV and Media. As director of the company, he has placed music across most major TV networks including the BBC, ITV and Sky.

On 2 July 2011, Adam started his own radio show on TotalRock radio in London along with fellow members of Headspace, where he (once a month, every first Saturday) playing "the best rock, metal and prog over the last 30 years". [3]

TotalRock internet radio station

TotalRock is a radio station based in London, England. The station first started in 1997 as Rock Radio Network (RRN), changing name to TotalRock in 2000. The station broadcasts rock and metal music internationally across the internet.

Also in 2011, Adam joined with original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), and Chris Ousey (Heartland) to form the band Snakecharmer.

In November 2012 Adam rejoined the Strawbs on tour and again in 2015.

Discography

Solo

As Rick & Adam Wakeman

As Wakeman with Wakeman

As Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman

Collaborations

See also

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References

  1. Black Sabbath personnel Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine .
  2. "Adam Wakeman". korg.com.
  3. 1 2 3 Metal-Trails.com (9 Oct 2012). "OZZY OSBOURNE's Keyboardist ADAM WAKEMAN To Launch Radio Show". Blabbermouth . Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. Insert of the VHS
  5. Adam Wakeman website