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February 8, 2012

Yes Replaces Lead Singer

Filed under: Classic Rock News,Yes — Real Rock News on February 8, 2012 (16:20)

Yes, the legendary progressive rock group, has replaced lead singer Benoit David. David is reportedly dealing with unspecified medical issues which forced the group to cancel the final three shows of their European tour. With David still on the mend, Yes has decided to bring in Jon Davison to fill David’s shoes so that the group can continue their tour which will take them to New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and Hawaii.

The announcement was posted on the group’s official Facebook page on February 6th.

There are some reports that David is struggling with laryngitis, which is certainly one of the last ailments a vocalist wants to deal with. There does not seem to be any indication that David’s replacement is anything other than temporary. Davison, who is a member of progressive rock group Glass Hammer is planning to remain with the group according to the group’s official website.… Continue reading

September 8, 2011

Jon Anderson: Another Rock and Roll Survivor

Filed under: Classic Rock News,Yes — Real Rock News on September 8, 2011 (17:01)

Almost a year ago I wrote about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dubbing him “The Ultimate Rock and Roll Survivor.” This time, as the article I saw that inspired this post observed, Jon Anderson is another musician who has earned the right to be considered a rock and roll survivor. What the two have survived has little in common beyond rock and roll. While Richards was known as a more typical practitioner of the rock star lifestyle who makes no secret of his years of drug use, sizing up Jon Anderson brings to mind words like cerebral and spiritual.

jon-andersonAnderson, a founding member of the progressive rock group Yes, is no longer associated with the band, which is something that’s obvious after listening to the group’s first new album since Anderson’s departure, although it might be more accurate to say that it was Yes that departed and left Anderson to make his own way.… Continue reading

July 6, 2011

Jon Anderson Showcases Other Side of Yes

Filed under: Classic Rock News,Yes — Real Rock News on July 6, 2011 (09:54)

His days on the big stage in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans may be over, but it’s a certainty that making music and sharing it with fans is not something Jon Anderson is ready to stop doing yet. It appears that quite a few people are curious about what he’s up to these days, how his health is holding up and why he’s not on the road with his old group as they tour with fellow classic rock legends Styx this summer.

jon-andersonThose issues have been given space here in the past, but perhaps it’s worth posting an update regarding Anderson’s current activities. It looks like his health is holding up pretty well given his current activities and that is great news for fans who wondered if he would ever perform again after his health scare during 2008.

Yes fans who now consider themselves more enthusiastic about Jon Anderson than a revamped Yes with a new front man occupying Anderson’s place on stage may be in luck this summer, but that depends a lot on where they live or their willingness to invest the time and money it would take to travel in order to catch one of his shows.… Continue reading

May 23, 2011

New CD From Jon Anderson Closer to Release

Filed under: Classic Rock News,Yes — Real Rock News on May 23, 2011 (13:43)

This one’s been in the oven for a while, but a new announcement may be a signal that the release of Jon Anderson’s new CD may be imminent. Anderson, is best known for his work with legendary classic rockers Yes. Yes was probably the first truly progressive rock group that really caught my attention back in the 1970’s. Anderson, along with guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Bill Bruford, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and bassist Chris Squire blew me away with Yes’ fourth album, Fragile.

jon-anderson-survival-and-other-storiesIt was the amazing creativity and technical prowess of Yes that led me to embrace the music of other progressive rockers of the era such as Rush, Max Webster, Kansas, and Frank Zappa. Although my appreciation for other genres has expanded over the years, it was the progressive rock groups of the 70’s that formed the cornerstone of the foundation upon which my appreciation of music has been constructed through the decades.… Continue reading

March 29, 2010

Yes And Jon Anderson Content To Go Separate Ways

Filed under: Classic Rock News,Yes — Real Rock News on March 29, 2010 (13:43)

Jon Anderson does not sound like the kind of guy who holds a grudge. Long-known as a very spiritual kind of fellow, he has come to terms with the physical limitations that are preventing him from taking his old spot in front of legendary progressive rock group Yes.

In a recent telephone interview with the The Hamilton Spectator, Anderson sounds like a man who has made peace with his place in the grand scheme of things, as well as with this former band mates. Although initially miffed when he learned that the rest of the group would embark on the planned 40th anniversary tour without him, he’s since reached the conclusion that, “They were busy. They were just guys who had to make a living.”

Anderson concedes that he is in no shape to handle the kind of tour schedule that Yes had planned. A severe asthma attack that nearly ended his life in 2008 has greatly reduced his ability to push himself to the limits that he once could.… Continue reading

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