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Yes Singer Jon Anderson Announces New Tour, Solo LP

‘1,000 Hands was started nearly 30 years ago and features contributions from Steve Howe, Alan White, Ian Anderson and the late Chris Squire

Jon Anderson of Yes at Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden on June 9th 2018Jon Anderson of Yes at Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden on June 9th 2018

Yes singer Jon Anderson enlisted Steve Howe, Alan White, Ian Anderson and the late Chris Squire for his new LP '1,000 Hands.'


Nearly 30 years ago, Yes frontman Jon Anderson began work on a solo album with help from his bandmates Alan White and Chris Squire. He never got around to finishing it and eventually got sidetracked by Yes work, but recently went back into the studio to complete the album with help from producer Michael T. Franklin. Anderson originally called the project Uzlot, but now that it’s finally done, he’s calling it 1,000 Hands. It comes out March 31st.

“I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one,” Anderson said in a statement. “To say that 1,000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Anderson recorded the album at Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida and enlisted numerous guest musicians, including Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and the Tower of Power Horns. “That’s where the title 1,000 Hands comes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record,” Anderson said. “Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned.”

Anderson spent the past couple of years touring with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and Eighties-era Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin under the moniker Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Howe, meanwhile, continues to tour as Yes with drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood. The two competing entities came together for a two-song set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2017, but have resisted all other calls to reunite.

But with his version of Yes taking the year off, Anderson is hitting the road as a solo act to promote 1,000 Hands. His touring band will include Michael Franklin (keyboards), Tim Franklin (bass), Matt Brown (drums), Tommy Carlton (guitar), Jocelyn Hsu (percussion), Antonio Esposito (keyboards) and Chris Charles (saxophone).

“I’m looking forward to putting on a great show,” Anderson said in a statement. “We’re going to do a lot of Yes music and some songs I haven’t sung in a while, and we’re going to do some songs from 1,000 Hands. I’m thrilled to be playing with Michael, his brother Tim, and all of the great musicians in this band. To be able to go out and give music to the fans is one of the greatest treasures in my life. We promise everybody a really special evening.”

Jon Anderson Tour Dates

March 11th & 12th – Orlando, FL @ Disney Epcot
March 29th – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
March 31 – Cleveland, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino
April 1st – Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Creative Arts Center
April 3rd – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
April 4th – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
April 6th – Collingswood, NH @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
April 7th – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
April 9th – Reading, PA @ Santander PAC
April 11th – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
April 12th – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
April 14th – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Holmstead Music Hall
April 15th – Wilkes Barre, PA @ FM Kirby Center
April 19th – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Center for the Arts
April 20th – Kansas City @ TBD
April 23rd – Tucson, AZ @ The Fox Theater
April 26th – Los Angeles, CA @ Saban Theatre
April 27th – Las Vegas, NV @ Cannery Casino
May 3rd – Houston, TX @ TBD
May 6th – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 8th – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
May 10th – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center Fundraiser
May 11th – Biloxi, MS @ Beau Rivage Casino
May 12th – Arlington, TX @ Kaaboo Texas
August 9th – Detroit, MI @ Rocking on the River

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