David Rhodes was born May 2, 1956 in London, England, the third of five children, to Philip and Elizabeth, a doctor and a homemaker, respectively. Among his early musical influences were his father, who played banjo ukulele, as well as the Telstars and the Beatles.
David started playing guitar in his early teens, while he was listening to a great deal of
blues and jazz music, but put music aside to follow other passions - namely rugby and the
fine arts. At the age of 21, he met up with David Ferguson after both attended an unsatisfying
concert, and the pair decided to break new musical ground by forming a band, unhampered by
the fact that neither of them had any particular musical expertise. They started as an
experimental performance group, which evolved first into Manscheinen and later into
Random Hold, where they were joined by bassist Bill MacCormick, vocalist/guitarist
Simon Ainley and drummer Pete Phipps.
The Randoms achieved some early success, came to the attention of Peter Gabriel and were
subsequently invited to open for Gabriel on his 1980 U.S. tour. Soon after the tour, David
left Random Hold, and has continued to record and tour with Peter Gabriel ever since
(a 25-year collaboration).
In addition to his work with PG, David has produced albums with T-Bone Burnett, Akira Inoue,
Indio and Massimo DiCataldo. He composed the soundtrack for the Italian animated film "La
Gabbianella E Il Gatto". David also collaborated with Peter Gabriel and Richard Evans on
the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack "The Long Walk Home", music from the film "Rabbit
Proof Fence". He has lent his distinctive guitar style to albums by a wide variety of
artists, including Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading and The Pretenders
(see discography for complete listing).
When not tending to his garden, David continues to work and tour with Peter Gabriel
(when last seen, they were Still Growing Up), and participates in other varied
and sundry musical projects.