Jon Anderson Has Eight New Songs For a Final Yes Reunion Album
Like Al Pacino said in Godfather 3, “Just when I thought I was out, they suck me back in.” But in the case of Yes it’s usually a case of “Its not how you fall down, It’s how you get up.” In Yes it seems most family members eventually come home. We all like to talk about the revolving doors and fans saying Jon Anderson’s time in the group was done and dusted. Well, like we just reported concerning Genesis, you never know.
Rolling Stone magazine just reported on Anderson’s new album “1000 Hands” A project with a great name considering how many guest musicians on there including Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, the Tower of Power horn section, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and pianist Chick Corea.
This new album was an unfinished album from twenty-nine years ago that Anderson started with his ex-Yes bandmates Chris Squire and Alan White. Producer Michael Franklin approached Anderson about finally finishing the project so he and Anderson recruited all the new crew of musicians to play along with Squire, White, and Anderson including Steve Howe on guitar. Everyone was thinking they’re bad blood between Howe and Anderson because of Jon creating his own version of Yes with Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman but maybe they’re all good plus Anderson’s version of the band may be finished. Anderson said, “just called him up and he said he’d love to play on it, I haven’t sang with him in many, many years. It felt really comfortable and cathartic to do that. We’re brothers. Sometimes you don’t understand or misunderstand your brother and want to do different things. I think that is called a family.” Which bring us to a Yes reunion.
First Anderson will go on tour March 29 which he says will be 1/3 the new album, 1/3 Yes songs most likely, “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout” and “Sweet Dreams.” And the rest other solo Anderson songs. Anderson said he.d be open to a Yes reunion. “I’m very open to it, It’s been 50 years now. You think something has got to happen. To me, a great album has to be made. That’s what I think. I don’t know how it’s going to be made, but the final Yes event should happen. I’ve talked to a couple of people about it and they get it. I really want to do this. I’ve even written eight songs for the record that I’m thinking would work with a full orchestra and a choir.” When Anderson was asked if Steve Howe would be open to it he said, “I don’t know, Maybe he’ll read this article and say ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ I don’t know.” Steve, the ball is in your court.
Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and Anderson was on stage with them. – by John Beaudin