Where are they now? - former Yes members
This page last updated: 14 Jan 2017
Bruford has retired from performance. He focuses now on teaching, research and speaking engagements. He was awarded a PhD in Feb 2016 after studying part-time at Surrey University. In a (mid?)2015 interview, he described the PhD as on: "drummers’ experience(s) of creative performance. I hope to write a book on the topic in due course." He continued that, "I have not been playing any music. I’ve not touched the drums for five years."
Bruford appears on one track of Allan Holdsworth's Tales from the Vault, a digital-only archival collection. Bruford is on an alternate version (with sax playing the melody) of "The Abingdon Chasp". The collection encompasses various studio tracks from across the years, some with new parts added by Holdsworth or newly mixed by him. Included are pieces recorded by Holdsworth/Joel Taylor/Ernest Tibbs and by Holdsworth/Virgil Donati/Jimmy Johnson, while others performing include Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband and Jimmy Haslip.
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:
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 continues. Beat and Three of
a Perfect Pair are due Oct 2016, with new stereo and
5.1 Surround mixes by Robert Fripp and Steven
Wilson, plus the original mixes in hi-res audio and
various audio and video extras. Previews from both are on
the two The Elements of King Crimson
releases (see below). A box set of 1980s material
comes in the same month, entitled On and Off the Road
1981-1984. David Singleton described
it online, saying, "unreleased gems from the 1980s
being unearthed even as I write". This will include
everything on the Beat and Three of a Perfect
was a 16-disc release out 16 Oct 2015, with 12 CDs, 1 DVD, 1
DVD-A and 2 Blu-rays, consisting of:
CD1: JurassiKc THRAK, material from the recording sessions, compiled by David Singleton, akin to Keep That One Nick on the Larks’ Tongues box setThe Blu-rays consist of:
Blu-Ray 1: 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of THRAK, ATTAKcATHRAK and Kcensington THRAK; Hi-Res stereo of THRAK in both original and new stereo mix, plus JurassiKc THRAK, THRAKaTTAK and B’Boom.The DVD and DVD-A repeat some of the Blu-ray content. The box will come with a lengthy booklet including previously unseen photos. Full details are here.
There is also a CD/DVD-A release of the new remixes of the album. THRAK came 3rd in the Prog Readers' Poll 2015 in the Reissue of the Year category (won by Fragile).
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by Delta Saxophone Quartet with Gwilym Simcock, released 26
Feb 2016 in the UK and 8 Apr in the US, is a 6-track album
of 5 King Crimson covers (3 co-written by Bruford) arranged
by Simcock and one original piece by Simcock, who played in
Bill Bruford's Earthworks. Tracks:
News about UK archival releases is here.
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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".
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.
|Kaye has been working on
multiple projects with Billy
Sherwood, some also including further Yesmen. These
chiefly include CIRCA:
and as a duo (live
album recorded 2011, out Apr 2016): follow those links
for more details.
Kaye also guested on Sherwood's Citizen (details on the main page) and with him on Time Horizon's Transitions (again, details on main page) on 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 were involved in a reunion of Mabel Greer's Toyshop: see main page for details.
A new version of Badger's One Live Badger, with Kaye, remastered from the original master tapes, was released on CD by Esoteric (WECLEC2526) on 27 May 2016. The CD booklet comes with a new essay. This is the first UK release for the album on CD.
Kaye's wife is singer Daniela Torchia
page) and he continues to support her
work. On his MySpace
page, drummer Paul Cassarino (stage
production for CIRCA:) said he is, "Currently,
working along side Tony Kaye [...] and his wife Daniela
Torchia's solo project." I am unclear whether this was "End
of Innocence", another album from Torchia or
Brian Chatton (ex-Warriors,
ex-Flaming Youth, ex-Jackson Heights, worked with Jon
Anderson) has a number of songs on his MySpace page
that were produced by Kaye. Kaye is
also helping Chatton with some videos to accompany his
forthcoming autobiography "Rolling
with Rock Royalty" (Facebook).
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|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
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:
I’m [...] planning to do some concerts by myself. More than ever, I’m back in the saddle to record. I have multiple projects in the pipeline, and they will come out as they come out. I also have some classic music in preparation, and some other new stuff that’s going to knock your socks off.
I have other symphonic works [in development; in addition to A Way to Freedom] as well, including the completion of my “Children’s Concerto” for orchestra. I’ve added some orchestral colors to it…but I like to keep some mystery about what I’m doing!
I have also been expressing myself by writing poems, either in French or in English. And I’ve already recorded some of them. And I’ve almost completed a double CD with my other group in Switzerland; that’s going to come out..probably not this year  or next year , but after that. I have at least two other albums schedule to come out. But for now, MAP is taking priority
Because my children are grown up, and because I’m not committed, contracted yet – yet! [laughs] – to tour with a big band with my music, I have more time. And I’ve developed a very interesting studio here in Florida.
The iNOW Trio consists of Moraz, bassist Bunny Brunel
(CAB, worked with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter,
Tony Williams, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell)
and drummer Virgil
Donati (CAB, Planet X, Allan Holdsworth, worked
with Bunny Brunel, Steve Walsh). They were to play Progtoberfest
II, Chicago, 22 Oct 2016, and play the 2017 Cruise to
Moraz plays 2 solo shows on
17 Jan 2017 at The Iridium, New York, NY. These celebrate
the 40th anniversary of his i solo album winning
Best Keyboard Album from Keyboard magazine. He also won
Best New Talent.
MAP is the Moraz Alban Project and their album, MAP, is
out. The project is with drummer Greg Alban (worked with
Denny Laine, Mike Pinera), who previously played on
Moraz's Timecode, as did John Avila (ex-Oingo
Boingo), who plays bass on the album. Also appearing are
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), Patrick
Perrier (bass), Dave Van Such (sax) and Matt Malley (ex-The
Counting Crows, worked with Jon Anderson; electric
sitar on "Mumbai-Mantra"). (Malley previously described sessions
with Moraz: see below.) Moraz
The current production that I am finishing should be released by the beginning of the fall . 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.
It was a balance between the two [beginning with Moraz' compositions or not]. We played together and jammed and so on. The music was composed, first and foremost. Actually I composed more than nine pieces – at least fourteen pieces – and then I let him choose the ones that felt the most comfortable. [...]Moraz also said they are "discussing and planning how we’re going to do" live dates, continuing, "Not only promotional dates, but proper concerts."
Greg and I and John Avila, we can now play that music with our eyes closed! We can play it the way it is [written], but we can also jam. And that’s what we will do for the next album. We are really, really determined to put out a bunch of albums together. We had so much fun making this album
I want to keep it a surprise. But what I can tell you is that it’s not just one CD, one album. It’s a bunch of different works for myself at the piano, with a band, with a trio, orchestra and choirs. That’s why it’s taking so long. In this kind of work, you can never say exactly when it’s going to be ready.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."
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 and returns for the 2017 Cruise. The cruises also
feature Yes and many others. 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.
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
out in the US; tracks according to Spotify:
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 was advertised
as: side A:
The vinyl was as high as #20 in Classical Vinyl and #59 in
Classic Rock Vinyl (#34,144 overall) on Amazon US.
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 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
Moraz played on sessions for bassist Dave LaRue
(The Dixie Dregs, John
Petrucci) for a second solo album which has yet to
Moraz guests on Sherwood's Citizen
on the main page. He appears on the Action
Moves People United album project: see on
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 ." 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.
site; SPZ website; ZTT Records
The Trevor Horn Band Official website; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube
The Trevor Horn Band 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), who were earlier performing as Producers. The band played the Wickham Festival, Hampshire on 6 Aug 2016, with Matt Cardle (X Factor winner) as guest vocalist. The 1 hour set included "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Living in the Plastic Age" and, sung by Cardle, "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Kiss from a Rose" and, as the closer, "Relax". They then played the Rewind South Festival, Henley on 20 Aug, again with Cardle and a set including "Relax". The band included Julian Hinton and Simon Bloor.
They played the Cornbury Music Festival in Oxfordshire on 12 Jul 2015; Amsterdam on 13 Jul; and at Melt! Festival 2015, 17-9 Jul in Grafenhainichen, Germany. The line-up for these dates included Horn, Crème, Lipson, Soan, Seal, Jamie Squire (no relation), Julian Hinton, Kirsten Joy, Vula Malinga (Twitter; backing vocals) and another instrumentalist (possibly Simon Bloor?), plus Jaz Ellington (backing vocals) on 12 Jul. 13 Jul set: "Welcome to the Pleasuredome", "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "The Plastic Age", "All the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets", "Louise" (originally by Jett Rebel); Seal then joined the band and sang "Slave to the Rhythm", "Kiss from a Rose", "Prayer for the Dying", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Crazy"; then, without Seal, "Relax"; encore: "Message in a Bottle" (originally by The Police), "Leave Right Now". The Melt! Festival show included "Video Killed the Radio Star" inc. "Check It Out" insert. The 12 Jul show included "Message in a Bottle" with Police drummer Stewart Copeland guesting.
Horn (bass, lead & backing vocals), Lipson (guitar), Crème
(guitar, lead & backing vocals, keys), Soan (drums) plus Geoff Downes (keys), Luis Jardim
(percussion), Hinton (keys), Kate Westall (working
with Nitin Sawhney; lead & backing vocals),
Joy (lead & backing vocals), J Squire (lead & backing
vocals, percussion), Phil Palmer (electric & acoustic guitars)
and 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: "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), "
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
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".
As Producers, their debut album, Made in Basing Street, was released in 2012 and 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 (ex-Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Jersey Boys", ex-"Jerry Springer—The Opera", worked with Sting) contributed several vocals. All songs were written and produced by Braide/Crème/Horn/Lipson/Soan. The band played UK and Japanese dates in 2012. Lipson said in a May 2012 interview that the band's ambitions for the future were, "More gigs and ideally new material."
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 are back with plans for re-issues and a tour in 2017, although the Sep 2016 issue of Prog quotes their management as saying, "Nothing is set in stone." A new album is also in the works. On 21 Feb 2016, Geoff Downes tweeted, "heading out to LA to do some work with my old chum, Trevor Horn. #thebuggles". Then on 25 Feb came this: "Been really great working this week with my old Buggles buddy, Trevor H. Got some new tunes on the go! More news to follow... 👍🏻😃" In a late Mar 2016 interview with BBC Radio Oxford, after the interviewer talked about Yes, Asia and The Buggles, Downes, "I'm still involved with all three bands today. […] I was working with Trevor Horn a couple of weeks ago in L.A." And in this Apr 2016 interview: "I've been doing some more stuff with Trevor and the Buggles recently". A tweet on 7 Dec said: "Down The Docklands this week working with my old Buggles chum, Trevor H. Expect to see some "shake-up" stuff coming your way!" In a Sep 2016 interview, Horn said, "We might be going out touring with The Buggles, me and Geoffrey, just the first two albums".
2016 article quoted Downes as saying, "We're looking at
releasing some of the old Buggles stuff at some point and we
worked on another couple songs fairly recently[.] There's the
option of maybe putting some more stuff out. [...] next year
 we might do some gigs. We'll take it as it comes, really." Although one of those prior quotes
refers to "new tunes", Prog describes 2016 sessions as "to
work up demos from around the making of [...] Adventures in
Modern Recording"; they also say there will be further
sessions in the autumn. Downes is quoted: "Trevor and I were in
Los Angeles working for a week on some stuff, such as our old
track Dion." While Horn says he wants to re-make
"Vermillion Sands" as "a duet with a [...] jazz singer." Downes is
described as saying an album of new material "can't be ruled out".
Prog also describe a "more extensive concert schedule"
than recent one-off live shows, and Steve Howe is strongly implied
to be on the tour, as well maybe as additional Yes members. The
article reads: "It is also believed that members of Yes are likely
to be involved. "Especially certain guitar players," Horn told Prog,
possibly hinting at [...] Howe." (This ties in with an earlier
Howe interview when he talks of a "surprise" involving Horn: see
here.) A report in Sep 2016 has that
Howe will appear on some of the album too, but that he will
probably only guest on selected tour dates. Horn has also been
working with Yes on a project re-visiting Yes's Fly from
Here, which was of course built around demos from around
the making of Adventures in Modern Recording and before:
under Yes for details.
Horn, on behalf of The Buggles, was presented with the Outer
Limits Award at Prog magazine's 2016 Progressive Music
Awards on 1 Sep.
Horn and Downes have re-visited The Buggles on a number of
occasions, most recently a live show 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;
Hinton (worked with Seal, Olivia Safe, Don Black,
Sarah Brightman; keys) and three backing vocalists (Kirsten Joy, Holly
Petrie (works with Jess Glynne) and Kate Westall). Note also
that 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
Back 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
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 ." 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 ". 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."
and solo work
Horn reunited with Yes, at least for 2 nights: he guested live at the 9 May Oxford and 10 May London shows on the band's 2016 European tour. He rehearsed with the band in Wales in late Apr (e.g., see this tweet by Downes) and one report has that they discussed the possibility of Horn producing Yes's next album. Horn guested with them again on their US tour, appearing at the 28 Aug show in Santa Barbara, CA. See more here.
Horn and Lol Crème (Trevor Horn Band,
ex-10cc) worked on "The Referendum Game", released on
YouTube. The song, which promoted Brexit before the recent
UK referendum, was the idea of businessman Richard Loftus
(co-owns Accurist) and is credited to
Loftus/Crème/Horn/Andy Cain. Horn produced. Lead vocals were by
Art Wellesley, with the music performed by Horn, Crème, Cain, Joel
Peters, Kirsten Joy (Trevor Horn Band), Jamie
Muhoberac (numerous Horn projects) and Julian
Hinton (numerous Horn projects).
Horn and Seal worked together on Seal's latest album, 7 (Reprise Records). Tracks: "Daylight Saving", "Every Time I'm with You" (with promotional video), "Life on the Dancefloor" (additional production by Jamie Odell), "Padded Cell", "Do You Ever", "The Big Love has Died", "Redzone Killer", "Monascow", "Half a Heart", "Let Yourself", "Love". The Target edition of the album in the US comes with 2 bonus tracks ("We Found You", "Whatever You Need"). Performers on the album include Horn and Trevor Horn Band members Lol Crème, Ash Soan, Luis Jardim, Julian Hinton, Phil Palmer and Simon Bloor; Mr Probz has also performed with the Band. Regular Horn collaborators also include Jamie Muhoberac, Anne Dudley, Isobel Griffiths, Nick Ingman, Dave McCracken, Steve Sidwell and Tim Weidner, while son Aaron Horn contributed programming. Trevor Horn co-wrote 7 of the tracks, with Aaron co-writing two. See details in Yescography. The album made #45 in the US, #13 in the UK, #18 in France, #45 in Italy, #40 in Spain, #21 in Canada, #7 in the Netherlands, #2 in Hungary, #64 in Australia, #69 in Ireland, #9 in Switzerland, #23 in Flanders and #13 in Wallonia.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 the Trevor Horn Band in 2014 and 2015: 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.
Art of Noise
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.
Released Feb 2015 was the 2CD/1DVD At the End of the Century,
consisting of two earlier versions of The Seduction of Claude
Debussy. Back in the late 1990s, Horn had assembled a group
to be called Image of a Group with Anne Dudley, Paul Morley and
Lol Crème and they recorded a concept album about Claude Debussy
to have been called Balance - Music for the Eye, but Horn
shelved the project and started again when JJ Jeczalik released
the Art of Noise band name. That process then produced The
Seduction of Claude Debussy. The second disc of At the
End of the Century is the initial promo version of The
Seduction of Claude Debussy, featuring some alternate mixes
and a different track order. There are also four remixes of
"Dreaming" by Brothers in Rhythm, which were planned for a single
release but not used at the time. The DVD (Region 0) then features
two complete live shows (1 Jun and 22 Mar 2000), plus electronic
press kits, rehearsal footage and promotional videos.
There was also a 2014 12" picture disc of the band recorded live
in 1999; tracks: "Out of This World", "Born on a Sunday", "Moments
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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.On 14 Sep 2014, 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. On 22 Aug 2015, he posted to Facebook:
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.
Sorry there's been little on the new album.The next day, in response to a question, he posted, "BTW...Yes it is very much a vocal album". A Jun 2015 interview described him as "now writing an album of all-original rock material and considering a tour." However, on 5 Feb 2016, he said (again on Facebook) that he was "just working crazy at the moment" and "putting my solo album on hold". This appears to be connected to the ramping up of activity by Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman.
I'm had to take some breaks to fulfill some film obligations.
But it's going great, I wish it was happening a little faster.
I would say I'm half way there and will be back at it next week.
speak soon. all the best
I've completed 2 tracks for my next solo album.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.
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!
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 concertoAnd:
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".
"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."
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. One report has that this presages further archival releases.
Film scores etc.
Asked about film scoring in a Dec 2016 interview, Rabin replied, "There's a couple of commitments right now I'm going to have to maneuver and look to do. [...] I'm going to have to smartly work around it and find a way to do both. But right now the focus is definitely ARW."
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 from Jan 2015. Linford then scored the rest of the first season. 12 Monkeys – Original Television Soundtrack by Rabin and Linford was released on CD and digitally by Varèse Sarabande. Rabin and Linford then scored season 2 of the show, which began airing Apr 2016 in the US, and they also scored the first season of TNT's thriller Agent X, which aired Nov/Dec 2015 in the US, but has since been cancelled.
Rabin's name has been associated with Warner Bros.' shark action movie "Meg".
Rabin is one of many score composers to be included in the
A Film Music Documentary".
guest appearances & other news
Rabin said in an 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".
Malibu, CA's first annual Concert on the Bluffs music event was on 12 Jun 2016, with music for "all individuals from classical to film to pop", according to press. This orchestral concert involves musicians from the Malibu Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and performers from the New York City ballet (including Rabin's niece, Indiana Woodward), plus, again quoting press, "composers Marco Beltrami, Maria Newman, Trevor Rabin and Sting". The orchestra were to perform some of Rabin's score music and he was reportedly also to attend.
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." Rabin said in an Oct 2016 interview that he had yet to mix a piece he has done for the album.
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.
Rabin is signed to Kraft-Engel Management. Rabin also paints and his work can be viewed and purchased at the Entertainers Art Gallery.
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  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
Manzi was recording vocals with
Wakeman in May 2012, presumably for this project. However,
nothing has been heard about the project since.
In a May 2009
interview, Oliver says:
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 . 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
In the Jun 2008 interview,
Oliver also said that he was "a fair way through a solo
project on the piano". Oliver had also started work on a
singer-songwriter-style album featuring various musicians he
has worked with over the years.
been working on Trinity,
an album by Rodney
Matthews, who, as an artist, has worked with Oliver and
Rick Wakeman, Asia, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Michael Moorcock and
others, while as a musician, he used to play drums in Squidd,
who opened for Yes. Oliver is
performing and has "started assisting with arrangements,
production and a little bit of composing." 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." On 3 Mar 2016, he tweeted, "More work this pm on
the epic track for Rodney Matthews new cd. Put a moog solo in
but had to extend the track." And he
was back working on the album through at least Mar-Oct 2016.
As well as performing, Oliver is co-composing a track.
Pieces on the album include "The Leavetaking" (with Tony
Clarkin, bass), "Mirardor" (with O
Wakeman; based on this
artwork), while Mark A Williams contributes narration
and John Payne (ex-Asia)
also appears to be guesting. The album was expected in 2016,
but has yet to appear. On 30 Dec 2016, Rick Wakeman
tweeted about visiting Oliver and "did some recording for
[...] Rodney Matthews".
Oliver performed with dad Rick at the Stone Free Festival performing all of The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and more. Another show is planned for 2018: see under Rick Wakeman for details. Oliver has also done some engineering work for his father.
worked on most of a forthcoming album by John Vehadija,
described on the main page because it also involves Billy
here for details.
Oliver is among many guests on Telergy's 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),
(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).
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:
Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.