This article is from 2006.
5 reasons to go see Howard Jones
1. He’s an electronic legend, but he’s trying to get over it.
A recent remix collaborator of Ferry Corsten and Eric Prydz, Howard Jones might be no Kraftwerk, but he was still in the charts mucking about with synthesisers when techno was a twinkle on the Detroit skyline. But these shows will be all-acoustic, emphasising Jones’ ivory-tinkling skills.
2. He’ll still be playing the hits, though.
Voted best keyboard player in the world by Rolling Stone in 1986 and headlining Madison Square Garden a couple of years later, Jones was a big noise in the 80s. Songs like ‘Like to Get to Know You Well’, ‘New Song’ and ‘No One is to Blame’ were worldwide hits.
3. He’s the fifth Beatle. And the fourth Sugababe.
Okay, so that’s not strictly true. But Jones did play keyboards on Ringo Starr’s 2001 US tour, and write the track ‘Blue’ for the ‘Babes’ second album Angels With Dirty Faces. That’s a unique musical pedigree by anyone’s standards.
4. He was on TV show Hit Me Baby, One More Time. Is that a good reason? Well at least he didn’t suffer the ignominy of actually winning either the UK or US version. He was, after all, up against Tiffany and Irene Cara (she of Flashdance fame).
5. He’s resilliant.
Ever the futurist, Jones released his latest album Revolution of the Heart (file under ‘very retro’) through his own website. The days of onstage mime artists and ludicrous feathercut bouffants have similarly been consigned to the skip of history.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, 9-12 Aug, 10.30pm, £11.