Yes frontman Jon Anderson's long-in-the works solo album, 1000 Hands, includes the final new music from Yes' classic lineup. 1000 Hands has a long history, with the first sessions for the album taking place back in 1990, with the finished album — originally titled Uzlot — featuring Anderson's past and present Yes bandmates — including late-co-founding bassist Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin. The album is set to drop on March 29th.
Other high-profile guest on the set are Anderson's longtime collaborator Jean Luc Ponty, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, jazz greats Chick Corea and Billy Cobham, along with Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. 1000 Hands marks Anderson's first solo set since 2011’s Survival & Other Stories.
We asked Jon Anderson if he was aware that for all intents and purposes, 1000 Hands marks the end of new Yes music — at least music featuring him, Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, and the late-Chris Squire: “No, absolutely true. It's one of those things, y'know? We did a song called 'Activate Me' in Big Bear, and I knew Alan (White) and Chris (Squier) were down in L.A. doing some work on something, so I got 'em in the studio and they put drums and bass on the track, and the last song on the album is called 'Now,' and we asked Steve (Howe) to play on it. So, he ends the album. And I actually, after hearing Steve play on that piece; I had to sing with him. I thought it was kind of cool for me and Steve to be together.”
Anderson told us that he very easily could spend the rest of his life going through the motions performing on the arena circuit, but he maintains that his muse leads the way: “I'm an adventurous human being. Y'know, people say, 'What are you going to do now?' — I want to do great music. I want to do some things that I've dreamed of for the last 20, 30 years. And I will do them. I believe I will, and that's the important thing.”
UPDATED: Jon Anderson tour dates (subject to change):
March 29 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Memorial Auditorium March 31 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino April 1 – Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts April 3 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse April 4 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC April 6 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium April 7 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Hall April 9 – Redding, PA – Santander PAC April 11 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre April 12 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre April 14 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall April 15 – Wilkes Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center April 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts April 20 – New Orleans, LA – TBD April 23 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Theater April 24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Orpheum April 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater April 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Cannery Hotel and Casino May 1 – Austin, TX – TBD May 3 – TBD May 4 – TBD May 6 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium May 8 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theate May 10 – Orlando, FL – Kids Beating Cancer fundraiser at Dr. Phillips Center May 11 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Theatre May 12 – Arlington, TX – Kaaboo Texas at AT&T Stadium August 8 – Detroit, MI – Rocking the Riverfront