What follows is an outtake transcription from Rick Wakeman’s acceptance speech during the induction of Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year…
Thanks to my Father, who played a massive part in my musical career… He taught me a lot.
I remember he sat me down once and said, “Son, don’t go to any of those really cheap, dirty, nasty, sleazy strip clubs, because if you do, you’ll see something you shouldn’t.” So, of course I went… And I saw my Dad.
I’m glad that we’re actually up third because, as you get older, you know the old things like the prostate start acting up a bit. And, the distance between comfort breaks gets less and less.
But, I would like to say quite seriously how important it is to have the “old examination”, which I had indeed on Monday. To you ladies who don’t know, it’s really tough. You have to get in the old fetal position, you hear the old plastic glove go on, the rubber glove, and then it’s like a gopher going on holiday inside your rectum.
Whilst I was having my examination, the doctor said to me, “Mr. Wakeman, there’s no need to be embarrassed… It’s not unusual to get an erection at this kind of procedure”.
I said, “I haven’t got an erection”.
He said, “I know, but I have”.
I laughed so hard, I actually had beer coming out of my nose.