Steve Howe's Remedy
Elements
29/09/2003
For 35 years, Steve Howe has been at the forefront of guitarists in popular music. Actually, simply referring to Howe as a guitarist is limiting. In addition to being a songwriter, he plays more instruments than just the guitar. If it has strings and a fretboard, Howe has mastered it and recorded with it at some point on one of countless albums he's been a part of as a group member, solo artist and special guest. Since starting his musical journey, Steve has lived with the idea of forming his own band. That idea has how become reality with the Autumn 2003 release of ‘Elements’ from ‘Steve Howe’s Remedy’

Born in London, Steve received his first guitar at age 12. Self taught, he was playing publicly with bands in his early teens. Howe was bitten by the rock 'n' roll bug and in addition to being inspired by the likes of Bill Haley and His Comets, he was also greatly influenced by country guitarist Chet Atkins.

By Howe's late teens, he had joined the Syndicats, performing P Pop, Rock and Blues covers. His next band, the In Crowd, soon evolved into Tomorrow, one of the first psychedelic rock bands in the UK. Tomorrow had a hit with "My White Bicycle".

Howe's life changed in 1970 when he joined Yes. Certainly unforeseen at the time, but this move would significantly help alter the course of popular music. Howe replaced original guitarist Peter Banks and with his arrival for Yes' third LP, 1971's 'The Yes Album,' the band found its creative voice and unquestionably became the dominant force of the burgeoning progressive rock movement. Yes' early work included many cover songs, but with Howe in the fold, he formed an important songwriting bond with vocalist Jon Anderson the band's visionary, complex music thrilled listeners world-wide.

Yes' 1971 masterpiece 'Fragile' and its signature song "Roundabout" became huge worldwide hits and, to this day, stand as rock music monuments. Should any progressive rock novice need to be pointed to a single representation of the form, 'Fragile' is it. The 1972 follow-up 'Close to the Edge' is equally revered.

Howe's restless creativity resulted in the release of his first two solo albums in the 1970s. He released 'Beginnings' in 1975 and 'The Steve Howe Album' in 1979 while he was still firmly entrenched in Yes' worldwide superstardom. Yes experienced several personnel changes in the 1970s, and although the band's sound and style varied on studio albums like 'Tales From Topographic Oceans,' 'Relayer,' 'Going for the One,' 'Tormato' and 'Drama,' Howe was a cornerstone.

After Yes disbanded in 1980, Howe went on to become a founding member of Asia, the supergroup to end all supergroups. Howe and vocalist/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes and drummer Carl Palmer enjoyed a worldwide smash with 1982's 'Asia.' The album spent nine weeks atop the Billboard album charts, sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone and yielded the monster hit singles "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell." 'Asia' combined the individual members' technical prowess with pop melodies and enough hooks to catch an ocean's worth of fish. 1983's 'Alpha' was also successful, but Howe left the band and pursue a solo career.

The musically proficient yet pop-friendly style of Asia was continued with Howe's next project, GTR, which he formed with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, also a member of progressive rock royalty. GTR recorded just one album, 1986's self-titled opus, which became a hit as did its single "When the Heart Rules the Mind."

Yes reappeared in Howe's life when he and fellow alumni Anderson, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Bill Bruford released 'Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe' in 1989. It's single "Brother of Mine" was a rock radio hit and a successful tour followed. In 1991, in an unprecedented move unmatched in popular music, Howe and seven other key members of Yes throughout its history joined forces for the album 'Union' and a hugely successful, critically acclaimed tour.

1991 also marked the start of Howe's prolific output as a solo artist. He issued 'Turbulence' that year and 'The Grand Scheme of Things' in 1993. Howe also toured widely as a solo artist -- literally -- and 1994's live album 'Not Necessarily Acoustic' was the result. He rejoined Yes in 1995 for the classic line-up featuring himself, Anderson, Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White. He has remained with Yes since, although it experienced some of its regular personnel shuffles in the late 1990s. Howe kept busy recording and touring with Yes while issuing solo albums like 'Homebrew,' 'Quantum Guitar,' the live 'Pulling Strings,' 'Portraits of Bob Dylan,' 'Homebrew 2' and 'Natural Timbre.'

Following an enormously successful tour with the "classic Yes" line-up of Howe, Anderson, Wakeman, Squire and White, autumn 2002 saw the release of Howe's ethereal 'Skyline' album. The 2003 album ‘Elements’ is the culmination of Steve’s vast musical experience. The band consists of his two sons Dylan (drums) and Virgil (keyboards) with Gilad Atzmon (sax, clarinet and flute) and Derrick Taylor (bass). Legendary artist Roger Dean created the album’s artwork.

"I began my musical journey with ears excited by rock and roll, the blues and later jazz. It seems timely that I can now combine these styles to make "Elements". To expand the possibilities I have formed Remedy, a group that performs my music. Here 13 instrumentals and 3 songs combine my influences, new and old, to explore how progressive rock developed its own personality".