Jon Anderson has exclusively revealed that a ‘Union’ with his former Yes band mates could be on the cards in the lead up to the band’s 50th anniversary. Anderson, who fronted the iconic outfit for almost four decades until 2008, made the revelation while speaking to eonmusic at the Progressive Music Awards, which were held in London on Thursday night (1st September).
The singer was among a host of names from the specialist music world that were on hand to receive gongs on the night. Taking place at the prestigious Globe Theatre, attendees included The Police’s Andy Summers, who was named the ‘Guiding Light’, producer Trevor Horn, who reached ‘The Outer Limits’ for his work with Buggles, and founding Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, who lifted the ‘Storm Thorgerson Grand Design’ award.
It was Anderson however who collected the nights’ biggest honour - 'Prog God' - a title which had been previously bestowed upon long time band mate Rick Wakeman. Speaking exclusively to eonmusic, the singer joked that it was about time that he had gotten a little recognition, like his former Yes partner. Said Jon; “it’s about bloody time! I said to Rick when he told me that he was going to be Prog God; “yeah, what about me, Rick, come on?!”
Asked what it was like looking back over his extraordinary career, Anderson said that it had reminded him of something that his mother had once told him. Said the singer; “I always remember my mum saying; “life is like the ocean; it goes up and down – you could be high one minute, and down the next minute”.
Anderson, who has recently teamed up with Wakeman and another ex-Yes member; guitarist Trevor Rabin in ARW, then went on to reveal that a reunion with his former Yes colleagues was very much in his mind set.
When questioned on whether a ‘Union’ bringing together ARW with the current Yes line-up was possible – in reference to a similar grouping that saw two differing line-ups of the band unite in the early-1990s’ - the singer was emphatic; “You never know, you never know”, he said candidly, before elaborating: “There’s the idea, if we get welcomed into the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame on our 50th year, which is 2018, that’s when we’ll all get together. There’ll be about twenty of us on stage. It would be cool!”
ARW's ‘An Evening Of Yes Music And More’ tour kicks off in Florida on 4th October, with European dates beginning in Cardiff on 12th March 2017. For a full list of dates visit the band's official web site.
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