Where are they now? - Alan White

This page last updated: 31 Mar 2017
 
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On this page: White - The White Sox - Solo work - Charity work

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White remains a member of Yes—see main page.

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White—with Alan (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Karl Haug (guitars, backing vocals), Steve Boyce (ex-MerKaBa, Two Sheds Jackson; bass, guitar, backing vocals), Robyn Noto (née Dawn; works with the White Sox All-Star Band, Black Sabbath tribute band Supernauty, ex-Yes tribute band Parallels, worked with Ajalon; vocals) and Jonathan Sindelman (Parallels, worked with Ajalon, Neal Morse; keys, vocals)—continue with occasional live performances around Seattle, WA. Marking Alan's return to live performance after back surgery (details here), the band White performed a set at Newcastle Days 2016 in Washington state. The set included "Roundabout", "Changes", "Purple Haze" and "Imagine". The band was augmented by Chris Gorczyca (Parallels; drums), Alan Genatossio (Parallels; guitars), Randy Hansen, Steve Kelly, a horn section and further guests, while Haug was absent due to other commitments. In Mar 2017, they played at a benefit for Music Aid Northwest, raising $97,000.

They played Newcastle, WA on 29 Jul 2015 and the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, headlining on 3 Oct 2015. In a Nov 2014 interview with YesFANZ, Alan said: "I have been writing material already with [...] the White Band [...] we have come along with it and I'll probably will venture out into recording something kind of heading towards Spring [2015] time or something like that. Do some more writing and get in the studio and it will be interesting." Alan White said in a late Mar 2017 interview that he and the band "[a]re looking forward to writing more music together and coming out with another album in the near future." More broadly, he said:

I have many ideas for music. A lot of the stuff I write is in collaboration with other artists including the members of YES. [...] I have things in my mind and demos I’ve recorded. I have a couple of songs that I did with Chris that we’re never released that I was thinking about reviving. It’s an excellent piece of music. Chris came up with certain chords and I wrote the melody. So, I’ve got some interesting stuff like that around. [...] in the back of my mind I have some music hanging around that I want to eventually record. I’m also getting new musical ideas all the time.

In a Q&A for YesWorld in Apr 2013, Alan said "We've started writing and working on a new album but it's taking time due to my commitment to YES." In another in Jul 2013, he said, "Obviously my time commitments with YES are pretty strong right now [...] but I meet with the White band and we've been rehearsing for an upcoming show [...] We've written and recorded some new music in demo form, and hopefully we can find time to record it properly later this year [2013] or early next year [2014]." In an interview published early Nov 2011, he said:

While I had a month off [from Yes], or so, we got into writing some new stuff. We’re working on a lot of new material right now. It’s refreshing. You feel like you are getting a bunch of music out there. Of course, Yes is everybody’s main project.

In Jun 2013, responding to a question about plans for a new studio album, the band's Facebook account said, "We do have some new music in the works. With everyone's various schedules it's been a little slow-going, but we are working on it". In a Feb 2014 interview, asked about doing a new White album, Alan said: "We've been writing some new material but I've been doing these things with Yes. I've been trying to fit it in between and record new stuff, but I have a lot to do with Yes [in 2014]". In a Mar 2014 interview by Brian Neeson of the Scottish Yes Network, White expressed similar sentiments: "With the Yes schedule it's hard to fit anything in there. We've been talking about doing another [White] album. A couple of the guys have been writing and I've got some stuff to present [...] it's getting the time to do it."

Alan White, Boyce, former White keyboardist Geoff Downes and Jon Davison played a short set together at NAMM 2015: see main page.

In late 2009, Boyce told one fan that he and Alan had been working on material. In a Jan 2009 interview for Notes from the Edge, Alan said, "I've been talking to Steve Boyce [...] and I've been trying to kind of like reconstruct that as a side project kind of thing, so we're still working on that right now. But I can see something coming about right now, so we'll see what happens." In a Jul 2005 interview for Notes from the Edge, Alan said, "We've got plenty of material, that's for sure. There is a lot of material that's still hanging around." In his blog, Boyce previously implied new recording in late 2006 and the band, then with a line-up of White/Boyce/Haug/Kevin Currie/Richard "Wayo" Hogan and possibly Phil Davis, recorded a piece called "To Kill the Pain" in Aug 2006, but for release under some other moniker than White.

Charity activity
"The War for the Cure" is a song written to raise awareness of and money to tackle childhood cancer. The song was written by Alan's daughter, Cassi (Cassandra) White and Levi Ware (ex-Vast Capital), with input also from M-Deuce (a.k.a. Miciah Massey). Cassi is a pediatric hematology oncology nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. The performing band are Cassi (percussion), Ware (guitar, backing vocals), plus from the band White, Alan (percussion), Karl Haug (guitar) and Steve Boyce (bass, backing vocals), and also Lina Naff (keys, lead vocals), M-Deuce (lead vocals), Jim Watkins (Furniture Girls; bass), Thane Mitchell (Furniture Girls; percussion), Wanz (a.k.a. Michael Wansley; worked with Macklemore & Lewis, ex-Central Connection; additional vocals). It was produced by Bubba Jones. The song supports the Melodic Caring Project, co-founded by Ware, and Strong Against Cancer. A download can be bought here. The song was debuted live at the 1st annual Strong Against Cancer benefit on 30 Sep 2016 in Seattle, WA. A smaller band (Cassi, Naff, M-Deuce, Wanz, Watkins, Ware) performed the song on Northwest News in Oct.

Alan and wife Gigi co-founded and are on the board of directors for Music Aid Northwest (MAN), whose mission is "to bring business and community organizations together, with the talent and resources of the Northwest music industry, to provide funds to aid people in need while enhancing and promoting music awareness and performance throughout the region." (You can donate to MAN here.) MAN organise various benefit concerts. Alan is on the advisory board of Northwest Program for the Arts.

Alan has appeared at Music Aid Northwest's Play It Forward in Jan 2013 (with White), in Feb 2014, and in Feb 2015, the last of which focused on the music of Jimi Hendrix. Their 2016 event was on 19 Mar in Seattle, WA and Alan was to play with Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band; various other acts were also performing.

He appears on the Action Moves People United album project: see on main page.

Alan and members of White and of the Liberty High School band (Katrina Filer, trombone; Alex Phillips, trumpet; Brendan Chin, alto saxophone; Garrett Waters, tenor saxophone; Matt Fry, baritone saxophone; Luke Ransom, percussion) played a medley including "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Instant Karma" to open the 11th annual Diamond Awards gala, an event held by the Chamber of Commerce of Newcastle, WA, on 19 Jan 2017.

Alan has been the musical director of the White Sox All-Stars, a live supergroup that emerged from his involvement with The Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps. The Red Sox were an existing group based in Europe who do corporate work and benefits and they change their name when working with Alan. The rest of the core band are Spike Edney (Queen, worked with The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Beyoncé; keys, guitar), Jamie Moses (worked with Queen, Mike and the Mechanics; guitar) and Bernt Bodal (ex-Høst, CEO of American Seafoods; bass). Others who work with the band are Randy Hansen (worked with Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar; guitar, lead vocals), Tom Bowes (ex-Tower of Power; lead vocals), Eric Bazilian (ex-The Hooters; guitar, lead vocals), Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey; vocals), Tommy Williams (ex-Debbie Gibson, ex-George Harrison; guitar), Tracy Allen Moore (vocals), Steve Fossen (ex-Heart; bass), Geoffrey Castle (electric violin), Mark Bonder (Wonderous Stories; keys), Aury Moore (Spike and the Impalers; backing vocals) and Julie Mains (Spike and the Impalers; backing vocals).

After two private, corporate gigs in late 2007, their first public appearance was in May 2008 in Seattle, WA. The band consisted of White, Edney, Moses, Bodal and Soto. They headlined For Rock's Sake. The band, in a rather different incarnation, played next at the visitRaleigh.com Rock Hall Benefit festival (Sep 2008), with a line-up including White, Bodal, Castle, Bazilian, Hansen, Williams, Bowes and Mark Farner (ex-Grand Funk Railroad; vocals). The band returned to Cary for the second annual benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in May 2010. They also did a warm-up gig in Apr that year in Seattle, WA. They next played the Reykjavik Cultural Night/Menningarnótt 2011 in Iceland on 20 Aug with a line-up of White, Bodal, Edney, Castle and Soto, plus newcomers Laurie Wisefield and Robyn Dawn (White).

Other projects & solo appearances
Alan guested with Arny Bailey's All Star Band on 2 Oct 2016 for some of a show in Issaquah, WA.

Alan White and Bernt Bodal (White Sox All-Stars; bass) guested with the Seattle Symphony in a 26 Oct 2012 show (programme notes). They played on "an original orchestral piece based on music from YES written by" Alexandra Gardner (Twitter), entitled "Just Say Yes" (13 minutes). (White's fee was donated to the Seattle Symphony's educational programs, while Bodal donated studio space for Gardner to develop the piece.) Gardner described the piece:

During this collaboration [with White], we discussed at length how to best ‘Yessify’ this piece. Through experimentation, a lot of listening and studying, and a few play-by-play tours through [Yes] songs of different eras, a number of core musical elements that travel through Yes’ music surfaced in my ear. Alan's performance in the piece automatically lends a certain ‘Yes treatment’ to the composition, and ultimately the goal has been to lightly clothe my personal musical language in stylistic elements of the group in such a way that both ring through loud and clear.

Asked about a new solo album in a Jan 2000 interview, White said: "I've got tons of material, I just need the time to do it. [...] I've had the material hanging around for a long time". In a Nov 2001 interview, he said: "I've actually had a lot of material, collected over years and years, but I use some of it in every Yes album. However I'm collecting some other pieces and maybe my second album will come out someday." In a Dec 2003 interview with Delicious Agony, he said, "I have stockpiles of material," but that he wanted to take his time over any project to "make sure it's right." In his 2004 MSN Chat, White said, "I have a home studio and I'm working on some solo projects as well [as the White band]."

In an Apr 2016 interview, White was asked if he will "be catching up with any old friends again while" he's in Newcastle, UK for a Yes tour. He replied:

I was in touch with one of the lads who used to be in The Downbeats with me years ago. He wants to get the band together so we might get together sometime. It should great seeing them again.

In an interview for Rolling Stone published Nov 2012, Jimmy Page (ex-Led Zeppelin) said that he has multi-track recordings from the 1981 XYZ sessions with Chris Squire and Alan White and that he would like to see these released at some point: see under Squire for details.

In a Feb 2017 interview, White indicated he was doing an autobiography or biography: "A few people are wanting to do a book, but one guy in particular has some good ideas, so we'll see. I'll go back through the John Lennon days and Joe Cocker and all kinds of stuff."


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YES and projects with several Yesmen
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Anderson
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Squire
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Howe
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Downes
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Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson & Wakeman
Others associated with the band

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