Where are they now? - Others
associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)
This page last updated: 7 Feb 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 - Michael Plotnikoff - Steve Porcaro - Graham Preskett - Alex Proyce - Ryan Rabin - Randy Raine-Reusch - Bobby Sherwood - Michael Sherwood - Phyllis Sherwood - Jill Sinclair - 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 latest project is "Aroused: The Lost Sensuality of a Woman" (Twitter), 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 is 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.
A photo of Deborah's of her father is used on the Anderson Ponty Band release, Better Late Than Never.
the book from Amazon (UK):
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
return to the US with 8 dates in Oct 2015, including two Newark,
NJ dates with Patrick
Moraz. The band have also suggested there could be more
European dates in 2016.
He appears on The Syn's Live Rosfest album: see under Francis Dunnery for details.
Al was druming in Infadels
However, they disbanded in Sep 2012. Alex is now 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.
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.
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
blog 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 are also working on a Steve Porcaro solo album: see under Porcaro.
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.
Aaron started a new venture, the Oat Milk café (Twitter; Facebook)
in Camden Town, north London, in Aug 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 Howe.
Aaron co-wrote some songs and contributed programming to Seal's 7,
co-produced by his father: see under
Trevor Horn for details.
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. 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.
Dylan did a cover of "Perpetual Change" with July Valls (guitar, bass, keys), viewable on YouTube, and another of "Awaken", on Facebook, with Valls (guitar), Matt Irizar and Andrew Katter.
Several tracks with Dylan appear on Steve Howe's 2015 compilation Anthology: see under Howe for details.
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|Virgil Howe - Steve's son; Facebook; Twitter; MySpace page;
(as The Verge); SoundCloud; YouTube; Instagram; MixCloud
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.
Her books include a co-written autobiography by Wilko Johnson (ex-Dr. Feelgood, ex-The Blockheads, working with Dylan Howe) for Cadiz Music Ltd. Released May 2014 was "Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus and Mary Chain Story" (Polygon), the authorised biography of the Jesus and Mary Chain.
She is also working on her debut novel.
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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to be available through his
site and more generally on 15
Apr 2016. It is based around using the original
multitracks of UK's 3 albums. It will
include an additional 50 minutes of material from the
multi-track tapes used for Night After Night,
taken from the 1979 Japanese concerts, which will be
exclusive to this release. The set will also
include the band's 2011 Reunion live recording, and cleaned-up and remastered versions of
three radio broadcasts from 1978/9 in Boston (previously
released as Concert Classics, Vol. 4, Live in
Boston and Live in America), Cleveland and
the final show 1979 show by the band in Nijmegen, plus the 1978 Penn's Landing, Philadelphia live
broadcast (the final show of the original quartet). This
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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.
Universal Music Japan remastered and re-released the three UK album and The Green Album as SHM-CDs and Platinum SHM-CDs in Japan, including as a box set of all 4. Each comes with bonus material: U.K. adds "In the Dead of Night (Single Version)" and "Mental Medication" (Single Edit); Danger Money adds "Rendezvous 6:02 (Single Version)"; Night After Night adds b-side "When will You Realize?"; and The Green Album adds "Turn It Over (Single Edit)".
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
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 and Seal's Soul 2—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 14 May-3 Jun, then European dates 29 Sep-22 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
- Live in Tokyo 2015 - First Show (recording
engineer: Robert Frazza, mixed by Benni Schäfer/Reuter,
produced by Reuter). The album will also be released on CD,
but in Japan only. The band are working towards a new studio
album; Levin and Reuter spent time writing together for the
group in Berlin in Feb 2015.
Their album Supercollider (Iapetus), out 21 Oct 2014, is a 2CD release. Disc one (Collider: Best of 2010-2014) is a compilation of their preceding albums; tracks: "SOUP", "Concussion", "Smudge", "Sepia (Edit)", "Nude Ascending Staircase", "Breathless (Live)", "Horatio", "Pomegranate", "Crack in the Sky", "Absalom", "OPEN, Pt. 3", "Cusp", "Firebird (Live)", "Whale Watch". The second disc (Unleashed: Live Improvs 2013) consists of 13 tracks recorded live by Frazza, mixed by Schäfer/Reuter, and produced by Reuter; tracks: "Cincinnati", "Norfolk", "Chicago" (3:05), "Cambridge" (6:18), "Montreal I", "Niagara Falls", "Bearsville I" (5:31), "Bearsville II", "Detroit" (3:05), "Sellersville", "Annapolis", "New York" (6:24), "Montreal II". "OPEN, Pt. 3" is also included on the digital-only Iapetus Media compilation, Iapetus Compilation 2014, and another Stick Men piece is on the digital-only compilation, Touch Guitars Compilation 2014, both compiled by Reuter and Fletcher.
2011 saw a collaborative instrumental album by a trio of Tony Levin (bass, Stick), Alan White (drums, percussion) and David Torn (worked with Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, David Bowie; guitar, textural events), produced by Scott Schorr. See details on main page. A follow-up project is now out: Levin Minnemann Rudess (YouTube preview; Lazy Bones), produced by Schorr and Levin. The album sees Levin (basses, Stick, cello) joined by Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally, ex-UK; drums, guitar) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater; keys). A deluxe edition (with additional DVD including audio and video material) is also available (the first 1000 only were signed and have now sold out). Samples are here. The album was #1 in US Amazon's Hard Rock category. Tracks:
In the Apr 2014 issue of Prog, Rudess mooted doing a
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), due Sep 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, engineered and mixed by Scott Petito
(ex-The Fugs), and mastered by Larry DeVivo;
liner notes were by journalist (and long-time friend to this
website) Anil Prasad. 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.
King Crimson, Crimson ProjeKct and other
related projects YouTube
In Sep 2013, Robert Fripp announced a new 7-man King Crimson of himself (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) and, new to King Crimson, Jakko M 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). Levin and Harrison previously played on an album by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins, billed as a King Crimson ProjeKct and detailed below.
The new Crimson toured the US with 18 dates in Sep/Oct 2014; 3
New York shows sold out. An article in the Sep 2014 issue of Uncut
confirmed that all the shows were to be recorded for possible
release. Sid Smith explained: "A lot of folks have been asking
about the availability of downloads from the last tour. [...]
there are no downloads of the 2014 tour envisaged at this stage.
Jakko Jakszyk is currently listening through all the recordings of
the concerts assessing what might be made available for release in
the spring of 2015." A 40-minute 'mini-album' from the tour was
released 13-27 Jan 2015, entitled Live at the Orpheum
(recorded 30 Sep-1 Oct), mixed/engineered by
Harrison/Jakszyk/Fripp/Mark Vreeken. The album is available as a
CD, DVD-A in Hi-Res stereo, vinyl and download. Tracks:
2013 article in Uncut reported Fripp saying there
were no plans for the new line-up to enter the studio and that
they would play "reconfigured" versions of existing Crimson
material. The 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 says, "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 says: "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." A 13-date north-west
European tour 31 Aug-25 Sep 2015 followed, then a 10-date
Canadian tour 13-29 Nov and 7 Japanese dates, 7-21 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 and a full live album from the
early 2015 tour. Band rehearsals for this latest round of touring
took place in mid-Jul 2015 (following drummer-only rehearsals) in
Suffolk, as documented
by Levin on his website (and note Jakszyk playing flute).
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 called "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: [SPOILERS—highlight to read] "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 has
said they have rehearsed about 3 hours of material. Fripp does
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". Shortly
before the Japanese leg of touring, the band said they were
considering live audio and video from this line-up's touring,
with a 2017 release date mooted.
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). The first 2 Norwegian dates sold out in hours and a third
has now been added.
Band rehearsals for the first US tour began in England in Jun
2014, as described by Levin here:
Once again, we've travelled to Jakko's home studio in England to rehearse (as we did last February.)
But this time it'll be the full band... well, next week it will. We started off today with just Jakko, Robert and myself, while Pat, Gavin and Bill are rehearsing the drum parts elsewhere. Mel will join us tomorrow, and next week we'll all be together for the first run throughs of music with the full band.
Rehearsals resumed for a week in Elstree in late Jul 2014.
Further rehearsals were near Woodstock, NY from 25 Aug. Around
early Jul 2014, Mastelotto said to a fan after a show that they
were currently learning 16-18 songs spanning many albums, and that
they hope to vary the set from night to night. A 1:15 clip of
Fripp, Levin, Harrison, Mastelotto and Rieflin jamming in
rehearsals was released as a free download on DGM Live, entitled "Venturing
Unto Joy Pt 1", while the band's new
YouTube channel has a video of a piece
performed by the three drummers. There was a private warm-up
show on 8 Sep; set: "Larks'
Tongues in Aspic, Part One" (from Larks' Tongues in Aspic),
"Pictures of a City" (In the Wake of Poseidon), "A
Scarcity of Miracles" (A Scarcity of Miracles by
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins), "The ConstruKction of Light" (The
ConstruKction of Light, as an instrumental), "One More
Red Nightmare" (Red), new piece (performed by
latter on flute)/"The Hell-Hounds of
Krim" (as per the video on on the band's
YouTube channel), "Red" (Red), "The Letters" (Islands),
"Level 5" (The Power to Believe), "Hell's Bells" (a new
percussion piece), "Sailor's Tale" (Islands), "The
Light of Day" (A Scarcity of Miracles), "Talking
Drum/Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two" (Larks' Tongues in
Aspic), "Starless" (Red); encore: "Hoodoo" (new
piece led by Rieflin), "21st Century Schizoid Man" (In the
Court of the Crimson King, with new
lyrics by Sinfield to update the song to be about Iraq rather than
the Vietnam war).
Levin and Mastelotto said they held back a few pieces for the
tour. The opening night (9 Sep) was sold out and lasted about 1
hour 45 minutes; the set was the same as the warm-up show, but
with "VROOOM/Coda: Marine 475" from THRAK
instead of "Level 5". The set was
similar, but with a different order, for the second night: "Level 5", "One More Red
Nightmare", "A Scarcity of Miracles", "Larks' Tongues in
Aspic, Part One", "Pictures of a City", "The ConstruKction of
Light", "Red", "Sailor's Tale", "VROOOM/Coda: Marine 475",
"Hell's Bells", "The Light of Day", "Talking Drum/Larks'
Tongues in Aspic, Part Two", "Starless"; encore: "Hoodoo",
"21st Century Schizoid Man". Sets continued to
show some variation in order. Available on the 2014 tour and
subsequently generally is 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"): see details under Bruford. It
appears a similar but new box set accompanies the 2015 tour. A
live picture disc vinyl EP is also available on the 2015 tour;
tracks: side 1—"21st Century Schizoid Man"; side 2—"Light of Day",
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 have also been 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. The band began when Levin, Mastelotto and Belew held
the 3 of a Perfect
Pair Camp in Aug 2011. Further Camps followed, with the next
11-15 Aug 2014. The trio played an associated show on 25 Aug 2011,
largely of King Crimson pieces, including "3 of a Perfect
Pair", "Elephant Talk", "Frame by Frame", "Indiscipline", "Thela
Hun Ginjeet", "Sleepless", "Dinosaur", "One Time", "Thrak" and
"Red". Partway through the show, they were joined by Slick and
Ralph as a preview of the Two of a Perfect Trio tour of the
US/Canada. This was in Sep/Oct 2011 and saw sets by the Stick Men
(towards 1 hour long), then the Adrian Belew Power Trio
(Belew—guitar, Slick—bass, Ralph—drums; set towards 1 hour long),
then Belew/Levin/Mastelotto play a few King Crimson pieces, and
eventually all 6 musicians playing some further Crimson material.
In all, the total Crimson set is ~1 hour long. Sets varied from
night to night. As examples, the Stick Men set list in Carrboro
was "Smudge", "Soup", "Breathless" (from Robert Fripp's Exposure),
"Slow Glide", "Relentless", their cover of Stravinsky's
"Firebird Suite" in 4 movements; set list in Phoenixville:
"Smudge", "Supercollider", "Slow Glide", "Breathless",
"Relentless", "Firebird Suite"; the set in San Franciso included
"VROOM VROOOM". The Adrian Belew Power Trio set includes material
from Belew's albums Young Lions,
Inner Revolution, Op Zop Too Wah and e; in San Franciso, they
included a King Crimson tune. Belew/Levin/Mastelotto have played
pieces including "3 of a Perfect Pair", "Elephant Talk" and
"Sleepless". In San Franciso, they were then joined by Reuter for
"Red". "Red" was not played on the opening night. At some other
shows, I think it was played by the full 6-piece band. Crimson
material played by all 6 has included "B'Boom", "Thrak",
"Dinosaur", "Frame by Frame", "Indiscipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet".
The opening night had an attendance of ~500. Alan
White attended the Seattle show.
At the suggestion of Fripp, they then took on the name of
the Crimson ProjeKct and supported Dream Theater on their
Jun/Jul 2012 US tour. Set: "B'Boom", "THRAK", "Dinosaur",
"Elephant Talk", "Red", "Frame by Frame", "Thela Hun
Ginjeet", "Indiscipline". The 3 Jul 2013 show was sold out
(1,191 tickets; $59,876 gross); the 19 Jun show sold 785
tickets ($27,475 gross). During this period, they also
played a 17 Jul show without Dream Theater (along the
lines of the Two of a Perfect Trio tour: Stick Men, Adrian
Belew Power Trio, "Crim-centric encore"). At the 18 Jul
show, Levin joined Dream Theater during their set for a
performance of Liquid Tension Experiment's "Paradigm
Shift", and then Levin, Belew and Mastelotto joined Dream
Theater for an extra encore of "21st Century Schizoid
Man". 3 Japanese dates in
Mar 2013 followed. Out is a
live album, Official Bootleg Live 2012, taken from
their 2012 dates support Dream Theater, available as a download
Tracks: "B'Boom" (5:17), "THRAK" (4:10), "Dinosaur"
(5:01), "Elephant Talk" (4:50), "Red" (6:37), "Frame by
Frame" (4:01), "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (6:10), "Indiscipline"
(9:37). A wider release then comes in the form of Live
Tokyo (InsideOut), out 3 Mar 2014; tracks:
|Buy from Amazon (UK):
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 [see above] 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
[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.
The Adrian Belew Power Trio continues to tour, with sets
including Crimson material. There was a one-off show billed as Belew,
Levin, Mastelotto & Friends on 13 Aug 2015 at the
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY.
|A Scarcity of Miracles was
released by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins. The album is
labelled a King Crimson ProjeKct, reflecting its ties to the
band. The line-up consisted of Jakko M Jakszyk (ex-21st
Century Schizoid Band, worked with Dave Stewart; guitars,
keys, guzheng), Robert Fripp (guitar, Soundscapes) and Mel
Collins (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, ex-King
Crimson, worked with Chris Squire; alto and
soprano saxophone, flute) with Tony Levin (bass, Stick) and
Gavin Harrison (drums, percussion). Tracks:
Other collaborations and sessions
Levin played bass on 5 out of 14 tracks on David Bowie's album The Next Day, including on the debut single, "Where are We Now?" That track and further ones including Levin are now included on Bowie's compilation album, Nothing has Changed, out Nov 2014. (The album also includes tracks with Rick Wakeman.)
Levin has long worked with Peter Gabriel. Levin
toured with Gabriel, including European dates Sep/Oct 2013 and
Apr/May 2014. In late 2015, he was recording with Gabriel for a
Fuzbee's Dreams and
Other Living Things, released Oct 2014, includes appearances
by Levin, David Sancious and Jerry Marotta.
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 is 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 The Prog Collective and a Supertramp
tribute album (see under Sherwood),
and an album from Days Between Stations.
Levin has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many further session appearances.
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 is working on a solo album with guitarist Jimmy
Haun (worked with Yes, Jon
ex-Chris Squire Experiment) and keyboardist Michael
Sherwood (worked with Yes, Jon Anderson,
elder brother), with both of whom he has worked before.
Sherwood described (Facebook, 22 Jul 2014) songs "we've cowritten
over a number of years.. I'll spare you the actual number of
years." In a Something
Else interview, Apr 2015, Sherwood talked more about
his writing partnership with Porcaro stretching back many years:
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. Another very generous soul. I push Steve constantly to move forward with his music, to finish songs.
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 2015 with Porcaro, Lukather,
Paich, Williams, Shannon Forest (drums; Carlock having
prior commitments to Steely Dan), former Toto member David
Hungate (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).
European dates were May-Jul, with the band then touring
North America with Yes in Aug/Sep (see
main Yes page for details), and then further dates
elsewhere round the world to follow.
Their new album, Toto XIV (Frontiers Music SRL; EPK
here), has been mixed and mastered (Nov 2014) and is
now out worldwide. Formats include a 2-disc deluxe edition
with DVD (including interviews), 2LP and limited edition
boxset. The album was performed by Porcaro (keys, vocals),
Lukather (guitars, vocals, bass), Paich (keys, vocals),
Williams (vocals), Carlock (drums), Hungate (bass), Tal
Wilkenfeld (worked with Trevor Rabin; bass),
Leland Sklar (bass), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Lenny 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. Porcaro
described the album as "our follow-up to TOTO IV", while
Paich has compared it to Toto, Toto IV and
The Seventh One. Tracks:
|Buy deluxe edition CD+DVD
from Amazon (UK):
||Buy CD from Amazon (US):
Lukather also said: "'Great Expectations' is a huge nod to 1970s
prog rock like Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd. It's all in
there. Shameless nods to our heroes? Sure. Why not? I'm not
ashamed of that. Our favorite music shaped us into who we are."
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. "Bend" with Sherwood singing was recorded for Porcaro's
solo project. The music for "Chinatown" dates back to 1977, 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." 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.
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 their 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.
Ryan played on his father's solo album, Jacaranda (see
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 are also working on a Steve Porcaro solo album, while
Sherwood has three co-writes
on Toto's forthcoming Toto XIV album: see under Porcaro for details. Sherwood also
wrote and sand a song in the film "Boulevard": see under Haun, who co-scored the film, for
Sherwood played keys for country & western artist John Spicer's debut album, Crossing Over, due soon. Lead single "Pretty Good at Lovin' You" (YouTube) has been released digitally. Also performing are Spicer (vocals, guitar), Patrick Caccia (drums), Jennifer Lynn (fiddle, strings), Mico Olmos (bass) and Mike Winner. Tom Fletcher (co-produced Yes's Keys to Ascension) produced, mixed and engineered.
Sherwood plays live with Danny Peck. He also plays live
with Nancy Gardos. He also writes for music production houses. Brother Billy described on Facebook in early May
Just finishing 3 mixes for my brother
Mike, among other things Mike writes for music
production houses (for film/jingle/source) todays
mission is 3 songs that have a totally 80's vibe...
and it's done really well lol... Mike nailed the vibe
and Christian Nesmith did all the gtr and bass work,
it's really cool sounding stuff !! The producer of the
project is on his way over to finalize these mixes...
I have it al sounding very "analog", old school.
3 MIXES approved by the
producer of "Killer Tracks" and sent off to mastering...
In Jun 2006, Jill Sinclair was accidentally hit in the neck with
an air rifle pellet while in her garden. As a result, Sinclair
suffered irreversible brain damage from hypoxia, leaving only her
lower brain functions and no chance for recovery. Horn said in a
Jun 2012 Sunday Times interview: "She cannot speak, move,
or smile. The only expression she can show is of discomfort." She
passed away late Mar 2014; my commiserations to Trevor Horn and
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
Esoteric re-released a 2CD remastered and expanded version of Sinfield's solo album Still on the Manticore imprint (mantcd21003). This includes the two bonus tracks from the 1994 Stillusion expanded re-release and further early mixes. Tracks: CD1, the album mix—"The Song of the Sea Goat", "Under the Sky", "Will It be You", "Wholefood Boogie", "Still", "Envelopes of Yesterday", "The Piper", "A House of Hopes and Dreams", "The Night People"; CD2, early mixes and bonus tracks—"Hanging Fire" (previously released on Stillusion), "Still (first mix)", "The Song of the Sea Goat", "Under the Sky", "Wholefood Boogie", "Envelopes of Yesterday", "The Piper", "A House of Hopes and Dreams", "The Night People", "Still (second mix)", "Can You Forgive a Fool?"(previously released on Stillusion).
Nikki Squire is guesting on a forthcoming album entitled The Hope from Mark Trueack, the vocalist from Australian progressive rock band Unitopia. The album is co-directed by Stephen Layton (worked with Jon Anderson, ex-The Expression, ex-Like Oxygen) and Jon Anderson also guests: details under Anderson here.
Nikki Squire (vocals) and Nigel McLaren (bass, backing vocals)
and have been working on some new material in London with Robbie
Blunt (ex-Robert Plant; guitar), Lisa LaRue (MySpace page; worked
with John Payne, Gilli Smyth, Tommy Zvoncheck; keys)
and others. Seven pieces are 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). Most of there can also be heard as streaming files.
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
Vangelis has released a new 2CD compilation, The Collection
(Rhino) in the UK (which includes "So Long Ago, So Clear", "I'll
Find My Way Home", "State of Independence" and "I Hear You Now"
with Jon Anderson).
"Race to the End" was a 1981 song released by Demis Roussos working with Vangelis, a vocal adaptation of the main theme from the film "Chariots of Fire". The lyrics were by Jon Anderson, at the time working with Vangelis as Jon & Vangelis. With "Chariots of Fire" a recurring theme in promotion for the 2012 Olympics, the song was covered by tenor Russell Watson (worked with Shaun Ryder; sang the theme tune for "Star Trek: Enterprise") and opens his recent album, Anthems (Sony Classical), released May 2012. It was also covered by soprano Laura Wright on her album Glorious, released the same month, and her version was included on the Jubilee-themed Now That's What I Call Britain, again out that month. Anderson himself also released a new version of the song (3:05 duration) as a digital single in the UK and US (Jul 2012), done without the involvement of Vangelis. An accompanying video is here.
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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 (Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett,
Gary Barlow; bass) and
Adam Falkner (drums). Their second album, All That
You Fear is Gone (InsideOut), is out 26 Feb 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 Micky Moody (ex-Whitesnake,
ex-Company of Snakes; guitar, slide guitar,
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) and Chris Ousey (Heartland,
ex-Virginia Wolf; lead vocals). The band perform
Whitesnake material and other songs from the members' back
catalogues. They have played a handful of European dates
from late 2011 through 2013. An eponymous debut album is out
on Frontiers. A promo video of "Accident Prone" from the
album is on
YouTube, while four songs can be downloaded
from their website. Tracks:
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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 now out, with Please
Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings to be
released separately in 2016), Gentle Giant (most recently The
Power and the Glory; then Octopus
(Caroline-UMG in the US, Soulfood rest of the world), which
comes with a new essay by Anil Prasad, interviews with band
members and cover artist Roger Dean,
and bonus live material), XTC (Drums and Wires and,
now out, Oranges and Lemons), Tears for Fears (Songs
from the Big Chair), Jethro Tull (including A
Passion Play, Warchild, Minstrel in the
Gallery and, due 27 Nov, Too Old to Rock'n'Roll,
Too Young to Die) and Opeth (Damnation,
available within a 4-disc set with Deliverance).
Wilson said on Facebook in Oct 2015 that the next Jethro
Tull remix project will probably be Stand Up, while
he has also worked on a re-release of Roxy Music's debut
album (release to be scheduled). Wilson's remixing work with
King Crimson is covered under
In the best reissue category of Prog magazine's Critics' Choice for 2014, King Crimson's Starless (including prior remixing work by Wilson) came first, The Yes Album was second, Relayer fourth and The Power and the Glory fifth.
Wilson and his band's latest solo release, 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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