W.Bro. Rick Wakeman honored by U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II


W.Bro. Rick Wakeman honored by U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II

(by editorial board, blabbermouth.net, June 14, 2021)

 

Progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, which is one rank below a knighthood, as part of the Queen’s birthday honors list for 2021.

The 72-year-old, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017, told the PA News agency upon hearing the news: “It’s a mixture of stunned and genuinely very proud. In a strange way, my first thought was, ‘Gosh, I wish my mum and dad were here to witness this’ but then I realized, of course, that my dad would be 105 and mum would be 103 — so the odds were heavily stacked against that.

“I am quite literally stunned and proud is the only way I can [describe it],” he continued. “Friends who know me and have been in the business know I never expected a thing like this. I can only say thank you very much. I really feel very honoured and proud.

“I have carried on making music but sometimes you are making music and go, ‘Why am I doing this? There is no end in sight as to when we can…

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W.Bro. Rick Wakeman  honored by U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II

 

W.Bro. Rick Wakeman  honored by U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II
 

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