Ex-Yes Frontman Jon Anderson Opens Up About Getting Fired As the band gets ready to release a new album and go on tour, Anderson is still bitter about how he was treated
*This article was originally posted By ANDY GREENE on JULY 6, 2011 4:40 PM ET @ http://www.rollingstone.com
When Rolling Stone posted the new Yes song “We Can Fly” last month it didn’t just provide fans of the legendary prog band the first glimpse into the band’s new album – it also allowed former lead singer Jon Anderson to check out what his band has done in his absence. “I wasn’t really convinced,” he tells Rolling Stone. “The new singer is singing good, but it sounded a bit dated to me. Also, the production wasn’t as good as I expected. They’ve got a great producer with Trevor Horn, so what the hell are you doing?”
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Anderson has reason to be bitter. He co-founded the band in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire, and with the exception of 1980’s Drama he sang on every album. In 2008 – after illness kept him off the road for four years – Yes replaced him with Benoit David, an Anderson sound-alike who previously fronted the Yes tribute band Close to the Edge.
Nobody in the band called Anderson to tell him the news – he had to hear it from a friend. “They didn’t tell me anything,” he says. “They were just off and running. But what can you do? I was pissed off in the beginning, but then you say, ‘Oh well, the boys want to go on tour and be rock & rollers. Let them to do it.’ Now people come see me and I’m suddenly 30 years younger!”
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Even before getting unceremoniously replaced, Anderson… Continue reading
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*Originally posted by Gary Graff, Detroit | July 11, 2011 5:00 EDT
Jon Anderson may no longer be in Yes, but he’s hardly wanting for creative endeavors.
The vocalist, who was bumped out of the band in 2008 after health problems sidelined him from a tour, has just released “Survival & Other Stories,” the first of three planned albums comprised of collaborations with musicians who answered a solicitation on Anderson’s website. Anderson is also working on a couple of “large scale” pieces along with new acoustic versions of Yes songs and an album with former Yes mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.
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“You open up a Pandora’s box of information, and there’s so much music,” Anderson tells Billboard.com. He also adds that he’s feeling “really, really healthy. I’ve never been happier or healthier in my life. I just feel really good about everything I’m doing.” Continue reading
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Jon to do three unique radio/internet events in July!
Big news! Jon will be doing two unique radio events in July – the first is a live broadcast on legendary KLOS DJ Jim Ladd’s Living Room, July 19th at 10:00 PM PDT. Join Jim Ladd as he sits down with Jon for a one on one intimate night filled with questions from the audience, stories of the road and a very special performance at the Brixton in Redondo Beach.
The second big radio event: Jon Anderson will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Jon toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast
Jon Anderson Live Goldmine Magazine Event – July 25th
On July 25th Jon will be doing a live Chat type event with Goldmine Magazine – one of the longest running collectors mags in the US – they did a great article about YES in 1998 I think (maybe 97?) – check out the link and info: http://www.goldminemag.com/live
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Glass Onyon PR is proud to be working on this legend’s touring promotion, which coincides nicely with the release of his latest album Survival & Other Stories.
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For Immediate Release
Music legend Jon Anderson (YES) releases new record 10 June 2011
‘Survival & Other Stories’
Music legend and original YES vocalist Jon Anderson will be releasing a new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories’ on June 14th. The CD features eleven new luminous songs with themes about love, life, understanding, healing and survival. Jon recently survived a serious health problem in 2008 and is now fully recovered and performing better than ever – he recently completed a successful tour of northeast US!
One of the most recognizable voices in music, the legendary Jon Anderson, best known for his work with Yes, Vangelis, Kitaro and other notable music artists, as well as his innovative solo efforts, is preparing to release one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, ‘Survival & Other Stories’. Featuring eleven new luminous songs with themes about love, life, understanding, healing and survival, Jon’s new CD has an inspirational message for all who will listen!
“About four years ago I just put in an ad on my website: ‘Musicians Wanted’… This is the result. Writing the songs for ‘Survival & Other Stories’ was uplifting for me on many levels, I was working with musicians from around the world Via the Internet, it’s a new world, music is a healing energy, I had a tough 2008, through illness, and the Music I’ve been writing since is a celebration of life on many levels…I hope you get the chance to hear the album..Big Love..Jon.” ‘Survival & Other Stories’ is the first of three albums to be released by Jon Anderson in the next two years.
Jon recently completed a successful east coast tour of the US, “An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson”, which featured and exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson’s prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions from his new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories’. Jon will be performing select shows throughout this summer in the US and Canada.
For tour dates visit http://www.jonanderson.com/tour.html
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