Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 18 Oct 2017
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 - Jen Dawson - 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.
Damion has several songs available on his SoundCloud
account. He did the music for sister Deborah's documentary "Aroused: The
Lost Sensuality of a Woman": see
below. An 11-track digital release came in Jun 2014.
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 "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 the Aug 2016 issue of Prog and, in Aug, at the 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 some 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 new
documentary project entitled "The Divine9 Project".
Berlin is seeking to crowdsource a Jack Bruce tribute album, Songs for a Wailer. Berlin describes the project: "I've arranged every song with fresh interpretations making sure that each song retained the original spirit that Jack included in every tune he wrote."
Brislin continues to tour with Renaissance and to
release solo material. Renaissance have announced a 6-date US tour
26 Oct-2 Nov 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 will be with a 10-piece chamber orchestra of strings,
woodwinds, brass and percussion, with the plan being to film one
of these shows, on 27 Oct, for DVD/CD release, "A Symphonic
Journey", with crowdfunding
Brislin is one of two keyboardists on Invention of
Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt: see under
Anderson for details.
Brislin returns as an instructor for Jordan Rudess' Keyfest 2017. He
appeared at a Yes fan gathering after the band's
Hall of Fame induction: see here.
In Mar 2016, Brislin was touring with Meat Loaf.
|Clifford continues to work with the Rolling
Stones. He played on Blue
& Lonesome, their 2016 covers album. Tracks:
The album was the 5th best-selling in all of 2016 in Germany, 8th
best in the Netherlands, 15th in Austria, 17th in the UK, 22nd in
Australia amd both parts of Belgium, 28th in New Zealand, 30th in
Switzerland and 66th in Denmark.
|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 remains busy with album art, with recent projects including
Drama – Live Across America, Steve Howe's Anthology 2:
Groups & Collaborations,
Association's Skyscraper Souls and a release for
Focus. He also did art for John Lodge's Live
from Birmingham—The 10,000 Light Years Tour CD/DVD and
He is exhibiting
at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, UK on 1 Nov-10 Dec.
There will be an evening with Dean on 18 Nov, with Yes tribute
band Seyes playing the night before. He is unveiling new paintings
around Yes's Close to the Edge during 50th
anniversary celebrations for the band on 24/5 Mar 2018 in
He continues to work on his film project, "Floating Islands"—details on main page.
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.
Foster's autobiography, "Yours is
No Disgrace", is 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 was writing for and performing on a solo project by Jon
Anderson, also working with long-time collaborators Jonathan Elias and Michael
Sherwood: see under
Anderson for details. Haun works for Elias Arts—details
under Elias. Haun and M Sherwood also worked on a Steve Porcaro solo album, now out: see under
Haun and David Wittman did the score for
"Boulevard", starring the late Robin Williams, now out in the US.
Michael Sherwood wrote and sang a song in a scene in the film too.
Jimmy's daughter, Lindsey Haun (MySpace page)
is a singer and actress (True Blood,
"Village of the Damned"). Her current band is The Haun Solo Project (Twitter):
Lindsey Haun—vocals, Sara Carter—guitar, Nicole "Nikki G"
Grant—drums, Mike Payne—bass, Scarlet "Scar" Newman-Thomas—drums.
Jimmy recorded their debut album, Neon Gods, available from the
band's website. Jimmy's contributions included writing
additional music for their song, "Addicted" (video on
YouTube). The song was largely written by Lindsey and
features cello by Cameron Stone (worked with Jonathan
Elias, Robert Downey Jr). Jimmy has also played live
with the band.
(Crate Classics) (SoundCloud)
is a project from Aaron Horn and Jamie Rodigan
On 16 Oct 2016, they released the single "Everything"
(2:41), featuring Secaina Hudson.
Their debut release was the instrumental "Habits" (3:16),
released 9 Sep. Both are digital only releases on Oat Milk
Industries. These came together on the EP CRT-CLSSX
1: The Remixes, released 9 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!" 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.
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;
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. The café has regular creatives-in-residence,
including at some point in 2015/6, Virgil
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 dad Trevor's 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. Last year, he sang vocals for
a cover of
"Love will Find a Way" for Guerilla Sessions, a project
headed by Jo Webb (guitar, keys) and Dave Marks (bass,
percussion). Jon Finnigan was on drums.
He also works with ELO 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.
is played with Yes
on their summer
2017 tour in a double drummer line up along side Alan
His most recent solo project was Subterranean—New Designs on Bowie's Berlin, with father Steve guesting.
Dylan and Ross Stanley continue in the Steve Howe Trio. They toured the UK in Sep 2013 and have an album or two expected: see under Steve Howe for details.
Dylan 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, across 2016. Touring continued in 2017, with the set including [SPOILERS—highlight to read] "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 on 26 Sep 2017 to celebrate Johnson's 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band.
Johnson also recorded an album with Roger Daltrey (The Who), entitled Going Back Home, released 2014, which made Gold, i.e. 100,000 sales. Wife Zoë Street Howe co-wrote an autobiography by Johnson—see below.
|Virgil Howe - Steve's son; Twitter; SoundCloud; YouTube; Instagram; MixCloud
Virgil Howe unexpectedly died in mid-Sep 2017. Further details have not been released and father Steve and family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time. My condolences to the family.
Nexus, due 17 Nov 2017, is 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 have been 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.Virgil Howe also worked as a DJ/producer/remixer (sometimes under the name Sparo) and had a radio show at Soho Radio, entitled Hidden Level.
|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", is due Sep 2016 from Matador.
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 new Curved Air
compilation, The Best of Curved Air, due 17 Nov 2017.
Jordan is still performing. 17 Nov 2017
sees 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.
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 2-6
Jan 2018 with 5 US dates, then 4 dates in Japan 18-22 Jan.
The touring band is with Lawrence and Siegel.
Tony also guests on Pete's new album, Möbius
(Pete Levin Music), due Nov 2017. 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
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 is planned with an autumn
2017 leg in the US 19 Oct-26 Nov, then summer 2018 dates in
continental Europe, UK dates around Oct and then Japan,
and further touring in 2019.
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.
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Live in Chicago June 28th
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) has been 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 has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many further
"Fragile as a Song" is a new 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, including a major tour in 2015 and promo work in 2014. He also toured with Take That's Gary Barlow in Oct 2014. The Take That band backed Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at a one-off show in Sep 2014, now released as "Live in Hyde Park".
No current info
No current info
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 in Headspace
with Adam Wakeman: see
details below. He is also a member of It Bites, who are working
towards a new album.
He generally plays with Yes featuring ARW,
although is missing their Apr 2017 Japanese tour leg, seemingly
because he is already committed to a tour with Take That. He also
plays with ELO, including appearing at the Hall of Fame
induction on 7 Apr 2017 at which Yes are also being
He played on 1 track of the most recent Downes Braide
Association album and will be performing on the next, due
this year: see
details under Geoff Downes.
Porcaro released his debut solo album, Someday/Somehow,
in Jun 2016. The album was co-written (lyrics and vocal
melodies) 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, Steely Dan, The Mars Volta, Oasis) and
Shannon Forrest, and others including Marc Bonilla
(California Transit Authority, ex-Keith Emerson Band,
ex-Toy Matinee), Robin
DiMaggio (worked with David Bowie, Paul
Simon, Dr Dre) and Jimmy
Haun (worked with Yes, Jon
ex-Yoso, ex-Chris Squire Experiment). Design and
photography were by Steve's daughter, Heather. Tracks:
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Sherwood: we’re sitting on a mountain of music right now.
Interviewer: Tell me about the song writing process with Steve?
Sherwood: We usually write in the same room, with Steve having a concept for the melody [...] I’ll listen to his guide vocal and develop lyrics on that, and we go back and forth. We’ve been doing it this wa[y] for 20 years. We have so much material now with Mike [Porcaro] playing bass [...] Even when Mike couldn’t play, he would dictate his notes for the music.
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), with Keith Carlock (worked
with Sting, Faith Hill, Steely Dan; drums). 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 Carlock or
Shannon Forest is on drums. The band played Europe and
Japan earlier in 2016, and toured the US in Aug/Sep. Their
21 Aug 2016 show sold 2137 tickets, with a $141,392 gross.
Toto XIV (Frontiers Music SRL) is out worldwide. The album was performed by Porcaro (keys, vocals), Lukather (guitars, vocals, bass), Paich (keys, vocals), Williams (vocals), Carlock (drums), David Hungate (bass), Tal Wilkenfeld (worked with Trevor Rabin; bass), Sklar (bass), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Castro (percussion), Martin Tillman (cello), Michael McDonald (backing vocals). The album includes 2 co-writes and a bonus track co-write by Michael Sherwood. CJ Vanston (worked with Steve Lukather, Prince) played additional synths, engineered and co-produced.
Porcaro continues to do soundtrack work.
music for TV, film and adverts, as well as doing session work.
|Ryan drums in and produces Grouplove (MySpace; Facebook). The
rest of the group are Christian Zucconi (lead vocals,
guitar), Sean Gadd (bass), Hannah Hooper
(worked with Trevor Rabin; vocals, keys,
artwork) and Ryan's childhood friend, Andrew Wessen (lead
guitar); they are managed by Nicky and Ben Berger. Their
latest release was the EP Big Mess, produced by
Ryan. The debut single was "Welcome to Your Life" (video).
The band continue to play live.
Captain Cuts (Soundcloud; Twitter) 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 Denmark.
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.
No current info
Schellen was touring with Yes until early Feb 2017, filling in
White has been recovering from back problems. He appears on Topographic
Drama – Live Across America: see under
Schellen re-united with Unruly Child for their new album: see details under Gowdy.
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 is 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. It was mastered by Andy Jackson. Tracks: "Ministry of
Life", "She Said", "Human Rhythm", "Tonight", "Friends and
Enemies", "Its Over", "Where the Love is", "Stay Low", "Heaven
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 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.
Papathanassiou - composer on ABWH and Keys
to Ascension 2. Homepage (under
Vangelis released his new solo album, Rosetta, in Sep 2016 on Decca. The album was inspired by the Rosetta space mission. Tracks:
|Vangelis releases on 3
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
There was also a 140g 12" picture disc of Vangelis's Blade Runner score on Rhino for Record Store Day 2017, which was the 6th best-selling album of the day.
Headspace (MySpace page; YouTube channel)
consists of Adam Wakeman (keys), Damian Wilson
ex-Jeronimo Road; vocals), Pete Rinaldi
(guitar), Lee Pomeroy (Anderson,
Rabin & Wakeman, Rick
Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Gary Barlow; bass)
and Adam Falkner (drums). Their second album, All That
You Fear is Gone (InsideOut), was released Feb 2016.
This, their debut, I am Anonymous, and a third
album to come make up a loose trilogy; Wilson has already
started on lyrics for the third album. The music is
largely written by Wakeman and Rinaldi, with lyrics and
melodies from Wilson. Tracks:
They played the Ramblin'
Man Fair in Jul 2016, and the Cropredy Convention,
in Aug; and then 4 north-western European dates 19-22 Dec.
3 UK dates 20-2 Apr 2017 were announced, but cancelled due
to insufficient ticket sales. Instead, the band have
started work on the third album in the trilogy. In Jan
2016, Wilson and Wakeman also released an acoustic album
together, Weir Keeper's Tale (album
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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 5-27 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.
No current info
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. 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 will be Black Sea.
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. 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 is a tour of Europe in support of the new album 31 Jan-31 Mar 2018, with dates in Portugal (1), Spain (2), France (4), Switzerland (1), Italy (2), Germany (5), Austria (1), Poland (2), Finland (1), Sweden (1), Norway (3), Denmark (1), Netherlands (1), Belgium (1), Luxembourg (1) and the UK (8).
Wilson recorded a new 13-track Blackfield album with Aviv Geffen, entitled V. The album was mostly written by Geffen, with 2 tracks by Geffen/Wilson and 1 by Wilson. Tomer Z appears on drums, and Eran Mitelman is on keys. Alan Parsons produced 3 tracks. The album made #13 in Germany, and #16 in Poland and the Netherlands. It also made the top 50 of Austria, Switzerland and Finland, the top 100 of the UK and the top 200 in France and Belgium.
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