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.