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Rock star Rick Wakeman talks about his travels, including why he loves Buenos Aires

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‘After seeing a tango show in Buenos Aires you’ll never want to look at it on Strictly again’: Rock star Rick Wakeman talks travel, including why he loves the Argentinian capital

Rick Wakeman checks in to our travel Q&A

Rock star Rick Wakeman checks in to our travel Q & A.

He talks about his first package holiday (to Majorca), why he loves Buenos Aires, how he used to ‘drink planes dry’ with bandmates, and more…

EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?

Staying in a B&B in Exmouth with my family in the summertime of 1957. We’d go to a restaurant by the ocean and depending on the weather, I’d have a soft drink or a cup of hot Bovril.

FIRST TRIP ABROAD?

A package holiday in Majorca in 1966. It cost £42, but once I got there I discovered that my hotel wasn’t finished so I had to remain some other place — classic Carry On stuff.

HOW HAS TOURING CHANGED SINCE THE EARLY DAYS?

Once I first joined the folks group, Strawbs, and we were doing acoustic shows, we toured in an old Morris Minor, putting our instruments on the roof rack. It’s different now.

TOURING HIGH POINT?

Playing a solo show in Rio within the Seventies. I didn’t realise my solo albums had topped the Brazilian charts so fans were lining the streets. I got such a warm welcome.

TOURING LOW POINT?

I used to be booked to perform at a venue in the midst of Australia, but someone mixed up the dates. I used to be told I’d only receives a commission if I did a gig, so I ended up playing to a handful of employees.

FAVOURITE FOREIGN CITY?

Buenos Aires, a beautiful city in the event you love music and football. After seeing a tango show there, you’ll never want to look at it on Strictly again.

EVER FALLEN FOUL OF THE LAW ON YOUR TRAVELS?

I used to be stopped by customs in Latest York after flying in from Barbados with a tough shell suitcase to hitch [1970s rock band] Yes on a U.S. tour. They thought I’d stuffed drugs right into a panel of the case so that they took me aside and sawed it into quarters — then told me I used to be free to go.

Rick describes Buenos Aires (above) as a 'wonderful city if you love music and football' - and recommends watching a tango show there

Rick describes Buenos Aires (above) as a ‘wonderful city in the event you love music and football’ – and recommends watching a tango show there

TRIP MUST HAVE?/CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT?

A book of Sudoku puzzles — I’m hooked on that darned game.

TOP TRAVEL TIP?

I at all times take an overnight flight home from the U.S. so I can get just a few hours’ sleep. Within the old days, my band and I might drink a plane dry, but I turned teetotal in 1985. I wouldn’t be around today if I hadn’t quit the bottle.

WHERE NEXT?

Tenerife with my wife next 12 months.

DREAM DESTINATION?

I’d like to play a concert in Iceland.

  • Rick’s Grumpy Christmas Stocking Tour is on now. See rwcc.com.

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