In June 2011, he appeared on the second season of ITV series Popstar to Operastar and finished in fifth place.
In August 2016 he appeared on the Atlantis cruise line from Venice to Barcelona.
After supporting The Soup Dragons in 1989 Mc Gee then signed them to Creation Records. With Ride, Bell released three EPs between January and September 1990, entitled 'Ride', 'Play' and 'Fall'.
These included Ferry Aid's cover of "Let It Be" (1987); a cover of Cole Porter's "Too Darn Hot", that was included in 1990s Red Hot Blue album to raise funds for AIDS and HIV research; re-making Lene Lovich's "Rage" alongside her to be included in PETA's album (1991) in favour of a wildlife campaign; and performing twice on Big Spender's Red Hot and Dance events to support various AIDS projects (in both December 1994 and November 2004). Bell sang the role of Montresor in the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, released in 1991 and reissued with a new recording in 1999.
Bell's first solo album was announced in July 2005.
He told Barry Walters of Seventeen, "I want to be known as a good performer but it's important to me to take a stance.
If you're doing music, you should use it for something and have substance. There are definitely HIV-positive people who meet other HIV-positive men, and like still having unprotected sex.
Bell released his second solo album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010.
It was co-written and co-produced by Bell and Pascal Gabriel, who previously remixed "It Doesn't Have to Be" for Erasure.
The first single, "Crazy", released on 26 September 2005, included club remixes from his Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC and King Roc.
Electric Blue was co-written and recorded throughout 20 with Manhattan Clique (Philip Larsen and Chris Smith) who have worked with Erasure, Moby, the B-52s, Stereophonics and Goldfrapp.
There was a rumour that as part of the Great British Music Weekend concert in 1990 (approx) that Robert Smith (The Cure) refused to appear unless Ride were also in the list of acts playing.
Ride did appear along with The Wedding Present, Carter USM and The Cure.
Their third LP, 'Carnival of Light', was released in 1994, after shoegazing had given way to Britpop.