VIR­GIL HOWE RE­MEM­BERED

In­sid­eOut con­firm that Nexus will be re­leased in trib­ute to the mu­si­cian.

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“I am ut­terly dev­as­tated to lose my friend and a pos­i­tive force in my life.”

The gifted Howe fam­ily – and the world of mu­sic – suf­fered a ter­ri­ble loss on Septem­ber 11 when Steve’s younger son Vir­gil died sud­denly, aged just 41.

Vir­gil was the drum­mer for rock band Lit­tle Bar­rie, who he was due to tour with in Septem­ber, but also played on and pro­duced many other projects, not least his col­lab­o­ra­tions with his fa­ther and with Yes. A state­ment on Yes’ Face­book page de­scribed the shock as “tragic, un­ex­pected”, an­nounc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the re­main­ing dates on the Yes­ti­val tour and thank­ing fans for their un­der­stand­ing and sup­port, and for re­spect­ing the Howe fam­ily’s pri­vacy.

Lit­tle Bar­rie band­mate Bar­rie Cado­gan said, “We are heart­bro­ken that we have lost our dear friend and brother Vir­gil”, while bassist Lewis Whar­ton added, “I am ut­terly dev­as­tated to lose my friend and a pos­i­tive force in my life.” Howe Jnr was de­scribed as “a beau­ti­ful and bril­liant man” by DJ Eddy Tem­ple-Mor­ris, and by mu­si­cian Steve Ma­son as a “colos­sal drum­mer [who] will be hugely missed.” Oth­ers who knew him – some through his Soho Ra­dio show – spoke of his friend­li­ness, pos­i­tiv­ity and kind­ness.

Born in Lon­don in 1975, Steve Howe’s sec­ond son (el­dest Dy­lan re­cently played drums with Yes) fea­tured on many Howe solo records. He played key­boards on The Grand Scheme Of Things (1993) and Spec­trum (2005), and was in Steve Howe’s Rem­edy band, who re­leased Ele­ments in 2003 and toured the UK. He also wrote and played on 2011’s Time, and the re­cent re­lease Steve Howe: An­thol­ogy 2: Groups And Col­lab­o­ra­tions has Vir­gil drum­ming on sev­eral pre­vi­ously un­re­leased tracks.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, he also con­trib­uted to the rich and com­plex his­tory of Yes, pro­duc­ing the Yes Remixes al­bum in 2003. Un­der the name of The Verge, he re-imag­ined 11 of Yes’ best-known tracks into a techno-dance con­text.

More re­cently, he and his fa­ther teamed up for an al­bum of fresh in­stru­men­tals, Nexus. Steve Howe told Prog 80, “I’ve done a wealth of dif­fer­ent things but I haven’t done any­thing like this be­fore.” He ex­plained that it moved across gen­res, set­ting the fa­ther’s gui­tars across the son’s elec­tron­ica, synths and pianos. “We didn’t need any­one or any­thing else,” he added proudly, in­sist­ing that “most of the credit” went to Vir­gil. CR

VIR­GIL AND STEVE HOWE DUR­ING

THE RECORD­ING OF NEXUS.

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