Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 5 Jul 2020
On this page: Mabel Greer's Toy Shop - Damion Anderson - Deborah Anderson - Jade (Anderson) Hawkins - Tony Anderson - Clive Bayley - Jeff Berlin - Tom Brislin - Matt Clifford - Julian Colbeck - Roger Dean - Francis Dunnery - Jonathan Elias - David Foster - Bruce Gowdy - Larry Groupé - Jimmy Haun - Aaron Horn - Iain Hornal - Dylan Howe - Zoë Street Howe - JJ Jeczalik - 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;
vocals on ABWH. MySpace
Anderson Photography; Twitter;
Deborah has made "Women of the White Buffalo" (89 minutes; trailer; Twitter), a feature documentary film about the Lakota women living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, narrated by Rita Coolidge. Deborah directed and edited, with the screenplay by her and Charlotte Chatton (Brian Chatton's daughter). The film was produced by Deborah Anderson, Adam Schomer and Kumiko Hayashi, and co-produced by Rachelle Garzia and Chatton. The associate producer was Carol Iron Rope. Matthew Rebula is credited as an associate producer and co-producer. Executive producers were Eve Ensler ("The Vagina Monologues"), Julian Lennon (son of John Lennon), Ian McNeel, Tamara Mellon (co-founder of Jimmy Choo), Angus Mitchell ("The Highest Pass"), Lehka Singh and Christopher Stone.
The film premièred 14 Nov 2019 in Beverly Hills, at the 24th Red Nation International Film Festival. It won Best Documentary Feature. Deborah won Best Director Feature Documentary at the 2019 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the 2020 Native Women in Film Festival. At the 2020 Idyllwild International festival of Cinema, the awards won were for Best Director Feature Documentary, Best Feature Documentary, the Golden Era Humanitarian Award and the Summerhawk Native American Award.
Deborah Anderson is crowdfunding a streaming release for the film on Facebook. Dad Jon Anderson wrote the theme song, which he reportedly sings with Delacina Chief Eagle. There is a video on Jon's YouTube channel entitled "White Buffalo", uploaded Feb 2020, but that's with only him singing. Deborah said, "His voice is also featured throughout this important documentary film." The score was by Jennie Muskett (scored Spooks).
She previously exhibited photos of the project at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, in Jun 2018, and then at the New York Soho Leica Gallery from Mar 2020.
Deborah continues to do photography for her father. She
did various promo shots for him, including of Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman
rehearsals for the tour book and for his 1000
Hands project. 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.
In early 2020, she described on Facebook doing promo
photos for Julian Lennon.
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
Berlin has been 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 is in Kansas and has been touring with them since 2019,
beginning with the Rock Legends Cruise in Feb. In an early
Feb 2019 interview, he reported having just done his first
rehearsal with the band. He went on to say that "I'm an official
member of Kansas, so my contributions to sound and songwriting are
encouraged. We will record the next Kansas album this summer,
aiming for a 2020 release." The rest of the band is Phil Ehart
(drums), Rich Williams (guitar), Billy Greer (bass, vocals), David
Ragsdale (violin, guitar), Ronnie Platt (vocals, keys) and Zak
Rizvi (4Front; guitar). The Absence of
Presence (InsideOut Music) was due 26
Jun 2020, but Amazon reports a delay to 17 Jul. It will
be released as a limited edition CD + Blu-Ray Artbook (with 5.1
surround sound mix & Hi-Res Stereo), a Special Edition CD
Digipak, a gatefold 2LP + CD (with etching on side D), and
Recording was taking place in Aug-Oct 2019, with Brislin
on keys and vocals. Rizvi was the main composer. At the time
Brislin joined Kansas, Rizvi had already done 6
(instrumental) demos for the album. The album includes
four pieces from Rizvi but with lyrics by Brislin—"Throwing
Mountains" (title and lyric ideas by
"The Absence of Presence" (title and lyrical concept by
Ehart), "Jets Overhead" and "Animals on
the Roof"—while "Memories Down the
Line" and "The Song the River Sang" are complete songs
Brislin wrote for the band. Brislin also composed the
instrumental "Propulsion 1", where he drew on ideas he
had before joining Kansas. Platt is the main
vocalist on the album, but Brislin sings lead on "The
Song the River Sang" and provides backing vocals for
much of the album. It was produced by Rizvi, Ehart and
Williams. Brislin did an intro
video announcing the album.
The band have extensive tour plans,
although much of their 2020 touring has been cancelled or
postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mar 2020
touring was cancelled. The band are due to play 3 US
dates, 20 Jun-5 Jul 2020. They were to join Foreigner and
Europe on the Juke Box Heroes North American tour 9 Jul-13
Sep, but these were cancelled. They are still advertising
7 solo US dates 17 Sep-9 Oct. They were then to play 13
European dates 18 Oct-10 Nov 2020, but these have been
postponed to 12 Oct-4 Nov 2021. They remain due to play US
dates 30 Nov-19 Dec 2020, plus there are 3 US dates
announced for 2021.
|Digipak from UK Amazon:
|CD + Blu-ray from US
Brislin was 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
joined Stolt (guitars, backing vocals, keys) in The Sea Within (Twitter), which
includes two more performers who were on Invention of
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
with Eddie Jobson, UK, Trey
Gunn, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani; drums, percussion,
guitar, backing vocals). Their debut album, also called The
Sea Within (details
in Yescography), was released Jun 2018. Anderson
guested on 1 song. Tracks—disc 1:
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.
Likewise, in this
Jul 2018 interview, he said, "Jon Anderson and I had been
talking about ways to work together ever since my tours with Yes
by Brislin's former band Spiraling, was re-released on 3 Jul
2020, having been out of print for some time.
|Julian Colbeck -
additional keys live with ABWH
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 Focus's Focus 11
(released Feb 2019), Black Moth's Condemned to Hope, Steve
Hackett's Broken Skies – Outspread Wings (1984-2006) (see under Steve
Howe), Yes's 50
Live, and John Lodge's Live from Birmingham—The
10,000 Light Years Tour CD/DVD and tour.
Dean was exhibiting again at Trading
Boundaries, East Sussex 1 Nov-8 Dec 2019. The Yes tribute
band Yes Please played 8 Nov as part of the exhibition. He joined
most of the Royal Affair Tour headlined by Yes in summer 2019: see under
Piccioli's Jun 2019 fashion collection used prints featuring
Dean landscapes (e.g., like this).
He has been working on Henk
Rogers' moonbase project, with a prototype to be built in
Hawaii. 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
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.
The band consists of Bruce Gowdy (guitars, bass, keys, vocals),
Guy Allison (ex-World Trade, ex-Lodgic; keys,
percussion, vocals), Marcie Michelle
Free (ex-King Kobra;
lead vocals), Jay Schellen (World
Trade, working with Yes; drums) and Larry Antonio
(bass, vocals). Lyrics were mostly by Allison and Betsy Summers.
- orchestral arrangements/conducting on Magnification/YesSymphonic.
Groupé writes music for film, TV, CD-ROMs etc.
In a Mar
2020 interview, Haun described multiple projects:
He also said that he and Billy Sherwood
had talked about re-recording some Lodgic material.
More generally, he continues to do music for adverts, TV and film
as a freelancer. He stills works with Jonathan Elias.
Several years ago, Haun wrote some material with Noella Hutton
that she is now recording on a new album.
(Crate Classics) (SoundCloud)
is a project from Aaron Horn and Jamie Rodigan
They produced Iotosh's
"Reasons" (available on Soundcloud),
released 27 Jul 2019. They have
also produced "Nah Stop" by Levi ft.
Iotosh & Indie, due 29 May 2020
They produced Big
Zeeks' single "FTP (For the Paper)", which was due
at the end of 2019. They also did a remix of Desmond
Dekker's "Israelites" for Trojan Records (lyric
video on YouTube). They produced "Mistake Too" (YouTube
audio) for Bella
Blair, now out; tracks: "Mistake Too" (3:01),
"Mistake Too (Instrumental)" (3:01).
Aaron co-wrote "Human Nature" on the 2018 album Time
to be Alive from Matt Cardle (former The X Factor winner),
who also works with the Trevor
Horn Band (following Aaron doing introductions). The
album made #28 in the UK.
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.
Ally and dad Trevor's PA, Suzanne, have a band together called
She has been managing director of SPZ.
Will said in a Feb
2017 interview that he was writing a memoir about being
Hornal 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.
Dylan and Ross Stanley have continued in the Steve Howe Trio. Their latest album, New Frontier, is now out: see under Steve Howe for details. Dylan also plays drums on Steve's forthcoming solo album, Love Is: see under Steve Howe for details.
|Zoë Howe - Steve's
daughter-in-law; Dylan's wife; Homepage; Blog;
Zoë Howe works as a music journalist, author, radio DJ and drummer.
"Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche" is a new documentary feature film about the late singer Poly Styrene (ex-X-Ray Spex) made by Z Howe, director Paul Sng and Poly's daughter, Celeste Bell. There is an accompanying book, "Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story" by Bell and Howe.
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 [...] I shall be playing the music of ‘UK’ with a virtuoso lineup of playersThe band was with Marc Bonilla (ex-Keith Emerson Band; bass, vocals), Alex Machacek (guitar), Thomas Lang (drums). They headlined the last day of the festival. Earlier in the day, he also did a masterclass and Q&A. In the evening, he said this would likely be his last live performance. Set: "Alaska", "Danger Money", "Nevermore", "Time to Kill", "In the Dead of Night", "By the Light of Day", "Presto Vivace and Reprise", "Rendezvous 6:02", "Trilogy" (originally by ELP), drum solo, "Thirty Years", "Carrying No Cross", "Caesar's Palace Blues", "Forever Until Sunday".
|Now out is the first of a series of
compilations. In Sep 2018, it was announced there would be
five compilations. 1971-1979 The Band Years (Globe
Music Media) was released 26 Oct 2018; details
in Yescography. CD1
Or check at Burning Shed
|The liner notes of this album announces the
subsequent releases as:
1980-1989 The Solo YearsJobson has also re-released his two '80s solo albums, The Green Album and Theme of Secrets, together as a 3-disc (2CD/1Bluray) release. The Green Album/Theme of Secrets (GMM9190-2) comes with a 7-page booklet with extensive liner notes. The release came 7th in the Reissue category of Prog magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll.
He had previously talked of writing some new music. Around Aug 2012, he said on his Zealots Lounge website that, "I am ready to make some new music and implement some new ideas for UKZ." However, he then announced in an autumn 2012 update that:
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 in late March .A Dec 2013 Facebook update talked of Jobson's plans for 2014 including "an eye toward creating new music." New UKZ music has yet to appear.
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 appeared on Frank Zappa's Zappa in New York.
Released 29 Mar 2019 for the album's 40th anniversary was
a deluxe edition, either 5CDs, 3LPs or digital.
Jobson is also on Bryan Ferry's Live at the Royal
Albert Hall 1974 (BMG), released 7 Feb 2020. The
album was as high at #9 on UK Amazon (#2 in Classic
British Rock; #7 in Pop) and #178 on US Amazon (10 Feb).
Others in the band included John Wetton and Paul
Thompson. This is not the full evening's performance,
omitting "Help Me Make It Through the Night" among others.
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.
I presume the reference to Murdock is to Jordan guesting with The
New Empire: see
Langan continues to work with Trevor Horn
on various projects, including Producers—see
With fellow former Art of Noise members JJ Jeczalik and Anne
Dudley, the trio were touring playing an Art of Noise set.
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). In a May
2020 interview, Levin described how, during the
COVID-19 lockdown, he and Reuter were working on ideas for
a new Stick Men album: "We're at that first stage of
gathering things on our own end. I think he and I are both
writing, maybe in my case not feverishly, but we're
writing stuff we'll present to the other and also [to]
Pat, who has an important say in the music. But pretty
much, harmonically, as you can imagine it needs to get set
up first by me and Markus. We're in the early stage of
trading ideas, and we're also conceptually trying to get a
framework for what this will be like."
They have also often been joined on some touring by David Cross (ex-King Crimson, worked with Peter Banks; violin, keys), including for a tour of Latin America Aug/Sep 2018. Panamerica (Iapetus/MoonJune Music) was a 5CD box of the tour, produced by Reuter:
They were touring
summer 2019, with 11 north-eastern US dates 30 Jul-10 Aug.
Since 2018, Stick Men have digitally released a large number of official bootlegs through Bandcamp, covering shows from 2011-9. So far, 5 of these can be downloaded for free.
Bucket List is a 12-track album released 11 Jan 2019
from Phil Keaggy (guitars), Tony Levin (bass, Stick) and Jerry
Marotta (drums, percussion), with Mike Pachelli (guitar) also
appearing on the album. The album was engineered by Paul
Grimsland. They played 5 US
dates 28 Feb-5 Mar 2019, with Pachelli also in the touring
line-up. Robert Frazza is the band's agent and sound engineer.
In the May 2020 interview, Levin also said
he was "overdue on a solo album". In Apr 2020, he also released
an a capella tribute to the drummers he has worked
on over the years.
King Crimson and related projects
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) and Jeremy Stacey (Steven Wilson, ex-The Syn,
Squire, ex-Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; drums,
percussion, keys). The band focuses on touring the back
catalogue with no plans for a studio album, but play some
new material live. An article on the band in the Nov 2018
issue of Prog dismisses the chances of a new
studio album "any time soon". Previously, 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."
And 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." In a May
2020 interview, Levin talked about the composing
process: "It's usually Jakko that I hear from, and he
says he has an idea for a song or something he's worked
out with Robert. Maybe Gavin's played on it. He'd send
it to me to redo the bass part as I felt it should be.
In a similar way, they'd hand it to Gavin and ask him to
do an arrangement for the three drummers. That might not
be the only way we did it, but that's what comes to mind
when you ask about that. It's been a few years since
we've done that kind of writing." The band have also
played a number of pieces for the drummers. Levin
explained, "when Robert first asked the drummers to do
some pieces, the intention was that we would gradually
fly along, the rest of us [...] that they'd become band
pieces. That just didn't happen. That's not a problem.
It's hard to say why things don't happen. We ended up
maybe tinkering with that, but maybe the thing was that
they sounded so good with just the drummers — there's so
much going on, and they're so interesting. But there was
that thought at one point: having that be a new way of
coming up with material."
The band regularly release live material. There's a 2019 tour box, and forthcoming is Live in Rome, seemingly recorded 22 Jul 2018.
They played European dates in 2018 and tour more in 2019, joined by Theo Travis (Soft Machine, ex-Gong, worked with Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Richard Sinclair; keys) filling in for Bill Rieflin (ex-Ministry, ex-R.E.M., worked with Fripp, Nine Inch Nails), who had been in the band, but was absent because of illness. Rieflin eventually passed away in Mar 2020 without returning to the band.
A North American tour with The Zappa Band
was announced for 4 Jun-12 Jul 2020 with a line-up of Fripp,
Collins, Levin, Mastelotto, Harrison, Jakszyk and Stacey. Due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been postponed to 2021.
The band came 6th in the Band category of Prog
magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll, with Jakszyk coming 8th in the Male
Vocalist category and Fripp coming 6th in the Guitarist category
and 2nd in the Person of the Year category. Harrison was 1st in
the Drummer category, with Mastelotto 6th. Levin himself was 9th
in the Bassists.
At an Apr 2019 press do, Fripp was asked about new music. As described
at Innerviews, Fripp answered, "In terms of new writing,
there's about 40-45 minutes available. During our rehearsal
period, what we can engage with is somewhat constrained because
we're introducing Theo Travis to nearly four-hours worth of music
[...] So, rather than shooting off in that direction, more focus
is needed. However, both Theo and Jeremy Stacey are jazzers among
other things, and those boys are going to shoot off in strange and
interesting directions. So, who knows where that might lead?"
As well as touring, the band's 50th anniversary will bring "Cosmic FuKc", a documentary by Toby Amies, and another multi-disc box set. The documentary includes a live performance done just for the film and interviews with Bruford and Belew.
Other collaborations and
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), although I've not seen anything about the project for some years.
In Feb 2007, Geoff
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;
under Downes. Levin also
guests on D'Virgilio's second solo album, Invisible
(ERCD0025), out 26 Jun 2020. Wth 14 tracks, others
guests include Jordan Rudess (Dream
Theater), Jonas Reingold (The
Flower Kings) and Jem Godfrey
(Frost*, worked with Gary Barlow, Atomic Kitten).
Levin has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many
further session appearances.
In the May 2020 interview, Levin talked of using the COVID-19 lockdown time to work on a new photo exhibition and a new photo book.
McDonald has been playing with Take That and Jeff Lynne's ELO: see details under Lee Pomeroy, with whom he
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 also a member of It Bites, who are
working towards a new album.
He played 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 Nov 2017. ELO played 2018 dates, although I don't have confirmation with Pomeroy and, I think, McDonald and Hornal all still involved. The band played 20 US dates 20 Jun-1 Aug 2019.
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). Asked about whether he and
Sherwood are thinking of a follow-up in a Jul
2018 interview, Porcaro replied: "Yes, absolutely. I
have my own studio; I can record when I want. Given the
way the music industry is, I can't survive off my own
music, but that doesn't deter me from making new music.
Will it be an album or a handful of songs released one at
a time? I don't know. I love working with Mike Sherwood
[...] I can't wait to do more, and I think I'm writing the
best stuff I've ever written." M Sherwood then passed away
in late 2019.
Toto's latest line-up has been Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather,
David Paich and Joseph Williams. The band played European and
North America in 2018. However, Paich has sat out later tour dates
due to ill health, with Dominique "Xavier" Talpin
(ex-Prince) subbing for him. The band (still without
Paich) then toured Australia (6 dates, 30 Dec 2018-6 Jan 2019),
New Zealand (4 dates, 9-13 Jan), and Japan (8 dates, 14-27 Feb).
After that was a European leg 13 Jun-18 Jul 2019, covering the UK
(1 date), Ireland (1 date), Sweden (1 date), Norway (3 dates),
Poland (1 date), Hungary (1 date), Austria (2 dates), Germany (5
dates), Italy (3 dates), France (3 dates), and Switzerland (1
date). There was then a US leg, with Paich appearing at the leg
opening date in Los Angeles, CA. The band are then taking a break.
In Feb 2018, Toto released 40 Trips Around the Sun, a
remastered greatest hits compilation with three previously
unreleased tracks: "Spanish Sea", "Alone" and "Struck by
Lightning". "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. "Struck by Lightning" was based on a
riff by Paich.
A limited edition 17 LP/13 CD boxset, All In, was released Nov 2018. This contained 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 tracks. The set also includes a Blu-ray with "Live in Paris 1990" and a 5.1 remix of IV, plus an 80-page book. There is also a CD-only version, All In - The CDs.
|Old is New includes a second track
recorded with late members Jeff and Mike Porcaro from
1981-4. It appears to also include 2 more new songs from the
2017 sessions. Toto wrote 4 new songs in the 2017 sessions
("Alone", "Struck by Lightning" and 2 others, presumably
"Chase the Rain" and "Chelsea"). An album containing all 4
and the 5 early '80s tracks ("Spanish Sea" and 4 others) was
mooted for 2018, but hasn't appeared yet. Old is New
was produced by Toto; with Williams as supervising producer;
1. "Alone""Acoustic storytellers":
2. "Hold the Line"
3. "Lovers in the Night"
4. "Spanish Sea"
5. "I will Remember"
6. "English Eyes"
7. "Jake to the Bone"
10. "Miss Sun"Set 2:
11. "Georgy Porgy"
12. "Human Nature"
14. "No Love"
16. "Stop Loving You"
17. "Girl Goodbye"Encore:
20. "Dune (Desert Theme)"
21. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
22. "Stranger in Town"
23. "Make Believe"
25. "The Road Goes On"Porcaro performed at the Keith Emerson tribute show in May 2016 that was recorded for a DVD release: see details under Jobson. He guested on Billy Sherwood's Chris Squire tribute album: details on main page. He also guested on Sherwood's A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake: see on the main page for details.
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 some Captain
Cuts credits have only involved McMahon and Berger). They
released their own single "Summertime Love" (2:23; video),
Farm Animals, out 22 Aug 2019. Next came "Heat" by
Captain Cuts ft. Parson James (video),
released digitally 15 Nov 2019.
They co-wrote/co-produced Carly Rae Jepsen's
"Now That I
Found You", a double single with "No Drug Like Me",
the second from her forthcoming new album, Dedicated.
The song made #78 in Japan and #25 on the US Pop Digital
chart. They had previously co-produced the first single, "Party for One"
which made #19 on the New Zealand singles chart, #68 in
Japan, #98 in Ireland and #100 in Canada. Both songs are
on her album Dedicated, released 17 May 2019.
("Party for One" is only on some editions.) The album made
#16 in Canada, #18 in the US, #26 in the UK, #31 in
France, #32 in Japan, #33 in Australia, #39 in Ireland,
#40 in New Zealand and #71 in Switzerland.
co-produced and co-wrote "Superstar" (video)
and co-wrote "Karma" (video)
on Love + Fear (on
YouTube) by MARINA
(formerly Marina and the Diamonds), released 26 Apr
2019. The album made #5 in the UK, #17 in the Rep. of
Ireland, #18 in Germany, #19 in Austria, #20 in
Switzerland, #22 in Australia, #24 in Spain, #28 in
the US, #31 in New Zealand, #32 in Canada, #43 in the
Netherlands, #44 in Poland, #50 in the Czech Rep., #59
in Flanders and #84 in Wallonia (Belgium), #90 in
Slovakia and #136 in France.
They co-wrote Blink-182's
49-second "Generational Divide" (video),
released digitally as a single on 21 Jun 2019. The
song was included on the album Nine,
released 20 Sep 2019, which made #3 in the US, #4 in
Germany and Australia, #5 in Canada, #6 in the UK,
#8 in Austria, #11 in Italy, #13 in Switzerland, #21
in New Zealand, #23 in Rep. of Ireland, #25 in
Spain, #37 in the Netherlands, #16 in Flanders and
#48 in Wallonia (Belgium), #55 in France and Japan,
and #58 in Sweden.
They co-wrote/co-produced the single "All In" by Bearson
ft. JRM & Georgia Ku (Soundcloud),
out 22 Nov 2019.
In terms of 2020 releases, Captain
Cuts produced and co-wrote "Sad Tonight" on Chelsea
Cutler's How to be Human. The song made #38 on
the US Mainstream airplay chart, while the album made
#23 in the US. They produced and co-wrote "About Love"
by MARINA on To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
(Music from the Netflix Film).
Raine-Reusch guests on Crossover by David Cross & Peter Banks, now out: see under Banks for details.
Schellen has been touring with Yes, playing much of the show
White has back problems. He appears on Topographic
Drama – Live Across America and Yes
He appeared 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.
and Schellen finished off an incomplete Peter
Banks recording for the compilation of his music, Be
Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology. All
3 also guested on the forthcoming Crossover by David Cross
& Peter Banks. See under
Banks for details. Schellen also
drummed on A
Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, produced
by Sherwood: see on the
main page for details.
Phyllis is retired.
Sherwood played keys for country & western artist John Spicer's
debut album, Crossing Over, now out. The lead
single was "Pretty Good at Lovin' You" (YouTube).
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.
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 the late Nigel McLaren (bass, backing vocals). There is also
some unreleased Esquire material from over the years which could
be released. Nikki was interviewed in Notes from the
Edge #232, in which she discussed some other possible
Nikki guested on a tribute album to Chris put together by Billy Sherwood: see on the main page.
Wakeman have also released a series of acoustic
albums. Their second was the 10-track The Sun will
Dance in Its Twilight Hour (YouTube
preview), was released Feb/Mar 2018, including
on vinyl. The album was 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 Trevor Horn, Rick Wakeman; backing vocals).
The album was nominated for the Album Cover category in
the Progressive Music Awards 2018, but lost to Big Big
Train's The Second Brightest Star. The duo
continued with a 16 date UK tour Feb/Mar
2018, plus 4 dates in the Netherlands and Germany.
Their third album is Stripped, out 11 Jan 2019 on
CD, digital and vinyl, with "stripped down Wilson &
Wakeman tracks and cover songs". Recorded shortly after
their 2018 touring, tracks are:
They played 14 more dates in England & Wales in Jan
2019. They played the UK further in the summer. They were
to play a European
tour from Apr 2020, but this was postponed given the
COVID-19 pandemic. There is now a 7 Aug UK date and then 8
north-western European dates 28 Aug-7 Sep.
Adam is behind Jazz Sabbath, a project of jazz covers of Black Sabbath songs, which was due 10 Apr on Black Lake Records. The album is with Jerry Meehan (bass) and Ash Soan (Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, Trevor Horn Band, Downes Braide Association, worked with Adele, Seal; drums). Tracks:
There's a promo
video based around a comedy made-up backstory for
the band, in which Adam plays 'Milton Keanes', the
supposed founder of a 1968 band called Jazz Sabbath. The
video features many famous musicians, including Rick
Wakeman, Trevor Rabin and Damian Wilson. The album entered the UK Jazz &
Blues album chart (24-30 Apr) at #14.
|Adam (keys, vocals) is in Snakecharmer, with Neil 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 the UK in 2017/8 and have released two albums.|
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, Trevor Horn
Reimagines the Eighties and live—see details under
|Wilson remains busy as a solo artist and
doing remixing for other acts. Recent remixing has been for
XTC: Black Sea is now out, while Psurroundabout
Ride covers the complete works of The Dukes of
Stratosphear, the XTC spin-off project. Psurroundabout
Ride came out 11 Oct 2019 and covers their two albums,
25'O Clock (1985) and Psonic Psunspot (1987),
plus bonus tracks and demo versions of both albums. It was the fourth best selling album
through Burning Shed of 2019.
Wilson also worked on Gentle Giant's Unburied Treasure boxset, the 11th best selling album at Burning Shed. Unburied Treasure also came 2nd in the Reissue category of Prog magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll.
Wilson mixed Tim Bowness' Flowers at the Scene, out Mar 2019: see above for details.
A re-release of Wilson's Dronework, under the Bass Communion name, was the 15th best selling album through Burning Shed of 2019. Due in 2020 is a re-issue of his solo album Grace for Drowning in 3-disc form, bundling the original 2CD version with the Bluray release. Guests on the album include Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, worked with David Cross & Peter Banks), Dave Stewart (ex-Bruford, ex-National Health), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett), Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson) and Dave Kerzner (worked with Jon Anderson, Billy Sherwood, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Steve Hackett).
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