Back when synthesizers ruled alt-rock, Howard Jones was one of the genre’s giants. Not only did he score some serious alternative hits, but a few of his songs crossed over into the mainstream. But by the end of the 80s, he all but disappeared. Where did he go? London’s Express finds out.
“In the late-80s and 90s I did different things. I opened a vegetarian restaurant in New York and people like Madonna and Lou Reed would turn up.
I played keyboards for Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band on their tour of America, which was fun. I wrote songs for everyone from Sugababes to Sandie Shaw.
But I’ve continued to record over the last decade and a half. My latest project is Engage. It’s a multimedia event – a DVD as well as CD. Some of it is quite classical and it’s quite ambitious.
“I’ve been a practising Buddhist for 23 years and I’ve got three kids: Osheen, 28, is a theatre director in New York, Mica, 25, runs events for a charitable organisation, and Jasper, 21, is studying fine art photography. People do tend to see me as an 80s artist and that’s fine. But I’m still creating new work.
“I feel very, very grateful that I’ve had a chance to do what I absolutely love, make music and tour. It’s been a real privilege.”
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