Tony Levin is perhaps best known for his work with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson but he has appeared on over 500 albums. He has worked with Lou Reed and our own Tim Finn; with James Taylor and Carly Simon. He even appears in Paul Simon’s cult film, One Trick Pony.
Over a series of emails I asked Levin some questions ahead of his 2010 visit to New Zealand for activities at this week’s G-TARanaki Festival. Levin wrote at length about his times with Crimson and Gabriel, told me that he considered Tim Finn “an amazing talent”, saying the one short tour he completed with Finn was a joy. “He’s a great guy to be with and great both in the studio and live, maybe even more of a talent in the live arena.” That’s not Levin’s only connection with New Zealand (and no, I didn’t ask if he had been to our Levin).
Tony has toured here with Peter Gabriel, “he had us go out on boats after our show; a few days of ocean fun!” He also visited New Zealand in a non-touring capacity for some time out after Australian shows (“I just wanted to check it out”).