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Jon Anderson Still Feels He’s A Member Of YES

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Co-founding Yes lead singer and songwriter Jon Anderson said that he would love to reunite with his former bandmates should an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame be forthcoming this year.

Anderson and legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty hit the road tomorrow night (October 27th) at Glenside, Pennsylvania’s Keswick Theatre in support of Anderson Ponty Band’s live debut album, Better Late Than Never.

Anderson was pushed out of Yes back in 2008 when acute respiratory failure temporarily forced him off the road. He was then replaced with Mystery lead singer Benoit David — who also performed with the Yes tribute band Close To The Edge. With Yes once again on the shortlist for induction, Anderson told Billboard, “It’s funny, ’cause I never felt that I’ve left Yes. Emotionally I’m still in that Yes entity. When we were very, very young as a band I realized that Yes is this thing above us. It’s something to do with the energy of who we are musically and not who’s in the band. People say, ‘What’s it like not being in Yes?’ and I feel like I’m still in Yes. I’m always thinking Yes music, and the best of what Yes has done is still alive and kicking.”

Anderson recalled performing at Cleveland’s Rock Hall, explaining, “When you walk around that place you realize that I’m part of that incredible amount of music, incredible amount of great artists, and my time will come when I’ll be there, whether I’m alive or what. I just know that what I did with Yes, what I did with Vangelis and what I’ve done in my career is part of the sort of jigsaw puzzle of music, isn’t it?”
Although professionally things had gotten sticky towards the end of their time together, prior to Yes bassist Chris Squire’s death last June, Anderson said he reached out and made one last connection with Squire to some up their musical ties: “35 years together, so when he was very sick, I emailed him and then we spoke. I just said, without him ‘I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, so I’m grateful for your life, I’m grateful for who you are. . .’ And he’s laughing at us now, as he would — he’s a very funny guy — ’cause he’s in the spirit world.”

October 27 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
October 29 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
October 30 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
November 1 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Library Music Hall Of Homestead
November 3 – Saint Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
November 4 – Milwaukee, WI – Center For Arts & Performance
November 6 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts
November 7 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
November 10 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
November 11 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
November 13 – New York, NY – The Concert Hall At The New York Society for Ethical Culture
November 14 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
November 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
November 18 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
November 20 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
November 21 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Showroom

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