Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 17 Oct 2016
On this page: Mabel Greer's Toy Shop - Damion Anderson - Deborah Anderson - Jade Anderson - Tony Anderson - Jeff Berlin - Tom Brislin - Alex Bruford - Nina (Wakeman) Carter- Matt Clifford - Julian Colbeck - Roger Dean - Francis Dunnery - Jonathan Elias - Ahmet Ertegün - David Foster - Bruce Gowdy - Larry Groupé - Jimmy Haun - Aaron Horn - Dylan Howe - Jen Howe - Virgil Howe - Zoë Street Howe - Andrew Jackman - J. J. Jeczalik - Eddie Jobson - Sidonie Jordan - Gary Langan - Alex Lasarenko - Tony Levin - Milton McDonald - Frank Macchia - Mark Mancina - Eddie Offord - Steve Porcaro - Graham Preskett - Alex Proyce - Ryan Rabin - Randy Raine-Reusch - Bobby Sherwood - Michael Sherwood - Phyllis Sherwood - Pete Sinfield - Nikki Squire - Vangelis - Adam Wakeman - Benjamin Wakeman - Jemma Wakeman - Tim Weidner - Jesse White - Steven Wilson
the main page.
Damion is part of KLU
MUS1K, a London-based trio formed in 2013. Their debut
single, "Find the Love", can be heard on
YouTube. They have also remixed Rudimental's single "Baby".
Damion has several songs available on his SoundCloud
account. He did the music for sister Deborah's
The Lost Sensuality of a Woman": see
below. A digital release is expected, with a CD version to
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.
Her next project was to shoot a "lost city" in Africa.
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). 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.
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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, with Allan Holdsworth (ex-UK, ex-Bruford) due to appear. 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. Brislin was with Renaissance when they
returned to the US with 8 dates in Oct 2015, including two Newark,
NJ dates with Patrick
Moraz, and more US dates in Feb 2016, including the Moody
Blues Cruise. The band have also suggested there could be more
European dates in 2016.
Brislin is one of two keyboardists on Invention of
Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt: see under
Anderson for details.
Brislin performed at Jordan Rudess' Keyfest 2016
convention, 18-21 Jul 2016.
He appeared on The Syn's Live Rosfest album: see under Francis Dunnery for details. In
Mar 2016, Brislin was touring with Meat Loaf.
Alex is a partner in artist booking agency ATC Live.
Nina runs her training company, Nina's
People Limited. She is working on her autobiography, saying
2007 that, "I've written three chapters and am looking for
Clifford continues to work with the Rolling Stones.
|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 has continued to do cover art for Yes
It Is—Yes at the Mesa Arts Center) and Asia. He's also done the cover for Steve
Hackett's Premonitions box set and for Black
to Hope. New sketches by and an interview with Dean
appear in the new deluxe edition of Gentle Giant's Octopus,
for which Dean originally did the cover: see
under Steven Wilson for details.
He continues to work on his film project, "Floating Islands"—details on main page. Dean is
designing landscapes based on his art for a virtual reality
project from new company Virtual Space
Entertainment. He describes the project in a Mar
interview for YesFANZ.
Dean's annual exhibition at Trading
Boundaries was featured on BBC2's Newsnight
on 28 Sep 2016 in a piece at the end of the episode
including an interview with Dean, another with Bill
Bruford and archival clips of Yes.
In terms of architectural work, in the Mar 2008 interview, Dean
described plans for 3 or 4 houses in Hawaii and for other
projects, including possibly a hotel.
In June 2013, Dean launched a lawsuit against James Cameron, 20th
Century Fox and others, seeking more than $50 million in damages
over imagery in the film "Avatar". Dean's suit is here:
it claims Cameron et al. were guilty of "willful and
deliberate copying, dissemination, and exploitation of the
original images created by Plaintiff [Dean] [...] without a
license [...] without any work credited to and/or compensation to
Plaintiff." The complaint goes on to note that, "it has been
admitted by the persons involved with the production of the film
that they had studied and referenced Plaintiff's art during the
preparation of the film." The key imagery cited is noted as
follows: "The two Signature Landforms of Pandora ("floating
mountains" and "stone arches")", claimed as recurring themes in
Dean's work; "the two key tree forms in the Na'vi homeland [...]
and other features of the Na'vi homeland", claimed as being copied
from Dean's paintings "Pathways" (i.e. the cover to Yessongs),
"Floating Jungles" and other works; "three of the Pandora
features", claimed as coming from "Pathways"; markings of "The
native inhabitants of Pandora"; and "antennae and markings of the
various flying creatures on Pandora". The complaint also mentions
Dean's "Floating Islands" film plans. Dean previously contacted
the defendants without resolution. The defendants filed a motion
to dismiss the case on 14 Nov 2013 (further details in this
post). However, the judge dismissed
Dean's claim in Sep 2014. The ruling is critical of Dean's case
for taking images from the film out of their context and "he also
manipulates the images (not to mention his own images) by cropping
them, rotating them, and the like. Such tactics cannot be used to
bolster an infringement claim." The judge dismisses various
articles by third parties noting similarities as having no legal
validity in the case. He goes on:
whether Avatar is “ultimately derivative and unoriginal in an artistic sense,” [...] is both “something which the Court has neither the expertise nor inclination to pronounce upon” and “beside the point.” [...] Instead, the question is whether, within the meaning of copyright law and considering the works as a whole, “a substantial similarity exists between the defendant’s work and the protectible elements of plaintiff’s.”
The judge takes Dean's "most compelling argument" to be over the
floating islands in "Avatar", which he agrees are "indisputably
similar insofar as they present the natural world in a fantastical
way by depicting airborne land masses." But he then says the
general idea of floating land masses is long-standing, going back
at least to "Gulliver's Travels". "Suspending a landmass is a
predictable — if not common — way to make a vista more sweeping,
breathtaking, and fantastical, and is plainly subject to both the
principle that ideas are not protected and the doctrine of scènes
à faire [see
here]." The judge does note additional similarities,
"including the shapes of some of the land masses and features such
foliage and waterfalls. To the extent that those elements appear
in nature, however, they are in the public domain and "free for
the taking."" He also notes many differences in the works: "[the
floating mountains in "Avatar"] are depicted, in photorealistic
detail, as massive floating islands of different shapes and sizes
densely blanketed with plants, trees, and other vegetation. By
contrast, Plaintiff's works are more stylized and fantastical,
featuring smaller, egg-shaped islands — more akin to large
boulders than mountains — with little or no vegetation other than
a prominent, solitary tree almost as large as the island itself".
He dismisses the other arguments along similar lines: they are
covered by scènes à faire and the differences outweigh the
similarities. He concludes: "The commentators cited by Plaintiff
may well be correct that Defendants — wittingly or unwittingly —
took some inspiration from Plaintiff, or even copied elements of
his works in making their film. But many Hollywood movies take
their inspiration from other movies or works — or go even further
— without running afoul of the Copyright Act."
Francis Dunnery continues to record and tour as a solo artist.
Dunnery is also 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.
exactly went wrong on the Yes-album Union that you produced in
A: I didn’t realize how dark the baggage was within that band and how much they hated each other... I knew they had broken up many times and shuffled members in and out, I didn’t realize the reason that that happened was because of their egos and personal feelings for each other. I honestly believe I was the central focus of hatred for Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe, who couldn’t stand each other. Even though Jon Anderson was the co-producer of the record, and was constantly urging me to work with other players, which we subsequently did, he took none of the heat because they were so scared of him. I also urged Rick to play a Hammond and not his cheezy midi synthesizers. He didn’t realize the best work they had done was done 20 years earlier. [...] I also find it interesting that 20 years later that Jon is on my new Prayer Cycle follow up record and has nothing to do with the band anymore. I think that speaks volumes.
Foster's autobiography, "Yours is
No Disgrace", is expected at some point from his webpage.
Unruly Child—Gowdy, Guy
Allison (ex-World Trade, ex-Lodgic) and Marcie Free
Kobra)—released what they are calling "side one"
the Rabbit Hole in 2014 through CDBaby and iTunes. One
song was written by Free, with the rest by Allison/Gowdy. The
release was performed by Free (lead & backing vocals), Allison
(keys, bass, drums, backing vocals) and Gowdy (guitars, keys,
bass, drums). It was produced/mixed/mastered by Allison/Gowdy,
with vocal production and engineering by the band.
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, out Jun: 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.
(L Haun, Grant and Payne previously worked together in 7th
Fall.) Jimmy recorded their debut album, Neon Gods, now 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 new 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.
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.
|Dylan Howe's Subterranean:
New Designs on Bowie's Berlin (Motorik
Recordings), now out with a supporting 11-date England
tour 5 Sep-18 Oct, consists of
interpretations of instrumentals from David Bowie's albums Low and "Heroes"
(and also influenced by Phillip Glass's adaptations of the
same source material). Tracks:
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project dates back to 2007. As Dylan Howe and the
Subterreaneans, demos of four pieces ("Art Decade",
"Warszawa", "V2 Schneider", "Some Are") were recorded in
Mar/Apr 2007 and could be heard online. "Warszawa" was also
included on Howe's Translations
2. Produced by Dylan, these recordings featured a
quintet of D Howe/Stanley/Allen/Chris Hill (ex-Dylan
Howe Quintet; double bass)/Quentin Collins (worked
with Basement Jaxx; trumpet), with Adrian Utley
(Portishead), Gilad Atzmon (alto sax), Ben Davis
(cello), Nalyd Ewoh (vocals on "Some Are"). There was a
"work in progress" launch in Nov 2007 in London with a
line-up of D Howe, Stanley, Hill, Robbie Robson (trumpet),
Sam Crockatt (sax) with Utley, Atzmon, The Solid Strings
(Sonia Slany—violin, Stuart Hall—violin, Steve Tees—viola,
Nick Cooper—cello), Tim Dickinson (vocals), plus Hugh Cornwell
(ex-The Stranglers) as featured guest vocalist.
Dylan Howe leads a number of related line-ups. He has been working with pianist Will Butterworth (MySpace page) as Stravinsky Duo playing arrangements of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird". In a Nov 2009 article, Butterworth described the shows as "50 per cent scored arrangement and 50 per cent improvisation". They played in the UK live and their debut album, The Rite of Spring Part 1 (Motorik Recordings), is out in the US and UK; it can also be heard through their MySpace page on streaming audio. Tracks: "Introduction 1", "Introduction 2", "The Augurs of Spring 1", "The Augurs of Spring 2", "Mock Abduction 1", "Mock Abduction 2", "Spring Round Dances", "Games of the Rival Tribes", "Procession of the Wise Elders", "Dance of the Earth". A Part 2 covering "The Firebird" has been expected, as has a DVD covering a specially filmed performance of "The Rite of Spring". At a Feb 2013 show, they were augmented by Julian Siegel (sax) and Nick Pini (double bass). In an interview c. Jul 2011, Howe had said:
I first heard Stravinsky at a very young age because the finale of the Firebird Suite was Yes' intro music and I had wanted to do something with it at some point. I started playing with [...] Will Butterworth and we often played duo together to practice so it felt right to see if we could adapt The Rite Of Spring and Firebird together.
We spent a year on it using the original orchestra score, the Two Hands reduction score and Leonard Bernstein’s 1950's recording as a definitive version. I really like where we went with it and I think the new DVD will show how it has evolved even from our recent 2010 recording. We're also working on expanding it with a quartet or quintet this year  so it's quite an organic thing
There was an Apr 2014 show with Howe, Butterworth and Shane Allessio in London.
In a 2011 interview, Howe said: "My next moves are to finish an album of my David Bowie (Berlin period) adaptations [...] and to complete writing an album of original material." Dylan Howe and Ross Stanley also continue in the Steve Howe Trio with Dylan's father, Steve. They toured the UK in Sep 2013 and have an album expected 2014: 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 had a sold out leg of 10 dates in Japan in early 2014 and played Japan again Jul 2015. They supported Status Quo on UK dates 2-13 Dec 2015. They play mainly UK, but also some other European dates, across 2016, with touring 14-28 Apr, scattered events May/Jun, and more dates Jul-Oct. Johnson has also recorded an album with Roger Daltrey (The Who); Howe recorded drums for the project in Dec 2013. Entitled Going Back Home, released 2014. Wife Zoë Street Howe has co-written an autobiography by Johnson—see below. Howe also continues in The Blockheads.
|Virgil Howe - Steve's son; Facebook; Twitter; MySpace page;
(as The Verge); SoundCloud; YouTube; Instagram; MixCloud
In an Apr 2016 interview, dad Steve said Virgil has a forthcoming new album of piano music, supported by him on guitar, to be released in the near future. He has also talked of another project with Virgil playing drums on which brother Dylan also performs. See details under Steve Howe.
Virgil drums and sings in London-based guitar trio Little Barrie (Japanese site; MySpace; 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). Their latest album is Shadow, released in Japan (Sony Japan, with 3 bonus tracks), the UK and US. Tracks: "Bonneville Ride", "Fuzz Bomb", "Sworn In", "Stop or Die", "Deselekt", "Pauline", "It Don't Count", "Everything You Want will be Yours Tonight", "Realise", "Eyes were Young", "Black Mind" (Japanese bonus track), "Shadow", "Clone 24" (Japanese bonus track), "Fuzz No.6" (Japanese bonus track). The band have played live in the UK, France, Spain and US.
He works with The Amorphous Androgynous, including on their remixes for Syd Arthur, released on vinyl as A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble.
Virgil Howe has been working with a number of other acts. The Dirty Feel (Facebook) consisted of Virgil (drums, vocals), Kerim 'Kez' Gunes (worked with Amorphous Androgynous; bass, vocals) and Nick Hirsch (guitar, vocals), until Hirsch passed away in 2012. The Killer Meters consisted of Karime Kendra (daughter of Ty Karim and Kent Harris; vocals), Henry Broadbent (keys) and Stephen Wilcox (sax) and all three members of The Dirty Feel.
Virgil Howe also works as a DJ/producer/remixer (sometimes under the name Sparo) and has a radio show at Soho Radio, entitled Hidden Level.
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|Zoë Howe - Steve's
daughter-in-law; Dylan's wife; Homepage; Blog;
Zoë Howe works as a music journalist, author, radio DJ and drummer. Her latest book is "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.
Jeczalik has retired from the music business, although he
reportedly said that the original Art of Noise line-up did meet in
2014 to discuss a reunion: see under Horn.
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.
Jordan is still performing. She also appears on The Mars
Tapes, a release of a 1979 Empire recording: see under
Langan continues to work with Trevor Horn on various projects, including Producers—see under Horn. The second Buggles album, Adventures in Modern Recording, which Langan largely engineered, was re-released on CD with multiple bonus tracks, and Langan did front of house sound for the one-off Buggles show in Sep 2010: 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), 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 early 2015 and returned with 2 New York
states shows 12-13 Jun 2015. They tour North and South America 7
Mar-24 Apr 2017, including Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, El
Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, north-east USA and Canada. The
touring band will be with Lawrence and Siegel.
From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess (Lazy Bones Recordings; YouTube trailer, SoundCloud preview) is the second album from the trio, out 15 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, Crimson ProjeKct and other
related projects YouTube
King Crimson currently consists of Robert Fripp (guitar), Levin (bass, Stick, upright electric bass, backing vocals), Pat Mastelotto (KTU, ex-King Crimson, The Flower Kings; drums), Gavin Harrison (ex-Porcupine Tree; drums), Mel Collins (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, worked with Chris Squire; saxes, flutes), Jakko Jakszyk (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, worked with Dave Stewart; as "primary vocalist and secondary guitarist", in Fripp's words to him) and Bill Rieflin (ex-Ministry, ex-R.E.M., worked with Fripp, Nine Inch Nails; drums, Mellotron, synth, vocals). A Sep 2013 article in Uncut reported Fripp saying there were no plans for the new line-up to enter the studio. A 2014 Uncut article then 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."
The band first toured the US with dates in 2014. A 40-minute
'mini-album' from the tour was released Jan 2015, entitled Live
at the Orpheum. The album is available as a CD, DVD-A in
Hi-Res stereo, vinyl and download. Tracks:
A 13-date European
tour Aug/Sep 2015 followed, then a 10-date Canadian tour in
Nov and 7 Japanese dates in Dec. A 3 Nov 2014 DGM update then
described Fripp and Jakszyk as "busy working on new material this
week" (although it does not say whether this new material is for
King Crimson). A later report had the band working on new Crimson
material. Band rehearsals for the next round of touring took place
in mid-Jul 2015 (following drummer-only rehearsals) in Suffolk, as
by Levin on his website. Rehearsals resumed at a different
studio in England on 16 Aug prior to the tour. Levin described the
band "trying to approach the 'classic' material as if it's new,
trying to fashion approaches that haven't been used before, and,
with so many talented players in one place, trying to find ways to
have a musical slot for everyone." He also said "we do a few new
pieces with extended sections of drums only". An Aug
2015 interview talked with Jakszyk said, "He and Robert
Fripp have also been working on new material, which may or may not
form the basis for a new King Crimson record." The 3 new pieces
that have been developed are "Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold
of Monkey Mind)", which is an intro to "Meltdown", and "Suitable
Grounds for the Blues". On the opening night of the European tour,
they played: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One", "Pictures of a
City", "Suitable Grounds for the Blues", "One More Red Nightmare",
"Radical Action"/"Meltdown", "Hell Hounds", "Easy Money", "The
ConstruKction of Light", "Banshee Bells", "Epitaph", "The
Letters", "Sailor's Tale", "Interlude", "Red", "Starless", "Devil
Dogs", "The Court of the Crimson King", "21st Century Schizoid
Man". Shows varied somewhat from night to night, with the second
having the following set: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One",
"One More Red Nightmare", "VROOOM", "Suitable Grounds for the
Blues", "Radical Action"/"Meltdown", "Hell Hounds", "Easy Money",
"The ConstruKction of Light", "Level 5", "Epitaph", "Interlude",
"The Talking Drum", "The Letters", "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part
Two", "Starless", "Devil Dogs", "Red", "The Court of the Crimson
King", "21st Century Schizoid Man". After which Levin said on his
website, "And we have a few more pieces ready, that we haven't fit
into a set yet." Jakszyk said they rehearsed about 3 hours of
material. Fripp did Soundscapes for the walk-on music. On the
opening night of the Japanese leg, the set was: "Larks' Tongues in
Aspic, Part One", "Pictures of a City", "Epitaph", "Radical Action
I/Meltdown/Radical Action II", "Level Five", "Peace—An End", "Hell
Hounds", "The ConstruKction of Light", "The Letters", "Banshee
Bells", "Easy Money", "The Talking Drum", "Larks' Tongues in
Aspic, Part Two", "Starless"; encore: "Devil Dogs", "The Court of
the Crimson King", "21st Century Schizoid Man". Live in
Toronto - November 20th 2015 is a live release of a complete
show from the tour, available digitally
earlier, then released 17/8 Mar016 on 2CD (mail
order only). YouTube promo
here. The album made #6 in the UK Rock Album chart (9 Apr).
Tracks: disc one:
The UK tour was nominated for the Live Event award at the 2016 Progressive
Music Awards, while Crimson were also up for Band/Artist of
the Year. They lost both to Big Big Train,
although Jakszyk won the Virtuoso award.
A Sep 2016 northern European tour has now also been announced,
with dates in the UK (2), Germany (2), Czech Rep. (1), Poland (4,
all sold out), Denmark (1) and Norway (3). Rieflin is on a
sabbatical from the band and will be replaced on drums and
additional keyboards by Jeremy Stacey (ex-Squackett, ex-The
Syn). The first 2 Norwegian dates sold out in hours and
a third was added. To accompany the tour, the band will release 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, out late Aug in Japan. 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. Tracks:
Available on the 2014 tour and subsequently generally was an
accompanying 2CD box set, The Elements of King Crimson,
with archival material and 5 tracks from the Elstree rehearsals
("Hoodoo (extract)", ""Larks' Tongues in Aspic (extract)", "Three
Headed Doom (part 1)", "Venturing Into Joy (edit)" and "The
Hell-Hounds of Krim"). A similar but new box set accompanied the
2015 tour: see details under
Bruford. A live picture disc vinyl
EP, known as the Cyclops picture disc, was also available on the
2015 tour; tracks: side 1—"21st Century Schizoid Man"; side
2—"Light of Day", "Hellhounds".
King Crimson were 6th in the Prog Readers' Poll 2015 in the Band of the Year category (won by The Enid), while Jakszyk was 9th in the Male Vocalist category (won by The Enid's Joe Payne). Fripp came 6th in the Guitarist category (won by Guthrie Govan), with Levin 7th in the Bassist category (won by Nick Beggs). In the Drummer category, Harrison came 3rd and Mastelotto, 9th (won by Marco Minnemann). Fripp was also 5th in the Man of the Year category (won by Steven Wilson). The band's UK tour came 5th in the Event of the Year category (won by Big Big Train live).
News of archival Crimson releases is under Bruford, including THRAK BOX,
a 16-disc set.
Levin and Mastelotto were also part of The
Crimson ProjeKCt, consisting of Levin (Stick, bass, backing
vocals), Mastelotto (drums, percussion) and Belew (vocals, guitar)
joined by Julie Slick (bass) and Tobias Ralph (drums, percussion)
of the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Markus Reuter (touch guitars)
from Stick Men, who play King Crimson
music live. They toured extensively in 2014. The 7 Mar 2014 set
list was: (all) "B'Boom", "THRAK", "Dinosaur", "Elephant Talk",
"Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", (just Power Trio members) "b",
"Neurotica", "e", "Three of a Perfect Pair", (just Stick Men
members) "Hide the Tree", "Soup", "Open, part 2", "Breathless",
"Firebird Suite", (all) "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II", "One
Time", "Red", "Indiscipline", "In the Court of the Crimson King"
(extract; Belew solo), "Thela Hun Ginjeet". The set has varied
somewhat on other nights, including Belew/Levin playing a duo
arrangement of "Matte Kudasai" at some later dates. 1 Aug 2014 set
(at Burg Herzberg Festival): "Sultry Kiss", "B'Boom", "THRAK",
"Dinosaur", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", "Neurotica", "Crack in
the Sky", "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two", "Three of a Perfect
Pair", "Matte Kudasai", "e", improvisation, "Breathless",
"Indiscipline", "Red". Reuter's opening improvisations from the
ProjeKct's tours have been compiled into 3 digital-only albums on
Kissing Lounge (from the spring 2014 tour), Quit
Being So Gray (summer 2014 European tour), and Sultry
Kiss (Australia/New Zealand dates).
In a summer
2012 interview, Belew said that there are no plans by the
band to develop new material or record a studio album.
There has not been any real talk of developing the music in a new way. In other words, writing new music for this particular line up. [...] I don't see it yet as a viable new group to put out new music [...] because without Robert Fripp involved in it, it wouldn't really be King Crimson. That's why we don't call it King Crimson. [...] It is 3 members of King Crimson paying tribute to the music of King Crimson. I'd like to keep it at that. If we were going to do new music, hmmm... I don't know. We'd have to change directions or do something that makes sense. There has to be a reason...
[...] I think it's something that could have another life. The only life that makes sense right now is to record live what we're doing
[...] We don't have the organization put together around it to take it any further [...] I think the next step, if you wanted to go beyond that, is you'd want to have some management, and you'd want to have a larger crew and so forth. [...] That's not really where we're at with this yet. It may never get to that. If it does, then we could take it seriously as far as putting something together that we'd be proud for people to buy and see forever.
In the Sep 2014 issue of Prog, Levin characterised The
Crimson ProjeKct and the new King Crimson line-up so: "I can't
speak for everybody in The Crimson ProjeKct, but to me, the sense
of it is, 'Let's go out and have fun and do songs that we've done
before for so many years [...] Let's not rehearse, let's not come
up with any approach that's new. Let's not rehearse at all [...]
Let's not take on new material, let's just have fun.' [...] that
feels like Adrian's approach. I could be wrong. [...] Being in
this King Crimson couldn't be more opposite." In the same article,
Fripp explains Belew's absence: "this was not a Crimson which I
could invite Adrian to join because it's not Adrian's material.
He's out playing with The Crimson ProjeKCt so he's fine, but this
isn't a Crimson for Adrian." However, the article then implies
that the Crimson ProjeKct has now ended, quoting Mastelotto as
saying, "It just felt there was a little conflict of interest." In
a Nov 2014 interview with Belew, he explained:
[When I was in King Crimson,] it didn’t seem right to me to be going back and playing “In the Court of the Crimson King” or something like that. I think now that’s what he [Fripp] wants to be doing so he’s gone back to that period and it makes sense that I’m not a part of it because I wasn’t a part of it then. So when he told me about it I said, well if you’re not doing the music that I was a part of or wrote or co-wrote then I have no bone with any of it. If you’re doing more of the later music though then I think I should be there. In a sense he made the determination to go back to the beginning – I heard good things about it so am happy it all worked out.
In an early 2016 interview, Belew said: "Tony Levin said he would
prefer not to be active in both bands at the same time. what we do
next, if anything, is therefore out of my hands. I hope we do more
together." Asked about the possibility of a studio album, he
replied: "not anytime soon but it's always possible."
The Adrian Belew Power Trio continues to tour, with sets
including Crimson material. There was a one-off show as Belew,
Levin, Mastelotto & Friends in Aug 2015 at the
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY.
Other collaborations and sessions
Levin played bass on 5 out of 14 tracks on David Bowie's album The Next Day, including the debut single, "Where are We Now?" That track and further ones including Levin are included on Bowie's compilation album, Nothing has Changed, out Nov 2014. (The album also includes tracks with Rick Wakeman.) The album was the 10th best selling of the first quarter of 2016 in the UK. Best of Bowie (with tracks with Wakeman, but not Levin, I think) was 4th.
Levin has long worked with Peter Gabriel. Levin is
touring 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) is 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 has guested on several projects organised by Billy Sherwood, including an album from Days Between Stations. He appears on the Action Moves People United album project: see on main page.
Levin has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many further
session appearances. For example, he plays on the 2CD Zentuary
by Dewa Budjana, with Gary Husband and Jack DeJohnette. The albums
also has guesting Tim Garland (ex-Bill Bruford's
Earthworks), Guthrie Govan and Danny Markovitch. The
album, due early summer 2016, was produced by Dewa Budjana and
Leonardo Pavkovic (worked with Yes, Bill Bruford, Soft
Machine, Allan Holdsworth, Eddie Jobson, Hatfield & the
"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".
McDonald played with various artists at the Sep 2014 Ryder Cup
Gala Concert, while other 2014 work included with Alfie Boe and
Sharon Corr. 2013 included a European tour with Gianna Nannini and
more touring with Barlow.
No current info
No current info
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.
Porcaro released his debut solo album, Someday/Somehow,
on 10 Jun 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. Porcaro sings lead vocals on 7 of the songs,
including "Loved by a Fool", "To No One" and "More Than I
Can Take". 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, as the main guitarist on the
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 "Bend" (with a version
with Sherwood singing having been recorded). 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 in 2016 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 tour the US in Aug/Sep. Their
21 Aug 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),
(bass), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Castro (percussion), Martin
Tillman (worked with Sting, Air Supply, Elton John,
Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams; cello),
Michael McDonald (backing vocals). Backing vocals were
also supplied by Amy Keys (worked with Phil Collins),
Carpenter, Jamie Savko and Amye Williams. The album
includes 2 co-writes and a bonus track co-write by Michael
Sherwood. CJ Vanston (worked with Steve Lukather,
Prince, 'NSync, Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, Tina Turner,
Spinal Tap) played additional synths, engineered
and co-produced. The band worked on the album from Dec
2013-Dec 2014. Tracks:
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The album made #4 in Germany, #2 in the Netherlands, #2 in Japan,
#7 in Denmark, #10 in Czech Rep., #5 in Finland, #6 in Norway, #4
in Sweden and #3 in Switzerland. It also made #11 in Austria, #12
in South Korea, #28 in Flanders & #33 in Wallonia (Belgium),
#17 in France, #16 in Italy, #15 in Hungary, #43 in the UK, #75 in
Ireland, and #98 in the US (#18 in Rock albums).
In Sherwood's 2015 interview, he talks more about material on the album. The music for "Chinatown" dates back to 1977/8, with Sherwood brought in to work on a revised lyric, co-written with Paich, in 2014. "All the Tears that Shine" was written by Paich and Sherwood "a year or so ago", with, according to Sherwood, "no intention to write a Toto song; Dave and I were just writing a song. I actually sang the original." Sherwood's lyrics are a love song to his wife. Paich said in an album commentary that he began work on the song at the end of sessions for Toto's earlier album, Falling in Between. In the May 2016 interview, Sherwood described how the initial lyrical idea for "Bend" came from Steve Porcaro observing Mike Porcaro's physiotherapy, with Sherwood then developing the lyrics. Sherwood was asked to contribute lyrics to "Burn" and "Holy War", but these weren't used.
Porcaro performed at the Keith Emerson tribute show in May 2016: see details under Jobson.
Porcaro continues to do soundtrack work.
music for TV, film and adverts, as well as doing session work.
Captain Cuts is a
songwriting/production/remix team consisting of Ryan Rabin, Ryan
McMahon and Ben Berger, although not all three are involved all
projects (several 2015 Captain Cuts credits, including on the very
succesful "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon, are just to
McMahon and Berger). Work includes Rabin producing "Rites of
Passage" on Third Eye Blind's 2015 album Dopamine (US
#13), and the team co-writing and producing R5's "All Night", the
opening track on the 2015 album Sometime Last Night. The
trio also co-wrote "Crave", a bonus tracks on some versions of Queen
of the Clouds by Tove Lo.
They co-wrote "What We Live for" and "Right
Here Right Now" on American Authors' 2016 second album What
We Live for (Island), which made #60 in the US. The title
track was released as a single, making #25 in the Adult Pop and
#40 in the Rock singles chart in the US.
No current info
Phyllis is retired. Their MySpace page has several songs by the couple's band.
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, out Jun,
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 details.
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.
Nikki Squire announced in Jul 2016 that Esquire
III, a new album from the band, is in the final stages of
production with release planned in 2017. The album consists of 9
tracks co-written with Nigel McLaren (bass, backing vocals), who
passed away in 2015. Mark Wallis is mixing the album; he
previously mixed most of their first album. Squire and
McLaren had re-formed Esquire and were
working on material in London with Robbie Blunt (ex-Robert
Plant; guitar), Lisa LaRue (MySpace page; worked
with John Payne, Gilli Smyth, Tommy Zvoncheck; keys)
Seven pieces were available as digital downloads from their MySpace page:
"Stay Low" (with LaRue and backing vocals by Master Cassian
Munro), "Where is the Love", "Ministry of Life", "Friends &
Enemies", "She Said" (with Blunt), "It's Over", "Tonight" (with
Blunt). It is unclear if this is the same material that will be on
the new album.
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 here.
Papathanassiou - composer on ABWH and Keys
to Ascension 2. Homepage (under
Vangelis releases his new solo album, Rosetta, in Sep 2016 on Decca. The album was inspired by the Rosetta space mission. Tracks:
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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 26 Feb
2016 on CD, vinyl and download. 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. Album
sampler here. Tracks:
They play the Ramblin'
Man Fair, 24 Jul 2016, Maidstone, UK and the
Cropredy Convention, near Banbury, UK, 11-13 Aug; and they
plan to tour in Dec. In Jan 2016, Wilson and Wakeman also
released an acoustic album together, Weir Keeper's
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|Adam (keys, vocals) is in Snakecharmer, with Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake, ex-Company of Snakes, ex-National Health, ex-Brian May, ex-Jon Lord, ex-Black Sabbath; bass), Laurie Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash, ex-Tina Turner; guitar, vocals), Harry James (Magnum, ex-Thunder; drums, vocals), Chris Ousey (Heartland, ex-Virginia Wolf; lead vocals) and, replacing Micky Moody, Simon McBride (guitars, vocals). The band perform Whitesnake material and other songs from the members' back catalogues. An eponymous debut album is out on Frontiers. The band are working on a second album, due at the end of 2016. They played several dates in 2015 and the Giants of Rock Festival in Jan 2016.|
No current info
Jem is a songwriter, pianist and vocalist. She has made a number
of demos available on her
page. She performed with Rick and siblings Adam
at 2 shows on 15 Jun 2013 in Gloucester. She and Oliver play again
with Rick on 7-8 Dec 2015 in Norfolk: see under Rick
Wakeman for details. She now works as a videographer and
designer for Surrey web design company 1minus1.
No current info
Weidner has been working with Trevor
Horn as an engineer, mixer, programmer and/or performer on a
variety of projects, including Billy Idol's Kings & Queens
of the Underground and Seal's 7—see details under Horn.
No current info
|Wilson remains busy as a solo artist and
doing remixing for other acts, including Yes,
Steve Hackett (Premonitions boxset out, with Please
Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings released
separately on 27 May 2016), Gentle Giant (The
Power and the Glory, Octopus), XTC (Drums
and Wires, Oranges and Lemons), Tears for
Fears (Songs from the Big Chair, with The Seeds
of Love forthcoming), Jethro Tull (including A
Passion Play, Warchild, Minstrel in the
Gallery and Too Old to Rock'n'Roll, Too Young to
Die, with a remastered re-release of his remix of Aqualung,
with new bonus material, out 22 Apr 2016) and Opeth (Damnation,
available within a 4-disc set with Deliverance).
Wilson's remixing work with King Crimson is covered under Bruford. Wilson has
also done a remix of Roxy Music's debut album (release to be
Wilson is working on a remix of Jethro Tull's Stand Up, expected late 2016, and a fourth XTC album.
Wilson released 4½, a mini-album, on 22 Jan 2016, prior to an upcoming fifth full-length studio album. Tracks:
Wilson and his band toured in 2015 and tour Europe/western Asia in Apr, May and Jul 2016. His Royal Albert Hall shows have been nominated for the Live Event award at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards, while Wilson is also up for Band/Artist of the Year.
His previous solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) was released early 2015. The album made #13 in the UK (#1 in Rock; #2 in Indie), #39 in the US, #29 in Italy, #2 in the Netherlands, #11 in Norway and #4 in Finland. In the UK Progressive chart for Dec 2015, Wilson's Fragile remix is at #9, his Octopus is at #16 and Hand. Cannot. Erase. is at #15. The next month, Hand. Cannot. Erase. had risen to #10, with Fragile at #26 and Octopus out of the top 30.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. won Album of the Year and in the Multimedia category in the Prog Readers' Poll 2015, while Wilson won Man of the Year and made 6th in the Male Vocalist category (won by Joe Payne). Various members of Wilson's band also did well: Nick Beggs won best Bassist, while Adam Holzman was 2nd in Keyboards (won by Robert John Godfrey) and Craig Blundell 7th in Drummer (won by Marco Minnemann). Wilson and the band also came third in Event of the Year for their Royal Albert Hall show (won by Big Big Train live). Fragile won Reissue of the Year in the poll, with Octopus 2nd.
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