Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman talks rock 'n' roll, his career, family and more

News 23/02/2019

Yes keyboardist, Rick Wakeman spoke to Pure Grain Audio about rock 'n' roll, his family, his latest solo album 'Piano Odyssey' and more in a new interview.

A lot of young musicians are interested in the history of the industry that they joined.

Wakeman thinks that one of the core elements that keep people coming back to rock 'n' roll is generations.

"I think a lot of it comes down to generations. I've got six kids, and the oldest is 47, most of them play instruments. My son, Oliver, played in Yes for two years [from 2008 to 2011], and Adam's been with Ozzy Osbourne for 17 years now. My daughters play. One of the observations is that it's interesting; you can remember when rock 'n' roll was born, you can put a date on things."

"Now, with generations going on, nobody puts dates on anything anymore. You either like it or don't, and one of the interesting things here, a lot of young musicians are interested in the history of the industry that they joined. They're interested in what's happened before."

"There is an interesting thing about new music because I've always looked at pop music as the first thing. When you're 12-13-14 years old, you are very reliant on your parents. They decide what you're going to wear, they decide what school you go to, they decide what you're going to eat and they pay for everything, and you are stuck. So, once you discover your own music, that's the first thing they can't stop you from doing, and there are wonderful words coming up their stairs, 'Shut that horrible racket off!'"

Listen to the full interview below: