Where are they now? - Trevor Horn

This page last updated: 10 Jun 2021

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On this page: The Trevor Horn Band - The Buggles - Dire Straits Legacy - Musicals & soundtracks - Production work - Re-releases

Trevor Horn's official sites: Official site; SPZ website;
ZTT Records website; Official Facebook; Instagram; Twitter

In a Mar 2018 interview, Horn said: "I've been playing bass a lot lately. I've been doing less producing. There's not much around I'm prepared to spend the time on really. An interesting-sounding record takes a long time, y'know? Listen to a regular mic stuck in front of a regular drum kit. Then listen to Queen. Y'know? It's a lot of work. You have to believe in the material, and the people." In a Dec 2017 interview, Horn said, "I've had 30 years in a recording studio [...] Now I'm getting a bit older and I've had enough, y'know? Unless I find a song really worth doing, I don't want to do it [produce] any more. So... I like to play."

Horn continues to work on projects with Geoff Downes, including as The Buggles.

Trevor Horn Band
The Trevor Horn Band were to play the three Rewind festivals in 2020—these have been re-scheduled to 2021. They are now due to play Rewind North, 7 Aug, and Rewind South, 21 Aug 2021. They were also due to play Rewind Scotland on 24 Jul 2021, but that has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. They were then to play Copredy 2020: this has been re-scheduled to 12 Aug 2021. The band are also playing the Durham Brass Festival on 16 Jul 2021, and Forever Young, Kildare, Ireland, 10-12 Sep.

They were also to open for Nile Rodgers & Chic on 31 Jul 2020 in Swansea: this show was re-scheduled to 2021, but has now been re-scheduled again to 29 Jul 2022.

Horn, with Alan Clark, performed at the 2020 Sunday for Sammy charity show in Newcastle at the beginning of that 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 top 50.

Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties saw Horn re-visit classic '80s pop songs, mostly that he wasn't involved in. Details on Yescography. Live work began with a show in London on 2 Nov 2018. Performing were Horn (bass, vocals), Alan Clark (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton, ex-Dire Straits; Hammond, keys), Steve Ferrone (Dire Straits Legacy, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, worked with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Duran Duran; drums), Cameron Gower Poole (worked with Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie; samples, percussion), Kate Holmes-Smith (vocals), Izzy Chase (worked with Ellie Goulding, Kim Wilde, Boy George; vocals), Phil Palmer (Dire Straits Legacy, Eric Clapton; lead guitar), Lol Creme (Trevor Horn Band, ex-Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal; guitar, bass, vocals, keys), Simon Bloor (Trevor Horn Band; lead guitar, keys), Julian Hinton (works with Numa Palmer, worked with Seal; keys, conductor, string arrangements) and an 8-piece string section (which I think was with Q Strings, Paloma Deike, Jess Cox (worked with ELO), Amy Stanford, Laura Stanford, Miriam Wakeling), with various further guests. Front of house sound was by Tim Weidner (worked with Yes), and organisation by Joel Peters. Read my review here. Set:
  1. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" Reimagined intro, string section only
  2. "Two Tribes", Ryan Molloy (ex-Frankie Goes to Hollywood, worked with Producers) lead vocals
  3. "Video Killed the Radio Star" (with "Check It Out" insert), Horn lead vocals
  4. "Dancing in the Dark", Holmes lead vocals
  5. "Different for Girls", Steve Hogarth (Marillion) lead vocals
  6. "Ashes to Ashes", Hogarth lead vocals
  7. "Rubber Bullets", Creme lead vocals, no strings
  8. "All the Things She Said", Chase/Holmes lead vocals, Creme second bass, no strings
  9. "Slave to the Rhythm", Chase/Cardle lead vocals
  10. "The Power of Love", Cardle lead vocals
  11. "Living in the Plastic Age", Horn lead vocals
  12. "What's Love Got to Do With It?", Molloy lead vocals
  13. "Take on Me", Horn/Molloy/Cardle lead vocals
  14. "Cry", Molloy lead vocals, no strings
  15. "Blue Monday", Jimmie Wood lead vocals & harmonica
  16. "Brothers in Arms", Horn lead vocals, Mick MacNeil (ex-Simple Minds) accordion
  17. "Girls on Film", Chase/Holmes lead vocals
  18. "I'm Not in Love", Cardle lead vocals, Creme keys
  19. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", Molloy lead vocals
  20. "Owner of a Lonely Heart", Horn lead vocals, Creme bass, Cardle additional backing vocals
  21. "Relax", Molloy lead vocals
  22. "Money for Nothing", Molloy lead vocals, Wood harmonica

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".

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.

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 whatever."

The Buggles
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 however.

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 [2016]." 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". However, asked 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 [2019] [...] doing a few one-offs here and there [...] we do get together sometimes and put some bits and bobs together."

A Mar 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 [2017] 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 out".

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 has also been working with "Video Killed the Radio Star" co-writer Bruce Woolley on a project. Woolley also released two new versions of "Video Killed the Radio Star": see below. The original song was used in the 2018 miniseries Patrick Melrose.

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 (YouTube) 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. Live, they mostly play Dire Straits material, but they have also released an album of new material as Legacy, called 3 Chord Trick (2017). Trevor Horn is 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), Marco Caviglia (vocals, guitar), Primiano Di Biase (keys), and Danny Cummings (ex-Dire Straits, ex-Mark Knopfler, ex-Tina Turner; percussion, vocals, replacing Steve Ferrone). Jack Sonni (worked with Dire Straits) sometimes plays with the band too. They play a number of US dates in Aug 2021. Advertised are: Syracuse, NY on 24 Aug 2021, part of the Great New York State Fair; St Charles, IL, on 28 Aug; Fort Wayne, IN, on 29 Aug; and Warrendale, PA, on 31 Aug. They have 3 Russian dates 19-21 Oct 2021 with Sonni (re-scheduled from Mar 2021). They play London on 15 Jan 2022, again with Sonni (re-scheduled from 23 May 2021).

The band started touring in 2020 with a one-off show in Rome on 1 Mar 2020, with Andy Treacey on drums; 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 Brazil and Russian dates in Mar/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 is working on another musical, with the Sep 2016 Prog suggesting both musicals would only come after the Buggles reunion (above). The other musical is set in a recording studio: A Day in the Life of a Recording Studio is written with Lol Creme (Producers, Art of Noise, ex-10cc, worked with Yes, Seal). A Jan 2014 interview with Horn described him as currently writing the project, while one the following month said the pair had "just finished writing a musical about a day in the studio." An Aug 2013 interview had more, describing "a stage production set appropriately enough in a recording studio", with Horn saying, "I've nearly finished it[.] I'm a big fan of musicals."

Production work etc.
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.



Work was continuing on the debut album from opera singer Olivia Safe (La Mia Bocca, worked with Robbie Williams, The Squad), produced by Graham Archer (worked with Robbie Williams, John Legend, Olly Murs) and Julian Hinton (works with Horn, Producers, worked with The Buggles, Seal, The Squad) and with Horn as executive producer. The album was to be on SONYArista. It is described as a collection of covers, including of pieces by Damien Rice, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Tim Buckley. Hinton described "putting the finishing touches to [...] Olivia Safe's debut album" on his website. However, I've not seen any news on it lately.

Art of Noise
In the Apr 2008 interview for Future Music, asked about whether the Art of Noise will be doing anything new, Horn said, "We keep talking about it." He also describes how they worked on a "visual sampler" before The Seduction of Claude Debussy: "So when you hit a note, you get a picture as well as sound. [...] there's about a 20 minute video that Lol Creme did, and I'm going to put it on DVD." JJ Jeczalik told a source that the original band line-up met up in 2014 to discuss a reunion.

Art of Noise's "Moments in Love" is sampled on "Good in Bed (Zach Witness and Gen Hoshino Remixes)" on the remix album Club Future Nostalgia (Warner; YouTube album video) by Dua Lipa and The Blessed Madonna, out 28 Aug 2020. The album made #13 in Canada and #28 in US (#1 on the Dance/Electronic chart). It also made several iTunes album charts: #5 in Brazil and Spain, #7 in Italy and Australia, #9 in the UK, #11 in France, #12 in Canada, #16 in the US, #33 in Germany.

Other re-issues
Released 14 May 2021 was the 2CD, 38-track Collected – The Best of John Howard (Kool Kat Musik). This career-spanning retrospective of Howard's music includes "I Can Breathe Again" from 1978, an early Horn production.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Liverpool and Bang!... The Greatest Hits were re-issued through UMC on 11 Dec 2020 in the UK and 22 Jan 2021 in the US.

Horn produced 4 songs by LeAnn Rimes on the "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack. Rimes released on 23 Oct 2020 a 5-track remix by Dave Audé, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film. Tracks for Coyote Ugly MegaMix:
  1. "Coyote Ugly (Dave Audé MegaMix)", streaming audio
  2. "Right Kind of Wrong (Dave Audé MegaMix)"
  3. "But I Do Love You (Dave Audé MegaMix)"
  4. "Please Remember Me (Dave Audé MegaMix)"
  5. "Can’t Fight the Moonlight (Dave Audé MegaMix)"

The first track combines the other songs.



Other news
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. Some of Horn's 1980s work is covered in Dylan Jones' book Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantic, released Oct 2020.

Horn was supporting the #WeMakeEvents Red Alert campaign highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the live events industry. He spoke at their 11 Aug 2020 event held on board a boat cruising the Thames.


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