It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene and brought his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers to an unsuspecting world. Anyone who was around...Expand
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene and brought his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers to an unsuspecting world. Anyone who was around in the mid to late eighties will remember those high energy shows and his first two albums Humans Lib and Dream into Action. They lived in the higher reaches of the album charts in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia and many other countries in the 1984-86 period and the hits kept coming...New Song, What is Love?, Pearl in the Shell, Hide and Seek, (which he performed at Live Aid in 1985), Like to Get to Know You Well, Look Mama, Things Can only Get Better, Everlasting Love and the quintessential No One is To Blame, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard Jones has now re-mastered those first two classic albums Humans Lib and Dream into Action and performed them both live in their entirety for the first time on November 6th 2010 at the IndigO2 in Londons O2 Arena Complex. The re-mastered albums are available as a box set with a third bonus CD of rare material from the eighties. (www.howardjones.com)
A classically trained pianist, Jones applied his technique to the early synths particularly the Roland Juno 60, the Jupiter 8 and the Moog Prodigy. He also pioneered the classic Roland 808 drum machine and the Sequential Pro-One. In the early days, he was triggering sequencers live on stage whilst playing and singing, something that no one had done before. Always one to take chances, Jones continues to write great songs inspired by his Buddhist beliefs as is evident on his latest studio album Ordinary Heroes which features a string quartet on every track and one of the best Welsh male voice choirs in the world (The Morriston) on the song Soon You'll Go. These days Howard still operates on the cutting edge of today's technology and has been one of the leading exponents of the Roland Fantom G8 and the Roland V-piano.
Jones continues to tour extensively and will be playing multiple dates and festivals in 2011 with Robbie Bronnimann on live sequencing/sampling and effects using Ableton Live and various controllers, and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums. 2011 will mark the return of one of the true eighties icons and godfathers of modern electronic dance music in full electric mode. If you were too young the first time around, it'll be a chance to find out where all those beats and sounds came from, and if you were around it'll bring all those memories flooding back.