Yes Founder Jon Anderson Talks Release of New Album, “1000 Hands” and His Dream of a Yes Reunion (1071 The Boss interview)
Yes founder and lead singer Jon Anderson is finally releasing his latest solo record, 1000 Hands, this summer.
The album–a 30 year old labor of love–features appearances by the late Yes bassist Chris Squire, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Yes drummer Alan White, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Chick Coreo and Brian Chatten, who wrote most of the music, played keyboards and sang on the album, which is finally out on Blue Elan Records. The album’s title is a reference to the star-studded roster that contributed to the record, which originated in 1990 from sessions title “Uzlot” (pronounced “Us Lot” in Northern English).
Getting Howe on the project to play on the final track, “Now and Again,” was payback, he said, as he had participated on Howe’s Bob Dylan covers album.
“He owed me one,” Anderson told 1071 The Boss mid-day host Michele Amabile.
Anderson also shared his dream of one day having a full blown Yes reunion, once it’s safe for live shows again.
“I had a dream a month ago that I was actually backstage with my guitar realizing that I go on first, sing a couple of songs, and Steve Howe’s band goes on next,” he said.
Check out the interview below, which delves into the album, including the tracks “Ramalama” and “First Born Leaders,” a song Anderson performed last summer in Asbury Park at the Paramount with the help of a “cheat sheet” prepared by his wife.
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Have a listen to Michele’s exclusive 1071 The Boss interview with Jon Anderson below.