Where are they now? - former Yes members
This page last updated: 18 Nov 2015
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".
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, with mixes by Steven Wilson
(Porcupine Tree, No-Man, has done mixes for Jethro Tull,
Caravan), continues. Beat and Three of
a Perfect Pair are expected at some point. A 5.1 and
stereo mix of Beat have been completed, but Fripp
has reportedly yet to decide to release it. 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.
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.
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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.
Starless came first in the best reissue category of Prog magazine's Critics' Choice for 2014. (The Yes Album was second.) It was nominated in Prog magazine's annual awards in the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design category.
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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:
|The track listing for the above is also the
first mention of a forthcoming release referred to there as
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." Now
called THRAK BOX, this is
a 16-disc release due 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.
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Eddie Jobson has been playing UK, King Crimson and Bruford material live—see here.
2 tracks with Bruford appear on Steve Howe's 2015
compilation Anthology: see
under Howe for details. Material written by Bruford,
it appears, has been recorded for the forthcoming Steve
Howe Trio album: again, see under
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.
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—details on the main page. More projects led by Sherwood are detailed on his page.
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
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
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
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.
Badger's One Live Badger, with Kaye, is being re-released on CD by Esoteric in Jan 2016.
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
page) and he continues to support her work, e.g.
Dec 2013 video for her song "Have No Fear". On
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
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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:
Now out is MAP by the Moraz Alban Project. 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.
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. The cruise also featured Yes,
UK, Steve Hackett and many others: see
here for more. Moraz played a one-off show in Mar 2011
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:
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:
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 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.
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.
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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 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. Japanese release on Sony Japan and a German release on India Media Group followed. 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." The band (Horn, Crème, Lipson, Soan) played at the 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: "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".
The Trevor Horn Band then played the Cornbury Music Festival in Oxfordshire on 12 Jul; 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, J. Squire, Hinton, Joy, Vula Malinga (Twitter; backing vocals) and another instrumentalist (possibly 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.
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).
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 23 Aug 2015 tweet, Downes said there was "Nothing planned as yet" with respect to shows with Horn. But the day before, he tweeted to Ash Soan, "Look forward to working with you again next month!" Given Soan frequently works with Horn, could this be something to do with him too?
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 ." 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." 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."
and solo work
Horn has been working with Seal again and the pair produced all of the new album, 7 (Reprise Records), out 6-7 Nov 2015. "Every Time I'm with You" and "Do You Ever" from the album were available immediately when pre-ordering the album (at least in some formats/with some retailers). Tracks: "Daylight Saving", "Every Time I'm with You" (promotional video due 9 Oct), "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. The album made #45 in the US, #13 in the UK, #18 in France, #45 in Italy, #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.
|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 2014: "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 [1, 4-11],
programming [5, 7, 8], keys [6, 8, 11]), Geoff Downes
(keys [1, 4-10]), Ash Soan (Producers;
drums [1, 4, 6-10], percussion [1, 8]), Julian
Hinton (worked with Producers,
Seal, Olivia Safe, Don Black, Sarah Brightman; orchestral
arrangements & programming [4, 6, 8, 10]), 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 [4, 9, 11],
programming ), Josh Campbell (additional guitar, backing
vocals, bass), Renate Sokolovska (flute ), Tracy Ackerman
(backing vocals), Pete Murray (keys ), Cameron Gower
Poole (keys, synths, additional guitar), Joel M Peters
(drums ). Horn produced tracks 1 and 4-11, with tracks 2
& 3 produced by Kurstin, and Japanese bonus tracks 13
& 14 produced by Keith Forsey. Tracks:
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|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.
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.
Horn was reportedly working on a new solo album by Sarah Brightman (ex-Andrew Lloyd Webber, worked with Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras, Nigel Kennedy). 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.
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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.
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, 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.
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.
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."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 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, with a CD version released 22 Jun in the UK.
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 on 31 Jul. Rabin described the score as "a hybrid score of ethnic sounds, orchestra, and electronic, with a strong theme base". He went on say he "played a lot of the instruments, as did Paul. A big help was Lou Molino on percussion, using weird and sometimes ethnic instruments which gives the music a far more organic feel."
Rabin scored "Grudge Match" (directed by Peter Segal, and with Robert de Niro and Sylvester Stallone), out 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.)
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.
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:
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
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:
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 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
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.
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 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).
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 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.