2009 News


18th January

The encore, "Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth?", from the Strawbs live set at Hugh's Room in Toronto, March 10, 2009 has been uploaded to YouTube

We thought some of the visitors to the site might like to take a look!


17th January

The recording 'Even In The Breeze' composed and performed by Oliver Wakeman is now available to view on YouTube

The whole album, Enlightenment & Inspiration, is now available to download at iTunes


16th August

Yes - on tour - European tour starts in October

Following on from Yes's successful summer tour with Asia, the band will be bring their show to Europe this Autumn (or 'Fall' depending on which country you are reading this in!).

We look forward to seeing many of you there! For the tour dates please visit the Yesworld website.


14th August

Strawbs 40th Anniversary concert announced

Details of the 40th anniversary concerts which will include Oliver performing with the Electric Strawbs can be found by visiting the '40 Years On....' page on the Strawbs website.


18th April

Yes Summer Tour with Asia

Steve, Chris and Alan will once again be joined by Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman - and Steve will be doing double duty performing with Asia, special guests on the tour.

The itinerary can be found on the concerts page now. Click here to read the Press Release.


20th March

Strawbs - new album recording with Oliver on Keyboards announced

News just in - the current Strawbs line-up - with Oliver Wakeman - will be recording a new album for release to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations. The title is expected to be Dancing To The Devil's Beat.

News courtesy of the Strawbs website


19th March

Strawbs reviews

There have been a multitude of very complimentary reviews about the Canadian tour with Oliver on keyboards.

Please visit the Strawbs reviews page to read them. Also available from the Strawbs website tour page are various tour photographs.

We have also added a few to this websites photo album and can been seen by clicking on the Photo Album No.3 link from the drop down menu above.

There has also been this article from the All about Jazz website.


19th February

In the Present tour - Update

In the Present Tour Cancelled

The 'In The Present Tour', featuring Yes' Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White, is cancelling the remaining scheduled shows.

Chris underwent surgery on his leg on February 11, 2009. The operation was successful and Chris is on his way to a full recovery. However, Chris has been advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.

As previously stated, Chris and the rest of the band wishes to apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused to their fans and hopes to see them again soon.


12th February

In the Present tour - Update

Due to unforeseen medical reasons, the 'In The Present Tour,' featuring Yes' Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White is cancelling shows through February 24 (San Diego).

The band wishes to apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused to their fans and hopes to see them again soon.


9th February

In the Present tour - Houston Date Postponed

Tonight's performance has been postponed due to a medical emergency. A rescheduled date will be announced soon. More details forthcoming.


27th January

Oliver Wakeman news update - In the Present Tour, Strawbs and The Oliver Wakeman Band

Well I am about a week away from flying out for the next leg of the 'In the Present' tour with Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White and Benoit David. The 1st leg of the tour ended really well for us last year and I must say that I really enjoyed the whole tour. It is a real honour to perform these great songs with such wonderful musicians. It was also great to meet so many people who were so positive about what we were doing.

I will always remember the last night of the tour, my friend Al Lewis from Starcastle had come to visit me and we had a great time hanging out and catching up. The show went really well with loads of energy on stage. We all came off stage very happy and Alan, his wife and I stayed up late into the evening chatting about anything. I then went to bed at 3, finally got to sleep at 6 (a very loud night in the hotel for some reason) and woken at 9 by a phone call!

I left with Steve and David (the tour production manager) at 1 the following afternoon and headed to Miami airport for our flight back to the UK. It is quite a shock leaving Miami in 30 degree heat in the middle of the afternoon and arriving back in the UK with -2 degree temperatures first thing in the morning!

I then headed home and arrived at my front door at 8.30am to a very happy wife and excited son (who was asking for his presents)! Jet lag finally overcame me in mid afternoon but it was definitely a good day.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming dates which start on the 5th March in Mexico City and finish in Friant on the 3rd March. It will be very exciting to visit more countries and states over the month.

Following the last show on the 3rd March I then fly on the 4th March to Canada to join the Strawbs for an short tour of Canada. This is something I was approached by Dave Cousins (singer/guitarist of the strawbs) to do last year and I always maintained that I would love to do the Strawbs shows providing it didn't conflict with the plans of Steve, Alan and Chris.

The guys have all been very encouraging about me performing with the Strawbs and I am looking forward to playing with them again in the UK in May and Italy in early June. Hopefully this will be followed by more dates with Steve, Alan and Chris, more news on this when things have been finalised. All the current tour dates can be seen on the oliverwakeman.co.uk website under the concerts section.

My own band have been rather quiet during this period of activity but rest assured there is a new studio album being planned. It has all been written, I'm just trying to organise the recording schedule and company to release it.

In the meantime February (UK & Europe) and March (US) sees the release of a live CD album 'Coming to Town - Live in Katowice' by 'The Oliver Wakeman Band'. This audio album was only previously available as part of the dual pack DVD release of last year. It was recorded in Poland in October 2007 and was a very enjoyable evening.

May I just take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for 2009 and I look forward to seeing some of you at the upcoming shows.

Oliver Wakeman
January 2009


13th January

We are delighted to announce that Oliver was awarded the 'Keyboard Player of the Year 2008' award at the Aannual Classic Rock Societies award night on Saturday.

Oliver was extremely pleased to have received this award and it's the third time Oliver has won. The previous years being 2006 and 2007. The award now has pride of place on the Piano in the lounge!

Oliver would like to thank all those who voted for him and he really enjoyed chatting and meeting so many people during the evening.

Whilst at the awards night, Oliver also recorded an interview for the radio station ARFM. Hopefully we'll be able to let you know when this interview is due to be broadcast.

To see photos from the awards night please see the photo albums pages

The tour dates will be available soon.


12th January

The Strawbs are delighted to announce that Oliver Wakeman, currently the keyboard player with Yes, will be taking over keyboard duties for the Strawbs for their upcoming Canadian tour as well as the dates in the UK and Italy in the summer.

With eight albums released, his band has recently released a live DVD, 'Coming to Town' and Oliver himself has just finished the first leg of the 'In the Present' tour with Yes and will rejoin them in February. He was voted Best Keyboard Player by the Classic Rock Society for the last two years.

On Monday next Chas and Dave Cousins will meet with Oliver to run through the songs for the tour. Further rehearsals will take place in the next couple of weeks...

The latest tour dates have been announced - please visit the Concerts page to see the tour dates for the next leg.


9th January

'In the Present Tour' : Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Oliver Wakeman and Benoit David continue the 'In The Present' tour starting on the 5th February in Mexico City. Click here to read the entire OFFICIAL press release.

The latest tour dates have been announced - please visit the Concerts page to see the tour dates for the next leg.


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