The Red Planet – Lee Pomeroy talks about his part in Rick Wakeman’s new album – 436

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week we were delighted to welcome extraordinary bassist, Lee Pomeroy, back onto the podcast. As part of Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble, Lee has been involved in the creation of a wonderful prog album, The Red Planet. Although the release date has been hit by lockdown, as you will hear, Lee explains that it will be well worth the wait and is very excited about this return to Rick’s progressive roots.

  • How was this record put together in lockdown?
  • Is it really progressive rock?
  • How much was Lee involved in the writing of bass parts?

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The Red Planet on Rick Wakeman’s site

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3 replies on “The Red Planet – Lee Pomeroy talks about his part in Rick Wakeman’s new album – 436”

Very nice, thanks. Lee is a cool, super friendly man. I’ve talked to him on the ARW U.S. tours, on the cruises when he was in Steve Hackett’s band, and while he was in the Gentle Giant offshoot, Three Friends. Just saw him last July with Jeff Lynne’s ELO-a brilliant show. All in all, Lee is an excellent musician & songwriter. I have a digital copy of The Red Planet thanks to old friend Rick, and Lee’s playing is exceptional, not surprising. It’s my favorite Rick album in many years.

You can feel his energy about this album (and his work) – certainly looking forward to this one….not long now. Great coup!

Wow what a great friendly chap to say the least, In a time such as these days are this was very refreshing. Thanks again to you guys for a nice break from this really hectic world.

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