Where are they now? - Others associated with Yes

Where are they now? - Others associated with Yes
(in alphabetical order)

This page last updated: 2 Dec 2020
 
YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson Rabin Wakeman
Others associated with the band

On this page:  Mabel Greer's Toy Shop - Damion Anderson - Deborah Anderson - Jade (Anderson) Hawkins - Tony Anderson - Clive Bayley - Jeff Berlin - Tom Brislin - Matt Clifford - Julian Colbeck - Roger Dean - Francis Dunnery - Jonathan EliasDavid Foster - Bruce Gowdy - Larry Groupé - Jimmy Haun - Aaron Horn - Iain Hornal - Dylan Howe - Zoë Street Howe - JJ Jeczalik - Eddie Jobson - Sidonie Jordan - Gary Langan - Alex Lasarenko - Tony Levin - Milton McDonald - Frank Macchia - Mark Mancina - Lou Molino - Eddie Offord - Lee Pomeroy - Steve Porcaro - Graham Preskett - Alex Proyce - Ryan Rabin - Randy Raine-Reusch - Bobby Sherwood - Jay Schellen - Michael Sherwood - Phyllis SherwoodPete Sinfield - Nikki Squire - Vangelis - Adam Wakeman - Benjamin Wakeman - Jemma Wakeman - Tim Weidner - Steven Wilson - Casey Young



Mabel Greer's Toyshop - Facebook

News on the main page.



Damion Anderson - Jon's son. SoundCloud; MySpace page

Damion has several songs available on his SoundCloud account.

In a Jun 2011 interview, Jon said he was writing material with Damion: see under Jon Anderson for details.



Deborah Anderson - Jon's daughter; backing vocals on ABWH. MySpace page; Deborah Anderson Photography; Twitter; Facebook

Deborah has made "Women of the White Buffalo" (89 minutes; trailer; Twitter), a feature documentary film about the Lakota women living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, narrated by Rita Coolidge. Deborah directed and edited, with the screenplay by her and Charlotte Chatton (Brian Chatton's daughter). The film was produced by Deborah Anderson, Adam Schomer and Kumiko Hayashi, and co-produced by Rachelle Garzia and Chatton. The associate producer was Carol Iron Rope. Matthew Rebula is credited as an associate producer and co-producer. Executive producers were Eve Ensler ("The Vagina Monologues"), Julian Lennon (son of John Lennon), Ian McNeel, Tamara Mellon (co-founder of Jimmy Choo), Angus Mitchell ("The Highest Pass"), Lehka Singh and Christopher Stone.

The film premièred 14 Nov 2019 in Beverly Hills, at the 24th Red Nation International Film Festival. It won Best Documentary Feature. Deborah won Best Director Feature Documentary at the 2019 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the 2020 Native Women in Film Festival. At the 2020 Idyllwild International festival of Cinema, the awards won were for Best Director Feature Documentary, Best Feature Documentary, the Golden Era Humanitarian Award and the Summerhawk Native American Award.

Deborah Anderson is crowdfunding a streaming release for the film on Facebook. Dad Jon Anderson wrote the theme song, which he reportedly sings with Delacina Chief Eagle. There is a video on Jon's YouTube channel entitled "White Buffalo", uploaded Feb 2020, but that's with only him singing. Deborah said, "His voice is also featured throughout this important documentary film." The score was by Jennie Muskett (scored Spooks).

She previously exhibited photos of the project at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, in Jun 2018, and then at the New York Soho Leica Gallery from Mar 2020.

Deborah continues to do photography for her father. She did various promo shots for him, including of Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman rehearsals for the tour book and for his 1000 Hands project. She has also done videos for the Anderson/Stolt release, Invention of Knowledge and, according Jon, to also involve music from Trevor Rabin: see here for more. In early 2020, she described on Facebook doing promo photos for Julian Lennon.






Jade Hawkins (née Anderson) - Jon's daughter. MySpace page; YouTube page; Twitter; Official website (Japan)

In 2016, Jade (piano, vocals) and Eduardo del Signore (worked with Jon Anderson) performed a piece together at Pepperdine University, CA as part of del Signore's A Call 2 Peace concert.

Jade has been working as an actress and model. She had been working on a documentary project entitled "The Divine9 Project".

Clive Bayley - co-wrote "Beyond & Before" and "Sweetness" as a member of Mabel Greer's Toyshop

Bayley and keyboardist Max Hunt (ex-Yes tribute band Fragile, worked with Jon Anderson, Fish) have been working together in the reunited Mabel Greer's Toyshop. On 13 Jun 2020, they released the 10-track digital album Whispers as a duo; a CD release is to follow. Music was by Bayley/Hunt, lyrics by Bayley. Bayley sang and played acoustic & electric guitars and bass. Hunt provided keys, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, backing vocals, accordion, drums, percussion, rhythm loops and samples. Jürgen Linkis on drums. The album was engineered, mixed & mastered by Hunt, and produced by Hunt/Bayley.

Bayley also guests on vocals on 2 tracks of Golden Fragments, the first original album by Fragile, formerly a Yes tribute band. The band consists of Hunt (keys, bass, guitar, percussion, vocals), Claire Hamill (worked with Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Alan White, Jon & Vangelis, John Martyn; vocals), Oliver Day (worked with John Holden; guitars) and Russ Wilson (drums, percussion).


Jeff Berlin - bass on An Evening of Yes Music Plus. Homepage; Facebook

Berlin has been seeking to crowdsource a Jack Bruce tribute album, Songs for a Wailer. 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."

Berlin runs The Players School of Music in Florida.

Tom Brislin - keys on YesSymphonic tour. Twitter

Brislin is in Kansas and has been touring with them since 2019, beginning with the Rock Legends Cruise in Feb. In an early Feb 2019 interview, he reported having just done his first rehearsal with the band. He went on to say that "I'm an official member of Kansas, so my contributions to sound and songwriting are encouraged. We will record the next Kansas album this summer, aiming for a 2020 release." The Absence of Presence (InsideOut Music) was due 26 Jun 2020, but was then delayed to 17 Jul. The rest of the band is Phil Ehart (drums, percussion), Rich Williams (guitar), Billy Greer (bass, vocals), David Ragsdale (violin, backing vocals), Ronnie Platt (vocals) and Zak (Zarak) Rizvi (4Front; guitar, backing vocals). The album was produced by Rizvi and co-produced by Ehart/Williams. It has been released as a limited edition CD + Blu-Ray Artbook (with 5.1 surround sound mix & Hi-Res Stereo), a Special Edition CD Digipak, a gatefold 2LP + CD (with etching on side D), and digitally. Tracks:


  1. "The Absence of Presence" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Brislin/Ehart] (8:22)
  2. "Throwing Mountains" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Brislin/Ehart] (6:18), video
  3. "Jets Overhead" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Brislin] (5:17), video
  4. "Propulsion 1" [Brislin] (2:17)
  5. "Memories Down the Line" [Brislin] (4:38), lyric video; interview with Brislin
  6. "Circus of Illusion" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Platt] (5:19)
  7. "Animals on the Roof" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Brislin/Ehart] (5:12)
  8. "Never" [mus: Rizvi; lyr: Platt/Ehart] (4:50)
  9. "The Song the River Sang" [Brislin] (5:05)

Recording was taking place in Aug-Oct 2019, with Brislin on keys and vocals. Rizvi was the main composer. At the time Brislin joined Kansas, Rizvi had already done 6 (instrumental) demos for the album. The album includes four pieces from Rizvi but with lyrics by or largely by Brislin—"Throwing Mountains" (title and lyric ideas by Ehart), "The Absence of Presence" (title and lyrical concept by Ehart), "Jets Overhead" and "Animals on the Roof"—while "Memories Down the Line" and "The Song the River Sang" are complete songs Brislin wrote for the band. Brislin also composed the instrumental "Propulsion 1", where he drew on ideas he had before joining Kansas. Platt is the main vocalist on the album, but Brislin sings lead on "The Song the River Sang" and provides backing vocals for much of the album. Brislin did an intro video announcing the album.

The album made #4 in Switzerland, #7 in Germany, #34 in Austria, #39 in Finland, #44 in Wallonia (Belgium), #50 in the Netherlands, #51 in Sweden, #79 in Spain, and #133 in France. In the UK, it made #2 in the Rock chart (30 Jul; falling to #20 the following week) and #39 in Scotland (30 Jul; falling out of the top 100 the following week). In the US, it made #10 on the Current Album chart, and #4 in the Rock chart.

The band have extensive tour plans, although much of their 2020 touring has been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mar 2020 touring was cancelled. The band are due to play 3 US dates, 20 Jun-5 Jul 2020. They were to join Foreigner and Europe on the Juke Box Heroes North American tour 9 Jul-13 Sep, but these were cancelled. They are still advertising 7 solo US dates 17 Sep-9 Oct. They were then to play 13 European dates 18 Oct-10 Nov 2020, but these have been postponed to 12 Oct-4 Nov 2021. They remain due to play US dates 30 Nov-19 Dec 2020, plus there are 3 US dates announced for 2021.

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Brislin wrote and recorded "Sanitize Your Phone and Remote Control", released 16 Mar 2020 on Bandcamp, with an accompanying music video.

In a May 2020 interview, Brislin said he was writing a lot during the COVID-19 lockdown, which might be for various different projects. He mooted the possibility of another solo album. He has also been teaching.

Brislin plays a 28 Nov 2020 virtual concert as part of the ProgStock Presents Moogvember Concert Series benefiting the Bob Moog Foundation (support from Rachel Flowers and Ad Astra).

Brislin was at the 2018 ProgStock Festival, Oct 2018 in New Jersey, with his new band called Gold Rotation, consisting of himself (keys, vocals), Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance; guitar, bass, vocals), Daniel McGowan (The Tea Club; guitar, vocals), Rajendra Sharma (ex-Spiraling; drums) and David Anthony (percussion). Set: "Stuff You Would Not Understand" (from his solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses), "Your Favorite Day" (Hurry Up...), "Titan" (probably a new piece), "Industry in the Distance" (Hurry Up...), "They Know My Name" (originally released by The Sea Within; solo piano), "Liftoff" (Hurry Up...; solo piano), "When You Told Me Not to Go" (Hurry Up...; solo piano), "Wind Him Up" (originally by Saga; with Michael Sadler), "Hurry Up and Smell the Roses" (Hurry Up...), "I Hold a Candle" (Hurry Up...), "Microphone" (Hurry Up...). In his 2019 new year's message, Brislin said the band would be writing and recording in 2019. In the Feb 2019 interview, he said, "There's a lot of writing on the agenda, and we aim to start recording in the coming months."

Brislin was one of two keyboardists on Invention of Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings): see under Anderson for details. Brislin (keys, backing vocals) also joined Stolt (guitars, backing vocals, keys) in The Sea Within (Twitter), which includes two more performers who were on Invention of Knowledge, Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Steve Hackett, Karmakanic, worked with The Syn; bass) and Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation, Transatlantic, ex-The Flower Kings; vocals, guitar), plus Marco Minnemann (Levin Minnemann Rudess, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally, In Continuum, worked with Eddie Jobson, UK, Trey Gunn, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani; drums, percussion, guitar, backing vocals). Their debut album, also called The Sea Within (details in Yescography), was released Jun 2018. Anderson guested on 1 song. Tracks—disc 1:

  1. "Ashes of Dawn" [mus: Reingold/Stolt; lyr: Stolt/Reingold] (5:59)
  2. "They Know My Name" [Brislin] (5:09), originally worked on for Hurry Up and Smell the Roses
  3. "The Void" [mus: Reingold/Stolt; lyr: Stolt] (4:53)
  4. "An Eye for an Eye for an Eye" [Minnemann] (7:01)
  5. "Goodbye" [Reingold/Stolt/Brislin/Gildenlöw/Minnemann] (5:31)
  6. "Sea Without" [Stolt] (2:23)
  7. "Broken Cord" [mus: Stolt/Minnemann; lyr: Stolt] (14:10), with Anderson (backing vocals)
  8. "The Hiding of the Truth" [Stolt] (5:35)

Disc 2:

  1. "The Roaring Silence" [mus: Stolt/Brislin; lyr: Stolt] (8:04)
  2. "Where are You Going?" [Brislin/Gildenlöw] (5:54)
  3. "Time" [mus: Reingold/Stolt/Gildenlöw/Brislin/Minnemann; lyr: Stolt/Gildenlöw] (7:18)
  4. "Denise" [mus: Reingold/Gildenlöw; lyr: Reingold/Stolt/Gildenlöw] (5:16)


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Gildenlöw withdrew from the band before live work; the band have played live thrice. There was a Jul 2018 show at the Night of the Prog festival, Loreley, Germany, with Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Transatlantic) subbing for Reingold, who was otherwise committed. They played twice on the Cruise to the Edge 2019, with Stolt, Reingold, Brislin, Minnemann and Casey McPherson (Flying Colors). The band were already considering a second album, according to Stolt in a May 2018 interview, based around an expected core of Stolt, McPherson, Reingold, Brislin and Minnemann, with Gildenlöw possibly just guesting. When he was asked about more touring in his Feb 2019 interview, Brislin noted, "With my new position in Kansas, Jonas playing bass for Steve Hackett, and a new iteration of the Flower Kings, we're going to put our heads together to see where the Sea Within fits in to everything. We all believe that there's a lot of potential yet to explore."

In a Feb 2020 interview, asked about his activities for the year, Stolt said, "if God will there may be another The Sea Within-album". In an Oct 2020 interview with Yes Music Podcast, Stolt said:

There was plans last year. We were all on the boat [...] We had a kind of a band meeting and we were talking about, ‘OK, shall we try make something next year, and shall we try write some songs etc.?’ But I think pretty much it stopped there and I don’t know if it has anything to do with the corona or band members being busy with other stuff, but I’m thinking, I mean, now we have this situation where no-one really can go out and play [...] There should be time, but I think probably the reality is that we have so many other things to do, so it’s just sitting there, waiting to be made, but I can’t tell really when.

In his May 2018 Yes Music Podcast interview, Brislin said he and Jon Anderson have been and are looking for further ways to work together. Likewise, in this Jul 2018 interview, he said, "Jon Anderson and I had been talking about ways to work together ever since my tours with Yes in 2001."

Transmitter, by Brislin's former band Spiraling, was re-released on 3 Jul 2020, having been out of print for some time.

The Backstage is a new band consisting of Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Anderson/Stolt, The Sea Within, Karmakanic, worked with The Syn), Craig Blundell (works with Steven Wilson; drums) and Rob Townsend, all of whom play with Steve Hackett. Their 10-track debut album, Isolation, recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, came out 25 Sep. Guests include Brislin, Hackett, Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann (In Continuum), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, The Sea Within, Anderson/Stolt), Luke Machin, Andy Tillison (The Tangent), Roger King (works with Steve Hackett, ex-Squackett) and Lalle Larson. Tracks: "Some Skunk Blues", "Swag", "Stones and Pebbles", "Distancing", "31 Ways to Lose Your Lover", "All the Things You Were", "Can I Have Your Number?", "Isolation", "Yuff Market", "Covid Nights". Brislin plays on "Stones and Pebbles", also with McStine and Mastelotto.


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Matt Clifford - additional keys on ABWH

Clifford wrote and performed the theme for the second series of the Top Gear spin-off, The Grand Tour.


Julian Colbeck - additional keys live with ABWH

Colbeck is CEO of Keyfax music production company.  He co-wrote the Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording book and video series.




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Roger Dean - cover artist. Homepage

Dean's recent album art includes Yes's The Royal Affair Tour and The Flower Kings' Islands (both out Oct 2020). The cover for Islands was an existing piece of art that Dean had when the band approached him. (The Flower Kings' Roine Stolt has also been working with Jon Anderson and Tom Brislin.) Forthcoming work will be for albums from the Downes Braide Association, Yes and Asia. Dean has been doing regular videos of his painting live or Q&As.

Dean is exhibiting at Trading Boundaries again this year, 1 Nov-31 Dec (not Mondays or Tuesdays or Xmas/Boxing Day).

In an Aug 2020 interview, Dean said, "what I've spent most time doing this year is on the phone and presentations. What I expect to spend the most time doing for the rest of the year is working on architectural projects and close on the heels of that, a story with interactive elements in it. This is a virtual project but the architecture is meant to be completely for-real. It will be all curvilinear with spires and all the things you would associate with my work."

He has been working on Henk Rogers' moonbase project, with a prototype to be built in Hawaii. He continues to work on his film project, "Floating Islands"—details on main page. He also talked about making a film to show people how we could live in the future in this Feb 2018 YouTube video.


Francis Dunnery - backing vocals on ABWH. Official website

Francis Dunnery continues to record and tour as a solo artist.

Dunnery has also been working with Dave Kerzner (Sonic Reality, working with Simon Collins, Billy Sherwood, Steve Hackett, worked with Steven Wilson, Jon Anderson, ex-Giraffe) on the Sonic Elements projects—see details on the main page.



Jonathan Elias - producer, composer, additional keyboards and vocals on Union. EliasArts; EliasArts profile; MySpace page; MySpace page for EliasArts

Elias and Jon Anderson were working together further, although the project appears to have stalled: see under Anderson. Elias was also working on an album with Yungchen Lhamo (who appeared on his Prayer Cycle: Path to Zero).

Elias continues to work with Jimmy Haun. Haun and Elias were working with singer Lindsey Haun (Jimmy's daughter). Elias continues to do music for various adverts and films.


David Foster - additional guitar on Time and a Word. Official website

On 3 Nov 2017, Yes announced that David Foster had died.

Foster's autobiography, "Yours is No Disgrace", was expected at some point from his webpage.



Bruce Gowdy - guitar with Squire/Sherwood/White/Kaye before Union.

Gowdy is in Unruly Child (Facebook, Twitter), whose latest album was Big Blue World (Frontiers); tracks:
  1. "Living in Someone Else's Dream", lyric video on YouTube
  2. "All Over the World"
  3. "Dirty Little Girl"
  4. "Breaking the Chains"
  5. "Are These Words Enough"
  6. "Will We Give Up Today", video
  7. "Beneath a Steady Rain"
  8. "The Harder They will Fall"
  9. "Down and Dirty"
  10. "The Hard Way", YouTube stream

The band consists of Bruce Gowdy (guitars, bass, keys, vocals), Guy Allison (ex-World Trade, ex-Lodgic; keys, percussion, vocals), Marcie Michelle Free (ex-King Kobra; lead vocals), Jay Schellen (World Trade, working with Yes; drums) and Larry Antonio (bass, vocals). Lyrics were mostly by Allison and Betsy Summers.


Larry Groupé - orchestral arrangements/conducting on Magnification/YesSymphonic. Official website; Current projects

Groupé writes music for film, TV, CD-ROMs etc. He did the score for "The Outpost", the film drama directed by Rod Lurie. There is a limited edition CD (1000 copies) and digital release of the score album, The Outpost (La-La Land Records, LLLCD 1537), with 17 tracks and a 43:22 duration. The album includes the endtitles song "Everybody Cries", performed by Rita Wilson. It was produced by Groupé, Steven Wayne Thomas and Dan Goldwasser, and mastered by James Nelson. Tracks:
  1. "Dopple Drop" (1:08)
  2. "Shura" (3:55)
  3. "Too Many Mountains" (2:01)
  4. "Don't Argue & Fight" (2:21)
  5. "Phone Home" (1:54)
  6. "Run!" (1:19)
  7. "Guess Who's Here" (2:54)
  8. "Sniper" (1:44)
  9. "Keating Dies" (2:25)
  10. "Wrong Coordinates" (2:18)
  11. "Portis Surveys" (3:45)
  12. "Not Today" (2:03)
  13. "Get Radical" (2:08)
  14. "Apaches Arrive" (1:47)
  15. "Theme for the Rank and File" (3:49)
  16. "Everybody Cries" (3:12)
  17. "The Outpost – Fade to Black" (4:39)


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Jimmy Haun - guitar on the ABWH component of Union. MySpace page; EliasArts profile; Webpage

Haun is in Arc of Life with Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Jay Schellen and Dave Kerzner (In Continuum, Mantra Vega, worked with Francis Dunnery, Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Genesis, ex-Giraffe).

In a Mar 2020 interview, Haun described multiple projects:

He also said that he and Billy Sherwood had talked about re-recording some Lodgic material.

More generally, he continues to do music for adverts, TV and film as a freelancer. He stills works with Jonathan Elias.

Several years ago, Haun wrote some material with Noella Hutton that she is now recording on a new album.




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Aaron Horn, a.k.a. Aaron Audio - Trevor's son. Website; MySpace page; Twitter; Tumblr

CRT CLSSX (Crate Classics) (SoundCloud) is a project from Aaron Horn and Jamie Rodigan (SoundCloud). They produced Iotosh's "Reasons" (available on Soundcloud), released 27 Jul 2019. They have also produced "Nah Stop" by Levi ft. Iotosh & Indie, which was due 29 May 2020

They produced Big Zeeks' single "FTP (For the Paper)", which was due at the end of 2019. They also did a remix of Desmond Dekker's "Israelites" for Trojan Records (lyric video on YouTube). They produced "Mistake Too" (YouTube audio) for Bella Blair, now out; tracks: "Mistake Too" (3:01), "Mistake Too (Instrumental)" (3:01).

Aaron co-wrote "Human Nature" on the 2018 album Time to be Alive from Matt Cardle (former The X Factor winner), who also works with the Trevor Horn Band (following Aaron doing introductions). The album made #28 in the UK.

Aaron started a new venture, the Oat Milk café (Twitter; Facebook) in Camden Town, London, in 2015. A creative hub with its own recording space, the vegetarian café is decorated with vintage equipment from Sarm Studios, which Aaron also helps to run.



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Ally (Alexandra) Horn - Trevor's daughter. Twitter

Ally and dad Trevor's PA, Suzanne, have a band together called The Hornettes.

She has been managing director of SPZ.


Will Horn - Trevor's son

Will said in a Feb 2017 interview that he was writing a memoir about being transgendered.


Iain Hornal - bass in Yes feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman. Website; Facebook; Twitter

Hornal works with Jeff Lynne's ELO (see details under Lee Pomeroy, with whom he plays), 10cc and sings in the Gentle Giant spin-off band, Three Friends.

He has been working on a crowdfunded solo album.

His Feb 2017 debut album was the 11-track The Game Begins with the Lights Out, released digitally, on CD and LP. Guests included Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Matt Berry, Anna Krantz, Dan Gillespie-Sells (The Feeling), Ciaran Jeremiah (The Feeling) and, on the same track "Say the Word", Graham Gouldman (10cc) and Kevin Godley (ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Trevor Horn).



Dylan Howe - Steve's son; touring with Yes in 2017. Official Website; Twitter; Bandcamp

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. They have UK tour dates 4-27 Feb 2021 and 23 Apr-1 May 2021.

In a podcast released Mar 2020, but recorded seemingly in mid-2017, Howe talked about "preparing" to do some original work as a solo artist/bandleader.

Tim Bowness' Flowers at the Scene (InsideOut Music), out Mar 2019, was an 11-track album including Dylan Howe on drums. Other guests included Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Andy Partridge (ex-XTC, worked with Billy Sherwood), Kevin Godley (ex-10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), David Longdon (Big Big Train, worked with Downes Braide Association), and Tom Atherton (drums). The album was mixed by Steven Wilson. It was the 10th best selling album through Burning Shed of 2019.

Dylan and Ross Stanley have continued in the Steve Howe Trio. Their latest album, New Frontier, is now out: see under Steve Howe for details. Dylan also played drums on Steve's solo album, Love Is: see under Steve Howe for details.



Zoë Howe - Steve's daughter-in-law; Dylan's wife; Homepage; Blog; YouTube, Twitter

Zoë Howe works as a music journalist, author, radio DJ and drummer.

"Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche" is a new documentary feature film about the late singer Poly Styrene (ex-X-Ray Spex) made by Z Howe, director Paul Sng and Poly's daughter, Celeste Bell. There is an accompanying book, "Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story" by Bell and Howe. Nov 2020 also saw a new edition of her "Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits" (Omnibus Press) with a new afterword.


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JJ Jeczalik - programming on 90125

See under Gary Langan.


Eddie Jobson - briefly joined Yes before the release of 90125. Homepage; Official Facebook fan page; Zealots Lounge

In Oct 2017, Jobson announced his retirement from live performance. He described his lack of activity over the previous six months, saying "reasons for this are too copious to enumerate here, but they do include being injured in a fall; then being involved in a high-speed car crash on a Los Angeles freeway (I have been in therapy for my back for the past four months); and, in the past year [2016] alone, dealing with the deaths of nine (yes, nine) close friends, colleagues and family members." He continued, "This and other business factors have led me to some significant decisions, the first of which is that I am permanently retiring from live concert touring. [...] A second decision [...] is to sell my house and studio, leave Los Angeles and move back to New York." He also explained that, "I am not disengaging from music, just gracefully transitioning into my retirement years. The coming weeks and months will see the complete delivery of the piano improvs, along with a video of each, as well as work on some legacy compilations and a possible vinyl release. [...] 2018 will see a complete restructuring of Globe Music [...] and the Zealots Lounge". However, late May 2018, he announced:
Due to persistent demand since announcing my retirement from concert touring, I have decided to perform a one-off concert with a full band on October 7 [2018] - headlining the last night of ProgStock 2018 [...] I shall be playing the music of ‘UK’ with a virtuoso lineup of players
The band was with Marc Bonilla (ex-Keith Emerson Band; bass, vocals), Alex Machacek (guitar), Thomas Lang (drums). They headlined the last day of the festival. Earlier in the day, he also did a masterclass and Q&A. In the evening, he said this would likely be his last live performance.

The piano improvisations were recorded in 2016 using a crowdfunding model (YouTube preview here).

Jobson's Live is a limited edition 2CD compilation of remixed/remastered live work with U-Z and solo, due 28 Aug 2020. Recordings are from shows in Poland, Russia, Japan and the US, including the Ultimate Zero tour in 2009, the U-Z shows with John Wetton, the Four Decades show in Japan (2013), and the last U-Z performance at CalProg (22 Jun 2010). Also performing were Simon Phillips, Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann (In Continuum), Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson), Billy Sheehan, John Wetton (ex-Asia, ex-King Crimson, ex-UK), Marc Bonilla, Alex Machacek, Mike Mangini, Greg Howe, TJ Helmerich and Ric Fierabracci. Tracks—CD1:

1. "Alaska"
2. "The Only Thing She Needs"
3. "Awakening"
4. "Nevermore"
5. "Rendezvous 6:02"
6. "Ice Festival"
7. "Theme of Secrets"
8. "Prelude"   
9. "Presto Piano"
10. "In the Dead of Night"
11. "By the Light of Day"
12. "Presto Vivace"
13. "In the Dead of Night - Reprise"
CD2:
1. "Announcement (EJ)"
2. "Bitches Crystal"
3. "Violin/Stick Duo"
4. "Red"
5. "Carrying No Cross"
6. "Starless"
7. "Caesar's Palace Blues"   
8. "Forever Until Sunday"


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Some of the material appears to come from Ultimate Zero Tour - Live, released 2010, and Four Decades, released 2015. However, other material may be previously unreleased.

1971-1979 The Band Years (Globe Music Media) was released Oct 2018; details in Yescography. CD1
  1. "Spanish Dream" [Jobson], live synth solo from a 1971 Fat Grapple show
  2. "Metamorphosis" [mus: Jobson; lyr: Kristina], from Curved Air's Air Cut
  3. "Armin" [Jobson/Wedgwood/Kirby/Russell], from Air Cut
  4. "On a Still Night" [Jobson], 1976 b-side to "Yesterday Boulevard" by Eddie Jobson; with Simon Phillips (ex-Asia; drums)
  5. "Yesterday Boulevard" [Jobson], 1976 single by Eddie Jobson
  6. "As the World Turns" [Ferry/Jobson], 1977 b-side to Bryan Ferry's "This is Tomorrow"; with Robert Fripp (King Crimson; guitar)
  7. "She Sells" [Ferry/Jobson], from Roxy Music's Siren
  8. "A Song for Europe" [Ferry/Mackay], from Roxy Music's Stranded
  9. "Out of the Blue" [Ferry/Manzanera], from Roxy Music's Country Life
  10. "Läther" [Zappa], live recording with Frank Zappa, probably from Zappa in New York (where it was first called "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth")
  11. "In the Dead of Night" [Jobson/Wetton], from UK's UK
  12. "By the Light of Day" [Jobson/Wetton], from UK
  13. "Presto Vivace & Reprise" [Jobson], from UK
CD2:
  1. "Alaska" [Jobson], from UK
  2. "Time to Kill" [Jobson/Wetton/Bruford], from UK
  3. "Nevermore" [Holdsworth/Jobson/Wetton], from UK
  4. "Danger Money" [Jobson/Wetton], from UK's Danger Money
  5. "The Only Thing She Needs" [Jobson/Wetton], from Danger Money
  6. "Rendezvous 6:02" [Jobson/Wetton], from Danger Money
  7. "Caesar's Palace Blues" [Jobson/Wetton], from Danger Money
  8. "Carrying No Cross" [Jobson/Wetton], from Danger Money


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The liner notes of this album announced subsequent releases:
1980-1989 The Solo Years
1990-1999 The Scoring Years
2000-2009 The Eclectic Years
2010-2019 The Retrospective Years
Jobson re-released his two '80s solo albums, The Green Album and Theme of Secrets, together as a 3-disc (2CD/1Bluray) release. The Green Album/Theme of Secrets (GMM9190-2) comes with a 7-page booklet with extensive liner notes. The release came 7th in the Reissue category of Prog magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll.

He had previously talked of writing some new music. Around Aug 2012, he said on his Zealots Lounge website that, "I am ready to make some new music and implement some new ideas for UKZ." However, he then announced in an autumn 2012 update that:
mainly to do with time and the availability of others, it has become clear that I will be unable to produce any new music for UKZ before the scheduled [...] tours in late March [2013].
A Dec 2013 Facebook update talked of Jobson's plans for 2014 including "an eye toward creating new music." New UKZ music did not appear.

Jobson performed at a Keith Emerson tribute show on 28 May 2016 in Los Angeles, CA, organised, produced and arranged by Marc Bonilla. Other performers included Bonilla, Steve Porcaro (Toto, worked with Yes), Steve Lukather (Toto), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Vinnie Colaiuta (ex-Asia, worked with Frank Zappa), Rachel Flowers and many others. There is a 3-disc release, "The Keith Emerson Tribute Concert" (Cherry Red), due 21 Mar 2021 with a Blu-ray video of the concert + 2CD of the audio. Proceeds go to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Mixing was by Keith Wechsler (worked with ELP). All video editing had been completed by Mar 2017. The film was premiered on 16 Jan 2020 in Huntington Beach, CA.

UK
There was an abortive UK reunion project entitled Legacy. This project began life under the UK name, but then became a Jobson solo project, before being abandoned. Bill Bruford (percussion), Tony Levin (bass), Francis Dunnery, Steve Hackett and others, guested on 1999 recording sessions. While initially involved, Wetton ceased to be part of the project early on, with Aaron Lippert (UKZ) planned to replace him on vocals. Jobson described the concept: "We have taken on the daunting subject of the aftermath of Communism, or of any despotic regime, and the will of the people to survive." In Nov 2006, Jobson said:
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.

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.

And:

But, truth be told... I ran out of steam. At some point, I'll see what I can retrieve.

Let me take this time to apologize to those who did support the project (for whatever length of time), for the disappointment of those anticipating its release, and even to John for my aiming too high and taking too long.


Asked in an Aug 2009 interview about whether we will ever see or hear the project, Jobson said:

I don’t know is the answer to that. I don’t just do things to get it out there and to try and sell records. I do things [...] to continue developing, exploring, learning and growing and trying to be an artist. [...] it gets to the point where I have to ask myself how cost effective is it for me to sit, for even just two months, and pull all this stuff together to try and make something out of it when the music is fifteen or twenty years old and I've kind of moved on to other things. Even though it's interesting how many people are going to bother to buy it? Shouldn't my time be more focused on moving forward? So that’s where I get to a lot.

Having said that some of this footage should probably come out at some point because it's really cool [laughs].


He also said, "I've also got tons of film footage of everybody recording as well. Stuff nobody has even seen. I've got Tony Levin, Bruford, the choir and everybody." To a fan after the 23 Apr 2011 UK show, Jobson said the Legacy material would not be released as an album, but that he is likely to use bits from it, commenting that he had some interesting pieces with Bruford and Hackett. In an Aug 2011 interview, he said:

The process of creating is where my passion is; it is not necessary for me to actually have other people hear it. [...] I worked on the “Legacy” album for years, on and off, and at some point I felt I had got out what I needed to get out of it and I didn’t feel the need anymore to finish it. I had learnt a lot, I had some wonderful experiences, and that had been quite enough for me: going around the world to make it, conducting the Prague Philharmonic, working with the “Bulgarian Women” in a cathedral, singing my music; working in New York with Tony Levin; working in Peter Gabriel’s studio with Steve Hackett and Bill Bruford, filming everything as well – so I had even been learning about video and documentary making. [...]

I’d even written some Bulgarian poems in the archaic style of Bulgarian folk poetry. It led to me working with a professor of Balkan poetry from the university of Boston to create the poems for the Bulgarian choir to sing. People keep asking me ‘why don’t you release it’ or ‘will you ever release it’? The answer is NO, I won’t release it because I never took it to the final stage, the mechanical stage: sequencing the album, mixing everything, making a design for the album cover and getting it all manufactured, making deals with distributors, publishing companies, getting the albums in the shops, you know, that kind of stuff for me is fairly tedious.


Three tracks from Legacy did appear on Voices of Life, the Bulgarian Women's Choir's compilation—details in Yescography.

Archival/online/re-releases
In the 1980s, Jobson worked on a follow-up to his 1983 The Green Album, to be called The Pink Album, but the project was never finished. To a fan after an Apr 2011 UK show, Jobson said he had plans to release the album. Further bits and bobs from Jobson's career have been released through the Zealots Lounge.



Jobson is also on Bryan Ferry's Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 (BMG), released 7 Feb 2020. The album was as high at #9 on UK Amazon (#2 in Classic British Rock; #7 in Pop) and #178 on US Amazon (10 Feb). Tracks:

  1. "Sympathy for the Devil" (5:12)
  2. "I Love How You Love Me" (2:56)
  3. "Baby I Don't Care" (1:47)
  4. "It's My Party" (2:03)
  5. "Don't Worry Baby" (3:33)
  6. "Another Time, Another Place" (4:30)
  7. "Fingerpoppin'" (2:23)
  8. "The Tracks of My Tears" (2:39)
  9. "You Won't See Me" (2:41)
  10. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (2:42)
  11. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" (4:24)
  12. "A Really Good Time" (3:44)
  13. "The 'In' Crowd" (4:08)
  14. "These Foolish Things" (5:59)

Others in the band included John Wetton and Paul Thompson. This is not the full evening's performance, omitting "Help Me Make It Through the Night" among others.

Jobson played on Curved Air's 1973 album Air Cut. This is included in the 4CD clamshell box set The Albums 1970-1973 (Esoteric), due 29 Jan 2021.



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Sidonie Jordan - Peter Banks' ex-wife, a.k.a. Sydney Foxx

Jordan is still performing. In an interview around Jan 2018, she described her current activities:

I am currently working with a very talented artist/producer/engineer named "Cade Roberts" in Oklahoma for TV and movie sync deals. We are also producing a track together for a wonderful Americana/Alt Country artist named "Edan Archer," and I hope to do more tracks with her and keep working with Cade. I also hope to continue working with Jez Larder from Skyline Studios in the UK, who I have worked with on and off for over 15 years.

[...]

I am planning a track with my old studio mate Ric Parnell from Atomic Rooster/Spinal Tap and am working with Mark Murdock (Cymbalic Encounters and Brand X) [ex-Empire] on some retro tracks he has written.

I presume the reference to Murdock is to Jordan guesting with The New Empire: see under Banks.



Gary Langan - engineer on 90125

Langan continues to work with Trevor Horn on various projects, including Producerssee under Horn.

With fellow former Art of Noise members JJ Jeczalik and Anne Dudley, the trio were touring playing an Art of Noise set.



Alex Lasarenko - additional keyboards on Union

Lasarenko creative director (New York) at Elias Associates, leading the company with brothers Scott and Jonathan Elias. He continues to work doing music for films and commercials.



Tony
Levin - bass with ABWH and on Union. Homepage; MySpace page

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). In a May 2020 interview, Levin described how, during the COVID-19 lockdown, he and Reuter were working on ideas for a new Stick Men album: "We're at that first stage of gathering things on our own end. I think he and I are both writing, maybe in my case not feverishly, but we're writing stuff we'll present to the other and also [to] Pat, who has an important say in the music. But pretty much, harmonically, as you can imagine it needs to get set up first by me and Markus. We're in the early stage of trading ideas, and we're also conceptually trying to get a framework for what this will be like."

Their most recent release is Owari by Stick Men with Gary Husband (worked with Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce; keys), released 1 Oct, but pre-orders received 3 tracks digitally now. Tracks:
  1. "Hajime (Peace)" (5:19)
  2. "Hide the Trees" (6:44)
  3. "Cusp" (4:52)
  4. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II" (6:22)
  5. "Schattenhaft" (4:28), available with pre-orders
  6. "Crack in the Sky" (5:33)
  7. "Owari" (5:36)
  8. "Prog Noir" (6:15), available with pre-orders
  9. "Swimming in T" (8:59), available with pre-orders
  10. "Level 5" (6:46)
  11. "The End of the Tour" (16:06), CD only
The album was produced by Reuter and mixed and mastered by Stefano Castagna. The band had planned a tour of China and Japan, but Chinese dates were cancelled because of political unrest in Hong Kong and then the COVID-19 pandemic. They flew to Japan and played one night on 28 Feb 2020, the source of this recording, before the rest of the tour was also cancelled because of the pandemic.

They have also often been joined on some touring by David Cross (ex-King Crimson, worked with Peter Banks; violin, keys), including for a tour of Latin America Aug/Sep 2018. Panamerica (Iapetus/MoonJune Music) was a 5CD box of the tour, produced by Reuter:
  • Disc 1: Live in Costa Rica, Full Show, Part 1 (mixed by Alexander Vatagin)
  • Disc 2: Live in Costa Rica, Full Show, Part 2 (mixed by Vatagin)
  • Disc 3: Pan America Specials: Argentina, Brazil (mixed by Benjamin Schäfer)
  • Disc 4: Pan America Suites: Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay (Robert Frazza live board mixes)
  • Disc 5: Fire Starters: continuous mix of selected Cross/Reuter show opening pieces

They were touring summer 2019, with 11 north-eastern US dates 30 Jul-10 Aug.

Since 2018, Stick Men have digitally released a large number of official bootlegs through Bandcamp, covering shows from 2011-9. So far, 5 of these can be downloaded for free.

The Bucket List is a 12-track album released 11 Jan 2019 from Phil Keaggy (guitars), Tony Levin (bass, Stick) and Jerry Marotta (drums, percussion), with Mike Pachelli (guitar) also appearing on the album. They played 5 US dates Feb/Mar 2019, with Pachelli also in the touring line-up.

In the May 2020 interview, Levin also said he was "overdue on a solo album". In Apr 2020, he also released on YouTube an a capella tribute to the drummers he has worked on over the years.

King Crimson and related projects



King Crimson consists of Robert Fripp (guitar), Levin (bass, Stick, upright electric bass, backing vocals), Pat Mastelotto (KTU, ex-King Crimson, The Flower Kings; drums, percussion), Gavin Harrison (ex-Porcupine Tree; drums, percussion), Mel Collins (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, worked with Chris Squire; saxes, flutes), Jakko Jakszyk (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, worked with Dave Stewart, Lenny Henry; as "primary vocalist and secondary guitarist", in Fripp's words to him) and Jeremy Stacey (Steven Wilson, ex-The Syn, ex-Squackett, ex-Chris Squire, ex-Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; drums, percussion, keys). The band focuses on touring the back catalogue with no plans for a studio album, but play some new material live. An article on the band in the Nov 2018 issue of Prog dismisses the chances of a new studio album "any time soon". Previously, in the Sep 2014 issue of Prog, Mastelotto said, "I'd love to see this line-up in the studio. [...] Can I control that? No way. But I know we'd make a great record." And Jakszyk said: "We're all of a mind where we are more than happy to continue doing this into the foreseeable future[.] As well as the older material being completely re-evaluated and reconstructed, there's some material that's been written and recorded with five of the current members post-A Scarcity of Miracles, which has yet to be played live and has never been released. I've been writing new material, as has Robert, and we've been discussing that." In an Oct 2017 interview,  Jakszyk said, "my plan from then on [end of 2017] is just to concentrate on Crimson and write more Crimson material. We've been doing that anyway; not all of it makes it to the live arena, but some of it does, and some we're still working on. There's also a lot of new stuff Robert's been writing on his own." In a May 2020 interview, Levin talked about the composing process: "It's usually Jakko that I hear from, and he says he has an idea for a song or something he's worked out with Robert. Maybe Gavin's played on it. He'd send it to me to redo the bass part as I felt it should be. In a similar way, they'd hand it to Gavin and ask him to do an arrangement for the three drummers. That might not be the only way we did it, but that's what comes to mind when you ask about that. It's been a few years since we've done that kind of writing." The band have also played a number of pieces for the drummers. Levin explained, "when Robert first asked the drummers to do some pieces, the intention was that we would gradually fly along, the rest of us [...] that they'd become band pieces. That just didn't happen. That's not a problem. It's hard to say why things don't happen. We ended up maybe tinkering with that, but maybe the thing was that they sounded so good with just the drummers — there's so much going on, and they're so interesting. But there was that thought at one point: having that be a new way of coming up with material." At an Apr 2019 press do, Fripp was asked about new music. As described at Innerviews, Fripp answered, "In terms of new writing, there's about 40-45 minutes available. During our rehearsal period, what we can engage with is somewhat constrained because we're introducing Theo Travis to nearly four-hours worth of music [...] So, rather than shooting off in that direction, more focus is needed. However, both Theo and Jeremy Stacey are jazzers among other things, and those boys are going to shoot off in strange and interesting directions. So, who knows where that might lead?" In a Sep 2020 interview, Jakszyk said that there are no plans to record an album, but also it hadn't been ruled out. His answer to the question was, "Who knows?" and said, "It's been discussed." He made clear that the decision is up to Fripp. He also said, "We've definitely got enough material for an album." 2 pieces by Jakszyk intended for King Crimson have been re-purposed for his forthcoming solo album: see below.

The band regularly release live material, including Live in Rome, recorded 22 Jul 2018. Although their 2020 touring was cancelled because of the pandemic, they released their 2CD Tour Box 2020 on 4 Sep 2020, which includes material from across the band's history.


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A North American tour with The Zappa Band was announced for 4 Jun-12 Jul 2020 with a line-up of Fripp, Collins, Levin, Mastelotto, Harrison, Jakszyk and Stacey. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been postponed to 2021.

They played European dates in 2018 and tour more in 2019, joined by Theo Travis (Soft Machine, ex-Gong, worked with Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Richard Sinclair; keys) filling in for Bill Rieflin (ex-Ministry, ex-R.E.M., worked with Fripp, Nine Inch Nails), who had been in the band, but was absent because of illness. Rieflin eventually passed away in Mar 2020 without returning to the band.

As well as touring, the band's 50th anniversary was to bring "Cosmic FuKc", a documentary by Toby Amies. The documentary includes a live performance done just for the film. The film focuses on the current band, but also includes interviews with Bruford and Belew. In the Sep 2020 interview, Jakszyk said he and Amies felt the film was basically finished earlier this year, but then Fripp did two more long interviews with Amies that are now being integrated into the material.

Other collaborations and sessions
Levin is among many guests on Secrets & Lies, a new solo album by his Crimson bandmate Jakko Jakszyk (ex-21st Century Schizoid Band, worked with Dave Stewart). Due 23 Oct 2020, the album will be available as a limited edition CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a 5.1 mix), a gatefold LP + CD, and digitally. Further guests are, from King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Tony Levin and Mel Collins, plus comedian Al Murray, John Giblin (ex-Brand X, ex-Simple Minds, worked with Jon Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Fish, Phil Collins, Kate Bush), Mark King (Level 42) and Peter Hammill (Van der Graaf Generator; vocals, guitar). Two songs on the album were originally intended for King Crimson. Tracks:

  1. "Before I Met You"
  2. "The Trouble with Angels", debut single, due 14 Aug
  3. "Fools Mandate", co-written with Hammill
  4. "The Rotters Club is Closing Down"
  5. "Uncertain Times", originally written for King Crimson; end section co-written by Jakszyk/Harrison
  6. "It Would All Make Sense"
  7. "Secrets, Lies & Stolen Memories"
  8. "Under Lock & Key"
  9. "The Borders We Traded"
  10. "Trading Borders"
  11. "Separation", originally written for King Crimson; with Levin, Fripp, Harrison, Collins

Cover art is by Sam Chegini.

Levin has long worked with Peter Gabriel. In late 2015, he was recording with Gabriel for a future project. He appears on some of Gabriel's compilation of b-sides and rarities, Flotsam and Jetsam, released Sep 2019 digitally. The album made #18 in the Oct 2020 UK Progressive albums chart.

Ronan Chris Murphy (worked with Alan White, King Crimson, Bozzio/Levin/Stevens, Mars Hollow) was working on his debut solo album with Levin (bass, stick), Mastelotto (drums), Bozzio (drums) and Mike Keneally (Steve Vai, ex-Frank Zappa, ex-Stanley Snail; keys), although I've not seen anything about the project for some years.

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 under Downes. Levin also guests on D'Virgilio's second solo album, Invisible (ERCD0025), out 26 Jun 2020. Wth 14 tracks, others guests include Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) and Jem Godfrey (Frost*, worked with Gary Barlow, Atomic Kitten).

Levin guests on upright bass on Black Swallow, the new Telergy album. Other guests on the album include David Ragsdale (Kansas), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Dave Meros (Spock's Beard), Caith Threefires (ex-Tempest), Michael Manring, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Phil Keaggy (worked with Jon Anderson), Rachel Flowers, Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Durga & Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd, work with Dave Kerzner).

Levin is also guesting on the Sonic Elements Genesis tribute album: see on main page for details.

Levin appears on Eddie Jobson's Live, described above.

Levin played on Steven Wilson's 2011 solo album, Grace for Drowning, being re-issued in 2020: see under Wilson for details.

Levin has done numerous other sessions. His website lists many further session appearances.

In the May 2020 interview, Levin talked of using the COVID-19 lockdown time to work on a new photo exhibition and a new photo book.



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Milton McDonald - additional guitar with ABWH. Website

McDonald has been playing with Take That and Jeff Lynne's ELO: see details under Lee Pomeroy, with whom he plays.



Frank Macchia - orchestrations on Magnification. Homepage (Little Evil Things); News

No current info



Mark Mancina - producer and composer on Union

No current info


Lou Molino III - drums in Yes feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman

Molino plays with Yes featuring ARW. He has also worked regularly with Trevor Rabin.



Eddie Offord - production and engineering on numerous Yes albums

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.


Lee Pomeroy - bass in Yes feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman

Pomeroy is in Headspace with Adam Wakeman: see details below. He is on father Rick Wakeman's forthcoming prog rock album: see here.

Pomeroy is also a member of It Bites, who are working towards a new album.

He played with Yes featuring ARW, although he missed their Apr 2017 Japanese tour leg, seemingly because he was already committed to a tour with Take That.

Pomeroy (bass) and Milton McDonald (ex-ABWH; guitar) have been part of Take That's touring band since 2006. They played 78 dates round the world in 2017. The Take That backing band then became the core of the touring band for Jeff Lynne's ELO from 2014 to the present, which includes Pomeroy (bass), McDonald (lead guitar, backing vocals), Iain Hornal (ex-Yes feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman; backing vocals, guitar) and Melanie Lewis-McDonald (Milton's wife; backing vocals). ELO re-launched at a one-off show in Sep 2014, now released as "Live in Hyde Park" (DVD and Blu-ray), and toured subsequently, which produced the Wembley or Bust release (2CD, DVD or Blu-ray), released Nov 2017. ELO played 2018 dates, although I don't have confirmation with Pomeroy and, I think, McDonald and Hornal all still involved. The band played 20 US dates Jun-Aug 2019.

Pomeroy guests on "Sacred Sons" (6:42) on the new, 7-track Projekt Gemineye album, In the Year 3073 - Book II. (Billy Sherwood also guests.)



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Steve Porcaro - additional keyboards on "Open Your Eyes" and Union. Official website

Porcaro released his debut solo album, Someday/Somehow, in 2016. The album was co-written and co-produced by Michael Sherwood (worked with Yes, Jon Anderson, ex-Conspiracy; Billy's elder brother). Asked about whether he and Sherwood are thinking of a follow-up in a Jul 2018 interview, Porcaro replied: "Yes, absolutely. I have my own studio; I can record when I want. Given the way the music industry is, I can't survive off my own music, but that doesn't deter me from making new music. Will it be an album or a handful of songs released one at a time? I don't know. I love working with Mike Sherwood [...] I can't wait to do more, and I think I'm writing the best stuff I've ever written." M Sherwood then passed away in late 2019.



Toto's latest has been Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Joseph Williams. The band played European and North America in 2018. However, Paich sat out later tour dates due to ill health, with Dominique "Xavier" Talpin (ex-Prince) subbing for him. The band (still without Paich) then toured Australia (Dec 2018-Jan 2019), New Zealand (Jan), and Japan (Feb). After that was a European leg Jun-Jul 2019, covering the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. There was then a US leg, with Paich appearing at the leg opening date in Los Angeles, CA. The band then took a break. In Feb 2018, they released 40 Trips Around the Sun, a remastered greatest hits compilation with three previously unreleased tracks: "Spanish Sea", "Alone" and "Struck by Lightning". "Spanish Sea" was an unfinished '80s track, re-visited with a new chorus written: it combines recordings from sessions for Isolation (1984) with recordings by Porcaro, Lukather, Paich and Williams in 2017. A limited edition boxset, All In, was released Nov 2018, containing the band's catalogue remastered, plus various extras including Old is New, which includes the 3 new tracks from 40 Trips Around the Sun plus 7 previously unreleased tracks.



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These include 2 more tracks recorded with late members Jeff and Mike Porcaro from 1981-4. It appears to also include 2 more new songs from the 2017 sessions. Toto wrote 4 new songs in the 2017 sessions ("Alone", "Struck by Lightning", "Chase the Rain", "Chelsea"). Old is New was produced by Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams. On 3 Apr 2020, Old is New got a standalone release on Sony Legacy; it made #69 in Switzerland. Tracks:
  1. "Alone" [Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]
  2. "Devil's Tower" [mus: Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro; lyr: Williams]
  3. "Fearful Heart" [Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]
  4. "Spanish Sea" [Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]
  5. "In a Little While" [Paich/S Porcaro]; old piece recorded with Lukather (lead vocals)
  6. "Chelsea" [Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]; 2017 piece largely by Williams
  7. "Chase the Rain" [S Porcaro/Lukather/Williams]; 2017 piece; including S Porcaro on lead vocals; it was based on an idea by S Porcaro, with writing input by Lukather and Williams
  8. "Oh Why" [Paich]
  9. "Struck by Lightning" [Lukather/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]; based on a riff by Paich
  10. What So Not & Toto ft. Skrillex: "We'll Keep on Running" [Chris Emerson/Surahn Sidhu/James Rushent/Lukather/J Porcaro/Jane Jessica Higgs/Paich/S Porcaro/Williams]
The album was performed by Lukather (guitars, bass, vocals, piano on 3), Paich (keys, vocals), S Porcaro (keys, vocals), Williams (lead vocals, additional keys), Vinnie Colaiuta (ex-Asia, worked with Trevor Rabin; drums on 1, 6 and 9), Castro (percussion) and, on 3, 4 and 8, J Porcaro (drums) and M Porcaro (bass). J Porcaro also drums on 2 and 5, along side David Hungate on bass guitar. Shannon Forrest drums on 7.

Toto are returning in Nov 2020 with a new line-up based around Lukather and Williams, and without Porcaro. Porcaro has decided to withdraw from touring and supports Lukather's use of the Toto name.

Porcaro performed at the 2016 Keith Emerson tribute show, due on Blu-ray in Mar 2021: see details under Jobson. He guested on Billy Sherwood's A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake: see on the main page for details.

He continues to do soundtrack work.



Graham Preskett - violin on 90125. Official website

Preskett writes music for TV, film and adverts, as well as doing session work.



Ryan Rabin - Trevor's son





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Captain Cuts (Soundcloud; Twitter) is a songwriting/production/remix team consisting of Ryan Rabin, Ryan McMahon and Ben Berger (although some Captain Cuts credits have only involved McMahon and Berger). They have released several of their own singles. "Heat" by Captain Cuts ft. Parson James (video) was released digitally 15 Nov 2019. "Stuck in My Head" ft. AJ Mitchell (streaming audio) followed 20 Nov 2020.

They co-wrote/co-produced "Superman" (video), the third single from Keith Urban's The Speed of Now Part 1 (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), released 18 Sep 2020. On the track, Rabin is credited with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keys, programming and background vocals. The album made #1 in Australia, #5 in Canada, #7 in the US (#1 Country), #24 in UK, #27 in New Zealand, #37 in Switzerland, and #56 in Germany.

They co-wrote/co-produced Carly Rae Jepsen's "Now That I Found You", a double single with "No Drug Like Me", the second from her forthcoming new album, Dedicated. The song made #78 in Japan and #25 on the US Pop Digital chart. They had previously co-produced the first single, "Party for One" (video), which made #19 on the New Zealand singles chart, #68 in Japan, #98 in Ireland and #100 in Canada. Both songs are on her album Dedicated, released 17 May 2019. ("Party for One" is only on some editions.) The album made #16 in Canada, #18 in the US, #26 in the UK, #31 in France, #32 in Japan, #33 in Australia, #39 in Ireland, #40 in New Zealand and #71 in Switzerland.

They co-produced and co-wrote "Superstar" (video) and co-wrote "Karma" (video) on Love + Fear (on YouTube) by MARINA (formerly Marina and the Diamonds), released 26 Apr 2019. The album made #5 in the UK, #17 in the Rep. of Ireland, #18 in Germany, #19 in Austria, #20 in Switzerland, #22 in Australia, #24 in Spain, #28 in the US, #31 in New Zealand, #32 in Canada, #43 in the Netherlands, #44 in Poland, #50 in the Czech Rep., #59 in Flanders and #84 in Wallonia (Belgium), #90 in Slovakia and #136 in France.

They co-wrote Blink-182's 49-second "Generational Divide" (video), released digitally as a single on 21 Jun 2019. The song was included on the album Nine, released 20 Sep 2019, which made #3 in the US, #4 in Germany and Australia, #5 in Canada, #6 in the UK, #8 in Austria, #11 in Italy, #13 in Switzerland, #21 in New Zealand, #23 in Rep. of Ireland, #25 in Spain, #37 in the Netherlands, #16 in Flanders and #48 in Wallonia (Belgium), #55 in France and Japan, and #58 in Sweden.

They co-wrote/co-produced the single "All In" by Bearson ft. JRM & Georgia Ku (Soundcloud), out 22 Nov 2019.

In terms of 2020 releases, Captain Cuts produced and co-wrote "Sad Tonight" on Chelsea Cutler's How to be Human. The song made #38 on the US Mainstream airplay chart, while the album made #23 in the US. They produced and co-wrote "About Love" by MARINA on To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Music from the Netflix Film).





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Randy Raine-Reusch - world instruments on The Ladder. Homepage; News

Raine-Reusch guested on Crossover by David Cross & Peter Banks, now out: see under Banks for details.


Jay Schellen - plays live with Yes

Schellen has been touring with Yes, playing much of the show while Alan White has back problems. He appeared on Topographic Drama – Live Across America, Yes Live 50 and The Royal Affair Tour: Live from Las Vegas.

He appeared on the eponymous release from Dukes of the Orient, a project that began as Asia Featuring John Payne: see under Asia for details.

Schellen re-united with Unruly Child for their latest album: see details under Gowdy.

Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Schellen finished off an incomplete Peter Banks recording for the compilation of his music, Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology. All 3 also guested on Crossover by David Cross & Peter Banks. See under Banks for details. Schellen also drummed on A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, produced by Sherwood: see on the main page for details. He is also in Arc of Life with Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison: see the main page.



Bobby & Phyllis Sherwood - Billy's parents. MySpace page

Phyllis is retired.



Michael Sherwood- backing vocals on Union; Billy's brother. Michael Sherwood's Tangled Web (Homepage); MySpace page

Michael Sherwood passed away on 5 Nov 2019. There was a celebration of his life and music on 24 Nov 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

Recordings with Michael Sherwood are on Kurt Michaels' forthcoming album: see under Billy Sherwood, who also guests.

He had been planning to release a 1990s project with Michiko Freemond called Milk, with the band also including Juliana DiMaggio Diaz, Fren Asken, Dean Chrysler Cameron and Robin Bissell.

Sherwood had been working on a new solo album by Jon Anderson, with long-time collaborators Jonathan Elias and Jimmy Haun, but the project stalled: see under Anderson for details. Sherwood and Haun also worked on a Steve Porcaro solo album, now out, while Sherwood had 3 co-writes on Toto's Toto XIV album: see under Porcaro for details. Porcaro had talked of more work with Sherwood.



Peter Sinfield - lyrics for "Run with the Fox". Song Soup on the Sea homepage

Sinfield appears to have health problems limiting future work.



Nikki Squire - Chris's ex-wife. FacebookTwitter
, YouTube, Instagram

Nikki told one fan in Mar 2018 that she was "very involved in a writing a new album". "Gaia (Mother of Heaven)" was released on Bandcamp and as a video to YouTube in Dec 2018. The music was written by Nikki with the late Nigel McLaren and then re-worked by Nikki and Mark J, with a lyric by Nikki. The song is credited to N Squire/Mclaren, produced by Mark J/N Squire, mixed by Mark J, mastered by Kevin Metcalfe and with video production by Laurie Goodwin.

In May 2019, she was reportedly remixing songs from Coming Home, their second album, released 1994.

Esquire released their third album, No Spare Planet (Esquire Records), in Nov 2016. The album consists of 9 tracks co-written by Nikki Squire and the late Nigel McLaren (bass, backing vocals). There is also some unreleased Esquire material from over the years which could be released. Nikki was interviewed in Notes from the Edge #232, in which she discussed some other possible forthcoming projects.

Nikki guested on a tribute album to Chris put together by Billy Sherwood: see on the main page.


M Daniela Torchia - Tony Kaye's wife. Homepage; MySpace page

In Aug 2016, Torchia released a digital single, "Here You are Again" (3:58).

Torchia received her PhD in 2017; her thesis is entitled "Perceived Barriers to Lifestyle Change in Obese, Low-Income Hispanic Women". She writes for Shine on Hollywood Magazine.

Vangelis Papathanassiou - composer on ABWH and Keys to Ascension 2. Homepage (under construction)

"The Thread" is a dance production choerographed by Russel Maliphant with music by Vangelis, based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. It ran for 3 nights in London in Mar 2019.

Adam Wakeman - Rick's son. Official site; MySpace page; Twitter

Headspace (MySpace page; YouTube channel) consists of Adam Wakeman (keys), Damian Wilson (ex-Rick Wakeman, ex-Jeronimo Road; vocals), Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Lee Pomeroy (Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman, Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Gary Barlow; bass) and Adam Falkner (drums). The band are working on a third album in a trilogy with All That You Fear is Gone (2016) and their debut, I am Anonymous.

Wilson and Wakeman have also released a series of acoustic albums. Their second was the 10-track The Sun will Dance in Its Twilight Hour (YouTube preview), was released Feb/Mar 2018, including on vinyl. The album was performed by Wilson (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Wakeman (piano, vocals, acoustic guitar), plus guest musicians Andy Dunlop (Travis; guitar), Ash Soan (The Trevor Horn Band, Downes Braide Association, worked with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, Adele, Will Young; drums), Tony Woollard (worked with Damian Wilson; cello) and Haley Sanderson (worked with Trevor Horn, Rick Wakeman; backing vocals). The album was nominated for the Album Cover category in the Progressive Music Awards 2018, but lost to Big Big Train's The Second Brightest Star. The duo continued with a 16 date UK tour Feb/Mar 2018, plus 4 dates in the Netherlands and Germany.

Their third album is Stripped, out 11 Jan 2019 on CD, digital and vinyl, with "stripped down Wilson & Wakeman tracks and cover songs". Recorded shortly after their 2018 touring, tracks are:

  1. "Life on Mars" (David Bowie cover; streaming audio), debut single released Nov 2018
  2. "Laugh in Time"
  3. "Written in Anger"
  4. "Tapestries"
  5. "People Come and Go"
  6. "Disciple"
  7. "Seek for Adventure"
  8. "I Won't Blame Life"
  9. "Soldier", released by Headspace, but played here in Wilson's original arrangement
  10. "The Sun will Dance in Its Twilight Hour"
  11. "Feel Like Going Home" (Charlie Rich cover)

They played 14 more dates in England & Wales in Jan 2019. They played the UK further in the summer. They were to play a European tour from Apr 2020, but this was postponed given the COVID-19 pandemic. There is now a 7 Aug UK date and then 8 north-western European dates 28 Aug-7 Sep.



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Adam is behind Jazz Sabbath, a project of jazz covers of Black Sabbath songs, which was due 10 Apr on Black Lake Records. The album is with Jerry Meehan (bass) and Ash Soan (Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble, Trevor Horn Band, Downes Braide Association, worked with Adele, Seal; drums). Tracks:
  1. "Fairies Wear Boots"
  2. "Evil Woman"
  3. "Rat Salad"
  4. "Iron Man" (7:14), streaming audio available on Bandcamp
  5. "Hand of Doom"
  6. "Changes"
  7. "Children of the Grave"

There's a promo video based around a comedy made-up backstory for the band, in which Adam plays 'Milton Keanes', the supposed founder of a 1968 band called Jazz Sabbath. The video features many famous musicians, including Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin and Damian Wilson. The album entered the UK Jazz & Blues album chart (24-30 Apr 2020) at #14.



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Some years back, Adam and father Rick were said to have a new piano album expected. He joined Rick for performances of Journey to the Centre of the Earth in Jul 2019. Adam was also lined up to join Rick for the Sound & Vision show, now postponed: see under Rick Wakeman. Adam and his daughter Skyla were joining Rick for a show of Beatles music on 31 Jan 2020: see under Rick Wakeman. He was to join Rick for English Rock Ensemble shows in Mar 2020, but these were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was, however, to join Rick for a 27 Nov 2020 London show, but this has also been postponed to 2021: again, details under Rick.

Adam is playing a Mar 2020 Brazilian show with Martin Barre and Barriemore Barlow (both ex-Jethro Tull).

Adam plays keys and rhythm guitar in Ozzy Osbourne's band, who continue touring in early 2019.


Adam (keys, vocals) is in Snakecharmer, with Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake, ex-Company Snakes, ex-National Health, ex-Brian May, ex-Jon Lord, ex-Black Sabbath; bass), Laurie Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash, ex-Tina Turner; guitars), Harry James (Magnum, ex-Thunder; drums, vocals), Chris Ousey (Heartland, ex-Virginia Wolf; lead vocals) and Simon McBride (lead guitars, vocals). The band perform Whitesnake material and other songs from the members' back catalogues. They played the UK in 2017/8 and have released two albums.

Adam was working with Inventioning, a spin-off from the Anderson Ponty Band; see here for details.


Benjamin Wakeman - Rick's son.

No current info



Jemma Wakeman - Rick's daughter. Twitter; SoundCloud

Jem is a songwriter, pianist and vocalist. She now works as a videographer and designer for Surrey web design company 1minus1.



Nina (Wakeman) Carter - Rick's ex-wife: under Carter above


Tim Weidner - production on Magnification, mixing on Fragile DVD-A/Ultimate Yes. Sarm Management

Weidner has been working with Trevor Horn as an engineer, mixer, programmer and/or performer on a variety of projects, including Horn's soundtrack for The Reflection, Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties and livesee details under Horn.


Steven Wilson - remixing on the Panegyric series of Yes re-releases. Official website; official remixes Facebook page


Wilson remains busy as a solo artist and doing remixing for other acts. He has done a remix for Tears for Fears' The Seeds of Love, included on a 5-disc box set re-release out 9 Oct 2020 on UMC/Virgin. Recent remixing has been for XTC: Black Sea is now out, while Psurroundabout Ride covers the complete works of The Dukes of Stratosphear, the XTC spin-off project. Psurroundabout Ride came out 11 Oct 2019 and covers their two albums, 25'O Clock (1985) and Psonic Psunspot (1987), plus bonus tracks and demo versions of both albums. It was the fourth best selling album through Burning Shed of 2019.

Wilson also worked on Gentle Giant's Unburied Treasure boxset, the 11th best selling album at Burning Shed. Unburied Treasure also came 2nd in the Reissue category of Prog magazine's 2019 Readers' Poll.

Wilson mixed Tim Bowness' Flowers at the Scene, out Mar 2019: see above for details.

A re-release of Wilson's Dronework, under the Bass Communion name, was the 15th best selling album through Burning Shed of 2019. Due in 2020 is a re-issue of his solo album Grace for Drowning in 3-disc form, bundling the original 2CD version with the Bluray release. Guests on the album include Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, worked with David Cross & Peter Banks), Dave Stewart (ex-Bruford, ex-National Health), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett), Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson) and Dave Kerzner (worked with Jon Anderson, Billy Sherwood, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Steve Hackett).



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Casey Young - additional keys on 9012Live tour

Young is working on a Greg Mathieson project, as he described in an Aug 2020 interview with Yes Music Podcast.

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