Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 20 Apr 2019
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 - 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's "Women of the White Buffalo", a project about Native American women, was exhibiting at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, in Jun 2018. She's been working on what appears to be a related film.
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.
Released 28 Sep 2018 was Télépopmusik's compilation Rare Remixes, which includes "Into Everything - MFA Full Vocal Remix" (7:37) with Deborah, which I think was originally a 2005 promo-only release.
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. She has done various promo shots for him, including of Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman rehearsals for the tour book and for his forthcoming 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.
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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 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 has joined Kansas, replacing David Manion, and is touring
with them in 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."
He played live at Musique Madeira in Ohio on 12 Jan 2019. This was an 80-minute solo set: "Stuff You Would Not Understand" (from his solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses), "Your Favorite Day" (Hurry Up...), "Visitor" (Hurry Up...), "They Know My Name" (The Sea Within), "Industry in the Distance" (Hurry Up...), "The Future" (Spiraling's Time Travel Made Easy), "Predawn" (Hurry Up...),"Liftoff" (Hurry Up...), "I Hold a Candle" (Hurry Up...), "The Spider", "SFA", "When You Told Me Not to Go" (Hurry Up...), "Microphone" (Hurry Up...), "Hurry Up and Smell the Roses" (Hurry Up...); encore: "The Girl on Top (of the Piano)" (Spiraling's Transmitter), "Microphone".
Brislin appeared at the US YesFanFest convention: see on main
page. He next appeared at the 2018 ProgStock Festival, 5-7
Oct 2018 in New Jersey, with his new band called Gold Rotation,
consisting of himself (keys, vocals), Randy McStine (Lo-Fi
Resistance; guitar, bass,
vocals), Daniel McGowan (The Tea Club; guitar,
vocals), Rajendra Sharma (ex-Spiraling; drums)
and David Anthony (percussion). Set: "Stuff You Would Not
Understand" (from his solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses),
"Your Favorite Day" (Hurry Up...), "Titan" (probably a new
piece), "Industry in the Distance" (Hurry Up...), "They
Know My Name" (originally released by The Sea Within; solo piano),
"Liftoff" (Hurry Up...; solo piano), "When You Told Me Not
to Go" (Hurry Up...; solo piano), "Wind Him Up" (originally
by Saga; with Michael Sadler), "Hurry Up and Smell the Roses" (Hurry
Up...), "I Hold a Candle" (Hurry Up...), "Microphone"
(Hurry Up...). In his new year's message, Brislin said the
band would be writing and recording in 2019. In the Feb 2019
interview, he said, "There's a lot of writing on the agenda, and
we aim to start recording in the coming months."
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, In Continuum,
worked 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 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 was
released 22 Jun 2018 on InsideOut. Anderson also guests on 1 song
of the new album, while also guesting are Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Levin Minnemann Rudess), who
they had originally hoped to be more involved, and Rob Townsend (works with Steve Hackett). Tracks—disc 1:
On 23 Jun 2018, the album was as high as #81 on Amazon (UK), #15
in Digital Rock albums, and #58 on Amazon (US), #13 in Digital
Rock albums. It made #23 in Germany (and #81 in the German iTunes
chart) and #7 in the UK Rock chart.
"Ashes of Dawn" is also included on the Jun 2018 compilation 25
Years of InsideOutMusic.
The band have played live twice. There was a 14 Jul 2018 show at
of the Prog festival, Loreley, Germany, with Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Transatlantic) subbing for
Reingold, who was otherwise committed; set: "Ashes of Dawn", "They
Know My Name", "The Void", "Goodbye", "The Hiding of the Truth",
"An Eye for an Eye for an Eye", "Denise", "Where are You Going?",
"The Roaring Silence", "Broken Cord". They were on the Cruise to
the Edge 2019, with Stolt, Reingold, Brislin, Minnemann and
McPherson; set: "Ashes of Dawn" (with Rob Townsend), "They Know My
Name", "The Roaring Silence", "Goodbye", "Denise", "An Eye for an
Eye for an Eye", "Broken Cord". They had talked of wanting to tour
internationally spring 2019; and 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. When he was asked about more touring in
his Feb 2019 interview, Brislin noted, "With my new position in
Kansas, Jonas playing bass for Steve Hackett, and a new iteration
of the Flower Kings, we're going to put our heads together to see
where the Sea Within fits in to everything. We all believe that
there's a lot of potential yet to explore."
Brislin did some additional performances on the Cruise: see on the
Brislin produced, and co-wrote some of, Travels, the debut album from Tom Flynn.
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
|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 Tour.
|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 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 Topographic
Drama – Live Across America, Downes Braide
Association's Skyscraper Souls, and John Lodge's Live
from Birmingham—The 10,000 Light Years Tour CD/DVD and tour.
He is exhibiting regularly, including 1 Nov-9 Dec at Trading
Boundaries, East Sussex. 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
London and also attended US dates and the US fan convention.
He has been 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.
last album was Can't Go Home, out Feb 2017 on Frontiers.
Guitarist Gowdy, keyboardist Guy Allison (ex-World Trade,
ex-Lodgic) and vocalist Marcie Free
Kobra) were re-united with the rhythm section from
their first album, Jay Schellen (ex-World
Trade, working with Yes; drums) and Larry Antonio
(bass). The band's next album, due 2019, is
Big Blue World. Beyond Free, I don't know who the line-up
- 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
Released 4 May 2018 was "Expensive Body" by Don Andre ×
The digital single comes with an instrumental version as a
b-side. "Reasons" by Iotosh ×
Crate Classics is released 2019.
Aaron appeared on Max Herman's 2018
EP Introspection, on the piece
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 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 is writing a memoir about being
Hornal played bass with Yes featuring ARW
on their Apr 2017 Japanese tour leg and their summer 2018 European
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.
band's new album, Blow
Your Mind (Chess Records/UMe), was recorded in
13 days and released Jun 2018 on CD, LP and download,
produced by Dave Eringa. Johnson wrote the lyrics, but much
of the album came from band improvisations. Tracks:
The album made #24 in the UK (#1 on the Americana chart). The
band had European dates
in support Jul/Aug 2018 and then played Japan in Sep 2018.
Bowness' Flowers at the Scene (InsideOut Music), due
19 Mar 2019, is an 11-track album including Dylan Howe on drums.
Other guests include Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf
Generator), Andy Partridge (ex-XTC,
worked with Billy Sherwood), Kevin Godley
(ex-10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree),
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), David Longdon (Big Big Train, worked with Downes Braide
Association), and Tom Atherton (drums). The album
is mixed by Steven Wilson.
Dylan and Ross Stanley have continued in the Steve Howe Trio. They have an album or two expected: 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 forthcoming 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 of Jobson's music. Jobson first mentioned these
in an autumn 2012 website update as "three compilation
albums under a new title of "Retro." I am aiming to complete
the first of these - "Retro 1972-1979 - in time for [...]
late March ". However, in Sep 2019, it was announced
there would be five compilations. 1971-1979 The Band
Years (Globe Music Media) was released 26 Oct; details
in Yescography. CD1
1980-1989 The Solo YearsHe 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:
1990-1999 The Scoring Years
2000-2009 The Eclectic Years
2010-2019 The Retrospective Years
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.
UK was re-released on vinyl using the Ultimate Collector's Edition master for 2018 Record Store Day. Night After Night Extended (2 CDs, 1 DVD, discs 10, 11 and 13 as above) received a separate release 8 Mar 2019 on Globe Music Media.
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.
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
Banks. She also guests
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 are touring playing an Art of Noise set. Langan
and Jeczalik are also doing a part
DJ set/part Q&A on 28 Sep in London.
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 were joined by David Cross (ex-King
Crimson, worked with Peter Banks; 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 Mar 2016. Tracks:
The band were again joined by Cross for a tour of Latin America
Aug/Sep 2018 (Brazil 2 dates, Argentina 5 dates, Uruguay 1 date,
Chile 1 date, Peru 1 date, Bolivia 2 dates, Guatemala 1 date, El
Salvador 1 date, Costa Rica 1 date, Mexico 2 dates) with special
guest David Cross, immediately followed by 3 dates in Texas
without Cross in Sep. They are 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 2011-7.
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. Support on
the tour was by singer Flav Martin.
Levin's website lists a tentative 16 Aug
2019 Woodstock, NY date for Belew, Levin, Mastelotto &
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 toured Jan 2018 with 6 US dates, then 4 dates in Japan. The
touring band is with Lawrence (sax, flute) and Siegel (drums). A
live album, Special Delivery was released late Dec 2017.
Their next tour
encompassed 8 California dates 20-30 Jan 2019, then Mexicali,
Mexico on 1 Feb and Scottsdale, AZ on 2 Feb (3 shows are with Soft
Machine). They return for 6 north-eastern US dates 8-29 Mar, with
Tony also guested 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.
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), 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 focuses on touring the back
catalogue with no plans for a studio album, but have played
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." At
an Apr 2019 press do, Fripp was asked whether there would
be another studio album. Rolling
Stone reported: "no definitive answer there,
though Fripp says there’s already plenty of new material
to draw on".
The band regularly release live material. Meltdown: Live in Mexico City 2017, a 3CD/1Blu-ray release, came out in 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 Rieflin.
Fripp has said further European dates are unlikely given
Brexit uncertainties. 2019 dates
include appearing at Rock in Rio.
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. 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.
(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
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 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 played 2018 dates, although I
don't have confirmation with Pomeroy and, I think,
McDonald and Hornal all still involved. The band plays 20 US dates 20 Jun-1 Aug
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 chart.
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
ex-Yoso, ex-Chris Squire Experiment).
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."
|On 9 Feb 2018, they released 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. The band tour in
support with Porcaro, Lukather, Paich, Williams, Shem
von Schroeck (bass), Shannon Forrest (drums), Lenny
Castro (worked with Adele, Boz Scaggs, Elton John,
Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Mars Volta; percussion),
Jenny Douglas (backing vocals) and Mabvuto Carpenter
A limited edition 17 LP/13 CD boxset, All In, was released Nov 2018. 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. 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 4 more tracks recorded with late members Jeff and Mike Porcaro from 1981-4. It appears to also include 2 more new songs from the 2017 sessions. One song is known to be a recent piece called "Chase the Rain" recorded by the band, including S Porcaro on lead vocals and synth bass and Forrest on drums; it was based on an idea by S Porcaro, with writing input by Lukather and Williams. Another new piece is called "Chelsea" and is largely by Williams. One of the old pieces is "In a Little While" by S Porcaro/Paich, recorded with David Hungate, J Porcaro and Lukather (lead vocals). Another old piece is "Old Why", principally by Paich. The other two seem to be "Devil's Tower" (also on Spotify) and "Fearful Heart".
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) may be released together as a standalone album later in 2018.
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.
2018 brought "Do You Think About Me?" (streaming
audio) by Captain Cuts & Zookëper ft.
Georgia Ku. They were also featured on "So Close" (streaming
audio) by NOTD and Felix Jaehn ft. Captain
Cuts & Georgia Ku, which in Jan 2019 made #14 on the
US Dance chart, #45 in Australia, #37 in New Zealand and
#77 in Sweden. It went Gold in
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 forthcoming album
Dedicated, due 17 May 2019.
There are further 2019 Captain Cuts credits, which I
think include Rabin, but I am not certain if they do. They
co-wrote and co-produced the single "Superstar"
(formerly Marina and the Diamonds); and "Better in the
Dark" on Léon's debut album, Léon, which made #58
No current info
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 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.
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 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.
|Released 25 Jan
2019 was Nocturne: The Piano
Album (Decca), with
new pieces and arrangements of his past work; tracks (duration 75:59):
Wilson and 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,
due 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 play 14 more dates in England & Wales 5-25 Jan
2019. Adam tweeted Jan 2019 that
they are, "looking at a Scotland / Ireland/ Northern leg
later in the year."
|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.
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. 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 was nominated for
the Reissue of the Year in the Progressive Music Awards
2018, but failed to make the top 3 and lost to the Alan
Parsons Project's Eye in the Sky 35th Anniversary Box
Set. A deluxe version of Jethro Tull's Songs from
the Wood (Parlophone Records) came in May 2017,
remixed in stereo and 5.1 Surround by Wilson. 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. His next such project for XTC was 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. It was still at #13 in the Dec 2017 chart, #14 in the Jan 2018 chart, and #17 in the May 2018 chart. By Sep 2018, it had sold at least 250,000 copies. 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. In Nov/Dec 2018, he plays Japan (2 dates), Australia (3), New Zealand (1), Canada (6) and the US (20). The tour continues Jan/Feb 2019 with dates in Portugal (1), Spain (2), France (8), Luxembourg (1), Germany (4), Poland (2), Austria (1), Italy (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), Sweden (1) and Finland (1).
To the Bone was nominated for Album of the Year in the Progressive Music Awards 2018, with Wilson himself nominated for UK Band/Artist of the Year. He won both awards, the former being presented by Trevor Horn.
Wilson mixed Tim Bowness' Flowers at the Scene, due Mar 2019: see above for details.
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