Yes featuring ARW, Live at the Apollo

I am pleased to share that Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin, and Wakeman (ARW), Live at the Apollo finally has a release date, September 7, 2018.

The recorded live event is available in various formats,  highlighted with an opaque orange vinyl 3 LP edition. The orange vinyl edition is limited to 3,500 units.

The other formats available for preorder are CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.

I was fortunate to see Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman ARW, An Evening of Yes Music & More on October 21, 2016, at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT. They were grand together as Yes is Jon Anderson on vocals!

I’m eager for the live concert footage on the Eagle Rock Blu-Ray edition.

Track Listing

Side A
1. Intro / Cinema / Perpetual Change
2. Hold On

Side B
1. I’ve Seen All Good People : (i) Your Move (ii) All Good People
2. Lift Me Up
3. And You & I (i) Cord Of Life (ii) Eclipse (iii) The Preacher, The Teacher (iv) Apocalypse

Side C
1. Rhythm Of Love
2. Heart Of The Sunrise

Side D
1. Changes
2. Long Distance Runaround / The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)

Side E
1. Awaken

Side F
1. Make It Easy / Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2. Roundabout

An Evening of Yes Music and More!

Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman commenced their US tour last night in Orlando, Florida.

Here is a YouTube video of the Yes song, “Awaken”, which I am glad to know is in the show. Thanks TapeheadToo.

Can’t wait for the Oakdale Theatre 10/21 stop.

Opening Night Set List

Cinema
Perpetual Change
Hold On
I’ve Seen All Good People
And You And I
Rhythm Of Love
Leaves Of Green (Jon and Rick)
Awaken
Long Distance Runaround
The Fish
Roundabout
The Meeting (Jon and Rick)

Heart Of The Sunrise
Make It Easy (Trevor)
Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Encore:
Starship Trooper

You may enjoy the YouTube studio version set list, thanks John McDonald.

Dream, The Jon Anderson/Kitaro Collaboration (1992)

Studying Kitaro’s discography over the weekend has guided me to the collaborative music project, Dream released in 1992. It was an ideal discovery with a renewed focus on Jon Anderson’s creativity curve plus the affinity I possess for Kitaro’s music these past 40+ years.

Take  some time to dream along with Kitaro and Jon Anderson by giving a listen to their musical effort.

Two giants in contemporary music have joined forces to create one of the most awe-inspiring albums of the ’90s. Kitaro has taken his signature style into a new dimension of orchestral drama with three tracks featuring the breathtaking vocals of Jon Anderson, from Yes. Anderson, a longtime Kitaro fan, showed up on Kitaro’s Japanese mountaintop and hung out for a month. Their ensuing “marriage” of vocals and music is the result. Kitaro composed the music while Anderson wrote the lyrics. The songs revolve around the eternal theme of love, as in the transcendental romanticism of “Lady of Dreams” and the ecstasy of spiritual liberation in “Agreement”….This is a special album full of soaring emotion and spiritual upliftment. – Source: All Music

Jon Anderson Wins Prog Rock God Award

Next month Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman will be appearing at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut on October 21st. I can’t wait to see them perform live.

Jon Anderson received the ultimate prize at last night’s Prog Magazine Awards, accepting the Prog God Award from ARW bandmates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin – the trio’s first public appearance since reforming in January. Love the sneakers with the suit 😉

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Jon Anderson’s Joie De Vivre

I’ve always believed in Jon Anderson. Like John Barleycorn he has proven to be the strongest man at last. The energy surrounding Jon’s musical output is glorious in scope, intent and purpose.

He just finished a successful tour with Jean Luc Ponty. Jon Anderson has two next level projects to share with friends and fans.

Project One

Anderson / Stolt, the brand new duo of legendary Yes vocalist & singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and progressive rock veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have announced the release of their collaborative album ‘The Invention Of Knowledge’ for 24th June 2016 via InsideOut Music.

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The idea came to life swiftly off the back of a performance from Roine’s band Transatlantic, and Jon Anderson on the Progressive Nation At Sea Cruise in 2014, and was initially instigated by InsideOut Music label boss Thomas Waber. The duo set about crafting new music in the spirit of early epic works such as ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’, ‘Awaken’ & ‘Olias Of Sunhillow’, but giving it a modern twist.

Written & recorded over the course of 1 and a half years, the tracks have been in a state of constant change as Roine and Jon swapped & refined ideas by sending tracks to each other via the internet. In March 2015, an ensemble was put together by Roine to realise the music live in the studio. Joining him there was Tom Brislin (who played on the Yes Symphonic tour) & Lalle Larsson on keys, Jonas Reingold & Michael Stolt on bass and Felix Lehrmann on drums. The sessions were also bolstered by appearances from Daniel Gildenlöw, Nad Sylvan, Anja Obermayer, Maria Rerych and Kristina Westas who all provided backing vocals.

The full track-listing for the album is as follows:

1. Knowing 17:45
2. Everybody Heals 13:20
3. Invention Of Knowledge 23:10
4. Know 11.20

Project Two

This collaborative project has the Yes community of fans abuzz with anticipated fulfillment.

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LONG-TIME YES FANS, REJOICE! JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT AFTER A HIATUS OF 25 YEARS, THEY ARE TO REFORM THE DEFINITIVE YES LINE-UP AS ANDERSON, RABIN AND WAKEMAN (ARW).

“TO BE ABLE TO SING AND PERFORM WITH RICK AND TREVOR AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE IS A TREASURE BEYOND WORDS,” EXPLAINS JON ANDERSON. “I’M SO EXCITED TO CREATE NEW MUSIC AND REVISIT SOME OF THE CLASSIC WORK WE CREATED MANY YEARS AGO, IT’S GOING TO BE A MUSICAL ADVENTURE ON SO MANY NEW LEVELS.”
“TREVOR RABIN AND I HAVE WANTED TO PLAY YES MUSIC TOGETHER SINCE THE UNION TOUR,” ADDS RICK WAKEMAN. “AND AS FOR SO MANY OF US, THERE IS NO YES MUSIC WITHOUT JON. THE ‘HOLY TRINITY OF YES’ IS FOR ME, VERY MUCH A DREAM COME TRUE.”

I am ticketed to see ARW in October at the Toyota Oakdale. Can’t wait to experience the definitive Yes.

Momentum Builds for the Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Project

Momentum builds for Yes fans as news circulates on Facebook Fan Pages and discussion forums about the eventuality of an ARW music project which features Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

Courtesy of Janet Lynne Mocarsky

As a Yes fan, this is the nucleus I am most eager to assimilate. Call me a purist but I prefer Jon Anderson’s signature vocals set against a richly laden progressive rock backdrop.

Unofficial logo, fan design (Creds to Ben Metcalf, Winston Arntz)

All three artists have shared tidbits about the ARW project through their Websites. There will be a brand new ARW studio album later this year. A U.S. tour projected to begin in October (U.K./Europe, February/March 2017). An announcement about the tour logistics and hopefully more published soon.

Concert Review: Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman, Ridgefield Playhouse, November 2, 2011

We shared an intimate evening with legendary progressive rock artists, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman this past Wednesday night. The two former members of Yes leveraged their warm affinity for each other’s musical heritage effectively resulting in  a well-articulated collaboration.

Jon Anderson is the vocal heart of Yes. His gentle spirituality combined with his passion for Mother Earth endears you to him. The music he has co-written with Rick Wakeman,  The Living Tree is a notable departure from the Yes classics we know and love. The songs are light, yet provocative in their assimilation.

I especially liked the interweaving of Yes songs with Anderson & Wakeman songs. I found that to be a very effective method to transfer accessibility to The Living Tree compositions.

A high point of the evening that showed me the superior depth of the vast Yes catalog was the song  “Awaken” from the Going For The One album.  The synergy of Jon’s rich vocal instrument in direct harmony with Rick’s keyboard mastery produced a transfixing interlude. I have read that “Awaken” is Rick Wakeman’s favorite Yes selection. I have gained first hand insight why Rick Wakeman values this composition.  I watched him in close pursuit as his fingers nimbly traveled over the keys, accenting the music’s edges as the respected maestro.

We found Rick Wakeman’s British humor refreshingly entertaining.

My wife especially liked the song, Garden. She loves Jon Anderson’s articulation as he equates the planting of flowers in the garden with how loving a relationship can center us all.

It was meant to be that Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson sent us home with a romantic song for our hearts, “The Meeting” from the album that features the collaborative genius of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe. I was reminded of this video as Rick Wakeman played the piano and Jon Anderson sang to us.

Surely I could tell
When I sleep tonight
A dream will call
And raise it’s head in majesty
Dividing all my energy
To the meeting of your love

Set List

Set 1

1. Intro – 2001 A Space Odyssey

2. Starship Trooper (Yes)

3. Sweet Dream (Yes)

4. Forever

5. And You and I (Yes)

6.  Living Tree (Part 1)

7. Long Distance Runaround (Yes)

8. America (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

9. Garden

10. Living Tree (Part 2)

12. Time and a Word (Yes)

Intermission

Set 2

13. South Side of the Sky (Yes)

14. Wondrous Stories (Yes)

15. Just One Man

16. Nous Sommes Du Soleil (Yes)

17. Leaves of Green (Yes)

18. 23/24/11

19.  Your Move (Yes, Singalong)

20. I’ve Seen All Good People (Yes, Singalong)

21. House of Freedom

22. Awaken (Yes)

Encore

23. Roundabout (Singalong)

24. Soon (Yes)

25. The Meeting (Yes)

Three Concerts in Five Days, In Spite of Snowtober

We are ticketed to see Lucinda Williams tonight, November 1st and Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman, tomorrow night, November 2nd at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Ridgefield, Connecticut got 17″ of snow on Saturday October 29th. Like much of Connecticut(790,000 customers at one point) they were out of power until last night. Here is the updated message about their status posted on the Ridgefield Playhouse Website.

As of Monday evening, power has been restored to the Ridgefield Playhouse!
All shows, beginning with Lucinda Williams on November 1st will go on as scheduled.
The box office will open Tuesday morning at 9AM.
We expect our website to be back up soon. Please click here for ticket information.

We never expected that three concerts in five days would have this swirl of excitement and anxiety surrounding the events. Heavy snow, power outages and rough traveling conditions (Saturday) have added to the nature of our live music commitment. This all began on Saturday October 29th with the Trucks Tedeschi Band, Scrapomatic concert at The Klein Memorial in Bridgeport, Ct. We drove through a hectic snow storm to witness a fantastic concert by TTB (see my post from October 30th to learn more).

Our dedication as patrons of the arts has been tested this week. So far we are coming through with flying colors, as are the artists, promoters, stage hands, ticket takers and all involved in presenting live music in our state.

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman to tour

I just love the lilting sound of Jon Anderson‘s voice, especially when it is coupled with the magnificence of Rick Wakeman‘s piano virtuosity. I just learned today that they will be appearing together at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday November 2, 2011.

I am very encouraged to attend this event. It’s a rare opportunity to see these two musical artists who represent the true spirit of Yes.

Their 2010 collaboration, The Living Tree, will melt your heart when you hear it. These recordings have a healing power all their own.

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Jon Anderson has also just released a new solo recording, Survival & Other Stories.