We were making Tales from Topographic Oceans, and we were in a studio called Morgon. It was the first 24 track-studio in London, and we were there for four months. When we got in the studio, being post-hippie, we needed to make it a bit friendly. Jon said, "I'd like a bathroom to sing in." So he had three walls brought in, tiled, and he sung in a booth with three walls of tiles so it sounded like his bathroom. Jon and I were having a lot of fun.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.
Last week Guitar World received a visit from legendary Yes/Asia guitarist Steve Howe...which was certainly a treat for a few of the longtime Yes fans here in the office (particularly editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski and music editor Jimmy Brown).
According to Jimmy, who conducted the interview and lesson with Steve, the guitarist was in great spirits and really seemed to enjoy himself. He talked extensively about the current Asia reunion tour and new Phoenix album, as well as the upcoming Yes tour. He gave a lot of interesting details about the gear he's using these days and talked at length about his diverse musical influences and his career as a guitarist, songwriter and arranger.
As for the lesson part, Steve took a liking to a Martin acoustic we had here in the office and showed how he plays such classic Yes tracks as "Roundabout," "Mood for a Day," "Starship Trooper," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," as well as signature Yes solo pieces like "Clap" and "Mood for a Day."
Look for the interview and lesson to appear in an upcoming issue of Guitar World and on the Guitar World CD-ROM! And yes, he signed the office guitar (see March 25 Fine Print post)...