Reeves Gabrels (b.1956) is an American guitarist, currently a member and touring internationally with The Cure (since summer 2012), one of Britain’s best-known alternative rock bands. Gabrels is known for his long partnership with British singer David Bowie, with whom he worked regularly as guitarist, bandmate, co-writer and co-producer from 1987 to 1999. Before, during and since Gabrels has also independently pursued an active and wide-ranging international music career from bases in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and London. Since 2006, he has lived in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gabrels met David Bowie during a Bowie tour in 1987 for which Gabrels’ then-wife, Sara Terry, worked as publicist. Gabrels later (1989-1993) joined forces with Bowie and the Sales brothers (drummer Hunt Sales and bass player Tony Sales) in the rock band Tin Machine. Later, Gabrels became an essential part of Bowie’s nineties sound, most notably on 1. Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), and ‘hours…’ (1999), the latter two of which he co-produced. Gabrels and Bowie also created the soundtrack to the computer game Omikron: The Nomad Soul in 1999 for the game’s French publisher. Gabrels ended his professional association with Bowie in late 1999.
Gabrels is an accomplished composer/songwriter, musical collaborator, and solo performer/producer with varied credits.
He previously worked with Robert Smith of The Cure during the late 1990s, collaborating on The Cure’s track “Wrong Number,” and “A Sign From God” (with Jason Cooper and Robert Smith as COGASM), as well as the song “Yesterday’s Gone,” which Smith sings on Gabrels’ album Ulysses (Della Notte).