Where are they now? - Geoff Downes

This page last updated: 30 May 2017
 
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Squire
Steve
Howe
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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

On this page: Solo - iCon - Other projects

On other pages: Yes - Asia - With Trevor Horn - On John Wetton's solo album

Geoff Downes' official sites: Official site; Official online store; MySpace page; Twitter; Official Facebook; Official Fan Page on Facebook


Asia & Yes
Downes is in Yes (see main page for their activity) and Asia. Asia has consisted of Downes (keys), John Wetton (ex-King Crimson, UK; bass), Carl Palmer (ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer; drums) and Sam Coulson (guitar), but Wetton died early 2017 and Billy Sherwood is replacing him on 2017 dates. Details are on the Asia page.

Downes Braide Association
The Downes Braide Association (DBA) is Downes and Chris Braide (ex-Producers, Malmo, written for Paloma Faith, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Cheryl Cole, Glenn Tilbrook, Clay Aiken, Will Young, Kylie Minogue, S Club 7). Their second album, Suburban Ghosts, was released Nov 2015 on Esoteric/Cherry Red Records. Downes tweeted 2 Mar 2017 that "DBA3 should be later this year!" Asked the day before about the possibility of DBA touring, Downes replied, "Not yet, but certainly not out of the equation." In a post to Yesfans.com in mid-Apr 2017, he said that Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, works with Yes featuring ARW, ELO, Take That, Rick Wakeman), who played on Suburban Ghosts (their second album), "will be playing on the next Downes-Braide album." In May, Andy Partridge (working with Steven Wilson, ex-XTC) said he had been asked to contribute guitar and vocals.

The Platinum Rock All-Stars
The Platinum Rock All-Stars were a new supergroup with Downes on keys along side Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, ex-Cactus, ex-Rod Stewart, ex-Beck, Bogert & Appice, ex-Ozzy Osbourne; drums), Gene Cornish (ex-The Young Rascals/The Rascals; guitar), Phil Naro (Druckfarben, ex-Talas, ex-Peter Criss; vocals, guitar), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Blue Öyster Cult; bass), and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Art of Anarchy, ex-Guns N' Roses, worked with Jordan Rudess, Guthrie Govan; guitar). The band have played 2 dates: 19 Oct 2016, Toronto, Canada, and 22 Oct, St Charles, IL.

Promo gave a "potential list of songs" to be performed: "Roundabout", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Video Killed the Radio Star" (originally by The Buggles), "Only Time will Tell" (Asia), "Heat of the Moment" (Asia), "Good Lovin'" (The Young Rascals), "Groovin'" (The Young Rascals), "You Better Run" (The Young Rascals), "How Can I be Sure" (The Young Rascals), "People Gotta be Free" (The Rascals), "You Keep Me Hanging On" (originally by The Supremes, but then covered by Vanilla Fudge), "Come on Feel the Noize" (originally by Slade, but covered by Quiet Riot), "Superstition" (originally by Stevie Wonder, but written for and performed by Beck, Bogert & Appice), "People Get Ready" (originally by The Impressions, but covered by Jeff Beck with Appice), "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" (Rod Stewart), "Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses), "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns N' Roses), "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally by Bob Dylan, but covered by Guns N' Roses), "Here I Go Again" (Whitesnake), "Burnin' for You" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Crazy Train" (Ozzy Osbourne), "Is It Love", "Evil". Further promo mentioned "Sole Survivor" (Asia) and "Shotgun" as well.

Ride the Tiger
Greg Lake & Geoff Downes' Ride the Tiger (Manticore, MR002) was released 27 Nov 2015, consisting of demos from the pair's 1988 collaboration. Tracks:

  1. "Money Talks", previously released on Lake's From the Beginning - The Greg Lake Retrospective; part re-worked as "Paper Blood" on ELP's Black Moon
  2. "Love Under Fire", re-worked by Asia on Aqua
  3. "Affairs of the Heart", re-worked by ELP on Black Moon
  4. "Street Wars", part re-worked by ELP on In the Hot Seat
  5. "Check It Out", previously released on From the Underground Vol. II
  6. "Blue Light", previously released on From the Underground Vol. II
  7. "Love Under Fire (alternate mix)", previously released on Lake's From the Beginning - The Greg Lake Retrospective and From the Underground Vol. II

iCon
The Wetton/Downes iCon back catalogue is being re-released, beginning with Urban Psalm (Cherry Red, ICON6CDVD) on 2 Jun 2017 in the UK. This is a 2CD/1DVD live album recorded at a one-off show in St Mary-Le-Bow church, London, on 30 Jan 2009. The band included Dave Kilminster (guitar), Hugh McDowell (ex-ELO; cello) and Anne-Marie Helder (Mostly Autumn, Panic Room; vocals, flute). After a previous limited release DVD, this is the first general release of the performance. As of 21 May, the release was as high as #92 on Amazon UK's Heavy Metal (sic) chart and #291 in Box Sets. Tracks: CD1:

  1. "Countdown to Zero"
  2. "Go"
  3. "I've Come to Take You Home"
  4. "Twice the Man I was"
  5. "Elstree"
  6. "Voice of America"
  7. "The Die is Cast"
  8. "To Catch a Thief"
  9. "Starless"

CD2:

  1. "Paradox/Let Me Go"
  2. "Raven"
  3. "True Colours"
  4. "Heat of the Moment" (acoustic version)
  5. "Rubicon"
  6. "Don't Go Out Tonight"
  7. "My Own Time"
  8. "Days Like These"
  9. "In the End"
  10. "Rock and Roll Dream"

DVD (Region 0 NTSC):

  1. "Countdown to Zero"
  2. "Go"
  3. "I've Come to Take You Home"
  4. "Elstree"
  5. "Voice of America"
  6. "The Die is Cast"
  7. "To Catch a Thief"
  8. "Starless"
  9. "Paradox/Let Me Go"
  10. "Raven"
  11. "True Colours"
  12. "Heat of the Moment"
  13. "Rubicon"
  14. "Days Like These"
  15. "In the End"
  16. "Rock and Roll Dream"
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With Trevor Horn
The Buggles news is under Horn and the pair are back working together on a possible album, tour and musical.

On 22 Aug 2015, Downes tweeted to Ash Soan (Producers/Trevor Horn Band, Will Young, ex-Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, ex-Squeeze, worked with Seal, Robbie Williams), "Look forward to working with you again next month!" Given Soan frequently works with Horn, could this be something to do with him too? Or, since Soan is also in This Oceanic Feeling with Chris Braide, maybe this was something to do with the Downes Braide Association?

Pulse, Jerusalem and Deckchair Poets
First described by Downes in his Feb 2007 blog, Pulse is a project put together by Rob Aubrey (worked with Wetton/Downes; engineer) with Downes (keys), Tony Levin (bass), Michael Holmes (IQ; guitar), Nick D'Virgilio (ex-Spock's Beard, ex-Genesis; drums, vocals) and Thomas Lang (ex-John Wetton; drums, although it is unclear if he is still involved). Downes wrote:

[In Feb 2007] We [Downes, Holmes & Aubrey] were working on a few tracks that they have been putting together at their respective studios. At the moment it's what you might call a 'virtual' project, with people sending in their stuff/parts from all over the World. [...] It's a fairly interesting but low-key kind of project, and the material - quite different and unusual, but at the moment is still very much a kind of 'work-in-progress' type of thing. Any of you prog-heads out there will probably love it all and lap it up

In 2009, Aubrey described Pulse as being close to completion. In Jun 2011, one track, "Immortalized", was previewed on a radio show (available on podcast, see show 7B, around the 33 minute mark). Interviewed on the show, Holmes described how Aubrey put the album together and also working on one Pulse track that is over 7 minutes long. D'Virgilio said in a Nov 2011 website message that:

I will be going back to London at the beginning of 2012 with Cirque [Du Soleil] and during that time I will be able to get back down to Rob Aubrey’s studio to do some more sessions with the great BIG BIG TRAIN and even try and finish a project that got started a number of years ago now called “PULSE” with Mike Holmes of IQ fame.

While on Facebook on 21 Feb 2012, he said: "Hangin with Mike Holmes, Geoff Downes, and Rob making music! WHOO HOO!!!"


Downes and Aubrey work with Jerusalem and spin-off band Deckchair Poets. Downes is on the latest Jerusalem album, Cooler Than Antarctica (Angel Air, SJPCD487), now out. Tracks:
  1. "Snake" [Hannifan/Williams]
  2. "Steaming Hot" [Hannifan/Williams]
  3. "Specks" [Cooke/Williams]
  4. "Drums, Bass and Guitar" [Hannifan/Williams]
  5. "Northern Lights" [Cooke/Williams]
  6. "Simple Man" [Cooke/Paul Dean/Bill Hinde/Ray Sparrow/Williams]
  7. "The Book of You" [Hannifan/Williams]
  8. "All My Doors are Open" [Hannifan/Williams]
  9. "Simple Simons" [Hannifan/Williams]
  10. "Cry" [Cooke/Williams]
The album is with original Jerusalem members Lynden Williams (vocals) and Bob Cooke (formerly on guitars, following a stroke, he is unable to play but still contributed songwriting) with Downes, Nick D'Virgilio (Pulse, Big Big Train), Ollie Hannifan (guitars), Ashley Cutler (bass), Dave Meros (Spock's Beard, worked with Big Big Train), Ray Drury (keys), Will Wilde (harmonica), Rachael Hawnt (vocals) and Rachel Hall (Big Big Train; violin).

Other news
Downes guests on We Dissolve, the second album from singer Chrysta Bell (worked with David Lynch on her first album, appears in the new Twin Peaks), due 9 Jun 2017 and available for pre-order through PledgeMusic and through her online shop. The album is produced by John Parish (worked with PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, Tracy Chapman). The album is described as a "pop record with elements of soul, rock and jazz". Other guests include Adrian Utley (Portishead, worked with Dylan Howe) and guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))).

He guested on Billy Sherwood's Citizen album—details on the main page. He appears on the Action Moves People United album project: see on main page.

Downes tweeted Jan 2014: "Soon to be released - GD App designed by Apple alumnus Ken Segall focusing on Asia, Yes, Buggles, Icon, DBA, NDO etc...Watch this space!!"

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