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Steven Wilson

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  • Born: Kingston-upon-Thames, London, Eng
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: www.swhq.co.uk/
  • Recent Activity: 02.11.16 Steven Wilson reflects on what the term progressive means to him, the age of streaming and more... https://t.co/IQyz61Mpe2
  • Steven Wilson

  • Steven Wilson

  • Steven Wilson


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Thanks to a prolific work ethic that puts even Damon Albarn's extensive list of side projects to shame, self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.'s most critically acclaimed cult artists. Born in Kingston Upon Thames in London in 1967, Wilson was inspired to pursue a career in music after devouring his parents' Pink Floyd and Donna Summer records, and by the age of 12, had already started to experiment with different guitar and recording techniques.

After stints in several groups including psychedelic duo Altamont, prog rockers Karma, and new wave band Pride of Passion, Wilson went on to form art pop outfit No Man with vocalist Tim Bowness in 1987 and his most famous creation, Porcupine Tree, in the same year, both of which he continued to alternate between, releasing 16 albums overall from 1991 until 2009. Despite these two long-term commitments, Wilson still found the time to pursue other projects, recording material under the guise of ambient electronica act Bass Communion, Krautrock revivalists Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, and Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen, during the '90s alone.

Showcasing his versatility, he also became an in-demand producer, working on records by the likes of Norwegian jazz vocalist Anja Garbarek, prog metallers Orphaned Land, and former Marillion frontman Fish; a music reviewer for Rolling Stone and Classic Rock magazine; and a guest vocalist on albums by Pendulum, Dream Theater, and Jordan Rudess. From 2003, Wilson also began toying with the idea of a solo career, releasing several two-track singles featuring an original composition and a cover version (of tracks originally recorded by Alanis Morissette, ABBA, and Prince), but it wasn't until 2008 that he released his first solo album, Insurgentes, whose recording sessions also became the subject of a documentary/road movie by Danish photographer Lasse Hoile.

His sophomore outing, Grace for Drowning, a double CD consisting of two albums titled Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye, followed in 2011, the same year he embarked on his first solo tour, was asked to remix the back catalog of King Crimson, and worked with Opeth lead singer Mikael Åkerfeldt on an album under the name of Storm Corrosion. Get All You Deserve, an audio/video package that documented the 2011 tour (with a crack band), appeared late in 2012.

Wilson then began writing in earnest for his new group (which included former Miles Davis keyboardist Adam Holzman and lead guitarist Guthrie Govan). The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories is a conceptual work based on a series of linked short stories written by Wilson or co-authored with Hajo Mueller. Wilson was also able to coax Alan Parsons out of semi-retirement to co-produce and engineer this set, which was released in early 2013. In October of the same year, he released the video/audio concert set Drive Home. The package featured a new animated video of the title track as well as "The Raven That Refused to Sing," two new songs, and a concert from Frankfurt during the previous tour.

In the summer of 2014, Wilson released Cover Version, an album compiled from six singles recorded between 2003-2010 and originally issued individually on his Headphone Dust label. Each featured a pop cover on the A-side and an original on the flip; all songs were performed completely solo.

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Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
02.12.16 The Circus Helsinki, Esx Finland
02.13.16 Cosmonavt Club Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
02.15.16 Yotaspace Moscow, Rus
02.29.16 Grand Theatre de Quebec Quebec, QC Canada
03.01.16 Massey Hall Toronto, ON Canada
03.02.16 Theatre St-Denis Montreal, QC Canada
03.03.16 Hart Theatre at The Egg Albany, NY US
03.04.16 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA US
03.05.16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY US
03.07.16 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL US


  • 02.11.16 Steven Wilson reflects on what the term progressive means to him, the age of streaming and more... https://t.co/IQyz61Mpe2
  • 02.09.16 Date announced for Sao Paulo, Brazil (March 20th, 2016) at Carioca Club. Details here - https://t.co/Hv691erfpY
  • 02.08.16 HCE model Carrie stars in a video for Transience she's made with Polish director Krzysztof Czechowski - https://t.co/XuSkPACx7V
  • 02.06.16 The Steven Wilson Signature series Babicz guitar is available for pre-order now - https://t.co/bNxaGkeCAl
  • 02.06.16 Less than 50 tickets left for the show in Budapest on the 22nd April - https://t.co/Hv691erfpY
  • 02.05.16 Steven Wilson performs @DavidBowieReal ‘Space Oddity’ live in London - https://t.co/9KsXnjvehv @GoPro @lassehoile
  • 02.03.16 Today in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Not the greatest compliment to name a burger after a staunch vegetarian guys... https://t.co/Jn0H2w19fg
  • 02.01.16 The current SW 48 page tour book is now also available online from Headphone Dust mail order: https://t.co/xuJRbEhVQl
  • 01.29.16 4 ½ has entered @officialcharts at 21 (#4 in vinyl), the German album chart at 7 and the Netherlands album chart #9 (#1 in DVD music chart).
  • 01.29.16 Steven appears on the new episode of That Pedal Show talking about his current live guitar pedal setup - https://t.co/HV0ffcFwKT
  • 01.28.16 The show in Mexico City on 11th March is now sold out! - https://t.co/Hv691erfpY #handcannoterasetour2016
  • 01.27.16 Hometown show in London tonight at the Hammersmith Odeon! https://t.co/m1S977nYqT