Former Yes Front Man Jon Anderson Talks New Album, Yes, and Asbury Park Show with 1071 The Boss (Interview and Video)

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Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson is celebrating the release of his new album, “1,000 Hands,” with a special show this Friday in Asbury Park at the Paramount Theatre, and he called in to chat about it with 1071 The Boss mid-day air personality Michele Amabile for a quick chat.

The new album, he shared, was 30 years n the making, and features contributions from the late Chris Squire,  Yes drummer Alan White  and a surprise contribution from Yes guitarist Steve Howe on the track, “Now and Again.”

The album also features pianist Chick Corea, flutist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, drummer Carmine Appice the horns of Tower of Power, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, and Jonathan Cain.

“Good music sometimes takes time,” he says of the album, produced by Michael Franklin.

Howe’s inclusion on the album begs a few questions, since Anderson has been touring his own version of Yes with keyboardist Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin while Howe tours with his incarnation comprised of White and Geoff Downes.

In a fun interview, Anderson also touches on his performance at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Yes, how Genesis drummer Phil Collins almost joined Yes, which song he wishes he would have written, and just when what is the possibility of a Yes reunion.

“You never know,” he teases. “You’ll be the first person I’ll call.”

Anderson is also working on a second volume of “1,000 Hands,” and a new book written by Dave Watkinson: “Jon Anderson and the Warriors–The Road to Yes” is set to be published this October–just in time for Anderson’s 75th birthday.

As for the show–expect a lot of Yes classics, including “Long Distance Runaround” and “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People.”

Jon Anderson will appear this Friday (Aug. 2) at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Show time is 8 pm.  The Paramount Theatre is located at 1300 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park.

Listen to the interview below:


Check out the lead single, “Ramalama,” below: