Jon Anderson Has Eight New Songs For a Final Yes Reunion Album
Like Al Pacino said in Godfather 3, “Just when I thought I was out, they suck me back in.” But in the case of Yes it’s usually a case of “Its not how you fall down, It’s how you get up.” In Yes it seems most family members eventually come home. We all like to talk about the revolving doors and fans saying Jon Anderson’s time in the group was done and dusted. Well, like we just reported concerning Genesis, you never know.
Rolling Stone magazine just reported on Anderson’s new album “1000 Hands” A project with a great name considering how many guest musicians on there including Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, the Tower of Power horn section, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and pianist Chick Corea.
This new album was an unfinished album from twenty-nine years ago that Anderson started with his ex-Yes bandmates Chris Squire and Alan White. Producer Michael Franklin approached Anderson about finally finishing the project so he and Anderson recruited all the new crew of musicians to play along with Squire, White, and Anderson including Steve Howe on guitar. Everyone was thinking they’re bad blood between Howe and Anderson because of Jon creating his own version of Yes with Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman but maybe they’re all good plus Anderson’s version of the band may be finished. Anderson said, “just called him up and he said he’d love to play on it, I haven’t sang with him in many, many years. It felt really comfortable and cathartic to do that. We’re brothers. Sometimes you don’t understand or misunderstand your brother and want to do different things. I think that is called a family.” Which bring us to a Yes reunion.
First Anderson will go on tour March 29 which he says will be 1/3 the new album, 1/3 Yes songs most likely, “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout” and “Sweet Dreams.” And the rest other solo Anderson songs. Anderson said he.d be open to a Yes reunion. “I’m very open to it, It’s been 50 years now. You think something has got to happen. To me, a great album has to be made. That’s what I think. I don’t know how it’s going to be made, but the final Yes event should happen. I’ve talked to a couple of people about it and they get it. I really want to do this. I’ve even written eight songs for the record that I’m thinking would work with a full orchestra and a choir.” When Anderson was asked if Steve Howe would be open to it he said, “I don’t know, Maybe he’ll read this article and say ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ I don’t know.” Steve, the ball is in your court.
Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and Anderson was on stage with them. – by John Beaudin
Arnel Pineda Not Leaving Journey & Neal Schon Not Needing Steve Perry
Lead singer Pineda just posted some solo dates on his website leading some Perry fans to gleefully start dreaming for a moment that maybe he was coming back? Well, even though guitarist Neal Schon says he’d welcome the legendary singer back he doesn’t really need him adding, “We couldn’t even possibly be doing better right now.” He told Atlantic City Weekly that even their management remind him that Journey couldn’t be bigger right now….yeah except if Steve Perry came back. You can say that Neal, it’s not true, but sure stick to that story. Who needs the guy who sang all the hits.
I really like Arnel Pineda. He’s an amazing singer and from all accounts the salt of the earth – truly a nice man but Steve Perry is an insurmountable hill to climb. Pineda followed both Steve Augeri )aw-jearry) and Jeff Scott Soto as replacements for Perry.
The article remind us that the current lineup (excluding Pineda) recorded the band’s two biggest albums, 1981’s “Escape” and 1983’s “Frontiers.” That’s Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory on bass and drummer Steve Smith. That does say something.
After Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year Steve Perry did show up but did not sing with the band. It showed some good faith but dimmed the lights on a future reunion. So if Steve Perry is not coming back the boys are left to celebrate the next best thing – all the players on those 2 classic albums. Saying they couldn’t do better?..yeah, unless Steve Perry came back.
So Pineda has some solo shows in November and December, Journey’s touring all summer and Steve Perry has promised us a follow up to his 1994 solo album “For the Love of Strange Medicine” in the fall even though that’s probably not going to happen so soon. Artists who retire have a tendency to take longer to come back. I’m thinking 2018 at the soonest. Perry describes the new album as a “cathartic” and “emotional expression” about the loss of a loved one. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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(14) Toto’s Steve Lukather Says Don’t Expect a Bobby Kimball Reunion
One thing about interviewing someone you’ve been listening to since your teens is when you hang up the phone I always think of all the questions I forgot to ask. Seriously there’s never enough time.
I asked Steve Lukather about the bands longevity
Toto have just released “40 Trips Around the Sun’ a remastered greatest hits with three unreleased tunes. The band’s 2018 ’40 Trips Around The Sun’ tour will continue in October. Go to totoofficial.com for details. – – by John Beaudin
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