Jon Anderson ‘1000 Hands’ LP, Tour Coming

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It’s been decades in the making and still has no formal release date, but longtime Yes vocalist Jon Anderson is expected to finally be releasing his next solo album, 1000 Hands, in the next few months. A 2019 solo tour already has a few dates that have cropped up. (See below.)

1000 Hands, as the name implies, includes collaborations with many others. While that may not total 500 (i.e., 1000 hands), the album does feature contributions from many of Anderson’s former Yes bandmates including, notably, the group’s late bassist Chris Squire, as well as longtime guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitarist Trevor Rabin (the Yes alums with whom Anderson has been performing with for several years).

The ‘1000 Hands’ whom Anderson collaborated with on the album date back decades

Other classic rock guests of note include Ian Anderson, Jean Luc Ponty, Jonathan Cain, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. Anderson has set up a Facebook page for the project.

Anderson, who’ll turn 75 on October 25, 2019, told the website Growing Bolder that he had been working on the album on-and-off since around 1990. “The tapes got put in my garage but I forgot about them because I was on tour with Yes and recording other albums.” He and producer Michael Franklin are aiming for a spring 2019 release.

Jon Anderson, Lakewood Theatre, Dallas, Tex., Sept. 16, 2010 (Photo: Daniel Cox; used with permission)

Anderson says: “I’m healthier, I sing as strong as ever, I have a great friendship with a lot of musicians and I hold them very dear. Music always brings you together.”

On Dec. 22, a new song, “Love is Everything,” was released for the year-end holidays. It doesn’t appear on the album’s preliminary track listing, though 1000 Hands imagery appear towards the end of the YouTube post.

Anderson has released more than a dozen solo albums since his first such effort, Olias of Sunhillow, was released by Atlantic in 1976. 1000 Hands will be his first since 2011’s Survival & Other Stories. Since 2016, he’s been part of a trio of Yes alums, with Wakeman and Rabin. In 2018, they have billed themselves as Yes Featuring Anderson Rabin Wakeman and touted a 100-date world tour to celebrate the progressive rock band’s 50th anniversary. A Yes boxed set was also promised for August 2018 but fans had to make do with a Eagle Rock-issued live ARW release.

And other than some European and U.K. dates last summer and a very brief U.S. tour in September, there have been no follow-up ARW concert announcements.

Related: Our review of a 2016 Anderson Rabin Wakeman concert

1000 Hands Track Listing (Still unconfirmed)
First Born Leaders
Now Variations
Makes Me Happy
I Found Myself
Twice in a Lifetime
Come Up

Watch what many consider to be the classic Yes lineup perform “Wonderous Stories”

2019 concerts have begun appearing though no formal tour announcement had been made. Several of the shows were originally scheduled for February but have been pushed back, to coincide with the album release. Some are billed as Jon Anderson Yes Experience; others as Jon Anderson 1000 Hands tour. The album’s producer, Michael Franklin, indicates that Anderson will be featured with eight musicians performing the music of Yes, Jon and Vangelis, the Olias album and songs from 1000 Hands. See below for preliminary dates.

Jon Anderson 2019 Solo Tour (Tickets for many of the dates are on Ticketmaster)

Mar 31 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino
Apr 03 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Apr 04 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
Apr 06 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
Apr 07 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Hall
Apr 11 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Apr 12 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
May 11 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Theatre

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  1. EVE
    #1 EVE 27 December, 2018, 20:43


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  2. Joe
    #2 Joe 10 January, 2019, 18:58

    Who’s in the band for these shows

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  3. californiakid
    #3 californiakid 15 January, 2019, 11:12

    please come some where within a couple hundred miles from Oklahoma city!!!

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