Music News - Legendary singer/songwriter Jon Anderson's “Mysteries Of Music” special is now on Soundcloud! In this 40-minute special, founding YES member Jon talks about his own musical development as well as his appreciation for World Music and the sounds of nature. The soundtrack includes many examples of these topics, as well as the YES masterpiece “Awaken”.
Music News- Genesis' classic album , The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway era lineup reunited on October 2 in the UK to attend the red carpet premiere of Genesis: Together and Apart, a BBC documentary that focuses on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prog-turned-pop rock band's history.
The film also ventures into the solo works of Genesis' Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett, but Mr Hackett is unhappy about the amount of screen time his work garnered in the rockumentary. The guitarist, who departed Genesis in 1977, aired his grievances about the otherwise well-received documentary.
MusicNews- Check out this advanced listen, below, of Heart's Ann Wilson's heartfelt take on John Lennon’s “Across the Universe” for an upcoming Billy Sherwood-produced tribute to the Beatles. A Beatles tribute is certainly a challenge, but Mr Sherwood is gathering an amazing group of all-star guests to work on the project, while participating as a multi-instrumental throughout.
For “Across the Universe,” which originally appeared on the Beatles’ Let It Be album, Sherwood added a melodic turn on a Spector bass. “The record is coming out very cool, with interesting versions of classics,” Sherwood says. “I did some Tony Levin-type fretless on this one. I’m a huge fan of Tony’s playing.”
MUSICNEWS- Music legends JonAnderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have officially announced the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES founding member, and original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaroand Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” said Anderson recently.
The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars; well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards, virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson.
MUSIC NEWS - YES, the iconic and Grammy-winning prog rock band, released their new studio album HEAVEN & EARTH this week via Frontiers Records.
The band's current line up features bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON. Check out the lyric video below for "In a World of Our Own"
After having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades and featured legendary rock singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. Less of Yes from their heady Tales and Topographic Oceans and Relayer days, the new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts a more pop sound but yet unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance.
MUSICNEWS- Founding YES member and one of the most recognizable singers in rock, JON ANDERSON has announced a new band during a recent solo show. He revealed he's working with jazz/rock violinist Jean Luc Ponty and the odd couple is planning to start work on new material this summer (2014).
Anderson told fans at the gig, "I'm going to work with one of the great violin players. We start work in June, I think. Then we're going to tour next year. I love the violin."
Ponty is best known for his collaborations with rock legend Frank Zappa and he also contributed to Elton John's Honky Chateau album. But he is first and foremost a jazz great, who has worked solo and with Stephane Grappelli and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Illness forced Anderson to depart from Yes in 2008, but he recently revealed plans to start a new band.
He's currently on tour in the USA on a solo run. Details at JonAnderson.com
MUSIC NEWS- UK prog-rock legends Yes have announced a thrity five show USA Summer 2014 Tour. This time, for their 2014 dates, Yes will perform their 1971 Fragile in its entirety as well as every tune (three) from 1972′s Close To The Edge. They will follow up each show with an encore of the band’s greatest hits and material off their new studio album, Heaven and Earth; releasing July 8.
YES currently is bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison. The group will kick off the tour in Boston on July 8.
MUSICNEWS - Legendary prog pioneer IanAnderson will be releasing a new studio album Homo Erraticus on April 15 on his own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.
Ian and his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) will be touring the USA this September through November.
MUSIC NEWS- Legendary prog rock singer/songwriter/performer, and original YES member, Jon Anderson has announced a series of acoustic evening concert. Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in music, and is best known for his work with YES, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed a successful tour of the east coast in the USA with fellow YES member, keyboardist, Rick Wakeman and a solo tour of South America.
Jon's 2014 solo tour will surely deliver an exciting mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions from his new CD 'Survival & Other Stories'.
MUSIC NEWS- Founding YES member, Jon Anderson's debut solo album Olias Of Sunhillow will be released as a limited-edition Audio Fidelity title next week. The prog rock legend's 1976 masterpiece will appear as a numbered, limited-edition Hybrid SACD title, with packaging that features a series of artworks by David Fairbrother Roe.
The album, inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien and YES cover artist Roger Dean, Olias Of Sunhillow had the YES singwriter and lead singer, Anderson working almost single-handedly on the top-ten record. Last year he said told the press: “I locked myself away and went crazy out of my brain. If you go to do a solo album you should be by yourself, that’s what I was thinking.
MUSIC NEWS- William Shatner will be performing his new record Ponder the Mystery in its entirety along with the progressive rock heroes Circa: featuring Billy Sherwood, who produced and co-wrote Ponder the Mystery with Shatner, and Tony Kaye. Kaye is a founding member of legendary prog rock band YES, while Sherwood joined the band briefly in the the late '90s.
Film and TV icon William Shatner has an intense passion for music, which has yielded several solo records including the critically acclaimed Seeking Major Tom. This most recent solo record, Ponder the Mystery, which includes a stellar list of guest artists from the prog and fusion genres such as Rick Wakeman, Al DiMeola, Steve Vai, Robbie Krieger, Vince Gill, Edgar Winter, George Duke, Zoot Horn Rollo and Dave Koz to name a few, expands Shatner’s musical horizons due to the fact that all of the songs are original, written by Shatner and his musical partner in the project Billy Sherwood. The album will be released on both CD and vinyl on October 8, 2013.
MUSIC NEWS - The Boys Club; Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes, & Marc Bonilla to release "Live From California The Complete Concert" on September 9th 2013. The birth of The Boys Club started way back on April 6, 1974, at Ontario Motor Speedway in Southern California, at the Cal Jam rock festival. ELP and Deep Purple were the headlining acts and it was the first time Keith Emerson and Glenn Hughes appeared together on the same stage.
But It wouldn’t be until almost 25 years later that these two luminaries met again, this time under the new moniker of The Boys Club. The group was the start of Marc Bonilla’s long musical collaborative partnership with Keith Emerson, and was the beginning of the very successful Keith Emerson Band, featuring Marc Bonilla.
MUSIC NEWS- Legendary vocalist Jon Anderson, singer/songwriter of prog rock's YES for 35 years known for his musical work with Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento, will be performing special engagements in the UK, Finland and Sweden in August 2013. The shows promise to deliver an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo music career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon.
Says Jon, “Performing the classic YES songs I wrote for the band, and Vangelis work is always fun and rewarding... I'll be doing some New song ideas, plus a classic Beatles song, plus a couple of surprises. I just have the best time singing on stage...Hope you find time to come and see the show!”
MUSIC NEWS - The iconic and Grammy-winning prog rock band YES have announced their first-ever festival; Yestival, a day-into-night musical adventure for Saturday, August 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ (near Philly, PA). The multi-platinum progressive rock legends will headline the festival and perform two of their classic albums in their entirety: THE YES ALBUM and CLOSE TO THE EDGE.
Their set as well as the rest of the festival will be produced full QUADRAPHONIC SOUND. Joining YES in their inaugural festival are some of progressive rock ʼs most influential artists;
Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam, performing classic tunes and new songs from their new album Grandine il Vento, Carl Palmer ELP Experience, and The Musical Box performing the Genesisʼ pivotal album, Foxtrot.
MUSIC NEWS- As his Genesis Revisited live experience adds concert dates around the globe, and now a full USA tour, Steve Hackett announces the release of Selection on May 13th in the UK; the single CD album will feature a collection of songs taken from Genesis Revisited II and include a newly recorded version of Carpet Crawlers, a pre-tour treat from the legendary guitarist with Ray Wilson on vocal duties. Carpet Crawlers will also be available as a single track for digital download.
"This single CD album features some of my favorite shorter songs and highlights from Genesis Revisited II", said Hackett recently, "along with additional track 'Carpet Crawlers' sung by Ray Wilson, who joined Genesis as singer on Calling All Stations." "He does a great job here filling Gabriel's shoes, but with his own special style. It's great to be flying the flag once more for the early Genesis sound on the eve of the World Tour."