Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 14 Jun 2018
On this page: Mabel Greer's Toy Shop - Damion Anderson - Deborah Anderson - Jade (Anderson) Hawkins - Tony Anderson - Jeff Berlin - Tom Brislin - Matt Clifford - Julian Colbeck - Roger Dean - Francis Dunnery - Jonathan Elias - David Foster - Bruce Gowdy - Larry Groupé - Jimmy Haun - Aaron Horn - Dylan Howe - Iain Hornal - Virgil Howe - Zoë Street Howe - Andrew Jackman - Eddie Jobson - Sidonie Jordan - Gary Langan - Alex Lasarenko - Tony Levin - Milton McDonald - Frank Macchia - Mark Mancina - Lou Molino - Eddie Offord - Lee Pomeroy - Steve Porcaro - Graham Preskett - Alex Proyce - Ryan Rabin - Randy Raine-Reusch - Bobby Sherwood - Jay Schellen - Michael Sherwood - Phyllis Sherwood - Pete Sinfield - Nikki Squire - Vangelis - Adam Wakeman - Benjamin Wakeman - Jemma Wakeman - Tim Weidner - Steven Wilson
the main page.
In a Jun 2011 interview, Jon said he was writing material with
Damion: see under Jon Anderson for
Anderson - Jon's daughter;
on ABWH. MySpace
Anderson Photography; Somis
Sound page; Twitter;
Deborah's "Women of the White Buffalo", a project about Native American women, is currently exhibiting at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, until 25 Jun 2018.
Deborah's "Aroused: The Lost Sensuality of a Woman" (Twitter) was a feature documentary (directed and co-produced by Deborah) and limited edition photography art book about 16 adult industry performers: Jesse Jane, Belladonna, Katsuni, Allie Haze, Kayden Kross, April O'Neil, Francesca Lé, Lisa Ann, Brooklyn Lee, Alexis Texas, Asphyxia Noir, Teagan Presley, Ash Hollywood, Tanya Tate, Lexi Belle and Misty Stone. The documentary's music was by brother Damion.
In Nov 2015, Anderson became one of the two clients for The Dog Ate My Homework, a new photographers' agency launched by Rihanna and part of her styling agency Fr8me. Deborah has also been doing other photographic work, including continuing to work with P!nk (she shot the album cover for Funhouse and further work, including recent photos of her pregnancy). She is Art Director for the Gansevoort Hotel Group and has set up LILACREATIVE Inc. to cover her creative output.
Deborah continues to do photography for her father. A photo of Deborah's of her father is used on the Anderson Ponty Band release, Better Late Than Never. She did various promo shots for subsequent projects, including of Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman rehearsals for the tour book. She has also done videos for the Anderson/Stolt release, Invention of Knowledge and, according Jon, to also involve music from Trevor Rabin: see here for more.
the book from Amazon (UK):
In 2016, Jade (piano, vocals) and Eduardo del
Signore (worked with Jon Anderson) performed a
piece together at Pepperdine University, CA as part of del
Signore's A Call 2 Peace
Jade was working on her second solo album in Los Angeles, which
has been expected for several years. She can be heard singing
"Stars" on a promotional video for a calendar she co-produced with
sister Deborah. In May 2011, she uploaded a set of video
performances to YouTube.
She had been writing material with Future Cut (Darren
Lewis and Tunde Babalola; worked with Lily Allen,
Natasha Beddingfield, Kelis), Paul Statham
(worked with Shelly Poole, Sophie Ellis-Bextor) and
others. One of Jade's song with Statham, "Chasing Butterflies",
was to be heard on streaming audio on her MySpace page.
Also available there were demos entitled "How Many Days",
"'Life'", "Give It Up" and "Love Without Gold". A 2007 demo
entitled "Tell Me" is now there. At the end of 2007, she began
working with Leo Z (MySpace page; Leonardo
De Bernadini; worked with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli)
on an album. (I am unclear whether this will build on the earlier
work with Statham and Future Cut or is a fresh start.) Her MySpace
page reported that she is also writing material for other artists.
The MySpace page has featured "On the Run", "Your Name", "Tell
Me", "Laughing", "Before It Starts Again...", "Life", "Come and
Get Me...", "Love Without Gold", "Love" and "Time...".
Jade also works as an actress and model. She has a documentary
project entitled "The
Berlin has released a CD single of "Joe Frazier Round 3", based on his piece "Joe Frazier" for the band Bruford. While Berlin plays bass, he is joined by Steve Vai (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), David Sancious (keys) and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar). The b-side is a remastered version of "Joe Frazier Round 2", originally released on his album Pump It! Various formats exist.
Brislin will appear at the US YesFanFest
convention: see on
main page. He is also appearing at the 2018 ProgStock
Festival, 5-7 Oct 2018 in New Jersey, with a new project
involving members of Snarky
Puppy and Lo-Fi
Brislin is one of two keyboardists on Invention of
Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings): see under
Anderson for details. Brislin (keys, backing
vocals) also joins Stolt (guitars, backing
vocals, keys) in new band, The Sea Within (Twitter),
which includes two more performers on Invention of Knowledge,
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Steve Hackett, Karmakanic, worked
with The Syn; bass) and Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation, Transatlantic, ex-The Flower Kings;
vocals, guitar), plus Marco Minnemann (Levin
Minnemann Rudess, Steven Wilson, The
Aristocrats, Mike Keneally, worked with Eddie
Jobson, UK, Trey Gunn, Joe Satriani; drums,
percussion, guitar, backing vocals). The album was written by the
band and initial recording sessions were in London in Sep 2017. The songwriting began with Stolt and Reingold
exchanging ideas remotely, a process then joined by Brislin,
Minnemann and Gildenlöw. Stolt and Brislin sany lead on many of
the demos. Recording continued into early 2018, with Casey McPherson (Flying Colors, Alpha Rev) then joining. McPherson sings on vocals
on 2 songs on the album, but didn't write anything on the
first album; he is with the band for live dates on
vocals/guitar, substituting for Gildenlöw who has other
commitments. A 2CD/2LP/digital release is now due 22
Jun 2018 on InsideOut, with live dates in Jul, including
14 Jul 2018 at the Night of
the Prog festival, Loreley, Germany (with
Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Transatlantic)
subbing for Reingold, who was otherwise committed), and on the Cruise to
the Edge 2019. Anderson also guests on 1 song of the new
album, while also guesting are Jordan Rudess
(Dream Theater, Levin Minnemann Rudess) and Rob
Townsend (works with Steve Hackett).
On 22 May 2018, the album was #97 in Indie
& Alternative on Amazon (UK), #602 overall.
They would like to tour internationally
spring 2018. The band are already considering a second album,
according to Stolt in a May 2018
interview, based around an expected core of Stolt,
McPherson, Reingold, Brislin and Minnemann, with Gildenlöw
possibly just guesting.
Brislin continues to tour with Renaissance and to
release solo material. Renaissance announced a 6-date US tour in
Oct/Nov 2017 with their current line-up of Annie Haslam (vocals),
Rave Tesar (piano), Brislin (keys), Mark Lambert (guitars), Frank
Pagano (drums, percussion) and Leo Traversa (bass). The first four
shows were with a 10-piece chamber orchestra of strings,
woodwinds, brass and percussion, with the 27 Oct show filmed for a
DVD/2CD release, "A Symphonic Journey", with crowdfunding
support. Backers receive the release
in early Jun 2018.
Brislin is also producing the debut album
from Tom Flynn.
He returned as an instructor for Jordan Rudess' Keyfest 2017 and
is there again for 2018.
In his May 2018 Yes
Music Podcast interview, Brislin said he and Jon Anderson
have been and are looking for further ways to work together.
|Clifford continues to work with the Rolling
Stones. He played on Blue
& Lonesome, their 2016 covers album. Tracks:
Clifford wrote and performed the theme for
the second series of the Top Gear spin-off, The Grand
|Julian Colbeck -
additional keys live with ABWH
Charlie consists of Colbeck (keys), Terry Thomas (guitars, vocals) and Martin Smith (steel guitar). They released Elysium (Floating World) in Nov 2015 album, written, produced and mixed by Thomas. Steve Alexander (Jeff Beck) drums, while also appearing are Andy Bloom (guitar), Elliot Thomas (guitar) and Charlie Barratt (bass). Tracks:
Colbeck is CEO of Keyfax music production company. He co-wrote the Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording book and video series.
Dean's recent album art includes Black
Moth's Condemned to Hope, Yes's Topographic
Drama – Live Across America, Steve Howe's Anthology 2:
Groups & Collaborations, Downes Braide
Association's Skyscraper Souls, a release for Focus,
and John Lodge's Live from Birmingham—The 10,000 Light Years
Tour CD/DVD and tour.
He is exhibiting regularly. He was on the HMS Prog cruise: see under
Downes for details. He unveiled a new painting around Yes's
Close to the Edge during 50th
anniversary celebrations for the band on 24/5 Mar 2018 in
He is working on Henk
Rogers' moonbase project, with a prototype to be built in
He continues to work on his film project, "Floating Islands"—details on main page. He also
talked about making a film to show people how we could live in the
future in this
Feb 2018 YouTube video.
Francis Dunnery continues to record and tour as a solo artist. He
appears at ProgStock,
13-5 Oct 2017 in New Jersey.
Dunnery has also been working with Dave Kerzner
working with Simon Collins, Billy Sherwood, Steve Hackett,
worked with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson, ex-Giraffe) on
Elements projects—see details on
the main page.
On 3 Nov 2017, Yes announced that David Foster had died.
Foster's autobiography, "Yours is
No Disgrace", was expected at some point from his webpage.
have a new album, Can't Go Home, out 24 Feb 2017 on
Guitarist Gowdy, keyboardist Guy Allison (ex-World Trade,
ex-Lodgic) and vocalist Marcie Free
Kobra) have re-united with the rhythm section from
their first album, Jay Schellen (ex-World
Trade, working with Yes; drums) and Larry Antonio
Gowdy, Allison, Billy
Sherwood and Mark T Williams announced a World Trade reunion
in Feb 2015: see under Sherwood for details.
- orchestral arrangements/conducting on Magnification/YesSymphonic.
Groupé writes music for film, TV, CD-ROMs etc.
Haun and Michael Sherwood worked on a Steve Porcaro solo album, now out: see under Porcaro.
(Crate Classics) (SoundCloud)
is a project from Aaron Horn and Jamie Rodigan
In Oct 2016, they released the single "Everything" (2:41),
Hudson. Their debut release was the instrumental
"Habits" (3:16), released the month before. Both are
digital only releases on Oat Milk Industries. These came
together on the EP CRT-CLSSX
1: The Remixes, released Dec 2016; tracks:
In an Aug
2016 interview, Rodigan referred to "a bag full of
Crate Classics rhythms we will be releasing slowly, over
the next year  or so!" Further releases have been
trailed for early 2018. In Sep 2017, they did a remix
of "Under" by Sampha
Rose. The original song is on Sampha's album Process,
which won the 2017 Mercury Music Prize. They released an instrumental called "Friday",
just on SoundCloud as far as I can make out, on 13
Aaron co-wrote some songs and contributed programming to Seal's 7, co-produced by his father: see under Trevor Horn for details.
Aaron started a new venture, the Oat Milk café (Twitter; Facebook) in Camden Town, London, in 2015. A creative hub with its own recording space, the vegetarian café is decorated with vintage equipment from Sarm Studios, which Aaron also helps to run.
Aaron, Daniel Cross (Record-Play music consultancy) and Jo Maeva set up record label TAPE in early 2009, which is administrated through Stiff Records (sister label to ZTT). Aaron is CEO of Mai Plues music publishing company, which is administered by Unforgettable Songs.
Ally Horn is managing director of SPZ.
Will said in a Feb
2017 interview that he is writing a memoir about being
Hornal played bass with Yes featuring ARW
on their Apr 2017 Japanese tour leg and
will again for the band's European dates, summer 2018.
He also works with Jeff Lynne's ELO (see
details under Lee Pomeroy, with whom he plays) and sings in
the Gentle Giant spin-off band, Three Friends. He played with Graham Gouldman on his
2017 Heart Full
of Songs UK tour through to 20 Oct 2017.
plays with Wilko
Johnson's trio; Johnson was formerly in Dr Feelgood
and The Blockheads, and the trio is rounded out by bassist
Norman Watt-Roy, still currently in The Blockheads. Johnson
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the trio played a
'farewell' world tour; however, Johnson has happily
recovered following major surgery. They played
mainly UK, but also some other European dates, in 2016/7,
with the set including "Roxette" (originally
by Dr Feelgood), "Going Back Home"
(from the album of the same name), "Sneakin'
Suspicion", "Everybody's Carrying a Gun", "Back in the
Night" and "She Does It Right". The band played a special
show with guests at the Royal Albert Hall in Sep 2017 to
celebrate Johnson's 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary
of the Wilko Johnson Band. The band's
new album, Blow
Your Mind (Chess Records/UMe), is due 15 Jun
2018 on CD, LP and download, produced by Dave Eringa.
Dylan and Ross Stanley have continued in the Steve Howe Trio. They have an album or two expected: see under Steve Howe for details. Dylan played with Yes on their summer 2017 tour in a double drummer line up along side Alan White.
|Virgil Howe - Steve's son; Twitter; SoundCloud; YouTube; Instagram; MixCloud
Virgil Howe unexpectedly died in mid-Sep 2017. Nexus, out Nov 2017, was an album by Virgil & Steve Howe. Virgil plays piano, drums and synths, with Steve on guitar: see details under Steve Howe. Steve's Anthology 2 also included 11 previously unreleased tracks with Virgil on drums: see here.
Virgil drummed and sang in London-based guitar trio Little Barrie (Japanese site; Facebook; Twitter). The others in the band are Barrie Cadogan (worked with Primal Scream, Morrissey, Paul Weller, St Etienne, The Chemical Brothers; vocals, guitar) and Lewis Wharton (bass, vocals). They did the theme tune for TV show Better Call Saul, the spin-off from Breaking Bad. The theme tune is on the album Better Call Saul—Original Television Soundtrack: Season 1. They were later invited back to do additional incidental music for the show. Given the short timeframe, they recorded this in their practice room. Enjoying the result, they took the same approach for their latest album, Death Express, released 15 Feb 2017 in Japan on Hostess Entertainment (HSE-6338) and 7 Jul in the UK on Non Delux. Tracks:
There were supporting dates with a 7 Jul London appearance at British Summer Time, three in store English dates 22-4 Jul, 4 Aug in Brighton, the UFO Festival on 12 Aug in Concarneau, France. 14 UK dates were planned 12-30 Sep 2017, but were cancelled following Virgil's death. The band said on Facebook:
Little Barrie would like to thank you all for your support during this very difficult time. So many messages of love for Virgil, his family and the band. We are sorry we can’t reply to all of them, but they are much appreciated.
|Zoë Howe - Steve's
daughter-in-law; Dylan's wife; Homepage; Blog;
Zoë Howe works as a music journalist, author, radio DJ and drummer. Books include "Lee Brilleaux: Rock'n'roll Gentleman", a biography of the Dr Feelgood frontman, published Nov 2015.
Before that was a biography of Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, "Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours" (Omnibus Press), published Oct 2014. Prior books include a co-written autobiography by Wilko Johnson (ex-Dr. Feelgood, ex-The Blockheads, working with Dylan Howe) for Cadiz Music Ltd.
Her debut novel, "Shine On, Marquee Moon", came out 2016 on Matador.
Due to persistent demand since announcing my retirement from concert touring, I have decided to perform a one-off concert with a full band on October 7  - headlining the last night of ProgStock 2018 [link] in Rahway, New Jersey. I shall be playing the music of ‘UK’ with a virtuoso lineup of players - band members to be announced soon. We are also planning to arrange a series of Zealots’ events, including a 'fan convention' get-together, special limited VIP access, and private after-party - all to take place over the ProgStock weekend of Oct. 5-7. More details to follow.He headlines the last day of the festival, performing after Mystery. (Tom Brislin plays the previous night.)
mainly to do with time and the availability of others, it has become clear that I will be unable to produce any new music for UKZ before the scheduled tours; so I have decided instead to focus on creating the first of three compilation albums under a new title of "Retro." I am aiming to complete the first of these - "Retro 1972-1979" - in time for the tours in late March.Neither new UKZ music or the Retro series have yet to appear. A Dec 2013 Facebook update talked of Jobson's plans for 2014 including "an eye toward creating new music."
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an album does need to be an expression of where you are musically, sonically, socially, politically etc. at the time. 'Legacy' was started in 1995 and much of it was conceived then; unfortunately, the sonic choices I would make in 2007 are quite different from the ones I made in 1995. Furthermore, a solo album would be a different animal than a UK album - even if I did compose all of it myself. Songs were written with John in mind, not to mention possible guitar parts for Holdsworth, Fripp and others.And:
There is also an ownership issue with some of the recordings which will render some performances unusable.
It is clear to me that any usable compositional ideas and performances that, legally, I still have full rights to should be reviewed and probably reworked to reflect twelve years of further technical and musical growth.
In the 1980s, Jobson worked on a follow-up to his 1983 The Green Album, to be called The Pink Album, but the project was never finished. To a fan after an Apr 2011 UK show, Jobson said he had plans to release the album. Further bits and bobs from Jobson's career have been released through the Zealots Lounge.
Jobson is on the Curved Air compilation, The Best of Curved
Air, out Nov 2017.
Jordan is still performing. In an interview around Jan 2018, she
described her current activities:
I am currently working with a very talented artist/producer/engineer named "Cade Roberts" in Oklahoma for TV and movie sync deals. We are also producing a track together for a wonderful Americana/Alt Country artist named "Edan Archer," and I hope to do more tracks with her and keep working with Cade. I also hope to continue working with Jez Larder from Skyline Studios in the UK, who I have worked with on and off for over 15 years.
I am planning a track with my old studio mate Ric Parnell from Atomic Rooster/Spinal Tap and am working with Mark Murdock (Cymbalic Encounters and Brand X) [ex-Empire] on some retro tracks he has written.
Nov 2017 saw the release of The Complete Recordings by
Empire, her 1970s band with Pete Banks: see under
Langan continues to work with Trevor Horn on various projects, including Producers—see under Horn.
creative director (New York) at Elias
Associates, leading the company with brothers Scott and
Elias. He continues to work doing music
for films and commercials.
|One of Levin's main
project is Stick Men, with Levin (Chapman Stick), Pat Mastelotto (KTU, ex-King
Crimson, The Flower Kings; acoustic and
electronic drums and percussion) and Markus Reuter (works
with Mastelotto; U8 Touch Guitar, live
looping). They tour regularly, with 2 Japanese dates in Apr
2015, a Latin American
tour May/Jun, then European dates Sep/Oct 2015. They
were joined by David Cross (ex-King Crimson; violin,
keys) in Japan, with a live album of a show available
digitally from Bandcamp and entitled Midori
(recording engineer: Robert Frazza, mixed by Benni
Schäfer/Reuter, produced by Reuter). A limited edition (1000
copies) 2CD release followed, available at live dates and through
MoonJune's Bandcamp page, released 15 Mar 2016.
In early Jan 2018, Stick Men digitally released 6 official bootlegs
through Bandcamp, covering shows from 2011-7.
The Levin Brothers are
Tony Levin (bass, cello) and his brother, Pete Levin (worked
with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter,
Annie Lennox, Chuck Mangione; piano, organ). They have
made an album in the style of '50s jazz, Levin
Brothers (Lazy Bones Recording; buy from US Amazon),
released 2014. The 16 tracks on the CD (14 basic + 2 bonus tracks)
were written by the two Levins, save for a cover of King Crimson's "Matte Kudasai"; a limited
edition vinyl has 12 tracks and comes with a download of the 14
basic CD tracks. Those pre-ordering through Lazy Bones Recording
get an additional download track, "Azalea". Also performing are
David Spinozza (L'Image, ex-Saturday Night Live, worked
with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, James Taylor,
Paul Simon, Billy Joel; guitar), Erik Lawrence (Levon
Helm's Midnight Ramble Band; tenor sax), Jeff "Siege"
Siegel (worked with Roland Hanna, Kenny Burrell, Jack
DeJohnette, Helen Merrill; drums) and Steve Gadd (worked
with Peter Gabriel, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Joe Cocker,
Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, James Taylor; drums on
"Bassics" and "Fishy Takes a Walk"). The album was produced by the
Levin Brothers and Scott Schorr. As a trio, the band performed one
show in New York state on 31 Jan 2014 as a warm-up, with album
recording in Jan/Feb 2014. Material was written and prepared late
2013 and into Jan 2014.
They played live dates in Jun 2015. They toured North and South
America Mar/Apr 2016. They next tour 2-7 Jan 2018 with 6 US dates,
then 4 dates in Japan 18-22 Jan. The touring band is with Lawrence
(sax, flute) and Siegel (drums). A live album, Special
Delivery (recorded Mar 2017), was released on
Bandcamp in late Dec 2017. Tracks: "Gimme Some Scratch" (T
Levin/P Levin), "Special Delivery" (T Levin/P Levin), "Ostropolya"
(T Levin/P Levin), "Fire Drill" (T Levin), "Scarborough Fair"
(Simon/Garfunkel), "Weight of Action" (Lawrence), "Theme from
Cinema Paradiso" (Morricone), "Havana" (T Levin/P Levin), "Milonga
del Angel" (Piazzolla), "Pete's Blues" (T Levin), "Ballad of the
Tony also guests on Pete's new album, Möbius (Pete Levin
Music), now out. The album contains 8 original pieces and versions
of "I Mean You" by Thelonious Monk & Coleman Hawkins, and
"There Comes a Time" by Tony Williams. The band consists of
Joining Pete (keys), Tony (upright bass), Lenny White (Return to Forever, worked with Miles Davis, Jaco
Pastorius, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell; drums), Alex
Foster (worked Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock,
Charles Mingus; sax), Chris Pasin (worked
with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett; trumpet),
Jeff Ciampa (worked with Harry Belafonte; guitar),
Nanny Assis (worked with Eumir Deodato; percussion),
plus guesting are Jerry Marotta, Erik Lawrence, Rob Paparozzi and
Kal David. The band are touring, but with Ira Coleman (worked with Tony Williams, Sting) on bass
given Tony's other commitments.
From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess (Lazy Bones Recordings; YouTube trailer, SoundCloud preview) is the second album from the trio, released Jul 2016 with Levin (basses, Stick, cello), Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally; drums, guitar) and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater; keys, Continuum, GeoShred, Seaboard, Wizardly Sounds). The album, produced by Scott Schorr, has 17 tracks and is available as a standard CD or CD/DVD combo. The DVD comes with 48k/24 bit wav files, an unreleased solo track each from the three band members, MP3s of demos from the album's making and one demo from the first album, and DIY videos self-recorded by the three band members. The cover is by Jordan Barnes.
King Crimson and related projects
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Crimson consists of Robert Fripp (guitar), Levin
(bass, Stick, upright electric bass, backing vocals), Pat Mastelotto (KTU, ex-King
Crimson, The Flower Kings; drums,
percussion), Gavin Harrison (ex-Porcupine Tree;
drums, percussion), Mel Collins (ex-21st
Century Schizoid Band, worked with Chris Squire; saxes,
flutes), Jakko Jakszyk (ex-21st Century Schizoid
Band, worked with Dave Stewart, Lenny Henry; as
"primary vocalist and secondary guitarist", in Fripp's words
to him), Bill Rieflin (ex-Ministry, ex-R.E.M., worked
with Fripp, Nine Inch Nails; keys) and Jeremy
Wilson, ex-The Syn, ex-Squackett, ex-Chris Squire,
ex-Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; drums,
percussion, keys). The band is focusing on touring older
material with no apparent plans to enter the studio, but
have debuted some new material live. A 2014 Uncut
article said that "Fripp has made a start" on new material,
but quotes him: "we don't have the time for me to continue
that process at the moment." In the Sep 2014 issue of Prog,
Mastelotto said, "I'd love to see this line-up in the
studio. [...] Can I control that? No way. But I know
we'd make a great record." Jakszyk said: "We're all of a
mind where we are more than happy to continue doing this
into the foreseeable future[.] As well as the older material
being completely re-evaluated and reconstructed, there's
some material that's been written and recorded with five of
the current members post-A Scarcity of Miracles,
which has yet to be played live and has never been released.
I've been writing new material, as has Robert, and we've
been discussing that." In an Oct
2017 interview, Jakszyk said, "my plan from then
on [end of 2017] is just to concentrate on Crimson and write
more Crimson material. We've been doing that anyway; not all
of it makes it to the live arena, but some of it does, and
some we're still working on. There's also a lot of new stuff
Robert's been writing on his own."
The band were touring
North America until 19 Jul 2017. Tour rehearsals began
around 11 Apr 2017 and the band started with a secret show
on 11 Jun, with Alan White
in the audience; set list: [SPOILERS—highlight to read]
"Pictures of a City", "Radical 3" (new song),
"Cirkus", "Lizard: The Battle of Glass Tears",
"Exiles", drums trio, "Fracture", "Islands, "Red",
"Fallen Angel", intermission, "Indiscipline, "The
ConstruKction of Light", "Easy Money", "The Letters",
"Sailor's Tale", "Meltdown", "Radical Action II",
"Level Five", "Starless". Sets have
varied over the tour: the second date, for example, added
"Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part One",
while dropping various other pieces like "The
Letters/Sailor's Tale". The 28 Jun
Chicago show sold 3,165 tickets, grossing $255,683. Their
5 nights in Mexico City in Jul combined sold 14,638
tickets, grossing $945,081.
Further touring came with an autumn
2017 leg in the US 19 Oct-26 Nov, during which Chris
Gibson substituted for Rieflin. The 19 Oct show sold 3,149
tickets, grossing $249,850. The 31 Oct show sold 1,294
tickets, grossing $100,204. Next comes 25 dates 13 Jun-28
Jul 2018 in continental Europe (Poland, Germany, Austria,
Czech Rep., Hungary, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands,
Italy), then 7 dates in France and UK 29 Oct-16 Nov.
Further 2018 dates are expected in Japan, with more
touring in 2019.
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King Crimson did well in the 2017 Prog Readers' Poll.
They came 7th in the Band/Artist of the Year category, while
Harrison was 2nd in the Drummer category and Levin himself 3rd in
the Bassist category. The band's Live in Toronto came 4th
in the Multimedia category.
For summer 2017 touring, the band released an accompanying EP, Heroes
(Live in Europe 2016). Tracks: "Heroes" (4:37; David Bowie
cover), "Easy Money" (10:00), "Starless (edit)" (4:25), "Hell
Hounds of Krim" (3:35), "Heroes (radio edit)" (3:49). The video
for "Heroes" won in the Video category of the 2017 Progressive
Music Awards. There was also another Tour Box 2CD release,
their fourth, mostly consisting of archival material, interspersed
with 2015/6 live material. Live in Chicago June
28th then followed: this album was at #19 in the UK
Progressive Albums chart in Dec 2017, and then down to #28 in Jan
2018. Next came Live in Vienna,
recorded 1 Dec 2016. After a limited release in late 2017, this
gets a full release on 6 Apr 2018.
Previously, there was a Sep 2016 northern European tour. Rieflin
was on a sabbatical from the band and was replaced on drums and
additional keyboards by Jeremy Stacey (ex-Squackett, ex-The
Syn). When Rieflin returned, Stacey remained in the
band, with Rieflin moving to focus more on keys. To accompany the
late 2016 European tour, the band released a live album, with
complete video, taken recordings from across different nights. Radical
Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a 3CD/1
Blu-ray release. The 3 CDs cover every piece played live by the
band in 2015, mixed by Chris Porter/David Singleton/Fripp,
produced by Singleton. The Blu-ray is a complete set list taken
from several Japanese shows and nearly 3 hours long. A limited
edition version adds 2 DVDs with the same video content as the
Blu-ray. The album's cover was nominated in the Album Cover
category of the 2017 Progressive Music Awards, but lost to Tim
Other collaborations and sessions
Levin has long worked with Peter Gabriel. Levin toured with Gabriel, including a Jun/Jul 2016 North American tour with Sting. The 21, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 29 Jun shows on that tour sold out, selling 13,717 tickets ($1,607,430), 13,667 tickets ($1,602,820), 13,663 tickets ($1,527,855), 16,427 tickets ($1,324,568), 14,449 tickets ($2,232,530), and 14,731 tickets ($1,488,197) respectively. Dates in Jul also sold out. In late 2015, he was recording with Gabriel for a future project.
Ronan Chris Murphy (worked with Alan White, King Crimson, Bozzio/Levin/Stevens, Mars Hollow) was working on his debut solo album with Levin (bass, stick), Mastelotto (drums), Bozzio (drums) and Mike Keneally (Steve Vai, ex-Frank Zappa, ex-Stanley Snail; keys).
In Feb 2007, Geoff Downes described a prog rock project with himself on keys, Levin, Michael Holmes (IQ), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, ex-Genesis), Thomas Lang (ex-John Wetton; drums) and Rob Aubrey (worked with Wetton/Downes; engineer)—see more under Downes. Meanwhile, Rick Wakeman was considering a trio project with Levin and drummer Ian Paice (Deep Purple)—see more under Wakeman.
Levin appears on the Action
Moves People United album project: see on
(Lazy Bones Recordings;
teaser), out Jul 2017, is a 28-track, 2CD concept
album from Marco Minnemann (Levin
Minnemann Rudess, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike
Keneally, worked with Eddie Jobson, Trey
Gunn), produced by Scott Schorr (worked
with Levin Torn White, Levin Minnemann Rudess). Guests
include Alex Lifeson (Rush; guitar), Joe
Satriani (guitar) and, on the final, CD-only track "OTN (REMIX)",
Levin on bass.
Levin is also on Dominique Vantomme's
instrumental album, Vegir
(MoonJune Records), released 13 Jan 2018. Tracks: "Double Down"
(7:36), "Equal Minds" (10:19), "Sizzurp" (10:45), "Playing Chess
with Barney Rubble" (9:04), "The Self Licking Ice-Cream Cone"
(13:08), "Plutocracy" (4:38), "Agent Orange" (9:46), "Emmetropia"
(9:00), "Odin's Wig" (1:54). The album, recorded 29 Oct 2016, is
performed by Vantomme (Fender Rhodes electric piano, piano, Mini
Moog, Mellotron), Michel
Delville (The Wrong Object; electric
guitar), Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Maxime Lenssens (drums).
It was produced by Vantomme, recorded by Pascal Deweze, mixed by
Fritz Sunderman and mastered by Mark Wingfield. Artwork is by
Marcel van der Heyden.
Levin has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many further
"Fragile as a Song" is a book of poetry and lyrics by Levin, with a foreword by Peter Gabriel (ex-Genesis) and introduction by Bill Bruford. The 64-page book is available from his site, with the first run all autographed by him.
McDonald has been playing with Take That and Jeff Lynne's ELO: see details under Lee Pomeroy, with whom he
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Molino plays with Yes featuring ARW. He has also worked regularly with Trevor Rabin.
Offord lives in South Carolina and
had retired from the music business. However, he re-emerged to
produce a forthcoming album, Comes in Phases, by New York
City band The
Midnight Moan, led by Andrew Paine Bradbury (vocals, guitar,
harmonica), with Ricky Gordon (drums), Joe Sweeney (bass), Brian
Baker (guitar), Steve Cuiffo (guitar) and Doug Anson (guitar). The
debut single from the album, "Short Stay", was
released digitally on Bandcamp.
Pomeroy is also a member of It Bites, who are
working towards a new album.
He generally plays with Yes
featuring ARW, although he missed their Apr 2017
Japanese tour leg, seemingly because he was already
committed to a tour with Take That.
Pomeroy (bass) and Milton McDonald
(ex-ABWH; guitar) have been part
of Take That's touring band since 2006. They played 78
dates round the world in 2017. The Take That backing band
then became the core of the touring band for Jeff Lynne's
ELO from 2014 to the present, which includes Pomeroy
(bass), McDonald (lead guitar, backing vocals), Iain Hornal (ex-Yes
feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman; backing vocals,
guitar) and Melanie Lewis-McDonald (Milton's wife;
backing vocals). ELO re-launched at a one-off
show in Sep 2014, now released as "Live in Hyde
Park" (DVD and Blu-ray), and toured subsequently, which
produced the Wembley or Bust release (2CD, DVD or
Blu-ray), released 17 Nov 2017. ELO also appeared at the Hall
of Fame induction on 7 Apr 2017 at which Yes were
also being inducted. ELO have announced 2018 dates,
although I don't have confirmation yet whether Pomeroy,
McDonald and Hornal are still involved.
Pomeroy was voted 6th in Bassist category of the 2017 Prog
Readers' Poll, while Wembley or Bust made 5th in
the Multimedia category. Wembley or Bust was #1 in
the Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 UK Progressive Albums charts. It was still at #17 in the May 2018
Porcaro released his debut solo album, Someday/Somehow, in 2016. The album was co-written and co-produced by Michael Sherwood (worked with Yes, Jon Anderson, ex-Conspiracy; Billy's elder brother). Some pieces date back several years. Steve's two deceased brothers appear on the album, Mike on most of the tracks. Also appearing on the album are further Toto members Steve Lukather, Lenny Castro (worked with Adele, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Oasis) and Shannon Forrest, and others including Marc Bonilla (California Transit Authority, worked with Eddie Jobson, ex-Keith Emerson Band, ex-Toy Matinee), Robin DiMaggio (worked with David Bowie, Paul Simon, Dr Dre) and Jimmy Haun (worked with Yes, Jon Anderson, ex-CIRCA:, ex-Yoso, ex-Chris Squire Experiment).
|Two songs planned for the album were used
instead on Toto XIV, "The Little Things" and, as a
Japan-only bonus track, "Bend". Porcaro (keys, vocals) is in
Toto with Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals, keys), David
Paich (keys, vocals) and Joseph Williams (vocals). The band
continue to tour with Porcaro, Lukather, Paich, Williams,
Leland Sklar (bass), Lenny Castro (worked with Adele,
Boz Scaggs, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The
Mars Volta; percussion), Jenny Douglas (backing
vocals) and Mabvuto Carpenter (backing vocals). I'm not
certain whether Keith Carlock (worked
with Sting, Faith Hill, Steely Dan) or Shannon
Forest is on drums. On 9 Feb 2018, they release 40 Trips
Around the Sun (Legacy Recordings; CD, download and
2LP), a remastered greatest hits compilation with three
previously unreleased tracks: "Spanish Sea", "Alone"
[written by Paich/Lukather/Porcaro/Williams; Lukather on
bass] and "Struck by Lightning" [based on a riff by Paich].
"Spanish Sea" was an unfinished '80s track, re-visited with
a new chorus written: it combines recordings from sessions
for Isolation (1984) with recordings by Porcaro,
Lukather, Paich and Williams in 2017.
A limited edition vinyl boxset, All In, is due in the autumn; it can be pre-ordered online. This contains the band's catalogue remastered, namely Toto, Hydra, Turn Back, IV, Isolation, Fahrenheit, The Seventh One (with Jon Anderson on 1 track), Kingdom of Desire (2LP; with Billy Sherwood on 1 track), Tambu (2LP), Mindfields (2LP), Toto XX (2LP set), plus unreleased material. There is an EP, Live in Tokyo, from their 1980 tour and the 10-track Old is New, which includes the 3 new tracks from 40 Trips Around the Sun plus 7 previously unreleased. This includes 4 more tracks recorded with late members Jeff and Mike Porcaro from 1981-4. I would guess it also includes 2 more new songs from the 2017 sessions. The set also includes a DVD with "Live in Paris 1990" and a 5.1 remix of IV, plus an 80-page book. A CD version with "just the albums" (not certain how to interpret that) will also be released later in 2018.
Toto wrote 4 new songs in the 2017 sessions ("Alone", "Struck by Lightning" and 2 others): an album containing all 4 and the 5 early '80s tracks ("Spanish Sea" and 4 others) may be released together as a standalone album later in 2018.
The band played 36 European dates Feb-Apr 2018 and tour North America 30 Jul-25 Aug 2018, then 20 Oct-17 Nov.
He continues to do soundtrack work.
music for TV, film and adverts, as well as doing session work.
is a songwriting/production/remix team consisting of Ryan
Rabin, Ryan McMahon and Ben Berger (although not all three
have been involved in all projects). Recent work includes
co-writing and co-producing the track "Break Up Every Night"
on The Chainsmokers' debut album Memories... Do Not Open,
released 7 Apr 2017. The album has already gone Gold in the
US: it debuted at #1 there and also made #1 in Canada, as
well as the top 5 in the UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden,
Norway, Czech Rep., Australia, New Zealand, Finland and
Flanders. It made the top 10 in Japan, Italy, Austria and
The trio produced and co-wrote "I Got You" and "Fuck Fake Friends" on Bebe Rexha's All Your Fault: Pt. 1 EP, out early 2017, which made #51 in the US, #27 in Finland, #31 in Canada and #38 in Australia. "I Got You" was the lead single, released 28 Oct 2016: it has gone Gold in the US, Canada, Italy and Poland. The single was also #1 on the US Dance Club Songs chart and #43 on the overall chart. It was #14 in Flanders and also made the top 40 in the Hungary, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Portugal, Sweden, Lebanon and Wallonia. It made #91 in the UK. They also co-wrote "Over" on SoMo's Mar 2017 album The Answers; and the 2017 single "One More Weekend" from Audien feat. MAX.
Captain Cuts released their own debut single, "Love Like
We Used to", featuring Nateur (Nate Cyphert), on 13 Oct
2016 on Epic Records. Out late 2017
was "Cocaina" (video),
featuring Rich the Kid & Daniels, also on Epic.
Ryan formerly drummed in and produced Grouplove (MySpace; Facebook). The rest of the group are Christian Zucconi (lead vocals, guitar), Hannah Hooper (worked with Trevor Rabin; vocals, keys, artwork) and Ryan's childhood friend, Andrew Wessen (lead guitar). Their latest release was the EP Big Mess, produced by Ryan. However, since late 2017, Ryan has withdrawn from touring with the band, currently replaced by Benjamin Homola (drums), but he remains associated with the band.
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Schellen was touring with Yes until early Feb 2017, filling in
White has been recovering from back problems. He appears on
Drama – Live Across America: see under
Yes. He returns to touring with the band early 2018: see under
He appears on the eponymous release from Dukes of the Orient, a
project that began as Asia Featuring John Payne: see under
Asia for details.
Schellen re-united with Unruly Child for their latest album: see details under Gowdy.
Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Schellen finished off an incomplete Peter Banks recording for the new compilation of his music, Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology: see under Banks for details.
Phyllis is retired.
Sherwood was working on a new solo album by Jon Anderson,
with long-time collaborators Jonathan
Elias and Jimmy Haun: see under Anderson for details.
Sherwood and Haun also worked on a Steve
Porcaro solo album, now out, while Sherwood had 3
co-writes on Toto's Toto XIV album: see under Porcaro for details. Sherwood also
wrote and sang a song in the film "Boulevard": see under Haun, who co-scored the film, for
Sherwood played keys for country & western artist John Spicer's debut album, Crossing Over, due soon. Lead single "Pretty Good at Lovin' You" (YouTube) has been released digitally. Also performing are Spicer (vocals, guitar), Patrick Caccia (drums), Jennifer Lynn (fiddle, strings), Mico Olmos (bass) and Mike Winner. Tom Fletcher (co-produced Yes's Keys to Ascension) produced, mixed and engineered.
Sherwood plays live with Danny Peck. He also plays live
with Nancy Gardos. He also writes for music production houses. Brother Billy described on Facebook in early May
Just finishing 3 mixes for my brother
Mike, among other things Mike writes for music
production houses (for film/jingle/source) todays
mission is 3 songs that have a totally 80's vibe...
and it's done really well lol... Mike nailed the vibe
and Christian Nesmith did all the gtr and bass work,
it's really cool sounding stuff !! The producer of the
project is on his way over to finalize these mixes...
I have it al sounding very "analog", old school.
3 MIXES approved by the
producer of "Killer Tracks" and sent off to mastering...
Sinfield was working on a new solo album, entitled Thread to Heaven, co-produced by Poli Palmer. In a Jan 2008 blog, Jakko M. Jakszyk talked of writing for the album. He may also be working with the David Cross/Andrew Keeling collaboration.
Esquire released their
third album, No Spare Planet (Esquire Records), in Nov
2016. The album consists of 9 tracks co-written by Nikki Squire
and Nigel McLaren (bass, backing vocals), who passed away in 2015
shortly before the album was to be mixed. The album was
co-produced by Squire/McLaren, with additional production and
mixes by Mark Wallis, who previously mixed most of their first
album. Tracks: "Ministry of Life", "She Said", "Human Rhythm",
"Tonight", "Friends and Enemies", "Its Over", "Where the Love is",
"Stay Low", "Heaven Blessed".
There is also some unreleased Esquire material from over the
years which could be released. She was interviewed in Notes from the
Edge #232, in which she discussed some other possible
Nikki Squire is guesting on a tribute album to Chris put together by Billy Sherwood: see on the main page. She was announced to be guesting on a forthcoming album entitled The Hope from Mark Trueack (ex-Unitopia), although plans have shifted around that album and I am unclear on whether she is still involved. Details under Jon Anderson.
|Vangelis released in Feb
2017 a 13-disc box set, Delectus, of his Polydor and
Vertigo albums. There are 4 bonus tracks in total: 3 b-sides
not previously released on CD and a previously unreleased
In Jan 2016, Wilson and Wakeman also released an acoustic
album together, Weir Keeper's Tale.
Wilson (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Wakeman (piano,
vocals, acoustic guitar) played a duo
acoustic tour in the British Isles. They now have a
second album, The Sun will Dance in Its Twilight Hour
preview), out 16 Feb 2018 through
crowdfunding (general release from 2 Mar; vinyl
release 16 Mar). The album is performed by Wilson (vocals,
acoustic guitar) and Wakeman (piano, vocals, acoustic
guitar), plus guest musicians Andy Dunlop (Travis;
guitar), Ash Soan (The
Trevor Horn Band, Downes
Braide Association, worked with Rick Wakeman's
English Rock Ensemble, Adele, Will Young; drums),
Tony Woollard (worked with Damian Wilson;
cello) and Haley Sanderson (worked
with Rick Wakeman; backing vocals). Tracks:
The Sun will Dance in Its Twilight Hour has been nominated for the Album Cover category in the Progressive Music Awards 2018: you can vote here. They continued with a 16 date UK tour Feb/Mar 2018, plus 4 dates in the Netherlands and Germany.
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||Adam (keys, vocals) is
Murray (ex-Whitesnake, ex-Company
Snakes, ex-National Health, ex-Brian May,
ex-Jon Lord, ex-Black Sabbath; bass), Laurie
Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash,
ex-Tina Turner; guitars), Harry James (Magnum,
ex-Thunder; drums, vocals), Chris Ousey (Heartland,
ex-Virginia Wolf; lead vocals) and Simon McBride
(lead guitars, vocals). The band perform Whitesnake material
and other songs from the members' back catalogues. They played
UK dates in May 2017. Frontiers released an eponymous
debut album and now the band's second album, Second Skin
(FR CD 791), which came out 11 May 2017 in the UK and the
next day in the US. It was produced by Gary Stevenson.
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Jem is a songwriter, pianist and vocalist. She now works as a
videographer and designer for Surrey web design company 1minus1.
Weidner has been working with Trevor
Horn as an engineer, mixer, programmer and/or performer on a
variety of projects, including Horn's soundtrack for The
Reflection—see details under
|Wilson remains busy as a solo artist and
doing remixing for other acts, including Tales from
Topographic Oceans, his last work for Yes.
Wilson's remixing work with King Crimson is covered under Bruford. He worked on
Gentle Giant's Three Piece Suite, a selection from
the band's first three albums based on what master tapes
existed, which has been nominated for
the Reissue of the Year in the Progressive Music Awards
can vote here. A deluxe version of Jethro
Tull's Songs from the Wood (Parlophone Records)
followed 19 May 2017, remixed in stereo and 5.1 Surround by
Wilson. His next such project for XTC was Black Sea.
Next came Tull's Heavy Horses, a 3CD/2DVD release
where Wilson shared remixing duties with Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson),
out Feb 2018; this was still in the
UK Progressive Albums chart at #8 in May 2018.
Recording for Wilson's new album, including two songs with lyrics by Andy Partridge (ex-XTC), began 12 Dec 2016. Entitled To the Bone, it was released 18 Aug 2017; it made #1 in the UK midweek chart (21 Aug) to then finish at #3 in the full chart. It also made #1 in Finland, #2 in Germany, #4 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the top 20 in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Norway. It was #58 in the US (#3 for Independent albums, #8 for Rock albums) and #168 in France (week 33). It was #1 in the UK Progressive Albums chart for Sep 2017. It was still at #13 in the Dec 2017 chart, #14 in the Jan 2018 chart, and #17 in the May 2018 chart. The album is with Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, ex-Squackett, ex-The Syn, ex-The Lemon Trees) and Craig Blundell on drums, and Paul Stacey (ex-The Syn, ex-The Lemon Trees, ex-The Black Crowes, worked with Oasis, Chris Robinson) as engineer. Also on the album are Dave Stewart (ex-Bruford, ex-National Health), David Kilminster (ex-John Wetton, ex-The Nice, ex-Roger Waters), Ninet Tayeb (worked with Aviv Geffen), Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero, Rory Gallagher, worked with Anthony Moore, Anri, Godley & Creme, Roy Harper, Annie Lennox, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Karl Jenkins; harmonica) and David Kollar (Komara).
There was a tour of Europe in support of the new album Jan-Mar 2018.
To the Bone has been nominated for Album of the Year in the Progressive Music Awards 2018, with Wilson himself nominated for UK Band/Artist of the Year: you can vote here for Album of the Year and here for Band/Artist of the Year.
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