Adam Wakeman (born 11 March 1974) is an English musician and the current keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band; he also plays keyboards and guitar off-stage also a touring member for Black Sabbath. Other musicians Wakeman has been involved with include Annie Lennox, Travis, Company of Snakes, Will Young, Victoria Beckham, Strawbs and Atomic Kitten.The second son of long term Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman (who also played keyboards for Black Sabbath on their 1973 release Sabbath Bloody Sabbath) and the younger brother of Oliver Wakeman, another former Yes member. Adam often collaborated with his father, releasing albums with him. In 2006 he created his own band, Headspace.
Thank you Mr. Wakeman for taking the time to speak with us here at Metalheads Forever Magazine.
Q: What are your plans after this final Sabbath tour?
A: I’ll have a week back at home in the UK before heading out with Damian Wilson (Headspace vocalist) on a 2-3 week acoustic duo tour of the UK during February 2017. We recorded an album call “Weirkeeper’s Tale” which we’ll be playing lots of tunes from. ( youtube.com/watch ) After that, in May 2017 I have a tour with Snakecharmer penciled in and then we’ll see what else crops up!I have recently moved out of my studio so I’m looking to relocate that somewhere as well.
Q: What is your favourite memory from the road with any band or artist you have worked and/or toured with?
A: That’s a difficult one as there’s been a lot of bands and a lot of memories! I gate crashed 2 weddings on the same night in Mexico with one of the crew a few years back. The tour had finished and everyone had flown home except the two of us left at a hotel waiting for our flight the following morning. That was pretty memorable. Going to Korea with Ozzy last year was an amazing experience as I’d never been there before.
Q: Are you planning to move to another country depending on the results of the election?
A: I live in the UK, so I’ll be staying there unless work means I have to move. The only real move would probably come about if the TV and Film scoring took off and I would have to move to LA.
Q: Favourite on the road snack?
A: Difficult one that…probably pistachio nuts.
Q: Favourite song?
A:Varies from hour to hour depending on my mood and circumstances. right now, I would say Black Night by Dr. John. When flying over a city in the plane, then Headspace’s “The Big Day”
Q: Favourite sports team?
A: Don’t really follow Sports but as my 7 year old is a big football fan, I’ll go with Manchester City FC.
Q: Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
A: Both. That’s like asking tea or coffee! (I drink both…)
Thank you for your time and until next time stay Metal.
My pleasure – all the very best www.adamwakeman.co.uk
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