Where are they now? - Alan White

This page last updated: 6 Mar 2014
 
YES and projects with several Yesmen
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Moraz
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Wakeman
Trevor
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Sherwood
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Oliver Wakeman

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

On this page: White - The White Sox - Solo work - Charity work

On other pages: Yes news

Alan White's official site: Homepage; News; MySpace page; Facebook page

In a Jun 2009 interview, White said, "As far as energy levels and all that goes, I'm ready to go another 10 or 15 years." He remains a member of Yes—see main page.

White official website; Facebook page
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. 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 at Newcastle Days here in Seattle this September. 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. Even with all the other things we do, Yes is the first thing we concentrate on.

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 this year". 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."

The band played Newcastle Days on 7 Sep 2013 (Newcastle, WA; with a trumpet player) and were to play Salmon Days on 6 Oct 2013 (Issaquah, WA), but technical problems prevented them from doing so. The 7 Sep set opened with "Tomorrow Never Knows" and also included "Imagine", "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Changes".

Music Aid Northwest's Play It Forward III (Jan 2013, Seattle) featured multiple acts including White. The band, as usual, consisted of Alan White, Noto (lead vocals), Boyce (bass, vocals), Sindelman (keys, vocals) and Haug (guitar), augmented by Lynn Sorensen (works with Bad Company, worked with Paul Rodgers), Jeff Kathan (worked with Paul Rodgers), 12 year old guitarist Caspian Coberly, violinst Geoffrey Castle and others. Set: "Tomorrow Never Knows" (originally by The Beatles), "Changes" (Yes), "Mighty Love" (White), "Farwell to Inwood" (feat. Castle), "Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix; feat. Randy Hansen), "Tie Your Mother Down" (Queen), "Layla" (Derek and The Dominos; feat. Lynn Sorensen on lead vocals), "Back in Black" (AC/DC; feat. Sorensen, Jeff Kathan (drums), John Popper (Blues Traveler)). White then returned at the end of the show to do "Roundabout" and as part of a mass finale performance of "One Way Out" (originally by The Allman Brothers Band). Alan again appeared at Play It Forward IV on 9 Feb 2014 (on a brief break from recording the new Yes album), including a performance with the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.

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.

Levin Torn White
Levin Torn White is a collaborative, instrumental, 14-track album by a trio of David Torn (worked with Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, John Legend; guitar, textural events), Tony Levin (ex-ABWH/Yes, ex-King Crimson, ex-Peter Gabriel; bass, Stick) and Alan White (drums, percussion). (Levin previously played with Torn with Bill Bruford.) See details on main page.

The White Sox All-Star Band & charity activity
Alan is 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).

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.

Other projects & solo appearances
White is at the Rocks Rhythm Masters edition of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp on 8-11 Nov 2013, in Las Vegas, NV. He previously did the Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Salutes the Blues in Nov 2012.

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 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. Squire has said he is keen on a release, but that the material would need more work: see under Squire for details.



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YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
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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