1984 the devoted hobby photographer Levin published his first book
entitled 'Road Photos',
a collection of selected Black and White shots, taken during concert
trips with Paul Simon,
Peter Gabriel and King Crimson.
"I still do always have my camera, an Olympus Digital camera with me
whereever I am. And when I've got the time, I take pictures from
everything and everybody. I've got enough pictures again, to do a second
part of 'Road Photos'
including a few funny and entertaining anecdotes from the road.. And
I hope to be able to publish it very soon.
In the late Eightees Tony Levin worked with
Anderson, YES and
many others and was involved in countless album productions. First in 1996
the bassist released his solo debut 'World Diaries'. One year later the
Levin / Steve
developed and they released – ‚Black
had got to fame as the guitarist of Billy
Bozzio is most
known because of his work with Frank
album was followed by one more about three years later Situation
"Between the three of us was a certain kind of harmony, a special
vibe. That's why we had no concept for these records. We just stepped into
the studio and starting playing, not knowing what the result was in the
end. But the feeling showed us, that this was the only true way to do it.
There was a constant battle between Terry and the other two of us. Terry
is actually tending to drift away in his love for 12-tune music (a
technique of compositions of european electronic music, which developed in
the beginnung of 20th century.) So when he started do it, we left the room,
first coming back, when he had stopped. We wouldn't let him go too far.
after changing the century, Tony did another project with two musicians of
the band Dream
recorded two albums, which were named
1’ und ‚2’ This is a
classical example for progressive rock, but still aceptable for Heavy
Okay, two years later Pieces
Of the Sun’ came
out, the third solorecording of Tony Levin. This CD and also the
later released and current Cd "Double Espresso" you can buy in
any good sorted recordstore or via the Website www.tonylevin.com.
On this website you can view a large discography of the genius bassist.
"For 'Pieces Of The Sun' Peter Gabriel allowed me to use one of his
older songs, he never released by himself. I recorded it again. The other
tracks on the album I did myself. Maybe I should mention, that this was
the first longplayer, only me and my band Jerry
Marotta (dr), Larry
recorded. I'm proud of this album.“ CD's / Videos / Books
/ T-Shirts etc you can order here.....
Levins Solo Recordings
The complete Discographie of Tony h
e r e
For his own project, Tony hasn't got that much time left, because he's
still constantly on tour with Peter
over a year now. Up’
Gabriel's current CD wants to be promoted.The salesfigures ain't
that great yet. But at least the concerts are mostly sold out. The
insturments Tony uses on stage is a NS-Electric-Upright, a Cello, ein
Music-man-5-String and the old Music-Man-Sabre-four string, and an older
Gibson-EB2-Bass and of course the Chapman Stick. Exept that he's got
2 Trace-Elliot-Amplifiers, one Bass-POD and quite a few Effect pedals,
compressions and a Big-Muff-tuner of Electro-Harmonix. But on the whole
the bassist is still hanging on to the old instruments. "I surely try
a little bit aroung with new types, but I'mstill pretty much happy with my
usual equipment. But when I get something new inbetween my fingers, and I
like it, then I'm gonna use it.“
In the past I did this with the Warr-touch-Guitar. and a 3 string
bass, which rather is a rarity. And I don't use it very often. I like it
though. But it's more for the simple funk sound.For concerts with King
Crimson and Peter Gabriel I need more options of course.
what is Tony's true recepie what makes a good bassist? „Therefore, I do
not have the perfect answer. You won't believe, but when I listen to a song,
the very last thing I'm listening is the bass. I try to put the focus on the
whole piece.That's why I don't prefer music of other bassists. Which doesn't
mean, that I don't appreciate the music of other bassists. And of course
I've been influenced by other bass players as well. I listen to something,
hide it in the deepest memory of my braincells, and when I'm in the studio,
it often comes back again.“
is written by Tony Levin, where he's telling funny and humouros
stories and anecdotes from life in the studio and on the road. Between
classical music, Jazz and Rock. You'll also find cartoons and
cooking recipes. An entertaining funny lecture for fans, bassists
and those real artists of living.
name Tony Levin
stands for technical perfection and a maximum of creativity. (A musician for
musicians), who always knew how to realize himself, whether through is own
projects or in cooperation with other people. Too nice to be true. But has
there never been anything in Tony
live, something, what the king of 3, 4 or 12 strings rather liked to
have missed out on in the past? "Yes, there's been some things..."
Tony says with a smile. "And I'm still laughing, when I remember it. It
was on the 1980 tour of Peter Gabriel, when the band had to wear some sort
of sunglasses with mirrored glasses. Because of the flashlights on stage, we
were almost blind, and I didn't find my pedals in the dark. There were no
lights on them at that time. So I used them incorrectly, and I received a
terrible feedback. So every time I had to use the pedals I had to go down on
my knees and handle the thing with my hands. It looked pretty stupid. And
there was this other incident on the Secret-World-Tour,
where we had this second crossed stage situatated a little underneath the other. And
of course I once ran against one edge and injured my head. One roadie put
Gaffa tape around my head, and I looked real funny. Later on I needed
stitches. But however, these are just those little amusing things, what
makes life interesting.
But however, - over all... let's make music....
on stage with
Peter Gabriel 2004
Gabriel Growin' Up Tournee
is still lasting 'till July.Inbetween, Tony found the time to produce
another Cd for the California
Guitar Trio, which is due in September. And one more thing has happened
over the past months. Trey Gunn, who filled in for Tony in King Crimson a
few years ago, has left again. And who is coming next to work with
e r e
Fripp ? Of
course... – Tony
Levin... the probably best bass player in the world...