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Rick Wakeman, set to bring 'Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour' to Miller Symphony Hall, Q&A's with THE MORNING CALL

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Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is best known in the United States for his half-dozen stints over 30 years in the seminal progressive rock band Yes - appearing on the group's double-platinum 1971 disc "Fragile," with its defining single "Roundabout"; on its highest-charting U.S. album, 1972's "Close to the Edge"; and 1978's platinum "Tormato."

He even was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2017, giving a delightfully irreverent acceptance speech that likely ranks as high in the annals of the hall as Yes does.

But Wakeman has had a far broader career in which he's released more than 100 solo albums and appeared in more than 2,000 studio sessions, including on David Bowie's "Space Oddity" album, and on songs by T. Rex, Elton John, Lou Reed, Cat Stevens and Al Stewart.

He made British chart history in 2017 when his disc "Piano Portraits" became the first solo piano instrumental album to enter the UK's Top 10 on release - a feat he repeated with his most recent disc, last year's "Piano Odyssey." And he's had a long history as a stand-up comedian and television actor, for which he says he's equally known in the United Kingdom.

Wakeman will try to impart some of that broader career when he performs at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. In a recent call from his home studio on the east side of England, 95 miles northeast of London, Wakeman spoke about his show, his career and more.  

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