Jon Anderson On ARW..."A.K.A. Yes"!
Eight years after Yes hit the road without him, singer talks abour ARW, with Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.
Recently Rolling Stone spoke with Jon Anderson about the formation of ARW (Anderson – Rabin - Wakeman), what fans can expect on their tour, his relationship with Steve Howe and what might happen should Yes ever make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Asked how did it finally come together Jon says: “It was a question of timing. Rick was doing King Arthur Returns or something. He's always doing some historic, monumental work. I think it was the middle of last year when Rick phoned me and said, "Is there any chance Trevor is going to stop making movies?" I said, "Well, I can ask him." It's an incredible gig he has. He just said, "Maybe next year we can get together". And here they are!
Jon has been asked how do they pick a set list when there's so much Yes material: “Oh, boy. You get a hat. ... There were songs that I wanted to sing again that I hadn't sung for a long time, like "Perpetual Change" from the very early Yes work, "Starship Trooper" and of course musics that I did with Trevor. I wrote some songs with him for the Talk album, so we're throwing in a few of them and some 1980s music and classic 1970s Yes. It's very simple. You start playing them and if you're having a good time, you keep playing them”.
The other band members?
“The drummer has actually worked with Trevor, Louis Molino. The bass player has worked with Rick. I've known him for a long time, Lee Pomeroy. He's on tour at the moment with ELO. He's a total Yes freak. He's quite an amazing bass player and can play anything that Chris ever played. I think Chris is seeing everything from afar. God bless him. He knows what we're doing. He knows why we're doing it. We just want to celebrate the band and Yes music. This is who we are at the moment”.
Anderson has been asked if there's new music around the corner:“Yeah. We've written a lot of new music. Time wouldn't allow us to properly record this year, so we're going to probably record in January or February .