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Yes Legend Jon Anderson - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence

artist photo courtesy of Deborah Anderson

Find the complete Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Off The Road welcomes one of the legendary voices of classic rock, Jon Anderson, known for his decades with the band Yes, joining HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. Off The Road is a series of interviews with musicians remotely sharing how they’ve been touched by the pandemic and other crises.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is now a solo artist and recently released 1,000 Hands, which is filled with many special guests, including Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, the Tower of Power horns, and three members of Yes: Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White.

Jon also explained how his personal spiritual journey has roots in Hawaii, where he also has had a number of experiences. He even recorded an updated version of one of his songs, his “Prayersong”, originally released on the 1995 “Angels Embrace” solo album, just for HPR and this interview. As featured in part one, Jon told the story of how the lyrics to this come from a meditation prayer from Hawaii.

During his nearly 40 minute conversation, Jon also told some great stories, including one about the origins of Yes.

Tomorrow we’ll conclude the radio feature and post the complete interview.


Hear the complete new album 1,000 Hands:

Hear the re-recorded version of "Prayersong" Jon did for HPR:


See a 2018 concert featuring Jon:

Credit Tami Freed

Hear previous interviews Dave has done with Jon: a 2006 phone interview, a 2006 Hawaii Theatre dressing room follow-up and a 2013 phone interview.

Dave speaks with Jon at the Hawaii Theatre in 2006

Find the complete Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Find more interviews and features from Dave Lawrence.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road) and Stargazer.
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