Where are they now? - former Yes members

This page last updated: 27 Jun 2015

YES and projects with several Yesmen
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Anderson Wakeman Rabin
Others associated with the band

Jon Anderson

Anderson news is on its own page.
Bill Bruford Official website for Bill Bruford and Earthworks; News; Webstore; MySpace page

Bruford has retired from performance. He focuses now on teaching, research (he is studying part-time for a PhD at Surrey University) and speaking engagements. To an interviewer in 2009, he said that he practices drumming, but not as much as he used to, in order that he can still teach.

In a Jul 2008 blog, Bruford said: "I think Voiceprint is about to release a live Gong album from the short time I was with them, but you'd have to check their website". As yet, there has been no announcement from Voiceprint or successor Gonzo. Bruford played with Gong for a few months in late 1974. An example set from Dec 1974 went: "Invocation", "Master Builder", "A Perfect Mystery", "Never Glid Before", "White Christmas", "Solar Musik Suite", "Flute Salad", "Oily Way", "Inner Temple", "Outer Temple", "Sprinkling of Clouds".

As for the possibility of future archival material on Winterfold, in a Dec 2003 interview with Voiceprint radio, Bruford was asked whether he has any unreleased material in the archives. He replied:

Somewhat. The bands I'm in always tended to be playing new material, which [...] was likely to be recorded for some upcoming album. If that album never got made, then you find that that album is available in stocks... the material is available in some live concert. For example, the Stewart/Berlin/Holdsworth or John Clark group was working on a fourth studio album after Gradually Going Tornado, but it never got made. So there are some demos from rehearsal rooms and things which are just great and several tunes played live that were also very interesting. However, the only minor fly in the ointment back then of course is that the recording... bootleg recordings were pretty low quality. There's usually some guy just sticking up a cassette in a venue somewhere and not terribly great. And we didn't spend a lot of money recording things live all the time.
However, in a Jan 2012 interview, Bruford said:

I think the Summerfold and Winterfold catalogues are full and complete now. I suppose, if you push me, there are the cassette demos, recorded at rehearsals, for the fourth Bruford band CD that never got made. I'm talking to Dave Stewart about that but, right now, I give them a one per cent chance of ever reaching the public domain.

Another interview in Jan 2012 has this:

Bruford: I've got dozens of old demos, but I wouldn't play them to my neighbour's dog. This [From Conception to Birth—see below] was the best of the unreleased tracks. Though from the Bruford band in 1979/80 there was to be a fourth album, but the plug got pulled. And the boom box stuff of that is fantastic but it all got snarled up with Dave Stewart, and it's too complicated. I'm not sure of the audio quality.

Interviewer: Did you record in 1976 with Rick Wakeman or Jack Bruce?

Bruford: I auditioned with Jack Bruce, but there are no tapes. And none with Rick and John Wetton, though we met two or three times. Rick did a very good version of my Beelzebub [...]

Interviewer: Was anything recorded before Yes with The Breed [...]?

Bruford: [...] We did a single with The Breed, [covering] Graham Bond's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? It was the first time I'd been in a recording studio, when I was 16, and it was excruciatingly bad. [...] heaven knows what we did with it.

Phil Manzanera's website had described a possible archival collection entitled Rare Two including material with Bruford, but news of the release was withdrawn. In Apr 2003, bassist Bill MacCormick answered a question about the relevant sessions on the Phil Manzanera/Roxy Music forum saying:
Some of the early sessions for the Listen Now album [...] involved Bill Bruford + Phil, [Brian] Eno and me (not sure about Eddie [Jobson] though he certainly played on other sessions).  These tracks were never used though I believe Phil still has the 24-track masters somewhere.  Every now and then we talk about what we might do with them.  We haven't come up with an answer yet.
King Crimson
The King Crimson 40th Anniversary series of CD/DVDA re-releases, with mixes by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, has done mixes for Jethro Tull, Caravan), continues. Beat follows, with Three of a Perfect Pair also expected at some point. Previews from both are on The Elements of King Crimson (see below).

Previously was Larks' Tongues in Aspic. This was released in 3 formats: a CD/DVDA and a 2CD release with old and new mixes in various formats. Extras centre on 30 minutes of live footage of the band, most of which is previously unseen. Plus there was a limited edition, 15-disc (13 CDs, 1 DVD-A, 1 Blu-ray) box set (7000 copies; possibly now sold out) with "every known live performance and studio recording by that band", i.e. the 1972-3 quintet with Bruford, Robert Fripp, John Wetton, David Cross and Jamie Muir.

The Road to Red, a similar sort of boxed set to the Larks release, followed in 2013 and has sold out. This focused on King Crimson's final North American tour of Apr-Jul 1974. This includes complete, unedited concerts (some parts of which were released previously on The Great Deceiver), and a new stereo mix of Red by Fripp and Wilson. This is a 24-disc set with 20 CDs of live material covering 10 concerts recorded on stereo soundboard cassettes from the band's mixing desk and previously unreleased on CD; 5 concerts professionally recorded on multi-track tape, parts of which were previously included in the USA & The Great Deceiver releases, but all included here in full on CD for the first time; and 1 CD from an audio-restored high-quality bootleg of the band's final 1974 New York concert previously available only via mail order and now remastered. The 21st CD contains the new stereo mix of Red. There is 1 DVD with High Resolution Stereo mixes of the Asbury Park/USA concert in various configurations (24bit/48khz). There are 2 Blu-ray discs: one has full lossless audio 24/192 transfers of four complete professionally recorded concerts transferred at the highest possible resolution from the original analogue Dolby SR half inch mix-downs in DTS-HD master sound stereo; and the others has a 24/192 transfer of the Asbury Park/USA concert, a new stereo mix of Red in 24/96 DTS-HD master sound stereo by Fripp/Wilson, the original stereo mix of Red, a 5.1 mix of Red in 24/96 DTS-HD, and (as yet unspecified) bonus audio material. Sid Smith described here how the live material covers:
One concert from audio restored bootleg - Central Park - July 1st 1974 - previously only available as a [...] Collectors’ Club release.

A number of concerts drawn from the band’s own stereo soundboard cassettes.

Four of these are unreleased in any format: June 5th & 8th from Texas, June 16th from Colorado, June 23rd from Michigan.

A further group of concerts are issued on CD for the first time - having been available from DGMLive as downloads only.

The complete concerts from this tour previously issued on CD only in edited form on The Great Deceiver and/or as downloads from DGM live are also included:

Pittsburgh, Toronto, Penn. State University & Providence, as is the Chris Murphy mix of the Asbury Park concert - These CDs were all mixed from multitracks & appear as they did on the CDs as released.
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Given some of this material was previously released, Smith also said, "We allow for this fact when we're setting the price of the set." Further tour dates are covered by bootlegs, but will not be included in this set to keep the price down. They may receive separate release later.

A 40th anniversary edition of USA, with a previously unreleased stereo mix of the album by Fripp/David Singleton (also included within The Road to Red boxset) and an accompanying DVD with new High Resolution Stereo mixes of all three editions of the album (this new one, Ronan Chris Murphy's mix for the 2006 CD, and the 2002 expanded version of the original vinyl), was also released. Sleeve notes are by Smith again, with rare photos and archival material.

A multi-disc CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray box set, entitled Starless, chronicling Starless & Bible Black and associated touring, followed in Oct 2014. This contains live and studio recordings from Oct 1973-Apr 1974; DGM previously announced, "This set will feature the first complete release of the Blue Tapes – the highest quality reel-to-reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings, with many appearing on CD for the first time." The Blue Tapes were quarter-inch, two-track recordings from the band's 1974 European tour. Thus, in total, the set contains are 19 CDs of live material (some previously released, but now re-mastered or re-sourced) and a 20th CD with the 2011 Steven Wilson/Robert Fripp remix of Starless & Bible Black. There are then 2 DVD-A discs, one of Starless & Bible Black in 5.1 and one of live material in stereo and quadraphonic audio. Two Blu-Ray discs then also have 5.1 mixes of Starless & Bible Black, plus live material and video from a Paris show. Further material is included an additional concert (with bootleg quality audio) available via an included download ticket. There is an album-sized booklet with rare or unseen photos, notes by Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, and further memorabilia.

Starless came first in the best reissue category of Prog magazine's Critics' Choice for 2014. (The Yes Album was second.) It has now been nominated in Prog magazine's annual awards in the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design category: you can vote here.
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The Elements of King Crimson is a limited edition 2CD boxset available on the band's 2014 tour (see under Levin) and online, containing "extracts, elements from studio recordings, alternate takes, live tracks, rehearsals and finished recordings from 1969 - 2014 (much of it previously unreleased on CD)." Several of these tracks were previously made available at the DGM website as "Hot Tickles". The box also has a 24-page tour booklet. Tracks:

Disc one:

  1. "Wind Extract" (0:30) (1969, London), from In the Court of the Crimson King recording sessions
  2. "I Talk to the Wind" (4:11) (23/07/1969, London), from In the Court of the Crimson King recording sessions
  3. "Cadence and Cascade" (4:29) (03/02/1970, London, with vocals by Greg Lake), from In the Wake of Poseidon recording sessions
  4. "Cirkus (guitar extract)" (0:15) (11/09/1970, London), from Lizard recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
  5. "Cirkus" (8:43) (10/08/1971, Live at the Marquee), from forthcoming release, Collectable King Crimson Vol. 7.
  6. "Hoodoo (extract)" (0:23) (May 2014, Elstree band rehearsals). Previously unreleased.
  7. "Sailor's Tale" (6:12) (08/09/1971, London), from Islands recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
  8. "The Talking Drum" (6:42) (October, 1973, London), from Larks' Tongues in Aspic recording sessions. Steven Wilson alt. mix.
  9. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (extract)" (2:36) (May 2014, Elstree band rehearsals). Previously unreleased.
  10. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (extract)" (2:39) (16/01/1973, London, with David Cross/Jamie Muir), from Larks' Tongues in Aspic recording sessions.
  11. "Fracture" (11:28) (23/11/1973, Amsterdam). Wilson 2014 mix.
  12. "Fallen Angel (extract)" (1:14) (08/07/1974, London, Robert Fripp harmonics), from Red studio sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
  13. "Fallen Angel" (6:22) (Jul 1974, London), from Red studio sessions.
  14. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (8:26) (30/06/1974, Providence), from USA live recordings.
  15. "Starless (extract)" (1:18) (08/07/1974, London, with Mark Charig), from Red studio sessions. Previously unreleased on CD

Disc two:

  1. "Discipline" (5:02) (1981, London), from Discipline recording sessions. Alt take.
  2. "Three Headed Doom (part 1)" (0:44) (May 2014, Elstree band rehearsals). Previously unreleased.
  3. "Manhattan (Neurotica)" (6:12) (23/11/1981, Live at The Roxy, LA), from forthcoming release, Beat 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A.
  4. "Neal and Jack and Me (extract)" (1:44) (17/03/1982, London), from Beat recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
  5. "Sleepless (Bearsville)" (5:18), from Three of a Perfect Pair recording sessions. Wilson mix) From forthcoming release, Three of a Perfect Pair 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A.
  6. "Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream (recording session)" (4:56) (27/01/1994, Bath), from THRAK recording sessions and on forthcoming release, THRAKBOXX.
  7. "THRAK" (9:00) (30/06/1996, Live at Shepherd's Bush). Previously unreleased on CD.
  8. "Venturing Into Joy (edit)" (1:11) (May 2014, Elstree band rehearsals). Previously unreleased.
  9. "The Deception of the Thrush" (7:09) (1998, USA), from West Coast Live, The ProjeKcts box.
  10. "Heaven & Earth (early edit)" (7:43) (14/05/2000, Nashville, by ProjeKct X), from The ConstruKction of Light recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
  11. "Level Five" (6:44) (07/08/2008, Chicago, Live at Park West). Previously unreleased on CD.
  12. "The Hell-Hounds of Krim" (0:56) (May 2014, Elstree band rehearsals). Previously unreleased.
  13. "Separation (edit)" (2:40) (2010, Berkhamsted), from Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins sessions. Previously unreleased.
  14. "A Scarcity of Miracles" (7:31) (2010, Berkhamsted), from Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins sessions. Alt take.
The track listing for the above is also the first mention of a forthcoming release called THRAKBOXX. More details about that project emerged Jan 2015, with David Singleton talking of "NTSC Warfield footage from 1996 [sic: the band played there in 1995] which will hopefully find its way onto the THRAK boxed set this year." He also said: "The "Making of" and "Thrakattak II" discs are worth the price of entry, even before we discuss the stunning reinvention of the album in surround sound and stereo."

Meanwhile, several King Crimson pieces from Bruford's time in the band are covered on District 97 with John Wetton's live album, One More Red Night (Live in Chicago) (Cherry Red Records, PP002CD), out 6 Oct 2014 in the UK. The album was recorded live on 17 Oct 2013 at Reggie's Music Joint, Chicago, IL and produced by Jonathan Schang, with Wetton (lead vocal), Leslie Hunt (lead & backing vocals), Jim Tashjian (guitar, backing vocals), Rob Clearfield (keys, additional guitar), Patrick Mulcahy (bass) and Schang (drums). Tracks:
  1. "One More Red Nightmare" (4:41)
  2. "The Great Deceiver" (3:38)
  3. "Lament" (4:19)
  4. "The Night Watch" (5:31)
  5. "Fallen Angel" (5:47)
  6. "Book of Saturday" (3:07)
  7. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (5:25)
  8. "Starless" (4:47), segueing into...
  9. "Easy Money" (5:27)
Bruford had this to say about the release: "I love the CD...the sheer skill and gusto with which they tackle it makes you laugh out loud. Great drumming. Jonathan [Schang] plays and writes like a demon. Congratulations to them."
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Eddie Jobson has been playing UK, King Crimson and Bruford material live—see here.

Other news
Bill Bruford's Earthworks' "Footloose and Fancy Free" is available on Microsoft's Rock Band Network for download and play on Rock Band. This is the first jazz piece for the game. The piano part is played by the 'guitar' in the game, while the saxophone part becomes a 'vocal' part, as can be seen in this YouTube preview.

2 tracks with Bruford appear on Steve Howe's 2015 compilation Anthology: see under Howe for details.

Bruford was the focus of the first episode of BBC Radio 2's Prog Rock with Charles Hazlewood, broadcast 10pm, 11 May (available online until mid-Jun). A future episode interviews his former bandmate John Wetton.

Writing and academic work
Bruford's autobiography is titled "Bill Bruford: The Autobiography—Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More" (Jawbone Press; 336 pages; ISBN: 1906002231). The book has gone into a second printing. An Italian and a French translation (the latter by Aymeric Leroy) is now available, with deals for Spanish and Japanese versions expected. Foruli Books have released a signed, limited edition (475 copies + 25 deluxe copies) version, with new introductions by drummers Mark Guiliana (Avishai Cohen, Donny McCaslin) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Transatlantic) and over 80 more photos. Each copy comes with a 10" vinyl double album, From Conception to Birth and two limited edition art prints. The deluxe version has an additional slipcase and accompanying 10" bronze Bruford Signature splash cymbal, made by Paiste for Foruli. On his website, Bruford described the album thus:

a vinyl album called ‘From Conception to Birth’, which offers the ‘sketch’ or ‘demo’ of the master first, each demo followed immediately by its master. This invites comparison of first thought with final production. Sometimes the difference is marginal, sometimes substantial, but always intriguing, I hope.

The album has 8 demos and then clips from the finished pieces, including "Lingo" (released on Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich), "Original Sin" (released on Bruford Levin Upper Extremities) and material from If Summer had Its Ghosts and the Earthworks albums Earthworks, All Heaven Broke Loose, A Part, and Yet Apart and Sound of Surprise, plus an additional, previously unreleased demo, entitled "Banyan".

Bruford has been doing non-performing Evenings with Bill Bruford, talking about his career, mainly at academic institutions, but some are open to the public. He has done some teaching at the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford) and Kingston University, but is now focusing on research work. A Jan 2012 interview with Drummer has Bruford saying he is:

doing postgraduate research in notions of creativity and the drum set at Surrey University.


I recently prepared the syllabus for and taught a short course in Musicianship for Drummers at the ACM in Guildford, and have also participated in the MA course in Music Performance there. However, I think I'm going to throttle back on all that in favour of research studies at Surrey University music department.

He is studying part-time for a PhD at Surrey University.

Tony Kaye MySpace page; YouTube channel

Since Back Against the Wall, Kaye has been working on multiple projects with Billy Sherwood, some also including further Yesmen. These chiefly include CIRCA:Kaye also guests on Sherwood's forthcoming Citizen album—details on the main page. More projects led by Sherwood are detailed below.

Kaye's "End of Innocence" is a 46 minute orchestral interpretation of the events of 9/11. It is now available on YouTube. He first mentioned the project in May 2007 in his MySpace blog. In an interview published Mar 2008, Kaye talked further about the project, saying:

I’m working on an instrumental album based on the events of 9/11. My wife [Daniela Torchia] co-wrote and sings on one of the songs. It’s mostly orchestral and I’d like to have an actual orchestra perform it, but they are very expensive.

In a Dec 2008 interview on Yesfans.com, Kaye said:

It's an orchestrated work. I started writing it the day after 9/11 happened, and went into the studio and started writing a piece that actually musically follows what happened that entire day. [...]

it has 'Floyd-ey' YES-like moments [...] Band moments. [...] I keep reviewing and re-doing things, and it's getting closer to what I hear in my head. I think it's very different to do an orchestral album without an orchestra; Because of the purity of what it is. I'm a big fan of Trevor [Rabin], and what he's achieving now. But you see, he has the money to do it right, to get that purity of sound. [...]

to be totally authentic, I think to have a one-hundred piece orchestra is the way to go. But it's really a work in progress, and of course the subject matter is rather difficult [...] because of the intensity and the gravity of what it was [...]

Some of it is more melodic, it has Floydian rock and roll moments which kick-up the symphonic parts. [...]

I actually go between liking it and sort-of not liking it, which is why I keep going back to re-vamp it. It IS pretty dark and intense subject matter. I like playing inspirational music, but I also like to play with a song; With the lyrics, which this doesn't have. It's purely instrumental. It's not finished, not quite yet, but it's getting there. [...]

Some of it is pretty complex, and some of it is quite simple. It balances-out.

In a May 2010 interview, Kaye said: "I've been working on a project for quite some time [...] making a video, putting it to images [...] more of an orchestral piece of the day of 9/11 [...] and a little bit beyond, going into the repercussions of the day [...] I started writing it just after the day [...] I went to the studio that night and wrote the first piece [...] I've been working on it for years and years". He went on: "The visuals [...] have really changed it to something I'm really interested in working on right now". He also described the visuals as being very "political".

Kaye is guesting with Dave Kerzner's (working with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson) Sonic Elements project on a cover of Yes's "Yours is No Disgrace": see on the main page for details. Sherwood and Kaye also both guest on a new album from Marcelo Paganini, also detailed on the main page.

Sherwood and Kaye are involved in a reunion of Mabel Greer's Toyshop: see main page for details.

Out is a special and a deluxe re-release of David Bowie's Station to Station. The special editions includes, on two additional CDs, a complete live set from the accompanying 1976 tour, on which Kaye played keys; tracks: "Station to Station", "Suffragette City", "Fame", "Word on a Wing", "Stay", "Waiting for the Man", "Queen Bitch", "Life on Mars?", "Five Years", "Panic in Detroit", "Changes", "TVC 15", "Diamond Dogs", "Rebel Rebel", "The Jean Genie". (Two of these tracks were previously included on the 1991 release of the album.) The deluxe edition has 5 discs, adding a different mix of the album and a single edits EP.

Kaye's wife is singer Daniela Torchia (MySpace page). On his MySpace page, drummer Paul Cassarino (stage production for CIRCA:) says he is, "Currently, working along side Tony Kaye [...] and his wife Daniela Torchia's solo project." I am unclear whether this is "End of Innocence", another album from Torchia or something else.

Brian Chatton (ex-Warriors, ex-Jackson Heights, worked with Jon Anderson) has a number of songs on his MySpace page which were produced by Kaye.

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Peter Banks Peter Banks Home; MySpace page; Facebook page

Peter Banks died on 7 Mar 2013. YesWorld set up a Facebook page to remember Peter and his music, gathering together quotes and memories from musicians and others who worked with him and from fans: go here.

One of Banks' last project was Harmony in Diversity, an improvisational trio with, latterly, Banks (guitar, MIDI guitar), Nick Cottam (ex-Pulse Engine; bass) and Dave "Jick" Speight (drums). There had been work towards compiling a live album; Speight's MySpace reported, "The latest HiD live album is currently being mixed and will feature live recordings captured in the UK and Eastern Europe in 2006/2007." One track was previewed on Banks' MySpace page. There are also earlier, unreleased sessions involving Banks and the first Harmony in Diversity drummer, Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum, Henry Fool, ex-Pulse Engine).

In an interview in the Jul 2015 issue of Prog, when asked if there are any older recordings he might put out, David Cross (ex-King Crimson) describes a 1-day session with Banks: "he was astonishing. [...] I couldn't keep up with what he was doing. [...] It was a big experience for me. I've got that tape hidden away. But who knows? Perhaps one day that will get released."
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Gonzo Multimedia have released a new 2CD Empire album entitled The Mars Tapes (HST245CD), recorded live at Mars Studios in Los Angeles, CA in 1979, and produced by Mark Murdock. Tracks: CD1:
  1. "Out of Our Hands" [Banks/Jordan]
  2. "Medley: (a) Foundation; (b) Destiny; (c) Far Away" [Banks/Jordan]
  3. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill" [Banks]
  4. "Do What You Want" [Banks/Jordan]
  5. "Dancing Man" [Banks/Jordan]
  6. "Where Yes Means No" [Banks]
  1. "Off with the King's Head" [Banks/Jordan]
  2. "Something's Coming" (from "West Side Story") [Bernstein, arr. Banks]
  3. "The Fall of the Empire" [Banks/Murdock]
  4. "When the Banks Overflow" [Banks/Jordan]
  5. "Ascending to the Planet Mars" [Banks/Empire]
  6. "Sky at Night" [Banks/Jordan], 'bonus track'
This is the same line-up as on Empire Mark III with Banks (guitar, backing vocals, keys), Sydney Foxx (Sidonie Jordan; vocals), Murdock (drums, additional synth on "The Fall of the Empire"), Paul Delph (keys, backing vocals) and Brad Stephenson (bass, backing vocals). "Sky at Night" is with Banks, Jordan, Phil Collins (ex-Genesis, ex-Brand X; drums, backing vocals), John Giblin (bass), Jakob Magnusson (keys), Sam Gobal (tabla), presumably the track on Empire Mark I, recorded in 1974

Rick Wakeman

Wakeman news is on its own page.

Patrick Moraz PatrickMoraz.com; PatrickMoraz.net; MySpace page; Facebook

Moraz's Facebook page said in Jan 2015 that his next album, MAP by the Moraz Alban Project, is due "very soon". The project is with drummer Greg Alban, plus Lenny Castro (worked with Toto, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, Maroon 5, Slash, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Mars Volta; percussion on 6 tracks), John Avila (ex-Oingo Boingo; bass), Patrick Perrier (bass), Dave Van Such (sax) and guitarist/bassist Matt Malley (ex-The Counting Crows, worked with Jon Anderson; electric sitar on 1 track). (Malley previously described sessions with Moraz: see below.) Moraz said (Jun 2014 interview):

The current production that I am finishing should be released by the beginning of the fall [2014]. We’re finishing it this week and putting on the finishing touches. It’s a project for a really-really good friend of mine who is also an excellent drummer. I composed all of the music and the arrangements. There are also some luminaries like [Castro and Avila] and of course I do all the keyboards and music.

In a late 2014 interview, Moraz said of the project, "In LA, I was in the finishing stages of a very important album — actually it's for a rock album — which I just finished the production of, which took quite some time to do. I composed all the tunes and all the music. [...] I composed 14 pieces, of which we chose nine. I arranged everything. [...] A couple of weeks ago, I received the final mastered version and that album is going to be released hopefully very soon. We're just in the middle of preparation of the sleeve and the credits and this and that." The project was begun 10 years ago.

Due for some time has been a new studio album, entitled A Way to Freedom. This project dates back some years and has been described as an "electro-ethnic" solo album. In an interview circa May 06 (Notes from the Edge #299), Moraz said:
A WAY TO FREEDOM seems to be taking a long time to come out. It's not the lack of material, but more about the inherent inertia which has surrounded the project from the beginning. I have lots and lots of recorded material already, but I never seem to be able to put the finishing touch to the production as a whole.

In an Aug 2013 interview, asked about the project, Moraz replied:

It’s still on the front burner, it’s just that I’ve got different projects and different productions that take precedence. [...] I’ve got several pieces that I’ve had rendered for a symphony orchestra and percussionists and a jazz brass band. All of the music is written and arranged; it’s on paper. It’s just that it takes time. I could have finished it and released it, but in some way I have been enjoying my right to be a little bit of a perfectionist. (Laughs.)

Asked about the project in the late 2014 interview, Moraz said, "I am in the finishing stages of A Way To Freedom, because I've got some other productions that take precedence. [...] that's going to be my solo album. I've been working on that for several years on and off."

A Jun 2014 interview described it as "due in the very near future". It also describes as upcoming Cantata, a piece for a soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir in 7 movements, "paying homage to 'Our Planet.'" The latter was previously described on Moraz' website as EcoCantata. His site website also said Moraz is "progressing in the compositional development, production and "finition" of a "Futuristic Ballet" and other works featuring electronic arrangements as well as innovative, rhythmic instrumentation and acoustic orchestrations."

Moraz played on the Cruise to the Edge 2014. The cruise also featured Yes, UK, Steve Hackett and many others: see here for more. Moraz played a one-off show in Mar 2011 at Bergen Community College. This was about 1.5-2 hours long and the set included a version of "Soon", the intro to "Sound Chaser", "Jungle Alien", "Symphony of the Trees", "Gentle Storm", "Rite of Passage", and a new piece written for the concert and dedicated to his wife, as well as improvisations. Moraz' set-up consisted of a grand piano, two keyboards, a computer and various percussion instruments. Three guest musicians also made brief appearances. The night before, Moraz did a free lecture/demonstration at the same venue. A DVD of the show (possibly to include the lecture) has been expected. He next played a show in Sarasota, FL in May 2011.

In the Jun 2014 interview, Moraz also said that he has "just been asked to potentially participate in the recording of a piece with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [link] in London." In the late 2014 interview, he said, "I've been working on tour very recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I just finished a track with them." This turns out to be a cover of Gentle Giant's "Think of Me with Kindness", as Moraz went on to describe: "I've just finished that song with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They asked me to play within the band to play a piano part of "Think of Me With Kindness." It's not a solo piano per se; it's the piano as part of the orchestra. The conductor was extremely complimentary of the work I did, and that made me very, very happy. I think that's going to come out very soon, the whole album, as the Symphonic Rock Project or something like that." The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics (Cleopatra Records) is now out in the US; tracks according to Spotify:

  1. "ELP Suite: Tarkus/From the Beginning/Tarkus (Reprise)" (6:39)
  2. "Watcher of the Skies" (6:15, originally by Genesis)
  3. "Comfortably Numb" (6:47, Pink Floyd), with Ian Bairnson (ex-Alan Parsons Project)
  4. "Thick as a Brick" (6:28, Jethro Tull), with Richard Harvey (Gryphon)
  5. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (6:55, King Crimson), with Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) & Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson Band, ex-Asia)
  6. "Focus II" (4:02, Focus), with Thijs Van Leer (Focus)
  7. "Nights in White Satin" (4:35, The Moody Blues), with Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero, worked with Rory Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Talk Talk)
  8. "Think of Me with Kindness" (4:23, Gentle Giant), with Moraz
  9. "Roundabout" (8:40, Yes), with Jimmy Greenspoon (ex-Three Dog Night)
  10. "Red Barchetta" (7:27, Rush), with Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), probably recycled from 2012's The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush
  11. "Tom Sawyer" (5:30, Rush), probably recycled from 2012's The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush

Amazon UK and US have a different track list, without "Tom Sawyer", with "Watcher of the Skies" as the penultimate track and slightly different track times. The album was #31 in Classical (#1188 overall) on Amazon UK (2 Apr). An LP version is advertised (due 14 Apr in the US) as: side A:

  1. "ELP Suite"
  2. "Comfortably Numb"
  3. "Thick as a Brick"
  4. "Focus II"

Side B:

  1. "21st Century Schizoid Man"
  2. "Nights in White Satin"
  3. "Think of Me with Kindness"
  4. "Roundabout"

The vinyl has been as high as #20 in Classical Vinyl and #59 in Classic Rock Vinyl (#34,144 overall) on Amazon US (2 Apr).

In the late 2014 interview, Moraz described another project:

seven years ago, I had a project [...] “Seven Days a Week: Music on the Road From A to Z,” [...] I was seeing real people in real time, and the idea was to record in one week, in seven days — actually seven different CDs, one CD every day with a different theme every day. I kind of started to prepare production, because it’s a rough animal to do that, but as of yet I haven’t had the chance to complete such the project. But it’s still in the future works, as a future operation.

In the Oct 2010 Classic Rock Presents... Prog, Moraz says:

I am so busy right on many projects. They vary from rock to classical. Right now, I'm working with some extraordinary musicians in Tampa, Florida. Moreover, there are various reissues being planned. And I'm currently writing my autobiography, when I will reveal the truth of what happened with Yes.

Moraz has been working on a CD with himself on piano and electronic keyboards and drummer Jacob Armen (ex-Prince). Moraz also appears on one piece on Armen's forthcoming solo album: called "Cachaca II", it is an arrangement for piano and drums of Moraz's "Cachaca" on The Story of i. In a 2007 Innerviews interview, Moraz says, "It features the piano base of the original track which you can't really hear on my album, in addition to the original chord structure from the middle of the piece. The rest of it is quite different—almost a different tune." The duo have played a small number of live dates and further shows. In late 2009, Moraz, Armen and bassist Matt Malley (ex-Counting Crows) were working on an album together at Malley's studio. In Oct 2009, Malley wrote on his website:

For the last couple of nights I've been recording with Patrick Moraz, (Yes, Moody Blues) and Jacob Armen, (Prince) in my studio and it is downright frightening how good they are.  No need to "explain" anything...no analyzing...just play.  Think with your heart and feel with your brain.  I would love to tour with this little combo!

In a Feb 2007 interview, Moraz talked of his desire to play live with a band and that he was rehearsing for live performances, but he did not seem to have any specific plans for shows. Moraz had said that Vega Music, a Japanese label who are re-releasing Moraz's solo album Resonance there (see below), would like to bring him to Japan for both some piano and electronic concerts. In the interview for Innerviews published in May 2007, Moraz talked about what material he might play live, describing delving deep into his back catalogue with material from Mainhorse, Refugee ("like "Papillon" or a bit of "Credo.""), The Story of i, Out in the Sun, Future Memories, and "even" Timecode. He adds, "Perhaps I'll play some Moraz-Bruford pieces like "Children's Concerto" as well" and that he "might consider playing something from Yes like "Soon"".

Moraz and Ronnie Ciago (Facebook) (ex-CIRCA:, Brand X, worked with Bill Ward, Mick Taylor, Jaco Pastorius, Robert Downey Jr.; percussion) have been working on an album together; one piece with Ciago appeared on Moraz's solo album Change of Space. Ciago said on Facebook in late Sep 2011: "there is also 2 Moraz & Ciago cd's due out in the next few months, Patrick Moraz & Ronnie Ciago "Live On The Radio" and The new studio cd ( Moraz & Ciago ) with known guest musicians."

Plans were moving forward for 2012 US touring involving Moraz, Ciago, John Goodsall and Percy Jones. Goodsall, Jones and Ciago worked together in Brand X. The set list being proposed was to have included a suite from Relayer, plus material from Moraz' The Story of i, Refugee and Brand X. However, in Dec 2011, Moraz withdrew from the plan citing a lack of time available in the summer due to other plans. The door has not closed entirely on the possibility of later tour dates; meanwhile, the others are now moving forward with keyboardist David Sancious (ex-Jon Anderson) instead.

Moraz played on sessions for bassist Dave LaRue (The Dixie Dregs, John Petrucci) for a second solo album which has yet to appear.

Moraz guests on Sherwood's forthcoming Citizen album—details on the main page.

Longer term plans
Moraz has talked of multiple further projects, but many of these appear to be some way from producing any output. He has plans for a third "Future Memories" show, which he discusses in a new interview on a forthcoming DVD release of the first two "Future Memories" TV programmes (see below). Moraz has also been working on an album with Michel Sanchez (Deep Forest) for some time. A report circa Feb 2005 said that Moraz has two electronic albums close to completion, one of which seemed to be the one with Sanchez. It is unclear whether the other was A Way to Freedom, with Armen or some other project.

Moraz has expanded "Modular Symphony (1st Movement)" from his 1987 Human Interface album into an entire piano conerto, which he intends to release at some point according to a Mar 2005 interview.

Although he has no immediate plans, in his Mar 2005 interview, Moraz talked of his willingness to do a video or film project based on his solo album The Story of i. In his NftE interview (Jan 2001), he said, "I've also been writing and researching some stories. I'd like to do a movie of THE STORY OF I either in 3-D computer graphics, an animated version, or the real thing. I have also written a couple of other movie scripts; one is a science fiction story and the other is about the life and times of a composer who lived three hundred years ago." In an earlier interview (Oct 2000), he said: "I have just about 30 other projects that I have already composed, I've composed hundreds of pieces of music in the last 9 years. [...] I have also, maybe, studying to get a commission for a symphony orchestra perhaps in europe for next year [2001]." At some point, he has been planning to do a charity Christmas album.

In the 2005 interview, Moraz mentioned too his desire to do some live shows with flautist Syrinx to play music from their album Coexistence/Libertate, although again there are no specific plans at present. Moraz has said he may collaborate with Annie Haslam in the future.

Two tracks with Moraz are included on Howe's 2015 compilation Anthology: see under Howe for details.

Trevor Horn Official site; SPZ website; ZTT Records website; Official Facebook; Twitter

Note Horn continues to work on a number of projects with Geoff Downes, including Billy Idol's latest album and possibly more from The Buggles.

Horn is working on a musical set in a recording studio, written with Lol Crème (Producers, Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal). A Jan 2014 interview with Horn described him as currently writing the project, while one the following month said the pair had "just finished writing a musical about a day in the studio." An Aug 2013 interview had more, describing "a stage production set appropriately enough in a recording studio", with Horn saying, "I've nearly finished it[.] I'm a big fan of musicals." (In a 2008 interview, Horn said he had an upcoming "Musical/Show project", while way back in a Yahoo chat in Oct 1999, Horn wrote: "I'm writing a musical [...] about Robots.")

Producers/The Trevor Horn Band Official website; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube
Producers consists of Trevor Horn (bass, vocals), Steve Lipson (Twitter; working with Ultravox, Ronan Keating, worked with Grace Jones, S Club 7, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Annie Lennox, Will Young; guitar), Lol Crème (Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal; guitar, vocals, keys) and Ashley 'Ash' Soan (Sinéad O'Connor, Adele, Will Young, Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, ex-Del Amitri, ex-Squeeze, worked with Seal, Robbie Williams; drums). The band's debut album, Made in Basing Street, was released in the UK in 2012 on The Last Label (LAST1), an imprint of ZTT. The album also involved former member Chris Braide (Tumblr; DBA, Malmo, worked with Lana del Rey, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis, written for Cheryl Cole, Glenn Tilbrook, Clay Aiken, Will Young, Kylie Minogue, Pixie Lott, S Club 7; keys, vocals) and Geoff Downes (DBA, Yes, Asia; keys) on every track, while Ryan Molloy ("Jersey Boys", ex-"Jerry Springer—The Opera", worked with Sting), vocalist in the 2004-7 Frankie Goes to Hollywood reunion, contributed several vocals. All songs were written and produced by Braide/Crème/Horn/Lipson/Soan. Japanese release on Sony Japan and a German release on India Media Group followed. The band played a short UK tour in Mar 2012, followed by various dates in the UK and Japan in Jul-Sep 2012. Lipson said in a May 2012 interview that the band's ambitions for the future were, "More gigs and ideally new material."

The band (Horn, Crème, Lipson, Soan) played at the 13 Feb 2014 Music Producers Guild Awards in London, where Horn received their Outstanding Contribution award, presented by Seal. Seal joined the band to perform "Kiss from a Rose" and "Crazy"; the set also included "Video Killed the Radio Star". Now going by the name The Trevor Horn Band, Horn (bass, lead & backing vocals), Lipson (guitar), Crème (guitar, lead & backing vocals, keys), Soan (drums) plus Geoff Downes (keys), Luis Jardim (percussion), Julian Hinton (keys), Kate Westall (working with Nitin Sawhney; lead & backing vocals), Kirsten Joy (lead & backing vocals), Jamie Squire (no relation; lead & backing vocals, percussion), Phil Palmer (electric & acoustic guitars) and Simon Bloor (keys, guitar) played London on 5 Mar 2014. Seal was due to guest, but appeared on stage to explain he was unable to due to flu. Other guests were Gabrielle Aplin, Mr Probz and Ella Eyre. Support was by Will Heard. Rehearsals began 23 Feb. Set: [SPOILERS—highlight to read] "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" opening (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; lead vocals shared by Westall/Joy/Squire), "The Plastic Age" (The Buggles; Horn lead vocals, although Seal had asked to sing it), Seal then came out to apologise for not being able to perform, "Slave to the Rhythm" (Grace Jones; Westall lead vocals), "All the Things She Said" (t.A.T.u.; Westall/Joy lead vocals), "Rubber Bullets" (10cc; Crème lead vocals), "The Power of Love" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Aplin lead vocals, synth piano), "Why" (Annie Lennox; Aplin lead vocals, Horn electric upright bass), "Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; instrumental), "Soon" excerpt (Yes; Westall lead vocals)/"Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal), "Heart" (on the band's set list, but crossed out), "Waves" (Mr Probz; Mr Probz lead vocals), "Gravity" (DJ Fresh feat. Ella Eyre; Eyre lead vocals), "I'm Not in Love" (10cc; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal; Crème on synth piano), "Prayer for the Dying" (Seal; Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal; further Seal songs planned for the set cancelled—"Crazy" and "Kiss from a Rose" had been implied in advertising for the show), "Video Killed the Radio Star" inc. "Check It Out" insert (The Buggles; Horn lead vocals), "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Squire lead vocals), encore: "Downtown Train" (Tom Waits, produced by Horn when covered by Rod Stewart; on the band's set list, but not played), "Leave Right Now" (Will Young; Squire lead vocals). My review of the show is here. In an Apr 2015 interview, Horn referred to doing "more in the summer" and said he would "love to come play in America". The Trevor Horn Band are at the Cornbury Music Festival in Oxfordshire on 12 Jul; and at Melt! Festival 2015, 17-9 Jul in Grafenhainichen, Germany.

Lipson, Crème and Soan all commonly appear on Horn's productions. Horn, Crème, Braide and Soan were all in The Buggles line-up for a 2010 show, while Lipson and Crème were there for a 2011 show, and The Buggles' set contained elements from The Producers' usual set (see above).

The Buggles
In the last few years, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes have re-visited The Buggles on a number of occasions. They appeared together as The Buggles at the 2004 Produced by Trevor Horn concert and then played the band's first-ever full live set in 2010. They performed next at the British Music Experience in Oct 2011, with Horn (bass, lead vocals), Downes (keys) and co-founder Paul Robinson (drums) joined by Steve Lipson (The Producers, worked with Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Annie Lennox; electric guitar), Lol Crème (The Producers, Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with The Buggles; guitars), Julian Hinton (worked with Seal, Olivia Safe, Don Black, Sarah Brightman; keys) and three backing vocalists (Kirsten Joy, Holly Petrie and Kate Westall). In a 31 Dec 2013 tweet, Downes said, "It's ASIA, it's YES, it's BUGGLES, it's NDO, it's 2014 !! It's all coming your way soon."

In a blog entry in Jun 2005, Downes described a discussion with Horn, "about a new Buggles album we've been talking about for some time". At the Produced by Trevor Horn concert in 2004, Horn said his original idea had been a low-key Buggles tour. Downes also previously hinted at the possibility of live Buggles work, saying in an interview in early 2004: "The Buggles was much more a studio environment idea, which we never actually took on the road. Things may change though". Asked about the possibility of a new Buggles album in an Aug 2011 interview, Downes mooted the possibility of some more live shows. He talked of "a few isolated shows here and there and maybe do some more writing" towards an album. And, asked in another Aug 2011 interview about whether there will be more Buggles activity, he said, "Yeah, I think so. [...] we've discussed that." At the Oct 2011 show, when an audience member said he had given up on there ever being a third Buggles album, Horn, smiling but emphatically, said, "Good". In a Nov 2011 interview in Record Collector, Horn said, "we're planning a tour now and we might put out a new single later this year [2011]." In an interview around Dec 2011, Horn said The Buggles would tour in 2012. In an early Feb 2012 tweet, asked about more Buggles shows, Downes said, "Hoping for some more shows later this year [2012]". In an online chat in Jun 2012, he said: "Buggles quiet at the moment". In a Dec 2012 interview with BBC Radio Wales, Downes said he had talked about doing another Buggles album with Horn, but that Horn is often busy with other projects. "It's something that's always there," Downes concluded, also mentioning that he had talked with original Buggle Bruce Woolley who had suggested getting together too. Asked about working again with Horn in a Jan 2013 video interview, Downes said, "Hopefully we'll do some more stuff together in the future, y'know, maybe some Buggles, maybe some Yes, or whatever." When the follow-up question asked about The Buggles, he replied: "We're still talking about it. Maybe one day it might come to fruition." And in a Mar 2013 interview, again asked about The Buggles, Downes said:

I am still in touch with Trevor and that is something that is always going to be there. There's not much in touring because the whole concept of the Buggles was a studio creation. But if the opportunity arose in the future and Trevor and I have the time, then I would probably consider it.

And asked about the possibility of a Buggles reunion and new music in a Jun 2013 Q&A with YesWorld, he said:

Well you never know! Trevor’s a really busy guy most of the time [...] but I don’t think we’d ever discount the possibility. [...] I’d love to collaborate with Trevor again. [...] I’m pretty busy myself right now [...] yeah, it’s not impossibility, just a matter of making the planets align so that one day we can hopefully make it happen.
And in an interview published early Jul 2014, asked the same question, Downes said, "I still see Trevor and speak to him, and if the planets align, our diaries match up and we get the time it could well happen, never say never."

Production and solo work
Horn is working with Seal again, producing forthcoming new album Let Yourself. An Aug 2013 newspaper report described Horn as "currently working" on the album; a Feb 2014 interview then had Horn saying, "I'm working with him at the moment [...] We just started, but we've got a couple of absolutely beautiful tracks." In a Jan 2015 announcement, Horn said, "We've been working on his album for a year now." In a Feb 2015 interview, Horn said, "We're coming up to a year [...] on and off" working on the album, "and it's nearly finished." (Seal performed live with Horn at a one-off show in Feb 2014 and was due to join the Trevor Horn Band for another in Mar 2015, but had to withdraw due to flu: see above.) Seal re-signed to Perfect Songs and had a 2 week writing period in Horn's Los Angeles, CA studio booked for Oct 2012. Stewart Copeland (ex-The Police, ex-Animal Logic, ex-Curved Air) said that month on his Twitter feed that Horn and Crème are working with Seal on a project and had a picture of them together, with some implication that he was involved too. At the Mar 2015 Trevor Horn Band show, I think Horn said that Mr Probz is also working on the album. In Apr 2013, Seal said on Twitter that the new album will be released in about Jun (which didn't happen), and that tracks include "Let Yourself", "Do You Ever" and "Laying with an Angel". Later social media activity implied Ash Soan and Simon Bloor are also involved.

Horn worked on the Billy Idol album Kings & Queens of the Underground (BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services), out 20/21 Oct 2014. Idol tweeted 17 Mar: "Did some final vocal touch ups today on a couple of tracks & the [...] album is now nearing completion. One more song to add & that will be it." Performing on the album are Idol (lead vocals), Steve Stevens (worked with Chris Squire, Tony Levin; acoustic & electric guitars), Billy Morrison (ex-The Cult; rhythm guitar), Horn (bass, backing vocals, synths, keys), Geoff Downes (synths, keys, Hammond, on "most" of the album, according to a tweet of his), Ash Soan (Producers; drums, percussion), Julian Hinton (worked with Producers, Seal, Olivia Safe, Don Black, Sarah Brightman; orchestral arrangements), Greg Kurstin (worked with Lily Allen, P!nk,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ellie Goulding, Kelly Clarkson, All Saints, The Flaming Lips, Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Little Boots, Kesha; bass, guitar, drums, keys), Matt Chamberlin (drums), Tim Weidner (worked with Yes; percussion), Josh Campbell (additional guitar, backing vocals, bass), Renate Sokolovska (flute on 6), Tracy Ackerman (backing vocals), Pete Murray (keys on 7), Cameron Gower Poole (keys, synths, additional guitar), Joel M Peters (drums on 11). Horn produced all but tracks 2 & 3, which were produced by Kurstin. Horn described the album (in the Jan 2014 interview) as "an up and at them, rock'n'roll record." Tracks:
  1. "Bitter Pill" [Idol/Eric Bazilian/Glen Goss]
  2. "Can't Break Me Down" [Idol/Kurstin/Dan Nigro], lead single
  3. "Save Me Now" [Idol/George William Lewis/Kurstin]
  4. "One Breath Away" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  5. "Postcards from the Past" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  6. "Kings & Queens of the Underground" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  7. "Eyes Wide Shut" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  8. "Ghosts in My Guitar" [Idol/Stevens]
  9. "Nothing to Fear" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  10. "Love and Glory" [Idol/Stevens/Morrison]
  11. "Whiskey and Pills" [Idol/Brian Tichy]
  12. "Hollywood Promises", iTunes bonus track only
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Artwork is by Shepard Fairey. Idol tours behind the album from Nov 2014 and the release comes shortly after the release of his autobiography, "Dancing with Myself", the writing of which informed some of the lyrics. The album made #35 in the UK album chart (#4 in the Indie chart) and #35 in the US (#9 in Rock; #5 in Alternative). It was as high as #3 in Indie, #17 in Rock (18 Oct) and #54 overall on UK Amazon (24 Oct). On US Amazon, it was as high as #2 in Alternative Rock, #13 in Rock, #31 in Pop and #31 overall (24 Oct). The album made #8 in Germany, #10 in Switzerland, #17 in Austria, #24 in Denmark, #37 in Finland, #75 in the Netherlands, #81 in Australia, #102 in France, #109 in Flanders, and #127 in Wallonia.

Horn produced the 3 new tracks with Spandau Ballet that appear on their new compilation, The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet (Rhino), released Oct 2014. Brothers Martin (guitars) and Gary Kemp (bass) tweeted about the sessions in Jul 2014; the rest of the band are Tony Hadley (vocals), Steve Norman and John Keeble. The new tracks are "This is the Love", "Steal" and "Soul Boy". There is a 19-track, regular version, as well as a 35-track, 2CD deluxe version of the album. The album made #8 in the UK album chart. The deluxe CD was as high as #17 in Pop and #39 on UK Amazon (18 Oct 2014). The album is tied to the documentary film, "Soul Boys of the Western World", about the band and 1980s culture.

Trevor Horn produced the debut solo album from Razorlight's Johnny Borrell, Borrell 1 (Stiff Records/Virgin EMI/Mercury Records), released Jul 2013. Borrell's band includes Freddie Stitz (Razorlight; bass), Joao Mello (sax) and Darren Berry. The first single, "Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)" was released digitally Jun 2013.

Horn was one of a number of producers on indie rock band Spector's debut album, Enjoy It While It Lasts, out on Fiction in multiple formats. See details in Yescography.
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Horn was reportedly working on a new solo album by Sarah Brightman (ex-Andrew Lloyd Webber, worked with Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras, Nigel Kennedy). Backing vocalist Freyja (worked with The Buggles) described working on a track called "Frozen" in Sep 2010. Julian Hinton (worked with The Buggles, Seal, Olivia Safe) described on his website 2010 work for Horn at Sarm Studios "on projects as diverse as Sarah Brightman, Soundgirl and The Pierces". (Further information on SoundGirl and The Pierces, and Horn's involvement, is absent.) However, Brightman's Dreamchaser was released in 2013 with no involvement from Horn (and no track called "Frozen"), although the track does include one piece co-written by Chris Braide.

In a Prog Magazine podcast (Jun 2014), Chris Squire said, "I was actually with Trevor Horn yesterday, doing a little bit of work in his studio", but it is not known for what project this was.

Art of Noise
Influence: Hits, Singles, Moments, Treasures (ZTT/Salvo), now out, is a compilation with hit singles, collaborations and previously unreleased archival material. Also out is a deluxe edition of the band's debut, Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise, with bonus tracks of the band's two BBC Radio 1 Live sessions: Nov 1984: interview, "Close (to the Edit)", interview, "Moments in Love", interview, "Beat Box (Diversion Seven)" (including "Video Killed the Radio Star"); Mar 1985: "From Science to Silence", "Beat Box", "Moments in Love". The release also comes with a DVD including Anton Corbijn and Zbigniew Rybczynski's videos for "Beat Box" and "Close (to the Edit)", a 2-part documentary, live performances and more.

In the Apr 2008 interview for Future Music, asked about whether the Art of Noise will be doing anything new, Horn said, "We keep talking about it." He also describes how they worked on a "visual sampler" before The Seduction of Claude Debussy: "So when you hit a note, you get a picture as well as sound. [...] there's about a 20 minute video that Lol Creme did, and I'm going to put it on DVD." JJ Jeczalik told a source that the original band line-up met up in 2014 to discuss a reunion.

As executive producer
Work continues on the debut album from opera singer Olivia Safe (La Mia Bocca, worked with Robbie Williams, The Squad), produced by Graham Archer (worked with Robbie Williams, John Legend, Olly Murs) and Julian Hinton (works with Horn, Producers, worked with The Buggles, Seal, The Squad) and with Horn as executive producer. The album will be on SONYArista. It is described as a collection of covers, including of pieces by Damien Rice, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Tim Buckley. Hinton described "putting the finishing touches to [...] Olivia Safe's debut album" on his website.

Material from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells II, co-produced by Horn, is on Oldfield's 2CD new singles/rarities compilation The Best Of: 1992-2003 (Rhino Records), out 27 Apr 2015.

Horn produced and played some keys on parts of Paul McCartney's 1989 solo album, Flowers in the Dirt. The whole of McCartney's solo discography is being successively re-released through his new label, Concord Music Group, with new bonus material, although details for the Flowers in the Dirt re-release are some way off.

Horn heads up the SPZ Group, the entertainment business which includes two record labels, ZTT (MySpace page) and Stiff Records; Sarm Studios (who operate recording studios and manage record producers and engineers); Perfect Songs (music publishing company); Music Bank (backline hire and rehearsal studio facilities); and The Workplace (a London business centre). Horn is managed by Sandy Dworniak. The new SARM Music Village in Ladbroke Grove, London officially opens in Apr 2015.

Trevor Rabin Homepage; News
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Rabin is continuing with a solo career and with scoring. Summer 2014, his website announced a new album as "coming soon". On 22 Jun on Facebook, Rabin described it: "the current album I'm working on is a vocal album. I'm not sure where it will ultimately land up. But it's definitely a rock album at this point. What I've been writing is definitely challenging my fingers. But I'm loving it." The day before, he'd posted:
sorry i've been missing in action,,,.but I have been 24/7 on the new solo album, and it's turning into something pretty cool.
I was hoping i'd be closing in by now.
Ufortunately it'll take a but longer. It's just taking time to let it all happen the right way. But i'm quite excited with where it's going.
I'm about half way through and very happy. Bare with me.

On 14 Sep, Rabin said the album with have "some surprise guests" and described 3 drummers will be involved, Lou Molino (who had already recorded parts), son Ryan Rabin and an as yet unnamed drummer. Recording sessions continued in Sep.

Back on 20 Feb, Rabin said on Facebook:
I've completed 2 tracks for my next solo album.
I wasn't sure what shape my voice would be in, as singing is something I do little of with scoring (or on Jacaranda), ... but voice exercises and singing a lot,....i'm in good shape.
Happy so far, ...long way to go!

Journalist Jon Kirkman said on Facebook (1 Jan 2014) that Rabin is keen to get the rock album out within 2 years and he already has some material for it. On Facebook in Feb 2014, Rabin talked of having completed two songs in the style of Can't Look Away and 90125.

He released his solo album Jacaranda in 2012 and said in one May 2012 interview that: "I've already starting thinking about material for a next album." He explained in another interview (published around May 2012, but possibly from some time earlier in that year):

I love my work and my work for the last 12 years, or so, has been making song scores, but I love going on vacation. I really do enjoy doing the movie stuff and I’m not going to stop. I am also not going to let that side of things get in the way of doing this [solo work], which is my favorite thing to do.

He has talked about two projects, an electric guitar concerto and a rock album with vocals. He says later in the latter May interview:

I am actually about halfway through an electric guitar concerto right now. I was very into it but there is so much work, right down to how to write it, that I have not  finished it yet. Right now, it has four guitars in it but it might end up having five guitars. What is a guitar concerto, you may ask? There will be four or five guitars that will each have very specific parts written for it.

In a Nov 2012 interview, he describes two projects:
I've had something on the burner for a long time, but I've never really got centered on it [...] I have an electric-guitar concerto. I'm calling it that, which might sound a bit posh, but it's just a classical electric guitar. What I have sketched out is for full orchestra and electric guitar. I've also included four bagpipes, which just sounded so great. It's a great combination, these very legato, almost sitar-ish guitars and the drone of the bagpipes, which is an extraordinary sound. I really want to come to terms with this guitar concerto
I'm also very determined to do a rock album, whatever that means, with singing on it.
In a Jun 2012 interview, he said, "I will sing on a record in the future. I've started working on a followup to Jacaranda. I'm going to do a vocal." He also says, "I met with Robert Plant and we wanted to do something together, so I'd love to revisit that." And in another Jun 2012 interview, Rabin says, "I will sing soon! Yes, I will definitely be singing on my future albums and projects." And adds, "This album [Jacaranda] and the music I express on it is definitely a turning point for me. I will be far more creatively free from this moment on since creating Jacaranda." In my Jul 2012 interview with Rabin, he said: "I am so motivated by Jacaranda it certainly won't be 20 years between albums again." In an Aug 2013 interview, he said: "I am starting a new solo album as a follow up to Jacaranda".

In a Mar 2014 radio interview, Anderson mentioned a recent email from Rabin who had, in Anderson's words, "just written a piano concerto for Lang Lang" [official website].

Earlier in the Nov 2012 interview, Rabin explained that, "I miss the feeling of being on stage playing, but I certainly don't miss the travel or the hotels and the inevitable griping that goes on in bands. I can do without that." Asked about touring in support of Jacaranda, he then replies:
"We've been looking at possibly going on the road, and I've got some friends who I know could do justice to it, but I couldn't afford them," Rabin says without the slightest hint of gallows humor. "It would be difficult because it's not just three guitars hacking 12-bar; it's very specific parts, and some of them are quite challenging. They'd have to be integrated, and the sound would have to be right."
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awarded Rabin the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award at the 27th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (21 Jun 2012, Los Angeles, CA). The award is in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Rabin performed "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" with Grouplove (his son, Ryan's band) at the event: video on Rabin's Facebook page.

Rabin's previous solo album was the instrumental Jacaranda. Rabin performed guitars, bass, keys and additional vocals, with drums mostly by Lou Molino. Vinnie Colaiuta (ex-Asia, ex-Frank Zappa, worked with Billy Sherwood, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin) and Trevor's son Ryan Rabin (Grouplove) drum on 2 tracks each. The album cover was by Hannah Hooper (Grouplove). Details in the Yescography here.

In the May 2012 issue of Prog, Rabin said: "I've told everyone I work with that touring this album means more to me than anything else. [...] I feel it'll be heard at its best in the smaller types of clubs. But to be honest, I'll go wherever there's a demand to hear it." Asked about touring in a May 2012 interview, Rabin replied: "You know I'm hoping to, but it's going to be a tough one to get together since I'd need two or three guitarists who can play the stuff and get rehearsed. But I absolutely want to get out and play it." And in this early 2012 interview:

If I was to have to go on the road, then I would have to put a band together. This stuff is a little different for the  average player. There are a lot of great players out there but  being able to find them and then sit and rehearse with them  would mean we would have to have a lengthy tour. I would love to  do that but I don’t think it will happen.

Asked about touring in this Jun 2012 interview, Rabin says, "Well, I haven't got there just yet. It's all still very new, but I'm hoping to."

Rabin's 2003 solo album, Live in L.A., recorded on his 1989 tour, has been re-released on Varèse Sarabande with a bonus track of a previously unreleased live recording of "Solly's Beard" (of unknown origin). Details of the original release are in the Yescography.

Film scores etc.
Rabin scored the family adventure film "Max", about a military working dog returned from Afghanistan, released 26 Jun 2015. A 17-track, digital-only score album was released 23 Jun in the US.

Rabin and longstanding collaborator Paul Linford did the score for the first episode of SyFy's series 12 Monkeys (based on the 1995 film directed by Terry Gilliam, which itself was based on the short 1962 film "La Jetée"), broadcast Jan 2015. Linford then scored the rest of the first season.

Rabin scored "Grudge Match" (directed by Peter Segal, and with Robert de Niro and Sylvester Stallone), out 25 Dec 2013 in the US. As well as the score, Rabin also co-wrote and co-performed two songs in the movie with Dante Marchi (The August Empire, ex-Dizzy X): "I Want Your Money" and "Loose". (Vocalist Liz Constantine—Marchi's collaborator in The August Empire and Dizzy X, who has worked with Rabin previously—also performed "Danke Schoen" for the film.)

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Collaborations, guest appearances & other news
Rabin, Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson are working on a project together: see the main page. He also said, in this Aug 2013 interview, that he "would love to do an album with my son, Ryan, at some point. However, he is very busy drumming, writing and producing his band Grouplove".

On Facebook in Sep 2014, Rabin described guesting on a track on an album by Jason Becker (worked with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe). Becker described the album in Aug 2014: "I have a few new songs. It is kind of like modern classical with a little Pink Floyd, and I have a cover of 'Blowin in the Wind' and a couple of new versions of my song 'River of Longing' with guest players like Trevor Rabin [...] and [Joe] Satriani and more to be announced."

Gary May on Facebook in early 2015 said how he had had "Trevor produce, orchestrate and play on one of my songs", with photo taken in Rabin's Jacaranda studio on 31 Oct 2014.

In 2013, Hollywood band Dizzy X (MySpace), with Dante Marchi and vocalist Liz Constantine (Twitter), both of whom have worked with Rabin announced that he would be guesting on dobro on their forthcoming third album. However, Dizzy X then became The August Empire, whose debut album Before the Hereafter does not feature Rabin, although he is thanked in the liner notes.
Rabin is signed to Kraft-Engel Management. Rabin also paints and his work can be viewed and purchased at the Entertainers Art Gallery.

Billy Sherwood Homepage; Homepage for solo projects; MySpace page; MySpace for Billy Sherwood Productions; Billy on Twitter; Billy on YouTube

In early Mar 2014, Sherwood did the engineering for backing vocal sessions for the latest Yes album, Heaven & Earth, and he then mixed the album: see main page for details. He then mixed 2 live DVDs for the band: see details here. On 19 May 2015, it was announced that Chris Squire has been diagnosed with cancer and will be receiving treatment (see main page), with Sherwood filling in for him on already announced live Yes dates in 2015.

Projects with Tony Kaye
Billy Sherwood has a number of projects involving Tony Kaye, notably CIRCA:, that are covered on their own page

Solo work
With a release scheduled before Sherwood got the call from Squire to fill in for him with Yes, "Universal Garden" is a new digital single from Sherwood, a re-recording of the song on Yes's Open Your Eyes, released 18 May. Entirely performed by Sherwood, recording of the piece was finished in Apr 2015. This heralds a new label deal to re-release his back catalogue. This will begin with Divided by One, Sherwood's seventh solo album released digitally in 2014, debuting on CD; and a new compilation containing 7 tracks from each of his first 7 solo albums, plus 2 exclusive tracks, one original composition by Sherwood and one cover.

On 30 May 2015, Sherwood announced on Facebook his next and eighth solo album:
I've been quietly working away on my next new solo CD... and I'm happy to announce that it's completed and heading for mastering next week !!! It will be pressed onto CD's and made available via my website (currently under re-constrution), also you can get a copy at any of the Yes shows coming up (whilst I stand in for my friend Chris Squire as he recovers)
Divided by One was released digitally Apr 2014; tracks: "On Impact" (7:59), "The Scene Come Alive" (4:17), "No Stone Unturned" (4:59; promo video), "Between Us" (4:24), "Divided by One" (4:22), "Sequence of Events" (6:15), "Sphere of Influence" (5:00), "Here for You" (5:44), "Constellation Codex" (5:18), "End of an Era" (8:11). Sherwood performed all instruments and vocals.
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Sherwood is working on an album entitled Citizendetails on the main page given the number of Yesmen guesting.

The Collectives
The Prog Collective (Facebook) is the name for what is effectively a solo album by Billy Sherwood with an array of guests. On delivery of the album, Cleopatra commissioned a sequel, The Fusion Syndicate. And a few days later in Apr 2012, Sherwood was able to say that Prog Collective 2 and Fusion Collective 2 were also contracted. In the May 2012 interview, Sherwood said, "now it might be the kind of thing where we have The Prog Collective Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. They're interested in doing more". The second Prog Collective album appeared as Epilogue (Purple Pyramid Records in the US; Cleopatra Records in the UK), but no news on a second Fusion Syndicate album has since emerged.

Multiple tracks from these albums are included on Cleopatra's compilation The Prog Box: see main page for details.

Project with Ciago & Goodsall
On 9 Jun, Ronnie Ciago (ex-CIRCA:, worked with Brand X, Patrick Moraz, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Ward, Mick Taylor) announced on Facebook that he was recording that week a project with himself (drums, composing), Sherwood (bass, composing), John Goodsall (
ex-Brand X; guitar, composing) and Franz Pusch (ex-Brand X; keys, engineer, producer).

Dance music for Cleopatra Records
Sherwood was writing dance material for Cleopatra Records. He explained on Facebook (Apr 2012):

Got a cool new gig to add onto the pile... This new mission is to compose/play rave/prog dance tracks, (destine for the club scene). This mission comes from Cleopatra Records who are building an arsenal of this type of material... For this gig I write it, design the basics... groove, chords, lyrics, melody etc..., possibly sing a few of them myself. I'll be delivering the tracks in a sort of framework form, at which point another "dance/rave" producer will take it the rest of the way home... It's a writing gig...

He described 4 songs, including "EMP", "Test of Time" and "Synthetic Life", and was working on a fifth.

Tribute albums & related
Sherwood continues to work on multiple further releases from Cleopatra Records, in addition to The Prog Collective seq. He produces tribute albums for the label, detailed below, and appears on further albums (see main page for details).

Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors (Purple Pyramid Records/Cleopatra), produced by Sherwood, was released Jun 2014. The album was recorded in mid-2013, but held back by the label until now. Sherwood first announced on Facebook on 18 Apr 2013 that he was "[o]fficially beginning" a tribute to The Doors that day, and he described working on the project on Facebook through May 2013. Sherwood described the album as "still in production, mixing soon" on 4 Aug 2013 on Facebook, while Downes tweeted on 9 Aug of finishing keys for "Alabama Song". Sherwood was mixing the album in Sep, finishing on 1 Oct 2013. Guests include Patrick Moraz, Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe. Details in Yescography.

On 4 Apr 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook beginning work on a new, 16-track, largely acoustic, Beatles tribute album, with Sherwood playing (nearly) all instruments and a range of guest vocalists. (Sherwood explained on Facebook in Aug 2014: "The vibe is meant to be more acoustic in nature, that said there are still electric instruments involved".) Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles (SKU 2232) was released 28 Apr 2015 on Cleopatra Records. Tracks:
  1. "Across the Universe", Ann Wilson (Heart) (preview here)
  2. "Penny Lane", John Wetton (Asia, ex-King Crimson)
  3. "Eleanor Rigby", Jack Bruce (Bruce passed away a few weeks after recording his vocals)
  4. "Blackbird", Liz Madden
  5. "Norwegian Wood", Andrew Gold
  6. "Hide Your Love Away", Todd Rundgren (vocal recorded Sep 2014)
  7. "All You Need is Love", Helen Reddy
  8. "I'll Follow the Sun", Judy Collins
  9. "And I Love Her", Howard Jones
  10. "Ticket to Ride", Felix Cavaliere
  11. "Let It Be", KC (KC & the Sunshine Band)
  12. "Yesterday", David Clayton Thomas
  13. "Nowhere Man", Martha Davis
  14. "All I Gotta Do", Stephen Bishop
  15. "Something", Billy Sherwood
  16. "Hey Jude", Leo Sayer
  17. "Can't Buy Me Love", Dale Bozzio (worked with Sherwood recently: see below) (digital only bonus track)
  18. "I Feel Fine", Al Stewart (digital only bonus track)
Earlier comments by Sherwood had Kate Pierson (The B-52s) on "Norwegian Wood", Kristian Love (Emote) on "Let It Be" and vocalist Harry Wayne on an unspecified track, but they appear not to have been used in the end. David Hussey (XNA, ex-Genesis tribute band Gabble Ratchet, ex-Yes tribute band Closer to the Edge) guests on flute on "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away".
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Material from Sherwood's previous Beatles tribute album, 2009's Abbey Road: A Tribute to The Beatles, is included on the 2014 collection A Tribute to the Beatles with Air Supply, Santo & Johnny, And More (Positive Vibrations).

In an Apr 2008 interview, Sherwood said he was working on a tribute to The Police, saying, "I was planning on kind of inviting just like great guitar players to come on and play some great solos and play over the top of the stuff and keep the music kind of pure." However, further news on this has yet to emerge.

The Human Experimente is a King Crimson-related project from Jeffrey Fayman (Globus, ex-Empire) with Robert Fripp (King Crimson). They released a digital single of "21st Century Schizoid Man" with Maynard James Keenan (Tool; lead vocals) in late 2009. An album appears to be forthcoming, with Sherwood joining the collaboration. In Jun 2011 on Facebook, Sherwood said he had just finished mixing "21st Century Schizoid Man" with Fripp, Keenan, Gregg Bissonette (ex-Steve Vai, ex-David Lee Roth, ex-Toto, ex-Ringo Starr; drums) and Matt Bissonette (ex-Brian Wilson, ex-David Lee Roth, ex-Ringo Starr; bass), presumably a new mix of the prior single. Then in Jul 2011 on Facebook, he talked of mixing a version of "Epitaph" with Fripp, himself on drums and 5-string bass, and Fayman (drums).

Jim Ladd's Headsets (MySpace page)
Sherwood is working with radio DJ Jim Ladd on a series of albums based on Ladd's Headsets freeform radio shows of the same name. The improvised radio show adds effects and spoken word material to other artists' songs, but these Headsets releases use mostly original material.
Chapter 2: Sides, based on a concept by Sherwood, is the latest and only available from the Headsets webpage. The music on the album was written, arranged and performed (guitars, bass, drums; there are no keys on the album) by Sherwood, with spoken word performances by Ladd (except for one spoken word piece, "Haunted by Diversity", written by Helene Hodge and performed by Hodge and Ladd). In a NftE interview, Sherwood said: "we plan on doing as many as we like [...] so in the same way that, for me CIRCA: is doing its thing, and naturally taken on a life of its own, that's what's going kind of happen in this case as well with HEADSETS, so there will be multiple records as years roll by I'm sure."

Other news
Sherwood plays lead guitar and sings in new band Emote, with Kristian "Kristy" Love (lead vocals, guitar), Felix Pollard (drums, percussion) and Matt McBride (bass). Three tracks are on their YouTube account: "Right on Track", "Go No Go" and "The Moment of Clarity". Sherwood appears to have mixed their debut album in May 2014. They played their whole  album live on 4 Oct 2014 in Palmdale, CA, at a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sherwood and Tony Kaye are involved in a reunion of Mabel Greer's Toyshop: see main page for details.

In May 2013, Sherwood announced on Facebook that he was producing and co-writing a new album by Dale Bozzio (ex-Frank Zappa, ex-Missing Persons) for Cleopatra Records. On Facebook in Jul 2013, Sherwood described final vocal recording sessions for a 10-track album, with the album to be completed in Aug 2013. The album, Missing in Action, was released in Mar 2014 in the US (on CD and vinyl) and UK: some sources give it under the name Missing Persons feat. Dale Bozzio, but others give it as Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio; tracks: "Do or Die" (3:34) [Sherwood], "Hello, Hello" (3:09) [Johannes Bürmann/Alexander Gernert/Alexander Krause/Marian Thomasson], "Walk into the Sun" (4:12) [Tom Ashton/Simon Denbligh/Laurence Elliott/Elizabeth Murray], "Covert Operation" (3:51) [Sherwood], "The More We Love" (3:42) [Sherwood], "The Speed of Light" (4:20) [Sherwood], "All the Way" (3:37) [Bozzio/Sherwood], "If I Gave You My Mind" (4:11) [Bozzio/Sherwood], "Siren Song" (3:37) [Sherwood], "Crisis in Overdrive" (3:24) [Sherwood], "Walking in L.A. (acoustic version)" (4:00) [Sherwood], "Hello, Hello (radio remix)" (3:10). The last 2 tracks are on the CD only. Sherwood performed all instruments and did backing vocals.

From Jan 2014, Sherwood was writing, producing, recording and performing on a forthcoming new album from Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel for Cleopatra Records. He described recording drums and acoustic guitar (for acoustic versions of "Jealous" and "Desire") for the album in that month.

Sherwood was performing bass and backing vocals for three Jun 2013 shows with the Alan Parsons Live Project. The band were Alan Parsons (guitar, vocals), Danny Thompson (drums), Alastair Greene (guitar, vocals), Tom Brooks (keys), PJ Olsson (vocals), Todd Cooper (sax, vocals, guitar). Set list: "I Robot", "Damned If I Do", "Don't Answer Me", "Breakdown/The Raven", "Time", "I Wouldn't Want to be Like You", "The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)", "Snake Eyes", "The Ace of Swords", "Nothing Left to Lose", "The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)", "Psychobabble", "Don't Let It Show", "Prime Time", "Sirius", "Eye in the Sky"; encore: "(The System of) Dr Tarr and Professor Fether", "Old and Wise", "Games People Play". Chris Squire was in the audience for one show.

Sherwood (on bass) was in new fusion band One Nation, with keyboardist Alan Hewitt (worked with The Moody Blues, Earth Wind and Fire, Warrant), drummer Felix Pollard (although Ricky Lawson was originally announced) and vocalist/guitarist Steve Oliver. However, on Facebook in Jul 2014, Sherwood described the project as "No Go". Sherwood (bass/vocals on 2 songs) and Hewitt (B-3 organ on 1 song) both guested on Oliver's 12-track album, World Citizen, released in May 2012. All songs on the album were written and produced by Oliver, who also contributes guitars, guitar synth, vocals, violins, drums, percussion and programming, with other guests including Paul Taylor (sax), Tom Schuman (keys), Will Donato (sax), Andrew Neu (sax), Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (trumpet), Eddie Reddick (bass), KT Tyler (bass), Randy Walker (drums).

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On 5 Oct 2012, Sherwood announced on Facebook that he is "producing/recording/playing/co-writing the next" album from Star Trek actor William Shatner (Facebook). Called Ponder the Mystery, mixing was in Jul/Aug 2013, Sherwood/Maor Appelbaum mastered the album in early Aug and it was released 8 Oct (US) and 21 Oct in the UK, on CD and 2LP. Sherwood explained how he and Shatner initially "sat in his production office and brainstormed the entire concept for the project." In a Sep 2013 interview, Shatner described that concept: "I'll take that period of time, an hour before sunset, where a guy is at the beach and in despair about his life, and write music that goes through twilight and sunset into the sounds of the night. Gradually, with the beauty of the night and his thinking, he regains the joy of his life." On 16 Feb 2013, he said on Facebook: "just wrote the 1st piece of music for the Shatner project, has a Floyd vibe to it..." A tweet on 28 Mar described, "Recording drums, bass etc..for a new track". On 13 Apr, Sherwood had this:
Writing the last song for the Shatner project/CD. Called "Alive" it's the final track for the record [...] With the exception of todays work... the entire record is recorded and written (Bill wrote all the lyrics I've composed the music). We met yesterday to look over all the songs, he is very happy and excited to record his parts (tracking in a week or so...).

Multiple guest stars were again involved, as listed. (During the making of the album, Sherwood also mentioned Chris Spedding and Allan Holdsworth (ex-UK), but neither appeared on the final album.) Tracks:

  1. "Red Shift"
  2. "Where It's Gone... I Don't Know", with Mick Jones (Foreigner; guitar solo), Shatner (spoken word), Sherwood (vocals, drums, bass, guitars, keys)
  3. "Manhunt", with Simon House (violin)
  4. "Ponder the Mystery", with Steve Vai (lead guitar), Shatner (spoken word), Sherwood (vocals, drums, bass, guitars, keys)
  5. "So Am I", with Al Di Meola (guitar solo)
  6. "Change", with Rick Wakeman (keys solo; engineered by Erik Jordan)
  7. "Sunset", with Joel Vandroogenbroeck (Brainticket; flute)
  8. "Twilight", with Edgar Winter
  9. "Rhythm of the Night", with Nik Turner (ex-Hawkwind, The Prog Collective, The Fusion Syndicate), Shatner (spoken word), Sherwood (vocals, drums, bass, guitars, keys)
  10. "Imagine Things", with Vince Gill (mandolin, acoustic guitar solos)
  11. "Do You See?", with Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream; guitar solo)
  12. "Deep Down", with Robby Krieger (ex-The Doors; sitar, guitar solo)
  13. "I'm Alright, I Think", with Dave Koz (sax)
  14. "Where Does Time Go?", with the late George Duke (ex-Frank Zappa; keys solo)
  15. "Alive", with Zoot Horn Rollo (ex-Captain Beefheart)
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The 2LP has four songs on each side, except side B of the second LP, which only has three. A video and a photo shoot for the cover was done in Sherwood's locale in late Jun 2013; the video is now here. Shatner (vocals, harmonica) backed by CIRCA: performed the album at 3 live shows in California 23-5 Oct 2013: they played the album straight through; the first and third shows sold out. They were due to play Hollywood, CA on 7 Dec, to be broadcast on cable TV. (Shatner's previous album, Seeking Major Tom, was released on Cleopatra Records and consisted of mostly covers, with guest appearances including from Steve Howe, Patrick Moraz and others.)

Sherwood co-produced, co-wrote and plays on the second release from Los Angeles prog band, Days Between Stations, now out in the US and digitally in the UK. The band consists of guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes, who have previously worked with The Pineapple Thief. Peter Banks also contributed to the album before his death in Mar 2013, while Rick Wakeman and Tony Levin also guest. See on main page for details of both. Sherwood is again co-writing/producing their next album: in a 16 Dec 2014 Facebook update, he described "tonight we are recording the 2nd song for the record (as yet untitled)."

Sherwood and Tony Kaye also both guest on a new album from Marcelo Paganini, also detailed on the main page.

Sherwood is working with the Sonic Reality music software development company, founded by Dave Kerzner (working with Steven Wilson, worked with Jon Anderson), including with Sonic Elements, a.k.a. the Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project. The project entails plans to release various pieces of music with various guests, some covers (including of Yes, Genesis and Rush), some original, but where some of the instrumental tracks are also available through Sonic Reality's sample libraries. With other Yesmen involved, see on the main page for details. Sherwood is also on Kerzner's new solo album, New World.

Sherwood mixed, produced and plays bass and additional guitars on When We Changed You (YouTube album trailer) by new band XNA, founded by David Hussey (ex-Genesis tribute band Gabble Ratchet, ex-Yes tribute band Closer to the Edge; vocals) and Adam Malin (ex-Psycle, ex-Sheltered Lives; keys), with Danny Bryle (ex-Psycle; guitar) and Scott Connor (CIRCA:, The Prog Collective, ex-Yoso, ex-Gabble Ratchet, Genesis tribute band Squonk). See details in Yescography. (Live the band consists of Hussey, Malin, Connor, John Thomas (worked with Toni Childs, Vixen, Graham Bonnet; guitar) and Jeff Bird (Magnolia, ex-Yes tribute band Roundabout; bass).) In Jul 2011 on Facebook, Sherwood talked of starting the first mix of the album. By Jan 2012, Sherwood said this on Facebook:

we are about 3/4ths completed. Very interesting record, deep lyrics and music, very orchestral and dynamic, in the way old school Genesis was done... I think anyone into prog will dig this record when it is finished.

Mixing was finished early Jun 2012, but new bass (by Sherwood) and drums were then recorded and Sherwood was doing a new mix in Oct 2012. The album was released in the US 22 Oct 2013 on Cleopatra Records. It was mastered by Maor Appelbaum. Tracks:

  1. "At Childhood's Beginning" (2:01)
  2. "When We Changed You" (7:19)
  3. "Banner of the Whyte Boar" (15:03)
  4. "The Flying Dutchman" (9:28); music video
  5. "The Vale of Avalon" (7:08)
  6. "Annapurna" (8:29)
  7. "At Childhood's End" (16:06)
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Sherwood did live mixing for the band on 28 Mar 2014 at a show in Los Angeles, CA.

In Jun 2013, Sherwood described on Facebook mixing for a band called Time Horizon, including their cover of the World Trade song "The Moment is Here". In Jul, it was a mix for Ernie Saylor and his band.

Marty Walsh (ex-The Key, ex-Supertramp, worked with Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, LeAnn Rimes, Freddie Jackson) is producing and performing on a covers album by singer Becca Levy, with Sherwood contributing bass. Walsh has also released an instrumental, 10-track, solo album, The Total Plan, out 16 Jun, with Sherwood among other guests including Abe Laboriel, drummer John "JR" Robinson (worked with Rufus, Mike Oldfield, Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Madonna, David Benoit), Michael Ruff (keys), Paul Jefferson (tenor sax), Nick Manson and Ian Walsh (his son, keys and some co-writing).

Sherwood and Chas Sandford are producing tracks on a forthcoming solo album by Mike Tiano, who is known to Yes fans for his work for many years on Notes from the Edge and formerly with the YesWorld website.

Released Jul 2013 was the 12-track album Griffons at the Gates of Heaven (Cleopatra Records) by Florida trio, Sons of Hippies. Sherwood guests on Mellotron and Moog.

Sherwood is guesting on projects by Paolo Pigni, Leon Alvarado and Edison's Lab, the first two also with Rick Wakeman and the third with Tony Kaye; these are covered on the main page.

On 24 Jan 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook a session for a forthcoming album by Paul D'Adamo, Rawfully Organic (Melodic Revolution Records), due 2014, but yet to appear. The session for the song "WTF!?!?" was with D'Adamo (keys), Sherwood (guitar), Tony Levin (bass), Jerry Marotta (drums). Also appearing on the album are Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson), Chris Remediani and the California Guitar Trio. In Aug 2013, D'Adamo gave a working track listing (in no particular order) of "Games Without Frontiers", "Time Heals All Wounds", "Long Lost Greetings", "WTF!?!?" (written by D'Adamo/Marotta), "Wallflower", "Back in NYC", "Kiss of Life", "Loving Me Back to Life", "I Can Let Go Now", "Don't Give Up"—some songs are covers of Genesis or Peter Gabriel solo material. Marotta is producing the album, which will have artwork by Leon Alvarado.

In Mar/Apr 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook producing, recording and mixing the band No Convention, with Neil Briggs on drums. This was for a single song, and Sherwood also did the video. In May, he contracted to do a 5-sing EP with them. In Jun 2014, he was mixing for a project entitled Forest Field from Peter Cox (to be mastered by Appelbaum). Then in late Jul 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook beginning to produce and engineer a new band, The Dolan Brotherhood, with Tom Wallaces (drums) and James Brady. In early Aug, he was recording an album by Mexican band Alpha Lighting System.

Sherwood guests on "The Digital Church", the final song on the 11-track Year of the Snake (Sansei Records Ltd.) from Spiders & Snakes, due on digital only on 28 Oct. The band consists of Lizzie Grey (guitars, vocals), Tim Yasui (drums, keys, vocals), Phil St. Vincent (bass, vocals) and Chris Sheridan (ex-Sweet Savage; guitars, vocals). Ryo Okumoto (Asia Featuring John Payne, Spock's Beard) guests on another track. Mastering was by Maor Appelbaum.

One Eye on the Highway
(K&B Entertainment) is the 11-track, self-released, debut country album by Canadian singer-songwriter Elizabeth MacInnis. The album was produced by Sherwood, who also performs on guitar, bass, drums, keys and piano, while John Calverley plays violin and Roman Miroshnichenko guests on guitar on 1 track. The album was released May 2013.

In Nov 2013, Sherwood was doing vocals for a track on a forthcoming solo album from Ted Stockwell (ex-Treason, ex-White).

In Apr 2013, Sherwood did drums, bass, guitars and mix for a track by Jon Gillespie.

Sherwood is also mixing and performing on Crusher Jones' Bold Little Stranger, with Jeff Collins (ex-Gabble Ratchet, Squonk, ex-Foam Rubber Sole; producer, vocals, guitars, bass, keys, co-writer), Connor (vocals, drums), Rob Tucker (ex-Stew, ex-Foam Rubber Sole; keys, vocals, co-writer), Sherwood (guitars, bass, keys), Rich Alferi (bass on 1 track), Katie Collins (vocals on 1 track), Joel Valder (ex-Foam Rubber Sole). Tracks: "Hi Hello Hooray", "Whiskey Goes Down", "Bold Little Stranger", "Going Back to Louisville", "Thank You for Trying to Kill Me", "Field of Crosses", "Supertonic", "Heaven is on the Freeway", "Slumber Yard - A Lullaby for the Losers", "The Day the Sun Burned Out", "Darling One", "Across Sand and Sea", "Crestfallen". Another mixing project is for Steve Sikes-Nova (worked with Steve Nardelli), who records under the name Tuxedo Cat Sings!. Sherwood worked on three tracks by his brother Michael in May 2012: see under Michael.

Sherwood played bass and keys and produced a track ("Cracking Ice") by KK Ryder and her band for a Sky Saxon tribute album.

Sherwood also guested as a vocalist on 2-3 tracks of concept album Elinoire (YouTube preview) from German band, Flaming Row, now out. The band is led by Martin Schnella (guitars, bass, keys, vocals) with Kiri Geile (co-writing), Niklas Kahl (drums) and Marek Arnold (keys, sax). Other guests include Brendt Allman and Gary Wehrkamp (vocals) from Shadow Gallery, Ali Neander (Rodgau Monotones; guitar) and Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard; vocals).

Sherwood is also mixing a forthcoming album from Tymbral, and another for Greg Bennett (10 tracks, including "As One").

In Mar 2013, Sherwood was brought in by Cleopatra Records to remix Frequency Unknown by Queensrÿche feat. Geoff Tate, but he withdrew from the project after a few days and was not credited on the final album. However, Sherwood's mix of "The Weight of the World" from the album was then released on the label's compilation The Prog Box: see main page for details. And then a deluxe 2CD version of the album was released on 4 Nov, consisting of the original album plus 4 bonus tracks from 2013 on CD 1 and Sherwood's mix of the album on CD 2. The press release describes Sherwood completing his mix of the album for this release, and says: "Many of the songs were rearranged almost from scratch, with Sherwood adding orchestral arrangements and his own unique spin on these compositions."

In late Feb 2012 on Facebook, Sherwood described how he had written a song with Richard Page (appeared on Supertramp tribute album, ex-Mr. Mister, ex-Third Matinee, worked with Quincy Jones), called "Love Rescue Me", and that Page "may place it on his next solo cd..."

Having previously mixed their latest album, Sherwood played with Bando do Sol at a live show in Sorocoba, Brazil on 28 Aug 2010; audience ~5000+. They played with a 50-piece orchestra (Orquestra Sinfônica de Sorocaba) and the show was to be filmed for DVD release. The first hour was to be without Sherwood and feature the band's new album. Tracks with Sherwood: "Cut the Ties" (originally by CIRCA:), "Confess" (Conspiracy), "To Seek the Truth" (Yoso), "All Good People" (Yes), "Africa" (Toto), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes), "Roundabout" (Yes), "My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison), bass solo (excerpts from "Lessons to be Learned" (The Big Peace), "You're Not the Only One" (World Trade's Euphoria), "Oneirology" (Oneirology)). Further shows in Brazil may follow.

In Sep 2007, Sherwood was reported to be producing "a number of bands". In a Mar 2008 interview, he said of his home studio, "I do a lot of production work here. I do a lot of writing for Japanese anime' cartoons. I also work for Master Source, which is a large music library. They're featuring me as their artist of the month on their website, which is quite an honor." Sherwood has continued to do a variety of material for Mastersource Music, a music source company, including, according to various tweets, orchestral cues, kids songs and a vocal session with Nancy Ellis. See also the Billy Sherwood Productions MySpace page.

Sherwood and Bob Kulick head up Fearless Music West, a spin-off from Jamie Lamm's New York-based Fearless Music, doing music for commercials. Sherwood has been working with Bob Cesca (cover art for Yes and Conspiracy) and his production studio Camp Chaos.

On his MySpace blog in May 2007, Sherwood recounted how he met Malcom McDowell prior to recording Back Against the Wall: "I met Malcolm while doing a session for him and Brian Johnson {acdc singer} BJ wrote a broadway play which he had cast MM in. I did the session". Sherwood's role in this session or any further details are unknown.

Work began late in 2003 on a new World Trade album. In a Jun 2004 interview, Schellen says, "We [Sherwood and Schellen] have recently begun a new World Trade record with Bruce [Gowdy], it truly sounds amazing. [...] [Gowdy] sounds better than ever. The sound is more powerful and explosive than before, with all the hallmark vocals and melodic lead guitars. The partnership is strong and this record is going to be a monster!" The project then stalled. In a Jan 2006 interview, Sherwood is asked whether World Trade is now defunct and replies, "It lives on in my mind and in Bruce Gowdy's mind and in Jay Schellen's mind. We talk about it, but life gets busy and it just doesn't seem like it's something we ever focus on. Two of the tracks on the new Conspiracy project [which in turn stalled—see CIRCA: page for details] were written by Bruce and me with the idea that maybe we would start working on a new World Trade record. But Bruce got really swamped, and so did I, and it fell on the back burner. But those two tracks blend in perfectly, so there's a World Trade flavor to the new Conspiracy record." In Jun 2007, Sherwood said, "Bruce and Jay and I always speak of doing another record so, you never know." Then, in Feb 2015, came the announcement of a World Trade reunion and new album: Sherwood said online, "Bruce Gowdy, Mark T WIlliams, Guy Allison and myself have just signed a record deal to make another ‘WORLD TRADE’ record !!! After many moons we are returning to the studio to create that sound once more.The record will be released on 'Frontiers Records'". (Gowdy and Allison have been working together recently in Unruly Child: see under Gowdy for details.) The album is due 2016 and Sherwood described it in Apr 2015 as taking a "musical direction close to Toto's most recent releases and 90125/Big Generator-era Yes."

In Dec 2009, Sherwood said that, "I got a message from a guy who has a "reissue" label and he wants to reissue "world trade 1" and "world trade euphoria" along with a few bonus tracks and a booklet etc... Should be cool !!"

The original incarnation of The Key—Sherwood, Jimmy Haun (CIRCA:; guitar), Mark T. Williams (drums)—recorded an album in 1991, Delta Sierra Juliet, which was never released. Sherwood has said they hope to release it one day, but in May 2007, Sherwood wrote on his MySpace blog that, "The original "Key" record with myself, Jimmy haun, Mark Williams won't be released, it was on Impact/MCA a now defunct record comapny." To ProgressiveEars.com in Feb 2009, he said the album "is caught up in ownership issues and most likely will never see the light of day". However, the rights to The World is Watching, The Key's 1997 album, have reverted to Sherwood and guitarist Marty Walsh and Sherwood continued that he is "Thinking of sprucing it up and re-releasing it via my on line store".

Igor Khoroshev Homepage

Khoroshev has been working with Mike Plotnikoff (engineer on The Ladder and House of Yes; worked with INXS, Aerosmith, KISS, My Chemical Romance) as a production team. The pair worked with Los Angeles band Checkpoint Charlie (Facebook), consisting of  Brian Aspinwall (vocals), Jorge Sotomarino (lead guitar), Ben Bonomo (rhythm guitar, bass), Ryan Salhany (bass), Mason Amlee (drums). They recorded a 4-track EP in 2011 (tracks: "Sexy Baby", "Tinman", "Vagabond", "Do It") and then a full album, called Love Karma, produced by Khoroshev/Plotnikoff, mastered by Howie Weinberg. Love Karma was released in 2014; tracks: "Love Karma" (4:36), "Doing It All for You" (4:28), "Falling Into Place" (4:30), "Sexy Baby" (3:22), "Just Leave", (4:16), "Vagabond" (4:36), "Tinman" (3:41), "Acrobat" (5:11), "We are One" (5:27). There is also a video for "Vagabond" available.

Oliver Wakeman - Rick's son. Homepage; Oliver Wakeman Band Facebook page; Twitter; YouTube
Oliver's regular band consists of himself (keys, piano), Paul Manzi (Arena; vocals), David Mark Pearce (works with Lisa LaRue; guitars), Paul Brown (ex-Medicine Man; bass), Dave Wagstaffe (Landmarq, ex-Peter Banks, ex-John Wetton; drums). Wakeman and Manzi have also worked together as a duo.

Oliver has been working on a follow-up to his last solo album (Mother's Ruin) with his current band called Cultural Vandals. He continued to write material during his tenure in Yes and has decided on 9 songs for the album. He was re-working this material from Jan 2011. Manzi and Pearce have also been working on creating a rough mix of the album. Wakeman said on Facebook in May 2011: "The album itself will be a mixture of different styles and lengths of songs but I don't really like to give away song titles or descriptions before an album is released because that way no-one will have any pre-conceived ideas on how it will sound!" In a Sep 2011 blog, he said:

Cultural Vandals is coming along really well. We are currently discussing the options for releasing it which will hopefully be towards the end of the year [2011] or early 2012. I have been working on another project for the last few months and I hadn't listened to it for a while. I mentioned in my last blog that I always like to let albums sit for a while and then revisit them to make sure that I am happy with them. I sat and listened to it in full yesterday to see what other work was required and it felt really good to me. I can't wait to start recording [...] a finished version

The plan has been then to tour Europe in support of the album, and the US and Japan if there is sufficient interest. Manzi was recording vocals with Wakeman in May 2012, presumably for this project. However, less has been heard about the project since.

In a May 2009 interview, Oliver says:

I have a lot of solo material that I'd like to record too – four very different albums' worth. One will be a rock album, another Celtic rock, the third is a rock opera, and the fourth is made up of piano pieces. I really hope to start recording them before the end of the year [2009]. I like to use a studio in Virginia Water, Surrey, where I have a great relationship with the engineer Karl Groom. I produce my own recordings myself.

In the Jun 2008 interview, Oliver also said that he was "a fair way through a solo project on the piano". Oliver has also started work on a singer-songwriter-style album featuring various musicians he has worked with over the years. Oliver has also now been commissioned to do a new instrumental album in the same style as Enlightenment and Inspiration.

Oliver tweeted on 5 Aug 2014 about "Had a great day in the studio working with Rodney Matthews on songs for a new CD based on his artwork."

Ravens & Lullabies (Esoteric Antenna) is a 13-track album out in the UK from Oliver (keys, Moog, vocals) and Gordon Giltrap (worked with Rick Wakeman; guitar). Also performing are Paul Manzi (Arena, Oliver Wakeman Band; vocals), Steve Amadeo (Aynsley Lister; bass), Johanne James (Threshold; drums), plus Benoît David (ex-Yes, Mystery; vocals) guests on one track, "From the Turn of a Card", which was written by Wakeman during Yes's 2010 recording sessions for Fly from Here (although rumour suggests it was never a candidate for the album). The album was recorded and mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold, mixed Yes's In the Present, worked with John Wetton, Arena, Pendragon). A 2CD limited edition (200 copies; EANTCD21012) also included live recordings from their 2012 tour and re-recordings of pieces from both men's back catalogues.

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Giltrap said of the project (c. Jan 2012):

I have started the painful process of composing material for a new more rock orientated album, with almost a return to my Prog Rock Roots of the 70's.I'm currently working on a piece dedicated to Hilary called 'One For Billie' that I started nearly 20 years ago, and which in its original form is on YOUTUBE. What I have done is basically to de-construct the piece and start afresh with new ideas and a new approach which I believe has improved the piece beyond recognition, whilst retaining the essence of the original.

Development took place through Mar/Apr 2012. In May 2012, Wakeman said they had written all the material and were working on arrangements, prior to recording, with demo mixes largely completed by early Jul. Recording with further musicians took place in c. Oct/Nov 2012, with mixing at the end of Nov and mastering in Dec.

There were 13 duo dates in the UK in late 2012, then 13 more Feb-May 2013. Touring in the autumn consisted of duo shows 3 Oct-12 Nov, interspersed with supporting John Lee's Barclay James Harvest on 8 dates 7-23 Nov, plus one full band show at the Summer's End Festival on 5 Oct (with Manzi on vocals/guitars, James on drums, and Steve Anderson on bass) and a trio show (with Manzi) on 7 Dec (in Rotherham). A 7-date band tour of England followed 3-27 Apr 2014, with Manzi, Anderson, James and Nick Kendall. John Wetton (Asia, UK, ex-King Crimson) guested at the 26 Apr show. The 5 Apr show set included "Moneyfacturing", "Maybe Tomorrow", "A Perfect Day", "Fiona's Smile", "LJW", "Is This the Last Song I Write?", "Heartsong" and material from Jabberwocky and Hound of the Baskervilles.

Wakeman has re-released his The 3 Ages of Magick album with Steve Howe on Esoteric Recordings, with bonus tracks: "Hit 'n Myth", "The Faerie Ring" and "Dream Weaver" (a demo version of "The Storyteller"). The album also has new liner notes including unseen photos from Wakeman's personal archives. Meanwhile, Steve Howe's "Ultra Definition", on which Wakeman appears, is included on Howe's 2015 compilation Anthology: see under Howe for details.

Guest appearances
Oliver performed with dad Rick and siblings Adam and Jemma at 2 shows on 15 Jun 2013 in Gloucester: see under Rick Wakeman for details.

Oliver is among many guests on Telergy's new album, Hypatia, a concept album about the Greek mathematician Hypatia (c. 360-415). Profits from the album go to Cross Roads House Homeless Shelter in New Hampshire. Others involved include Oliver Palotai (Kamelot), Durga McBroom-Hudson (ex-Pink Floyd, ex-Blue Pearl, working with Dave Kerzner), Scott Page (worked with Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp), David Ragsdale (Kansas), Parker Lundgren (Queensrÿche), Anna Phoebe (ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, worked with Jethro Tull, Jon Lord), Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Savatage), Angus Clark (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, worked with Kitaro), Bryan Hicks (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Oliver Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Coldseed, ex-Blind Guardian). The album is composed and produced by Robert McClung (worked with The Commitments).

Paul Bond (Red Box) has self-released a digital-only single called "Blue", a song from his former band Lodestone Kick, to raise money for the oncology wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The song was recorded by Bond (guitar, vocals), Wakeman (keys) and Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Kajagoogoo, ex-Iona, ex-Steve Howe; bass).

Wakeman has played on a number of tracks for an EP and album from King Friday, with Phil Naro (ex-Talas, worked with Peter Criss; lead vocals), Joe Macre (ex-Crack the Sky, worked with Erykah Badu, Marie Osmond; bass, vocals), Vince DePaul (ex-Crack the Sky, worked with Todd Rundgren; keys), Corey Marbut (guitars) and Joey D'Amico (Crack the Sky; drums). Further guests include Andy Timmons (worked with Olivia Newton John; guitar), Carl Roa (ex-King Friday; guitar), Jim Griffiths (ex-Crack the Sky; 12-string guitar), Ashton Hart (guitar), Carey Ziglair (Crack the Sky; bass). A 5-track EP, Let the Song Begin, was released digitally in 2011, with Wakeman on 2 tracks (piano, keys and synth solo on "Let the Song Begin" and Mellotron and synths on "Down to You"), and a full, 10-track album of the same name was released on iTunes on Melodic Revolutions on 17 Mar 2012, I think containing the EP tracks. Wakeman plays on an additional song on the full album: synth solos on "Still the World".

Oliver was in the 2007 Starcastle reunion and was subsequently working with lead vocalist Al Lewis on a new project.

Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon; keys, backing vocals) & Oliver Wakeman (keys) were working on a third album, which may or may not be based on the "Frankenstein" story.

Oliver was replaced in Yes by Geoff Downes. Oliver was on initial album sessions for Fly from Here, but Downes joined the sessions partway and recorded most of the keys on the album, although a small amount of Oliver's playing remains on the album. Oliver also co-wrote one of the songs ("Into the Storm"). The band, with Oliver, had developed further material for the album that then wasn't used, as Howe discussed in a Jan 2012 interview by Anil Prasad. Some of this material was (co-)written by Oliver, as Howe explains:

We also allowed Oliver to go off with his music and not keep him waiting forever, wondering if we would release it. We’re most likely not going to release anything we did with Oliver, because he’s doing that music himself and good luck to him. We’re very pleased for him to do that. If we tried to keep Oliver’s songs in the can, they would have been forever held up.

Material planned for Yes is being re-used by Oliver for both his project with Giltrap and Cultural Vandals. He explained on Facebook in a conversation with fan Sanders Thornburgh:

There were a few tracks that started to get recorded in the studio [for Fly from Here]. Others that were written in preparation of the album and others written whilst staying in LA. A few have ended up on the forthcoming Cultural Vandals album and a couple will be on the album I'm writing with Gordon Giltrap. Nothing goes to waste! None of them will feature the Yes guys performances though.

[...] Maybe when the Giltrap/Wakeman and Cultural Vandals albums are released people will have an idea of what the album [Fly from Here] might have resembled!

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