Where are they now? - Trevor Horn
This page last updated: 11 Apr 2021
The show was filmed: in the Jan
2019 Facebook Q&A, Horn said that they are "still
editing at the moment" and then that he will "figure out what to
do with it".
The Trevor Horn Band were to play the three
Rewind festivals in 2020—all of these have been re-scheduled to
2021. They are now due to play Rewind Scotland
on 24 Jul 2021; Rewind
North, 7 Aug; and Rewind South, 21
Aug. They were then to play Copredy 2020:
this has also been re-scheduled to 2021, with the Band due to play
on 12 Aug 2020. They were also to open for Nile Rodgers & Chic
on 31 Jul 2020 in Swansea: this show has been re-scheduled to 30
Horn, with Alan Clark, performed at the 2020 Sunday for Sammy
charity show in Newcastle at the beginning of the year. A DVD
of the night was released 6 Aug 2020. It
made #1 in the UK music video chart and spent 18 weeks in the
They played a live show in Italy in Sep 2019, following a British
tour with 5 dates Jul-Aug 2019, with Matt Cardle (on 3 Jul dates)
and further guests. The band were Horn (bass, vocals), Clark
(keys), Ferrone (drums), Roberto
Angrisani (a.k.a. Kalon Rae, ex-The
Voice; vocals), Holmes-Smith (vocals), Chase
(vocals, cowbell), Palmer (electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
backing vocals), Creme (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals,
keys, bass), Bloor (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys),
Hinton (conducting, keys), Callum (tambourine, shaker, cowbell),
Sam (computers, shaker, tambourine) and a string section from The Music Agency,
led by Jamie
Hutchinson on violin, with 3 other violins (including John Dickinson), 2
violas, and 2 celli (including Miriam Wakeling). On the
second night, the guests were Cardle, Steve Hogarth, Danny
Cummings, Mick MacNeil and Russ Ballard
(ex-Argent). All apart from Cardle were at the first
night. Second night set:
On the first night, they also played "Take on Me" before "Money
for Nothing". Roberto appears to have sung the songs Cardle did on
the second night. My
review of the second night, in London, is here. Ryan
Molloy guested at the Nottingham show. The Trevor Horn Band played
Cornbury Festival on 5 Jul 2019, with a line-up including Ash Soan
(drums), Ryan Molloy and Creme, and a set including "Slave to the
Rhythm". Then they played Hampton on 12 Jul 2019, with Cardle.
In a Dec
2018 interview, Horn said, "I keep saying we should get the
Producers together and do a mini-tour". In a Feb
2021 interview, Chris Braide, an
original Producers members, said, "Every
couple of years I bump into Trevor [Horn]
and he will say, We should do a Producers
gig. [...] It's always like unfinished
business in a way. In some ways, the five of
us are secretly really keen to get back in a
room together. But maybe some things should
be left as a sort of a wish or dream or
The Buggles have intermittently reunited. In an Oct 2020 interview, Downes was asked about the possibility of a new Buggles album. He replied, "I was due to go see Trevor a couple of week ago [but didn't because of pandemic restrictions] [...] But we’ve had a few things in the past where we've assembled some ideas, so it's just really a question of when, when we can actually get together again." In a Feb 2021 interview (a joint interview with Chris Braide, the same as mentioned in the paragraph above), Downes said of The Buggles, "I'm in constant contact with Trevor, so that's work in progress." Asked to compare Yes, Asia and The Buggles in an Apr 2021 interview, Downes said, "all three are still going today [...] Not so much activity with The Buggles and Asia any more".
In the Jan
2019 Facebook Q&A, Horn said, "I'm gonna do another
Buggles track with Geoff. I don't know what. [...] We were
thinking of trying to get Seal to sing on it [...] The problem is
with Seal." In a 2 Feb 2019
interview, Horn said, "Geoffrey and I are meeting up next
month". He explained they are considering doing a new Buggles song
for the 40th anniversary of "Video Killed the Radio Star" in
autumn 2019. When someone tweeted
about this news, saying Horn and Downes will be recording in
Mar 2019, Downes re-tweeted them. Nothing emerged in late 2019
In a Nov
2019 interview, Downes said, "I've been doing some stuff
with Trevor... not a lot of stuff [...] but we've been touching on
a few bits and pieces". Downes tweeted
7 Oct 2019:
Very nice to have my old Buggles chum, Trevor H at my studio down here in S. Wales today working on some new stuff together. 40 years ago we had just entered the UK chart at #10 with our debut Video Killed... 👍🏻 Let’s have some more of that folks, eh? 😃
In 2016, there were plans for re-issues and possibly live
work, although the Sep 2016 issue of Prog quoted their
management as saying, "Nothing is set in stone." A new album also
appeared to be in the works, as well as a musical based on "Video
Killed the Radio Star" (see next subsection).
In Feb 2016, Geoff Downes tweeted,
"heading out to LA to do some work with my old chum, Trevor Horn.
#thebuggles". Later that month 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
in 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 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
later in 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".
by a fan after his Nov 2018 show whether they were doing a
third Buggles album, Horn said no, but then said he keeps calling
Downes about doing something, implying live shows that could, he
said, also include some Yes material. In a Jul
2019 interview, Downes said of Horn, "We've done a lit bit
of writing here and there. Nothing major, but, er, I think that
we're looking at re-visiting some of the ideas that we had, er,
even going back to the '70s [...] it's always on his mind, it's
always on my mind, that one day we will do something. [...] We've
talked about maybe going out later this year  [...] doing a
few one-offs here and there [...] we do get together sometimes and
put some bits and bobs together."
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
was described as saying an album of new material "can't be ruled
Prog also described 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." A report in Sep 2016 had
that Howe will appear on some of the album too, but that
he will probably only guest on selected tour dates. Horn
also did Fly
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
DSL* 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 are or were involved in the project. Trevor Horn joined the band on bass and backing vocals. The rest of the band has been Palmer (guitar, vocals, musical director), Alan Clark (Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits, ex-Tina Turner; keys), Mel Collins (King Crimson, worked with Dire Straits, Chris Squire, Eric Clapton; sax), Jack Sonni (worked with Dire Straits), Marco Caviglia (vocals, guitar), Primiano Di Biase (keys), Danny Cummings (ex-Dire Straits, ex-Mark Knopfler, ex-Tina Turner; percussion, vocals, replacing Steve Ferrone). The band played 2 Italian dates in Sep 2019 with Andy Hamilton (worked with Duran Duran, David Bowie, Radiohead; sax) sitting in for Collins, and Andy Treacey on drums. The band started touring in 2020 with a one-off show in Rome on 1 Mar 2020, with Collins back, Treacey on drums, but without Sonni; the set included a new song, "My Curly Mate", plus "Money for Nothing", "So Far Away", "Sultans of Swing", "Walk of Life" and material from 3 Chord Trick. The band played 3 Florida dates (4-7 Mar 2020). A fourth date went on sale but was cancelled. The set included "Owner of a Lonely Heart" sung by Horn. They were due to play the sold-out The 80s Cruise in Mar 2020, but that was cancelled because of COVID-19. Likewise, also off were 7 Brazil dates Mar/Apr and 4 Russian dates in Apr.
Musicals & soundtracks
Horn and "Video Killed the Radio Star" co-writer Bruce Woolley have, for a long time, been developing a musical, provisionally called The Robot Sings; Mar 2017 reports described it as in "early initial development", although in an Oct 2018 interview, Horn said that the pair had been working on the material much longer, explaining that the track "The Happy Worker", used on 1992's "Toys" soundtrack, comes from this project. This appears to be the project that the Sep 2016 issue of Prog called Mirrors on the Sea and indeed probably the project that Horn mentioned in a Yahoo chat in Oct 1999 ("I'm writing a musical [...] about Robots"). 2017 reporting had that the musical will feature "Video Killed the Radio Star" (which was by Woolley, Horn and Downes) and original music. Geoff Downes was contributing additional music, the script is by Jack Woolley, with graphic designer and illustrator Paul Sizer also involved. The story is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest: it entails a world where robots obediently serve humans and reflects the work of Brain Aldiss, JG Ballard and Isaac Asimov. An orphan, Jay, see his robot guardian shut down: his attempts to save her could lead to reconciliation between robots and humans, or to war. The 2018 interview was in Italian and has Horn saying:
Sono anni che tento di scriverlo, ma credo di non essere portato e porta via troppo tempo. A questo punto credo che non lo faremo più e che io e Bruce pubblicheremo un album con le canzoni che abbiamo composto. Uscirà a nome nostro… o qualcosa del genere.That is, Horn has been trying to write the musical for years and, at this point, he thinks that they will not do it as a musical, but that he and Woolley will do an album of the songs that have been composed.
Horn produced and mixed "It's So Hard" on Blackfield's For the Music (Warner), released 4 Dec 2020 on CD and LP. Details in Yescography. The album made #16 in the UK Progressive albums chart (Jan 2021).
Horn produced two new recordings by Clannad, "A Celtic Dream" and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes", which were released on their career-spanning collection In a Lifetime (BMG), out 13 Mar 2020. "A Celtic Dream" (video) is available digitally before the rest of the album. The collection is available in multiple formats: deluxe box set, 2LP, 2CD or 2CD media book.
In a joint Mar 2019 interview on ITV's Lorraine with Horn and Seal, the pair said they would work together again, although they gave no details.
In a Jan 2019 interview, Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout) said he had "a new project, a bunch of songs, that I plan to send to Trevor Horn." It is unknown whether Horn was expecting these.
In a Prog magazine podcast (Jun 2014), Chris Squire said, "I was actually with Trevor Horn yesterday, doing a little bit of work in his studio", but it is not known for what project this was.
The first track combines the other songs.
Horn is managed by Sandy Dworniak.
On BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on 24 Oct 2018 (hosted by Sara Cox), Horn said, "I was thinking about" writing an autobiography.
Horn and Alan Clark appeared in episode 1 of Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music, broadcast Jan 2020 on BBC4. The trio rehearsed and discussed "Relax", as can be seen in this clip.
Any news, additions or corrections, please e-mail Henry Potts. Thanks.