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Rick Wakeman wants Olympic skaters for King Arthur on ice revival

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Jan 29, 2014 | 7:43am EST

Veteran rocker Rick Wakeman wants to revive his flop ice show inspired by the legend of King Arthur by recruiting Olympic gold medal-winning skaters Robin Cousins and Torvill And Dean. The former Yes star launched the much-derided show in 1975 to promote his bizarre concept album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Three London performances were scheduled but the production haemorrhaged money and went on to become known as one of the biggest examples of 1970s prog-rock indulgence. However, Wakeman is still proud of his creation and dreams of re-staging it with legendary British skaters Cousins, who took Olympic gold in New York in 1980, and Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, whose iconic dance to Ravel's Bolero at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1984 made history by receiving a perfect score from all nine judges. Wakeman tells Q magazine, "Nowadays you can do so much more with ice. I have a dream of doing it again with a huge production at the (London) O2. Over the years I have met and talked with Robin Cousins, and we could do no better than Torvill and Dean as King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere."

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