“I’m very proud indeed,” Wakeman has said of his accolade. “I’ve always believed that these days there is hardly a band or musician anywhere who haven’t used some element of prog in their music.”
“It’s all about freedom of expression, which in my case is often in seven different time signatures! I am genuinely very, very proud to get this award.”
After making a name for himself on the late-Sixties music scene with the likes of Black Sabbath, David Bowie and folk collective Strawbs, Wakeman first joined Yes in 1971 and would play a major part in the group’s increasing shift towards progessive rock and subsequent commercial success before he first left in 1974 to pursue a solo career.
He will receive the prize during a ceremony at Kew Gardens in London on September 5th.Just Published: