Geoff Downes is pleased to announce that his ongoing creative relationship with Chris Braide (writer and producer for Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Sia, David Guetta and Marc Almond and many others) has led to another studio album, Suburban Ghosts.
This follows on from the successful and critically acclaimed debut album, Pictures of You, which surprised reviewers and fans alike.
Suburban Ghosts can be pre-ordered on CD via Amazon, ahead of its 6th November 2015 release date, using this link http://geni.us/19bE and Pictures of You continues to be available via this link http://geni.us/3BUE.
Also due for release will be Greg Lake and Geoff Downes’ Ride the Tiger project, which is a collection of six songs (plus one alternate version), recorded in late 1989 – early 1990, which have never been released together before. Four of the songs appeared on Greg Lake’s From the Underground and From the Beginning: The Greg Lake Anthology compilations, but this set also includes the previously unreleased “Street War” and “Affairs of the Heart.”
This release includes all new artwork and has the full approval of both Greg Lake and Geoff Downes.
This title will be released on 27th November 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon here: http://geni.us/1UEo.read more
I have so many wonderful memories of working with Chris and many of those in recent years. We once spent an entire journey after a gig trying to remember all the lyrics to “my ol man’s a dustman” – we eventually gave up on that one! I’ll miss seeing him looking across the stage – a wink here and a wink there with that Mephistophelean grin particularly if something had gone slightly awry. He was a legendary bassist, loveable funny guy both on and off the stage. He took bass guitar to another level and inspired thousands of others, the undisputed king of the 4 strings. Many will cite Chris as the reason why they picked up the instrument in the first place.
We became close over the last few years, and spent a lot of time together socially as well as on the tours. He was always greatly entertaining with his countless tales of rock and roll, and his own personal spin on life. Despite his imposing figure, he had a really soft, gentle and charitable side. Always magnanimous to band, crew and fans alike. Although essentially captain of the YES ship he displayed very much a laissez-faire attitude towards the band and a nonchalance to life in general. I am eternally grateful that he was a great advocate of my playing and encouraged my own musical contributions. I learnt an enormous amount and gained great confidence from his support.
Many of the funny stories were from airports. His lateness was famous. Back on the Drama tour, we had a private jet and suitcases were always collected early from outside hotel room. Chris had somehow packed his trousers and shirt, turned up at the airport and got on the plane wearing just a long jacket and underpants. “Sorry I’m late” he said, without the slightest hint anything was untoward. Another time we were all waiting to go on stage and – no Chris. Thus followed a panic to find out where he was. He had apparently fallen asleep in the bath and had to get the fire marshall to break down his hotel room door. We ended up taking the stage an hour late, with Chris arriving asking, “Is there a problem”?
But one thing for sure is that he always delivered. The stage was his world. His attention to the minutest details of the music was immense – you certainly couldn’t get away with playing the wrong inversions of the chords anywhere, or anything out of line. He would come over with his inimitable casual fashion and point out ’that’s not quite right’.
As a person he loved life to the full – a glass of wine, fine food, tennis, motor racing, and an enthusiast for everything musical. His thunderous bass rig with the sub Taurus pedals rattling the stages was legendary – the ‘wall of doom’ as it was known housing some 30 speakers dominating an entire side of the stage. He was one of the few bassists who had the audacity to pick up a triple-necked instrument without the slightest hint of irony, and, probably the only one who could actually play the bloody thing!
A musician’s musician. A genius. I’m going to miss him greatly.read more
2014 has been a busy year for Geoff, and while he takes time to enjoy the holidays he sends along well wishes for you and your families.read more
John and Geoff will be participating in a AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit on at 2:00 PM EST today.read more
This is a special edition clear blue vinyl EP from DBA created for Record Store Day (which takes place on April 19). The EP is called “Dreaming of England,” which is also one of two new songs on the five-song, 500 copy limited edition EP.
Pre-order “Dreaming of England”.read more
Geoff Downes better be wearing comfortable shoes, because he’s going to be on the run in 2014. The busy keyboardist just finished a new album with Asia, and is in sessions for another with Yes — with tours for both slated, as well.
Somehow, he’s also made time recently for side projects including DBA with Chris Braide and the New Dance Orchestra’s Electronica.read more
The cover for Asia’s upcoming studio release, Gravitas, and a track-by-track commentary from John Wetton have been posted to the Asia web site.read more
Geoff Downes and Anne-Marie Helder release their collaborative album, ELECTRONICA, under the name NEW DANCE ORCHESTRA
The new album, Electronica, is a collaboration between Geoff Downes and Anne-Marie Helder and has been released by NDO Records, via Cherry Red, on both CD and Download.
The album had previously only been available on a direct to consumer basis and now receives its first distribution and digital release in time for Christmas 2013. The direct to consumer version, which featured the same 12 tracks, received tremendous critical acclaim and was for sale on the 2012 and 2013 YES World Tours.
The album’s unique mix of dance and pop along with Helder’s award winning melodic vocals, gives listeners a unique blend on genres not easily pre-judged or ignored. The album has the potential to appeal to all age ranges and music tastes, yet does not confine itself to any one taste, feel or genre nametag.
Geoff Downes commented “The concept of the New Dance Orchestra is to create entirely ‘virtual’ orchestrations, utilising a variety of musical instruments made up from computerised technology and other various audio resources. Electronica is the result of a collection of carefully crafted songs using these orchestral treatments on each individual track in different ways.”
GEOFF DOWNES is a member of The Buggles, YES and ASIA. Downes co-wrote and played on the hits VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR and HEAT OF THE MOMENT.
ANNE-MARIE HELDER is a member of PANIC ROOM and MOSTLY AUTUMN. Helder won PROG MAGAZINE’S Best Female Vocalist Award in both 2010 and 2011.read more