Things are looking up for Jon Anderson. Health problems and the friction between himself and his former Yes band mates seems to be behind him. The former Yes front man will be getting a spring tour underway on April 23rd which will feature him performing in the more intimate venues he has been booking in recent years compared to the larger audiences he was in front of back in the glory days of progressive rock legends Yes.
This tour appears to be limited to the northeast, but with an obviously healthy Anderson picking up steam and getting himself involved in various new projects, it would not be surprising to see him include more of the country in a future tour.
Anderson will be treating fans to new material from his forthcoming new CD entitled Survival and Other Stories. In addition, he will be including select material from his Yes years as well as from his successful solo career. Fans are certainly in for a special evening with a performer who is known for his ability to connect so easily with his audience on an emotional – some would say “spiritual” – level.
Anderson recently finished up a European tour with his old Yes band mate and renowned keyboardist Rick Wakeman after the release of their collaborative CD The Living Tree, which was released last October at concert venues and for general distribution in November.
In a somewhat unexpected development, Anderson’s vocal work can be heard on can be heard on Kanye West’s new track “Dark Fantasy,” a cut from his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy CD which has risen to the top of the Billboard chart as the nation’s number 1 album. Andersons vocals from his work on Mike Oldfield’s 1983 album Crises were sampled for the recording of “Dark Fantasy.”
Anderson’s upcoming tour and CD release are not the only things keeping him busy these days. He’s also worked on a soon-to-be-released CD from composer and producer Jonathan Elias which will also include guest work by well-known artists such as Sting, Jonathan Davis of Korn and Sinead O’Connor as well as a few names that might not be as recognizable to U.S. fans like Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Fans won’t have too long to wait for the release of Jon Anderson’s new CD, which is said to be set to his the street before summertime.
Anderson’s U.S. tour itinerary follows:
4/23/2011 – Somerville Theatre – Somerville, MA
4/26/2011 – Havana New Hope – New Hope, PA
4/28/2011 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
4/30/2011 – B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill – New York, NY
5/02/2011 – Musikfest Cafe ArtsQuest Center at Steel Slacks – Bethlehem, PA
5/04/2011 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/06/2011 – Princeton University – McCarter Theatre – Princeton, NJ
5/07/2011 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Victoria Theatre – Newark, NJ
5/09/2011 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
5/11/2011 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
5/13/2011 – The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performing Center – Plymouth, NH
5/15/2011 – Bates College Olin Arts Center – Concert Hall – Lewiston, ME
5/18/2011 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
5/19/2011 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
5/21/2011 – Woodstock Town Hall Theatre – Woodstock, VT
5/25/2011 – Ellsworth Grand Auditorium – Ellsworth , ME