Tony Kaye releases “Flight 11” as the first track from his forthcoming debut solo album “End Of Innocence” on Spirit Of Unicorn Music and distributed via Cherry Red Records. Listen to the track through the YouTube player below:
The former YES keyboard legend was moved to commit his thoughts and feelings to a heartfelt personal musical interpretation following the terrible events of 9/11. “End Of Innocence” is a requiem for those who lost their lives and all those touched by those horrific events, a powerful and emotional suite, both beautiful and sinister, reflecting the dark forces at work that day.
The drama of that fateful day began when terrorists seized control of American Airlines’ Flight 11 from Boston to LA. This track reflects the struggles on board, portrayed by Jay Schellen‘s (Circa, YES) dynamic drum solo and the plaintive calls made to the tower by flight attendants Amy Sweeney and Betty Ong, before the plane was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre.
Kaye‘s response to 9/11 was to retrieve his keyboards, stored away in his garage for 5 years having retired from the music business, and begin to interpret his feelings in the only way he knew, through his music.
“I’ve been friends with Jay Schellen from YES for a long time,” said Tony Kaye, “and reconnected on the 50th anniversary in 2018 when I came back into the band for a little while. So, I asked him to help on this track depicting the scene inside the planes. I wanted a drum solo – Jay’s just the guy to do that – and it includes the conversations stewardesses had with the tower. It was an emotional track and Jay did great drums on it.“
“I lost friends,” Kaye adds. “I knew a lady who was on one of the planes. It made it personal, knowing that she was on the plane.”
“End Of Innocence” is released in CD Format on September 10, 2021 via Spirit Of Unicorn Music and distributed through Cherry Red Records to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/Twilight Time
- 911 Overture
- NYC Blues
- Battle Cry
- 285 Fulton Street
- Let’s Roll
- Tug of War
- Flight 11
- Towers Fall
- Sweetest Dreams
- The Battle
- Hope and Triumph
- Ground Zero
Produced by Tony Kaye
All tracks composed by Tony Kaye except “Sweetest Dreams” by Dani Torchia.
Pre-order the album here: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/tony-kaye-end-of-innocence/
Tony Kaye, Spirit of Unicorn Music and Cherry Red Records are donating 10% of all profits from “End of Innocence” to: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/ The charity supports veterans, defenders and first responders in times of hardship.