From Ozzy Os­bourne's world tour to a gig in Kent

He’s the son of key­board wizard Rick Wake­man, and he’s off on a world tour with Ozzy Os­bourne soon – but first, he’s play­ing an in­ti­mate show in Kent. Mu­si­cian Adam Wake­man spoke to An­gela Cole

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Just how well do you get on with your dad, Rick Wake­man – you've done nine al­bums with him. Is your re­la­tion­ship dif­fer­ent when you're work­ing to­gether to nor­mal?

We've al­ways got on re­ally well and work­ing to­gether back when I was 18 or 19 was like an ap­pren­tice­ship re­ally. We get on the same when work­ing to­gether as we do so­cially although we do tend to see each other more when we're work­ing. We still have a few shows booked each year just to make sure we see each other. Life gets so busy and a year passes pretty fast these days, es­pe­cially when you are tour­ing a lot.

You're a clas­si­cally trained pi­anist – did you start out hav­ing pi­ano lessons like other chil­dren or was it some­thing that came nat­u­rally to you?

I had pi­ano lessons from the age of eight and the bet­ter I got, the more I loved it. I think some peo­ple have more of a knack than oth­ers but it doesn't take away from how much hard work you have to put into any­thing if you want to suc­ceed at it. By the time I was 16 or 17, I was prac­tic­ing five to six hours every day as well as play­ing four nights a week in bands in pubs, and try­ing to fit in school work....

How did you meet Damian and how did you come to de­cide to tour to­gether?

Damian and I worked to­gether in a band called Jeron­imo Road back in 1995 and we've worked on var­i­ous al­bums and tours since to­gether. I sug­gested him to my dad when he needed a new singer and he did a great job there.

How does it com­pare play­ing some­where like St Mary's Art Cen­tre in Sand­wich to be­ing on tour with Ozzy?

The big tours are a lot of fun - the last Sab­bath tour played to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple and the Ozzy one will do the same, but that's not to say every gig is like that. With Damian, we are do­ing small in­ti­mate, re­laxed gigs where if there's 30 or 300 peo­ple, we're just happy to be play­ing our mu­sic and en­joy­ing our­selves. Af­ter all that's what mu­sic's all about at the end of the day.

You've met and played with so many fa­mous mu­si­cians and you have a world tour with Ozzy Os­bourne in 2020 – how do you pre­pare for some­thing as big as that?

I was on tour in Amer­ica with An­nie Len­nox in 2003 and met Sharon Os­bourne at our show in Los An­ge­les. Long story short, we talked for about 30 min­utes and six months later I re­ceived an email ask­ing if I wanted to join Ozzy's band. She liked my play­ing and we got on well and I as­sumed she thought I'd be a good fit.

At the time, I turned it down as I was on tour with Travis, but due to an ac­ci­dent Ozzy had shortly af­ter, the tour was post­poned so when it was re ar­ranged the fol­low­ing year, I was avail­able and I've been there ever since. We start re­hearsals pretty soon af­ter the Wil­son & Wake­man tour ends in March for the Ozzy tour. It's a cou­ple of years by the sound of it so I'm pre­par­ing by get­ting all my jobs done at home be­fore I go – put the bins out, empty the wash­ing ma­chine, mow the lawn, feed the dogs...

Adam Wake­man and Damian Wil­son will be per­form­ing to­gether in Sand­wich this week­end

Rick, left, and Adam Wake­man have toured and recorded to­gether

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