Howard Jones takes delivery of a Steinway grand piano after watching it being hoisted over his house

Howard Jones grand piano crane
(Image credit: Howard Jones)

You wait ages for one video of a famous keyboard player having a grand piano hoisted into place using a crane, and then two come along almost at once.

Following our story on Herbie Hancock’s grand being lifted through an upper-floor window for a gig, eagle-eyed users have brought it to our attention that Howard Jones has just had a new Steinway grand winched into his studio in a similar manner.

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Jones’ joanna doesn’t appear to be quite as well protected as Hancock’s, which was inside a pretty substantial flight case, so we’re guessing there were a few heart-in-mouth moments as the piano was hauled over the roof.

Presumably, if he hadn’t been in to sign for it, it would have been left with a neighbour or behind a wheelie bin.

Jones and Hancock, of course, both featured in the now legendary synthesizer medley that was performed at the 1985 Grammy Awards, so we’re now expecting high-stakes piano delivery videos from Thomas Dolby and Stevie Wonder, the other two members of that merry band of musical futurists.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.