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Rick Wakeman revives concept album Journey To The Centre Of The Ea

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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ROCK maestro, Rick Wakeman, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of his concept album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

This epic stage show comes to Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday, April 26.

Based on the novel by Jules Verne, which will mark its 150th anniversary in 2014, the album is one of the rock era's landmark achievements – a record that sold 15 million copies.

Rick Wakeman and The New World Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by The English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble, will celebrate this anniversary with a state of the art, dramatic, live presentation of this epochal, classical-rock crossover work.

The Journey To The Centre Of The Earth tour has already grown from five to seven dates and now, due to popular demand, embarks on an expanded journey around the UK with 14 shows.

"This is the start of a new Journey," said Rick. "The original score for the album had been lost for so many years, making any new performances impossible but after it turned up without warning, we managed to restore it and add previously missing music that was not included in the original performances.

"It has taken another half decade to develop it into this tour, but I can't wait to take Jules Verne's magnificent story on tour again."

Presented in two parts, the first half will be Rick, alone on stage, telling the story of the original album – from the inspiration to the many trials and tribulations that made the record and world tour almost as challenging as the great adventure the story depicts.

Then, the second half will relive the thrill for the millions who grew up with the original album and the many film and TV adaptations of the novel. Box office: 0845 1461460.

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