Keyboard legend and Chelsea Lodge No. 3098 member Rick Wakeman was recently elected King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats
In May he will be installed as the Worshipful Master of the Chelsea Lodge. This is the first time in history that one person has been at the helm of the two show business fraternities.
The GOWR predates the Chelsea Lodge by around seventeen years being formed in 1880. Many of its founders were Freemasons and some of its objectives were based around the lodge format, such as raising money for charity.
Chelsea Lodge and GOWR have enjoyed a very long association with many 'Rats' also being members of the Lodge, such as Joe Pasquale, Jess Conrad, and Roger De Courcey. Many King Rats have also been master of the lodge, but Rick will be the first to hold both titles.
Rick is about to commence a world tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album Journey to the Centre of the Earth, based on the novel by Jules Verne. The show opens at the Albert Hall in April.