Jon Anderson: Busy 2024 With New Album, Tour

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Jon Anderson with the Band Geeks (Photo: Steve Schenck; used with permission)

Legendary YES lead vocalist and songwriter Jon Anderson has announced a new album with the Band Geeks, the group with whom he’s performing in the “YES Epics, Classics and More” 2024 tour. The nine-song album, simply titled True, arrives August 23, via Frontiers. It’s available for pre-order in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here. Watch a video for the first single, “Shine On,” below.

Anderson has previously toured with the acclaimed group of musicians. The 2024 tour runs for two legs with the first continuing through June. After a break, the second leg begins July 21. Tickets are available here.

In an October 2022 statement, Anderson said, “I never left YES in my heart and soul…ever!! Too many amazingly powerful memories. And of course the music never left me. So here I am, still wanting to sing the songs again, and bring my true feelings to the lyrics.

“Melody and lyrics has always been my passion. I sing them now with an older and I hope wiser state of mind.

“I’ve been wanting to have that feeling again…of performing the songs I lived for, and the music I helped to create and design, with the sound of the band of old around me once more. The first time I heard the Band Geeks I truly freaked out; they sound just like the classic YES of the seventies, the YES that I know and love.”

Anderson, who turns 80 on October 25, 2024, is one of the most recognizable voices in music as the lead vocalist behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the groundbreaking album, Fragile, as well as the group’s series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken,” “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band’s popularity. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout” and #1 single, “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” He has worked with many variations of YES, as well as collaborations with Vangelis, Kitaro, Roine Stolt and Jean-Luc Ponty, and released many critically acclaimed solo albums spanning Olias of Sunhillow to most recently 1000 Hands.

Watch Anderson perform a YES’ “Heart of the Sunrise” with the Band Geeks in 2024

Related: Our wide-ranging interview with Anderson

The Band Geeks began as the house band for the Band Geek podcast, an internet show created by Richie Castellano (Blue Öyster Cult). The band gained popularity on YouTube with their incredibly detailed recreations of music by artists like Queen, Toto, Black Sabbath and Yes, which have earned them over 30 million views.

Jon Anderson 2024 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)
Jun 25 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre
Jun 27 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Jul 21 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music Festival
Jul 24 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*
Jul 27 – Peachtree City, GA – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
Jul 30 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater*
Aug 02 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater*
Aug 04 – La Vista, NE – The Astro Outdoors*
Aug 07 – Waite Park, MN – The Ledge Amphitheater*
Aug 10 – Denver, CO – Paramount
Aug 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Aug 16 – Thousand Oaks, CA – Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center
Sep 11 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot
Sep 13 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Sep 15 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Sep 19 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Sep 22 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Sep 25 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center
Sep 27 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre

*w/Special Guests The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

Anderson’s solo catalog is available here. Yes recordings are available here.

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