Howard Jones? THE Howard Jones?

When Howard Jones released his first hit single “What Is Love?” in 1983 I purchased the entire album. This initial smash hit was followed by countless more chart hits. I was told that when he used to perform he integrated several Simmons gear into his setup, for example the SDS6 step sequencer and SDSV (the emphasis is on “I was told…”).

For whatever reason Howard Jones was looking for two Simmons pads, I assume in order to integrate them into the percussion setup of his upcoming shows. One of the former Simmons protargonists forwarded my email adress and so I got his request purchasing two SDS9 pads last week. (Un-)Fortunately I don’t sell any gear from my collection. But I offered him to send two pads for free if he would return some Simmons gossip and pictures of the setup for my blog. He was very happy about my offer, but his counter-offer said that he would invite me for his Indigo2 show in London on November 6th. And I will join this show together with my wife!

Today the pads arrived in England. Howard kindly documented the arrival with a picture of him, together with none less than Rupert Hine, world famous producer, posing with my SDS9 pads. Thanks guys! Another story for my grandchildren!

4 Responses to “Howard Jones? THE Howard Jones?”

  1. Carlos says:

    Howard Jones was a big user of Simmons gear, he used SDSV, SDS7, SDS6 and
    I also beleive he uses MTM but the SDS6 In live situation give him a lot of
    troubles whem the unit erases the programing several times. Also his drummer
    in the 80’s Trevor Morais played Simmons Drums Live, 2 Fully Loaded SDS7’s
    along with a drum machine wich I read somewhere back on those days it was
    a Linndrum.

    Here’s a link so you can see, Greetings!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZbWHHkcBOM&feature=related

  2. Roger says:

    Howard is so under-rated. I think his hair back in the 80’s is what people remember most about him. It’s too bad because he is a fantastic song writer, musician and human being. Props to Howard and the Simmonsmuseum!

  3. jesper says:

    Two legends in one pic (and the pad). Time to spin some Rupert classics I think. I’ve always enjoyed his albums more than Howard’s.

    The SDS look sure is “in”. A friend sold his SDS-800 to Robyn’s live drummer (http://www.robyn.com). My girlfriend talked about catching a show in Stockholm in a few weeks. I bet the white pads will look great on stage!

  4. […] I followed Howard Jones’ invitation to join his show at Indigo2 in London. During this special concert he was supposed to play all 24 (!) songs of his first two albums […]

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