jon anderson Archive

Best Music of 2016: Concerts

There’s a bit of overlap where my best albums and best concerts of 2016 are concerned. And there are some old favorites, too. John Mayall Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC March 11, 2016 It was only around this time that I pivoted to writing as a full-time job (in other words, how I make my living).

Jon Anderson and ARW: Yes Indeed

A few months ago, I conducted separate interviews with Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson. Both conversations centered around the then-upcoming (and now current) ARW tour, featuring three ex-Yes musicians: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman. I wrote several printed features based on those interviews; in addition to those, I’ve published the transcripts of my

Jon Anderson: Invention of a New Musical Collaboration

Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson kicked off a tour with two of his old band mates, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman on October 4; Anderson Rabin Wakeman already has dates scheduled into the end of March 2017. But in June 2016, Anderson released the product of a collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Roine Stolt (Flower Kings,

Album Mini-review: Anderson-Stolt — Invention of Knowledge

File next to: Yes, Flower Kings, Spock’s Beard Swedish multi-instrumentalist Reine Stolt made a name for himself with Flower Kings, a successful attempt at bringing the 1970s classic progressive rock aesthetic into modern times. The inimitable Jon Anderson was the voice of prog heroes Yes from their 1969 beginning until his departure in 2004. While

Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… When Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty first got together in 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, they didn’t know what wold come out of their collaboration. “We brought some songs, and we spent three weeks rehearsing. We did the show, and then it was only after we had recorded it that the music

Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 1)

Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson have long and distinguished careers in music. Anderson is known first and foremost as founder and longtime member of Yes, one of progressive rock’s most celebrated bands. And for many years – even before he parted ways with his longtime group – Anderson has worked outside of Yes on a