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Adam
(cricket menace)
04/30/08 08:27 AM
The Reality Band: Where They Are Now  



Since Reality, Tony Visconti has produced numerous albums and released his autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy.

Among his recent productions are Morrissey, Kashmir, Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), The Finn Brothers (Crowded House), Angelique Kidjo, 3 albums for Kristeen Young and 2 albums for Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips. Also soon to be released are productions for Coheed & Cambria, Trapt and Fefe Dobson. A follow up for Morrissey is also pretty certain.



Mike Garson's concentration since the Reality Tour has been studio work - both solo and collaborative.

As a solo artist, he's released Homage to My Heroes (2004), a compilation titled Piano Anthology (2006) and the brand new Conversations With My Family (2008) which comes with a bonus DVD.

An active myspace user, Garson's made over 100 compositions available for free download. Reality was his last major tour but he's played some sporadic shows since, sometimes as a solo artist. He's also done collaborations - including The Polyphonic Spree and Something For Kate among others.



In the latter stages of the Reality tour, Gerry Leonard released The Light Machine (2004) a second album for his pseudonym Spooky Ghost. A live recording The Official Bootleg has also appeared.

Gerry, however, has since continued his hand at further sessional work and some production work too (He's produced the forthcoming album for Donna Lewis, for instance).

In recent times, he contributed guitar to Rufus Wainwright's Release The Stars (2007) and has followed him on the subsequent tour.



Gail Ann Dorsey released I Used to Be (2004) in the latter stages of the Reality Tour and a follow up was promised but has not since appeared. In fact, the last few years have been quiet for Gail as a solo artist.

Recently Gail popped up as the touring bassist for Gwen Stefani but with her website hacked and her original official myspace deleted, it's been hard keeping track. This interview, however, recently popped up on youtube.



Earl Slick released Zig Zag around the time of Reality and a follow up was promised but has not since appeared.

Recently, he's been a member of two new bands - Slinky Vagabond (with Glen Matlock - Sex Pistols, Clem Burke - Blondie and Keanan Duffty) and also The Eons.

Slinky Vagabond played their debut concert at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in May of 2007 but what this band (or The Eons) might produce in the way of serious albums or touring is only speculation.



Sterling Campbell - as far as we know - has continued session work as a drummer. One of the bands he provided drums for before Bowie was the B52s and early in 2007, Sterling returned to the B52's for a new album and subsequent tour.



Catherine Russell has targeted the blues and jazz genres on a solo career established since the end of the Reality Tour. As daughter of the famous Luis Russell (Louis Armstrong's band leader), she also seems to have gained more exposure than the usual Bowie side musician. Her debut album Cat (2006) was followed up with Sentimental Streak (2008) and US and Canadian solo tour dates have been scheduled well into 2009.


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rubleem
(electric tomato)
04/30/08 11:27 AM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: Adam]  

A few things Adam:

Visconti is out re the next Morrissey, which is going to be done by the guy who did You are the Quarry. He seemed slated for that, but Kristeen got booted off the Morrissey tour last fall when it hit NYC, and that was the end of that, though I have no idea if the two were directly related.

Alejandro Escovedo announced in his opening slot for Patti Smith at the Bowery Ballroom in December that Visconti had produced his new record--his last was by John Cale--and that it would be out soon. Got a nice cheer, too.

The NY Times praised Visconti's production on the new Anti-Flag album within the past month. The album is quite good, too. TV writes about that on his site.

I saw Spooky Ghost listed for the Living Room's 10th anniversary series last month, first time I've noticed him playing solo. Sometime in the past year I've seen him pictured on stage with Duncan Sheik, who he's worked with for a long time and who has a big hit on Broadway now.

Catherine Russell has played NYC a lot, and I've seen her do two free lunchtime shows. She's done a signing/performance at a big retailer downtown, and many club dates. She's not only a great singer, but charming too, and her stuff draws on many genres. I've seen her do straight jazz, and more soul/pop stuff. Highly recommended if she is in your nabe--she has done out of town appearances.

Earl did a locally promoted Bowie tribute at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch with local bands; is doing the Stone Pony in Asbury Park with the Frankenstein something-or-other group he's been working with, and has done a show or two at the Cutting Room in NYC billed at the Earl Slick Band, all within in the past two months. I think Slinky has played a bit, and may even be on the Joey Ramone birthday bill next month. Not sure about that.

The B-52s were totally washed up even with Sterling five to eight years ago. But with new music, it's absolutely shocking: the new album is way better than it should be. The drumming isn't anything outstanding on it per se--it's split between Sterling and Zach Alford, apparently--but the songs are mostly really good.

However: there is a live bonus disc, which, out of nowhere, shows these elderly people with a genuine intensity. And it goes without saying that Sterling is absolutely flat-out magnificent. As usual. They're doing a package tour in NYC, but surely will be back this fall and I hope to catch them. A colleague went to the WXPN--Philly AAA public radio--live show last week, and said Sterling was magnificent. As usual.

RB



bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
04/30/08 11:44 AM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: rubleem]  

Did GAD do both Stefani world tours?



Adam
(cricket menace)
04/30/08 12:14 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: rubleem]  

Thanks Rubleem. Good to hear from a New Yorker with his ears to the ground.

Interesting regarding the B52s. The last I'd heard was Good Stuff (1992) which was not very good stuff at all. Their vocalists (Kate Pierson / Cindy Wilson / Fred Schneider) are pretty great though - especially Pierson who did those cameos with Iggy and R.E.M.

In reply to:

[Cat Russell]'s not only a great singer, but charming too


Cool. I recall when the car for Bowie's backing band arrived in Bourke Street, Melbourne to pick up GAD, Garson, Slick and Gerry after their tremendous little side show. IIRC, Cat was there briefly but someone from Bowie's band explained to me that she was very shy from the fans!

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rubleem
(electric tomato)
04/30/08 01:07 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: Adam]  

A couple of follows:

**The last I'd heard was Good Stuff (1992) which was not very good stuff at all. **

Yeah, lousy. It was over at that point. Worse, I saw a video of the band around 2000 at Carnegie for a benefit with Sterling, as well as heard some live post-reunion stuff, and it was pure Vegas-y nostalgia trip. I wouldn't waste my time--and didn't when they played Roseland last fall. Heard it was great, didn't believe it. Then I heard the new live bonus disc--to be sure, their singing misses a note here and there--and it's like a resurrection. And the backing musicians surely don't hurt. They're not only not embarrassing themselves, but they're good and fun again. They can now be Exhibit A for never touring without new music.

Just to be clear, I was referring to Russell being charming on stage--very good solo performer as well as band member. I've never met her or spoken to her. I'd be shocked if she wasn't gracious at the signings as well, but no first-hand experience there.

And Dorsey did both Stefani tours, and Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker referred to her as a performer who's a better singer than the famous people she backs--and he's had nothing but nice stuff to say about Bowie tours in the 00s.

RB



Adam
(cricket menace)
04/30/08 01:25 PM
GAD new [re: rubleem]  

In reply to:

Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker referred to her as a performer who's a better singer than the famous people she backs--and he's had nothing but nice stuff to say about Bowie tours in the 00s.


Based on the performances of 'Aladdin Sane', 'Fashion', 'Under Pressure' and 'O Superman', I often prefer her singing to Bowie. What she isn't is the songwriter that is Bowie (granted, no one is imo). I recall mentioning to Gail how much I liked 'Planet of Dreams' but I think perhaps, her passion is not really in that style of music. I'd like her to be singing dramatic, theatrical, very hard rock. Her vocals are so good, she can sail over anything - again a bit like Freddie Mercury. In fact, she should probably front Velvet Revolver now they're looking for a new singer.

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ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/01/08 10:44 AM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: Adam]  

I feel obliged to add that Visconti produced some of the songs on the Manic Street Preachers album Lifeblood (2004). I love that album, dammit.

Ian Hunter rocks.

Patches
(cracked actor)
05/02/08 02:52 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: Adam]  

WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston (UMASS Boston's folk radio station) has played a few Cat Russell songs in the morning (I know this, because I heard it. Can't vouch for the rest of the day). I heard some song of hers one morning, and when I got home that day, went to look for the album.

Up until your post, Adam, I didn't put two and two together - that she was one of Bowie's backing vocalists. She's got some good songs, but I must have pushed it out of my head that I've seen her perform before (Reality tour).

Thanks for the post!

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jabow
(electric tomato)
05/02/08 04:15 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: Patches]  

Gerry Leonard has spent the last few years touring the world with Rufus Wainwright. I met Gerry after a Rufus concert last August. Gerry told me he met Bowie over the summer and David said to Gerry he may record something in 2008.
For any spooky ghost fans Gerry has recorded a new album.

"You'll have to take me just the way that you find me."


Adam
(cricket menace)
01/04/09 09:08 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: jabow]  

Gail Ann Dorsey has announced that some new songs, shows, a website and a myspace will appear this year. Her first show for the year is in NYC and is free:

GAD @ The Living Room
Wednesday, 7 January 2009 - 7:00 PM Sharp
154 Ludlow (between Stanton & Rivington)
New York

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Diamond Frog
(acolyte)
01/07/09 06:17 PM
Re: The Reality Band: Where They Are Now new [re: jabow]  

Gerry toured with Suzanne Vega, too. I'd seen him with Rufus in 2007, and was suprised to see him again with her in October.

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