A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.
Featuring news/updates and commentary/analysis of Trevor's career and associated projects.
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Monday, March 20, 2023

Collector's Corner: 90124 on vinyl

Spotted on Instagram...Trevor's 2003 archival project of various production demos 90124 was released on vinyl last month by UK-based archival concern Blue Day Label in a two-disc set of clear vinyl.  It appears to be the same mastering as in the Changes boxset.  I haven't been able to verify whether this is officially licensed or not, however, so purchase at your own risk.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Update: stringing for Joe

As I reported on back in May of 2021, Trevor was involved in a collaboration with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa which he had hinted at in previous interviews.  It looks like that project will finally hit the stage on August 9th, and received a mention in an interview published yesterday on cleveland.com.

Bonamassa’s seemingly always busy. After the spring tour wraps up, he’s off to his Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea VIII cruise and then another live recording, this one at the Hollywood Bowl. That will be with a full orchestra with string arrangements by veteran arranger and composer David Campbell (also known as Beck’s dad) and producer-guitarist Trevor Rabin (Yes).

“That will be fun. You’ve got to be very selective about the songs because you go from seven pieces to 70,” Bonamassa said of expanding his band to include orchestral instruments.

The listing for the show on the venue website enthuses: Be there for his Hollywood Bowl debut, when he’ll team up with an orchestra for a special concert unlike anything he’s done before.

I suppose we could speculate that Trevor might make a guest appearance of some kind but at the very least it will be interesting to hear his string arrangements once again, as long-time fans are familiar with his efforts in that area during the South African years of Trevor's career.

Friday, January 27, 2023

An artistic voice for justice

As we know, Trevor's family features a number of creative people in each generation, and one of those is his cousin, South African artist Willian Kentridge, the son of barristers Sydney and Felicia Kentridge.

His work is multimedia-based, specializing in drawing, sculpture, live performance, animation and film; the majority of which addresses South Africa's history as regards the subjects of apartheid and colonialism. William and his work has been described thus:
[...]a remarkably versatile artist whose work combines the political with the poetic[...]his work is often imbued with dreamy, lyrical undertones or comedic bits of self-deprecation that render his powerful messages both alluring and ambivalent.

from Fortuna (2013)

William's work is currently in exhibition at The Broad art museum in Los Angeles, the installation is titled In Praise of Shadows, which will be running through April 9th of this year.

He was also profiled by The New Yorker in 2010, and it's a very insightful article regarding the history of his career and also his life, the variety of his work, and the various influences upon it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

National Treasure: Edge of History soundtrack release

This is the year of new music from Trevor!  The press release for the National Treasure: Edge of History soundtrack hit various news blogs yesterday, so I will link the always reliable Film Music Reporter article here:


The digital release of the album is today, available on various platforms for streaming and purchase.  

Trevor receives leading credit for the score but additional music written by Paul Linford is also included, and there are several songs sung by actor Jake Austin Walker, who plays Liam in the show.

Friday, January 13, 2023

the b-word

It's going to be a very special year and so to kick it off let's wish this man a very happy birthday!

a rare publicity photo from 1978

Thursday, January 5, 2023

#tbt: a brush with greatness

Recently, multi-talented musician Dave Kerzner shared a photo of himself with Trevor at what I am guessing is a NAMM convention in 1989, which likely would have been the West Coast edition in March.  Their collective '80s hair is still very much in place and we love to see it!


Saturday, December 31, 2022

This acquaintance ne'er will be forgot!

My deep gratitude to the Southern African Music Archive channel on YouTube for posting the full version of "Auld Lang Syne Rock" which is more along the lines of the recordings which The Beatles used to make for their fan club during the holidays, with all the boys taking a turn at the mic to give their well wishes to the loyal listeners.  This has also been posted on the official Rabbitt page on Facebook.

A very happy and healthy 2023 to everyone, with the hope that we all find our way to better days and desired pursuits.