Released on 12 Feb 2016
On the 12th January Rick Wakeman joined Simon Mayo on Drive time BBC Radio 2, to pay tribute to his friend David Bowie and perform a very special version of Life on Mars as a tribute. The public response was considerable, with over 3,000,000 views on the BBC web site and rising, the demand for this track is increasing daily. This all was totally unexpectedly. Then the public started to email both the BBC and Ricks own web site suggesting that Ricks version of Life on Mars be released to help raise awareness and funds for a cancer charity. Rick thought this was a wonderful idea and has agreed to donate all his artist royalties to the Macmillan Cancer Support.Within hours of Rick announcing the release of the single on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drive Time radio show on the 18th January, the news was re-tweeted to over 50,000 twitter accounts and continues to rise by the hour.
As Rick says, I am extremely fortunate in being able to release my piano version of David Bowie s Life on Mars and Space Oddity, both of which I performed on the original releases, to help even more awareness and help raise some money to help Macmillan cancer support with the wonderful work they do .