Keyboardist Rick Wakeman
has shared an inspiring lesson he learned from a young fan ten years ago, which he will never forget.
It was in the early 2000s that he met a young man carrying his 1973 album "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
"I came out of the hotel in Buenos Aires and this 16-year-old boy asked me to sign his copy. As I was signing it I asked him, 'What does a 16-year-old like about this old music?'
"He looked at me, quite hurt, and said, 'It might be old to you, Mr Wakeman, but I only heard it for the first time last week. When you hear something for the first time, it's new.' I've never forgotten that
During the same interview with Music Radar
, Rick talked about the recent resurgence in prog popularity.
"If you listen to the music from the '60s that prog followed on from, the songs then were very formatted. To a large extent it was 'intro-verse-verse-chorus-verse-solo-chorus-fade-out'. All prog did was to say, 'we're not going to do that... we're going to break the rules and if we feel like doing something, then we're going to do it.
"What's happened over the years is that there's now a little bit of prog in almost everything. So it's had an influence
Rick recently release an all-new extended edition of his 1974 album "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
", which is available exclusively in a special edition of ClassicRockMagazine
Do you agree that prog has made a comeback? Which are your favorite new prog acts? Let us know in the comments.