And earlier in April, he played a pair of benefits shows at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, where he was joined by members of the Paul Green Rock Academy.
This time around, however, Anderson was going it alone for a solo show at The Egg in Albany, and he held his own nicely, balancing the evening’s program with selections from his solo albums as well as classics from his days of yore with Yes.
This was Jon Anderson’s show, to be sure. And at the Palace Theatre in Albany, his voice was simply amazing – maybe as good as it’s ever been. And that’s certainly no idle claim about a guy who celebrated his 67th birthday just two days earlier.
And Anderson’s distinctive voice was front and center the whole evening with no muscular, hyperactive prog-rock rhythm section to compete with. In fact, for much of the night, Anderson’s lone accompaniment was the keyboard wizardry of his old Yes-mate Rick Wakeman. Anderson chimed in with his acoustic guitar whenever the duo dipped into the vast Yes catalog of songs, but on the selections from the duo’s recent collaborative album, “The Living Tree,” Wakeman carried the whole load himself. Quite admirably, too, stretching from the baroque to barrelhouse during the course of a song, even though he was clearly in a supporting role to Anderson’s vocal fire-power.
“I love the ’40s music. It’s when I was born. I listen to the ’40s on Sirius Radio, y’know, Glenn Miller, all the big band stuff.”
Singer Jon Anderson teams up with his old Yes-mate Rick Wakeman for an intimate evening of classics from the Yes catalog, as well as songs from their new album “The Living Tree” at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday. Tix are $31, $45 and $75.
“The first record I ever bought was the instrumental, ‘Rebel Rouser.’ What was that guitarist’s name? Oh yeah, Duane Eddy.
And after that it was Eddie Cochran, which led me to Elvis Presley.
That was in 1956. Boy, it is difficult to believe that was more than 50 years ago.”
At the Palace Theatre in Albany, singer Jon Anderson teams up with his old Yes-mate keyboardist Rick Wakeman for an intimate evening of classics from the Yes catalog, as well as songs from the new Anderson-Wakeman collaborative album, “The Living Tree,” at 7:30pm on Thursday (October 27). Tix are $31, $45 and $75.
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