Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Secret Picture
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
BRENTFORD, LONDON, UK (ANS) -- It was a rather extraordinary situation for me when, back in 1978, I had just completed Rick Wakeman, the Caped Crusader, the official biography of my old friend, Rick Wakeman, the former keyboardist with YES, and a talented musician who has been named by many critics as the “world’s greatest rock keyboard player.”
At Rick’s request, I had approached Elton John’s publicist to see if Elton would write the foreword. To start with, the request was turned down by the publicist, but then to my great relief, I got a call from her that Elton (now Sir Elton) had agreed to do so.
That day, his hand-written foreword was delivered to my home and we were moving towards publication of the book.
Now came the tricky part. The publisher wanted a picture of Rick, Elton and I, to go on the back cover of the book and a photographer was hired to take some photos sometime during a soccer game between Brentford FC and Watford FC.
Rick was then a big fan of Brentford and Elton was, at the time, chairman of Watford.
So, at the half-time break, when we were all ready for the photos to be taken, someone was sent to divert this man’s attention, and we rushed into a side room, posed for the pictures, and then emerged before he had discovered what we had done.
Wakeman has also produced over 100 solo albums that have sold more than 50 million copies.
At the time of writing, he is in New Zealand, doing three solo concerts there.
By the way, I am still trying to figure out how these two legendary British rock celebrities “lowered” the standards of this humble soccer club that is now in the npower League 1 in England. And following this strange situation, Rick Wakeman not surprisingly switched his support from Brentford to Manchester City, who recently won the English Barclays Premier League title.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the new Caped Crusader book, just go to: www.amazon.com/CAPED-CRUSADER-Rick-Wakeman-1970s/dp/1908728302/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335474883&sr=1-1
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