Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble to release new album “The Red Planet” on April 3rd 2020

Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble The Red Planet cover
Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble will be releasing “The Red Planet” on April 3rd, 2020.

The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to “Wakeman Prog”...

Rick has blown the dust off his favourite analogue keyboards and along with his with the latest keyboards, has used the same formula he devised when making his legendary albums “The Six Wive’s of Henry VIII” and “Criminal Record”.

Upon being asked about the expectations of his Prog Fans, that they are hoping he will have shoved the “Prog Fader” up to 11, he replied, “That could be a problem.... as it’s already at 14!!!”...

The first 1,000 units of vinyl come in 180-gram red double vinyl, signed and numbered, in a special “Pop-Up” album cover. The first 2,000 units of the CD edition signed and numbered, in a special “Pop-Up” CD album cover. These collectors items are sure to sell out quickly, fans are advised to pre-order to avoid disappointment, or worst still buy copies from auction sites.

The album was produced by Rick Wakeman and Erik Jordan.

Pre-order “The Red Planet” here.

This is the first release on the newly formed R&D MultiMedia, which is a transatlantic partnership between music business veteran and long time Wakeman sidekick Rob Ayling and rock journalist and producer Doug Harr.

Be part of Rick’s history by being 1 of the only 150 fans who get to attend this highly exclusive playback event at the National Space Centre, Leicester on Saturday 4th April from 6pm. Get your tickets here.

Hear the album in the amazing surroundings of the planetarium. Enjoy a finger buffet and as you get the opportunity to ask Rick and the team any questions about this amazing project. Then mingle with the movers and shakers behind this project and fans alike.

Don’t forget to collect your exclusive event goodie bag and signed CD/DVD.

Please note due to the size of the venue, this event is limited to only 150 tickets (inc. 6 wheel places, please advise when booking).

Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun- Guitars
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Ash Soan - Drums