Where are they now? - Trevor Horn
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The Trevor Horn Band
The Trevor Horn Band are playing live this summer, according to a May 2018 interview with Matt Cardle (former The X Factor winner), who sang with them in 2017. He said, "I'm definitely doing more shows over the summer with Trevor, and his band are incredible. The songs of his I get to sing are monumental - [SPOILERS—highlight to read] Owner Of A Lonely Heart, The Power Of Love, Relax."
To celebrate the opening of Sarm Music Bank's new facility
at Old Oak Common in London, there was a private performance by
the Trevor Horn Band on 19 Jul. The line-up
included Horn (bass, vocals), Lol Crème (Art of
Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal; guitar,
vocals), Julian Hinton, Phil
Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton; guitar), Jamie
Squire (no relation; worked with Dire
Straits Legacy, Joe McElderry; vocals, guitar), Luis
Jardim (worked with Yes, Grace Jones; percussion),
Steve Ferrone (Dire Straits Legacy, Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David
Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Izzy Chase (worked with Ellie Goulding, Kim Wilde, Boy George;
vocals) and Hayley
Sanderson (worked with Rick Wakeman;
vocals). I think Cameron Gower Poole, Simon Bloor and
Alan Clark (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton,
ex-Dire Straits) may also have been performing. Steve
Hogarth (Marillion) and Matt Cardle
were guest vocalists. Set: "Two Tribes" (originally by Frankie
Goes to Hollywood), "Video Killed the Radio Star" (originally
by The Buggles), "Cry" (originally by Godley & Creme),
"Rubber Bullets" (originally by 10cc), "Ashes to Ashes"
(originally by David Bowie; Hogarth lead vocals), "Slave to
the Rhythm" (originally by Grace Jones; Chase lead vocals),
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" (originally by Yes; Horn lead
vocals), "The Power of Love" (originally by Frankie Goes to
Hollywood; Cardle lead vocals), "All the Things Said"
(originally by t.A.T.u.; Chase/Sanderson lead vocals), "It's
Different for Girls" (originally by Joe Jackson; Hogarth lead
vocals), "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (originally by
Tears for Fears), "Money for Nothing" (originally by Dire
Straits, and performed by Horn/Palmer in Dire Straits Legacy),
"Relax" (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Squire
lead vocals). This YouTube
video appears to be an official summary of the event.
They toured the UK summer 2017, based around a core of Horn
(bass, vocals) and Crème (guitar, vocals, keys). They played
various festivals, with Cardle as guest vocalist, including the Rewind Festivals.
Rewind Scotland (Jul) saw a ~20,000 audience: the Trevor Horn Band
were a 10-piece, including 3 singers, and their set opened with
their instrumental version of "Two Tribes", while the set also
included "Waterfront" with guest vocalist Jim Kerr
(Simple Minds), "Slave to the Rhythm", "Owner of a Lonely
Heart", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Rubber Bullets" and
"Relax" (sung by Cardle). Horn had described the expected set
beforehand as "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Living
in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "Owner of a Lonely
Heart", "Relax". The set at Rewind North (Aug) included "Owner of
a Lonely Heart" (sung by Cardle). They then played Fairport's Cropredy
Convention on 10 Aug 2017, with a band including J Squire
(vocals, keys, guitar), Simon Bloor (worked with Yes, Seal, Blackfield; lead
guitar, lead piano), Cameron
Gower Poole (worked with Anne-Marie, Robbie
Williams, Seal, Billy Idol; samples), Hinton (musical
director, keys), Jonah
Summerfield (drums), Chase (vocals), Sanderson (vocals) and
a further guest of Russ Ballard (ex-Argent).
The set was: "Two Tribes" (with some vocals), "Video Killed the
Radio Star" with "Check It Out" insert (Horn on lead vocals), "All
the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets" (Crème on lead vocals),
"Cry" (originally by Goldey & Creme; live première; Squire on
lead vocals), "Country Dancing" extract (guitar solo by Ballard,
with some percussion backing)/"Since You've Been Gone" (Ballard on
lead vocals), "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (originally by
Argent; Ballard on lead vocals), "Slave to the Rhythm" (Chase on
lead vocals), "Living in the Plastic Age" (Horn on lead vocals),
"I'm Not in Love" (Crème on piano, Squire on lead vocals), "Kiss
from a Rose", "The Power of Love" (Cardle on lead vocals), "Owner
of a Lonely Heart" (Cardle on lead vocals; with the original
guitar solo as opposed to a keyboard solo the band has sometimes
done previously), "Relax".
The band then played Japan in Aug 2017, including at the Summer Sonic Tokyo
festival on 20 Aug, and 2 nights each on 22-3 Aug in Tokyo. At
least 2 of the Tokyo shows sold out. The band line-up was similar,
with Horn, Crème, Bloor, Gower Poole, Chase, Sanderson and Squire,
but Ash Soan (Sinéad O'Connor,
Adele, Will Young, Rick
Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, ex-Del Amitri,
ex-Squeeze, worked with Seal, Robbie
Williams) was back on drums. The 20 Aug set list
was: "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "All the Things
She Said" (Chase/Sanderson on lead vocals), "Rubber Bullets",
"Cry", "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "The
Power of Love" (Squire on lead vocals), "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
(Squire on lead vocals), "I'm Not in Love", "Sky Show" (this and
the next are from Horn's soundtrack for The
Reflection), "SunSunSunrise" (with 9nine), "Relax"
(Squire on lead vocals). The 22 Aug second show went: "Two Tribes"
(Squire on lead vocals), "Video Killed the Radio Star", "All the
Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets", "Cry", "Living in the Plastic
Age", "Slave to the Rhythm", "The Power of Love", "Can't Fight the
Moonlight", "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Rick Astley on vocals),
Kiss from a Rose" (planned, but not played),
"I'm Not in Love", "Sky Show", "Future Boyfriends"
(English-language version of "SunSunSunshine"), "Relax"; encore:
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Squire on lead vocals). The
23 Aug second show went: "Two Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio
Star", "All the Things She Said", "Cry", "The Dean and I" (Crème
on lead vocals), "Living in the Plastic Age", "Slave to the
Rhythm", "Rubber Bullets", "Can't Fight the Moonlight", "The Power
of Love", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", " Kiss
from a Rose" (planned, but not played), "Sky Show",
"Future Boyfriends", "Relax"; encore: "Everybody Wants to Rule the
World", " Message in a Bottle" (planned, but not
played). The planned set for the first show was similar, but with
"I'm Not in Love" planned as the first encore instead of
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World".
The Trevor Horn Band acted as the house band at the Roundhouse
Gala on 16 Mar 2017, with Guy Pratt (worked with
Pink Floyd) on bass and Horn on tambourine for at least
some of the show. This was a charity event raising money for the
Roundhouse's activities with young people. Also performing with
them were Cardle, Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones,
ex-Faces)/Imelda May duetting, and Sophie Ellis Bextor.
Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson closed the evening, but I don't
know if this was with the Trevor Horn Band or their usual backing,
i.e. with Dylan Howe
The Trevor Horn Band had previously consisted of Horn, Crème, Steve Lipson (Twitter; working
with Ultravox, Ronan Keating, worked with Grace
Jones, S Club 7, Frankie
Goes to Hollywood, Annie Lennox, Will Young; guitar)
and Ashley 'Ash' Soan (Sinéad O'Connor,
Adele, Will Young, Rick Wakeman's
English Rock Ensemble, ex-Del Amitri, ex-Squeeze, worked
with Seal, Robbie Williams;
drums), plus various extra musicians. Horn/Crème/Lipson/Soan were
earlier performing as Producers. The band played the Wickham
Festival, Hampshire in Aug 2016, with Cardle as guest
vocalist. The 1 hour set included "Video Killed the Radio Star",
"Living in the Plastic Age" and, sung by Cardle, "Owner of a
Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Kiss from a Rose" and, as the
closer, "Relax". They then played the Rewind South Festival,
Henley that month, again with Cardle and a set including "Relax".
The band included Julian Hinton and Simon Bloor.
They played 3 European dates in Jul 2015, with a line-up
including Horn, Crème, Lipson, Soan, Seal, Jamie Squire (no
Hinton, Kirsten Joy,
Vula Malinga (Twitter; backing
vocals) and another instrumentalist (possibly Simon Bloor?); plus
Jaz Ellington (backing
vocals) on 12 Jul. 13 Jul set: "Welcome to the Pleasuredome", "Two
Tribes", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "The Plastic Age", "All
the Things She Said", "Rubber Bullets", "Louise" (originally by
Jett Rebel); Seal then joined the band and sang "Slave to the
Rhythm", "Kiss from a Rose", "Prayer for the Dying", "Owner of a
Lonely Heart", "I'm Not in Love", "Crazy"; then, without Seal,
"Relax"; encore: "Message in a Bottle" (originally by The Police),
"Leave Right Now". One date included "Video Killed the Radio Star"
inc. "Check It Out" insert. The 12 Jul show included "Message in a
Bottle" with Police drummer Stewart Copeland guesting.
Horn (bass, lead & backing vocals), Lipson (guitar),
Crème (guitar, lead & backing vocals, keys), Soan
(drums) plus Geoff Downes (keys),
Luis Jardim (percussion), Hinton (keys), Kate Westall
(working with Nitin Sawhney; lead &
backing vocals), Joy (lead & backing vocals), J Squire
(lead & backing vocals, percussion), Phil Palmer (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric
Clapton; electric & acoustic guitars) and
Bloor (keys, guitar) played London on 5 Mar 2014. Seal was
due to guest, but appeared on stage to explain he was
unable to due to flu. Other guests were Gabrielle Aplin,
Mr Probz and Ella Eyre. Set:
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome" opening (originally by
Frankie Goes to Hollywood; lead vocals shared by
Westall/Joy/Squire), "The Plastic Age" (The Buggles; Horn
lead vocals, although Seal had asked to sing it), Seal
then came out to apologise for not being able to perform,
"Slave to the Rhythm" (Grace Jones; Westall lead vocals),
"All the Things She Said" (t.A.T.u.; Westall/Joy lead
vocals), "Rubber Bullets" (10cc; Crème lead vocals), "The
Power of Love" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Aplin lead
vocals, synth piano), "Why" (Annie Lennox; Aplin lead
vocals, Horn electric upright bass), "Two Tribes" (Frankie
Goes to Hollywood; instrumental), "Soon" excerpt (Yes;
Westall lead vocals)/"Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes;
Squire lead vocals, having planned to be Seal), "
2 tracks ("Man on the Moon" and "Every Single Night in
Jamaica") from the Producers album, Made in Basing
Street, are included on 10cc's 3CD Before During
After (and the 2CD version, During After),
which also covers projects by the band members from before
and after 10cc. There are also two Art of Noise tracks and
Godley & Creme's "Cry" that Horn co-produced. The
collection came out in the UK in Jul 2017.
Lipson, Crème and Soan all commonly appear on Horn's productions. Horn, Crème, Braide and Soan were all in The Buggles line-up for a 2010 show, while Lipson and Crème were there for a 2011 show, and The Buggles' set contained elements from The Producers' usual set (see above).
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The Buggles are back with plans for re-issues and possibly live work, although the Sep 2016 issue of Prog quotes their management as saying, "Nothing is set in stone." A new album is also in the works, as is a musical based on "Video Killed the Radio Star" (see next subsection). On 21 Feb 2016, Geoff Downes tweeted, "heading out to LA to do some work with my old chum, Trevor Horn. #thebuggles". Then on 25 Feb came this: "Been really great working this week with my old Buggles buddy, Trevor H. Got some new tunes on the go! More news to follow... 👍🏻😃" In a late Mar 2016 interview with BBC Radio Oxford, after the interviewer talked about Yes, Asia and The Buggles, Downes, "I'm still involved with all three bands today. […] I was working with Trevor Horn a couple of weeks ago in L.A." And in this Apr 2016 interview: "I've been doing some more stuff with Trevor and the Buggles recently". In a Sep 2016 interview, Horn said, "We might be going out touring with The Buggles, me and Geoffrey, just the first two albums". A tweet on 7 Dec 2016 from Downes said: "Down The Docklands this week working with my old Buggles chum, Trevor H. Expect to see some "shake-up" stuff coming your way!" In a Feb 2017 interview, Downes said, "I think Trevor and I may want to do something with The Buggles in the future." Asked on Twitter that month whether they were any closer to some Buggles gigs, he replied, "Not yet [...] but watch this space!" In an Apr 2017 interview, Downes said, "We still do stuff together as The Buggles. [...] We've been doing a bit of writing this last year." In a Jul 2017 interview, Horn said he is, "Currently [...] getting together another version of Video Killed the Radio Star, so that should be fun." In a 4 Nov 2017 radio interview (The Magic Bus, Marlow FM, UK radio), Downes said, "I'm going to be working with Trevor Horn next week on a small project" that they have been working on for the "last year or so". He tweeted on 9 Nov 2017, "Great two days in the studio with my oldest and amazing chum, @Trevor_Horn_ CBE. Some killer songs and ideas in the mix. Says muchly that The Buggles still working together 40 years on!" Asked about keyboards, he followed this up with: "All very early vintage in our world. Rhodes, Solina, Minimoog, Clavinet, Polymoog, Prophet V, etc #thebuggles". To the Feb 2018 issue of Prog, Downes said, "I've been working with Trevor Horn on some stuff and we're thinking that maybe we might do some one-off shows with Buggles." In an early Mar 2018 interview, Downes said, "myself and Trevor Horn are trying to carry on with Buggles. We're kicking around a few ideas and we hope to release something." Asked about new Buggles material in Apr 2018 on Twitter, Downes replied, "There are a few things in the pipeline...that's all I can tell you right now".
2016 article quoted Downes as saying, "We're looking at
releasing some of the old Buggles stuff at some point and we
worked on another couple songs fairly recently[.] There's the
option of maybe putting some more stuff out. [...] next year
 we might do some gigs. We'll take it as it comes, really." Although one of those prior quotes
refers to "new tunes", Prog describes 2016 sessions as "to
work up demos from around the making of [...] Adventures in
Modern Recording"; they also say there will be further
sessions in the autumn. Downes is quoted: "Trevor and I were in
Los Angeles working for a week on some stuff, such as our old
track Dion." While Horn says he wants to re-make
"Vermillion Sands" as "a duet with a [...] jazz singer." Downes is
described as saying an album of new material "can't be ruled out".
Prog also describe a "more extensive concert
schedule" than recent one-off live shows, and Steve Howe
is strongly implied to be on the tour, as well maybe as
additional Yes members. The article reads: "It is also
believed that members of Yes are likely to be involved.
"Especially certain guitar players," Horn told Prog,
possibly hinting at [...] Howe." (This ties in with an
earlier Howe interview.) A report in Sep 2016 has that
Howe will appear on some of the album too, but that he
will probably only guest on selected tour dates. Horn also
from Here - Return Trip, which was of course
built around demos from around the making of Adventures
in Modern Recording and before: see
under Yes for details.
Horn sat in with Steve Hogarth (Marillion) at Hogarth's 10 Dec 2017 solo show in Paris, to perform "Video Killed the Radio Star", as captured on YouTube. Horn also performed "Video Killed the Radio Star" at the Sunday for Sammy charity concert, Newcastle, UK in Feb 2018. A DVD of the show was released 13 Apr 2018, along with a one-off cinema screening on 15 Apr in North Shields.
(Dire Straits) Legacy
Dire Straits Legacy is a band created by former Dire Straits guitarist Phil Palmer (Trevor Horn Band, Eric Clapton, worked with Cher). Several other former members of Dire Straits have been involved in the project. Trevor Horn has now joined the band on bass and backing vocals. The rest of the band are Palmer (guitar, vocals, musical director), Alan Clark (Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits, ex-Tina Turner; keys), Danny Cummings (ex-Dire Straits, ex-Mark Knopfler, ex-Tina Turner; percussion, vocals), Mel Collins (King Crimson, worked with Chris Squire, Eric Clapton; sax), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Marco Caviglia (vocals, guitar) and Primiano Di Biase (keys). Horn debuted with the band on their 6-date Brazilian tour in Jan 2018. Sets were 2.25 hours and included "Money for Nothing". Other pieces expected included "Tunnel of Love", "Walk of Life", "When It Comes to You", "You and Your Friend", and "On Every Street". The band played the Fronterizo Fest 2018, Tijuana, in Apr, and then FestivArts, Alberobello, Italy on 31 Jul, although I think that show may have been with a reduced line-up without Horn. They then play Bucharest, Romania on 15 Oct 2018, Helsinki, Finland on 3 Nov and 8 dates 20 Nov-5 Dec dates in Italy, with a set to include material from 3 Chord Trick (see immediately below).
The band, as just Legacy, also
have a new studio album, 3 Chord Trick (Forward
Music Italy), released at the end of Nov 2017. The line-up
on the album is listed as Clark (piano, keys, vocals,
orchestral arrangements), Palmer (guitars, vocals),
Caviglia (guitars, vocals), Ferrone (drums, percussion),
Cummings (percussion, vocals), Collins (sax), Horn (bass)
and Di Biase (accordion, additional keys), with additional
bass credits for Pino Palladino and James East. Recordings
began Nov 2016 at Ferrone's LA studio, with Clark, Palmer,
Ferrone, Palladino and (I think) Caviglia, and then
continued in Rome with others joining. Palmer explained in
2017 interview how Horn "came along towards the
end": Palmer was working with Horn (I'm unclear what
project that would be) and played Horn some of the songs,
Horn then asked to be involved. What tracks Horn played on
is unknown. Later in the interview, Horn said he played on
"a track or two", with Caviglia saying he played on "some
tracks". Palmer and Clark produced. Details
in Yescography. Tracks:
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Salvo released a 12" picture version of "Moments in Love" for Record Store Day 2017.Compilations/re-releases
Propaganda's A Secret Wish, which Horn co-mixed and performed on, was re-released in Jan 2018 through BMG on CD and LP, with the original track listings, which differ by format. There are new liner notes by Ian Peel, who has interviewed the band and producer Stephen Lipson.
Horn produced and played some keys on parts of Paul McCartney's 1989 solo album, Flowers in the Dirt. As is the whole of McCartney's solo discography, this received an expanded re-issue in Mar 2017 on MPL/Capitol/UMe. Tracks on the 2CD or 2LP Special Edition:
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|Horn co-produced and
performed on the Pet
Shop Boys' 2006 album Fundamental. The album
was re-released in the band's "Further Listening" series
through Rhino on 28 Jul 2017 with a remaster of the original
album and a bonus disc covering 2005-7.
The Pet Shop Boys re-issued their expanded, 2CD version of Introspective, also produced by Horn, on 2 Mar 2018.
Horn produced and played additional keys on Blackfied's "Oxygen" on 2011's Welcome to My DNA. The song is included on Blackfield's compilation Open Mind: The Best of Blackfield, due 18 Sep 2018 on CD and 2LP.
Horn has headed up the SPZ Group, the entertainment business which included two record labels, ZTT and Stiff Records; Perfect Songs (music publishing company); Music Bank (backline hire and rehearsal studio facilities); and The Workplace (a London business centre). However, ZTT, Stiff Records and Perfect Songs were sold to Universal Music Group in Dec 2017 (although some of Stiff Records' back catalogue is exempt from the deal). Horn said, "Jill [Sinclair, his wife who died in 2014] started Perfect Songs and ZTT in the 80's and I'm extremely proud of what she achieved. Lucian Grainge [Chairman and CEO of Universal] and Jill were really good friends so I'm pleased that these catalogs are going to Universal." Horn is managed by Sandy Dworniak. The new SARM Music Village in Ladbroke Grove, London officially opened in Apr 2015. The old Sarm Studios site is being re-developed: Horn and Crème did an April's fools about it here.
Horn's Sarm West Coast studios, where Yes among many recorded, burnt down on 6 Dec 2017 in the Californian wildfires. as Horn described in a tweet. In a Mar 2018 BBC Radio 5 interview, Horn said Sarm West is being developed into apartments.
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