Jon Anderson on rumors of a possible reunion with Yes: We haven't spoken in four years

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Jon Anderson hasn’t been in contact with Yes’ Chris Squire, about a possible reunion or any other project. “I haven’t spoken with Chris in four years,” Anderson said in a release this afternoon.

In recent interviews, including one with Billboard, Squire has said he talks to Anderson often — and that he’s “never ruled out the idea of working with Jon again.” News today that Anderson’s replacement in Yes, Benoit David, was ailing and would be temporarily replaced on the band’s ongoing world tour, had the rumor mill spinning all over again about a possible return.

Anderson said “the only e-mail I have received from him in the last 3 years was him asking for free tickets to my show in Mesa, Ariz., last week — very sad, but true.”

The former Yes frontman is currently on tour performing solo (tour dates and venues listed below), as well as recording new music.

Here’s a look back at recent thoughts on Yes’s Jon Anderson. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

JON ANDERSON – SURVIVAL AND OTHER STORIES (2011): Too often, it was like Anderson didn’t want to make a solo record that sounded too much like Yes. As interesting as these sideroads no doubt were, they gave few clues to how his own voice fit into the wider topography of the band. And they often were so idiosyncratic that only the deepest, more committed fans had the will to follow along. That is, until Survival and Other Stories, a rousing return to form that finds Anderson coming to terms with his own storied history, even as he transcends it.

SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: FORMER YES FRONTMAN JON ANDERSON: Anderson spoke about a broad range of topics – from key musical memories with Yes to the recuperative qualities of painting, and the role the Internet might play in reviving rock music’s long-dormant progressive spirit.

JON ANDERSON AND RICK WAKEMAN: THE LIVING TREE IN CONCERT: PART ONE (2011): Anyone expecting the cosmic prog-rock journeys of this duo’s work as members of Yes must have been a little disappointed — and not just with the spare instrumentation. More striking than the lean, guitar-free musical structures was how intimate, even grounded this concert performance was. If anything, though, this album speaks to both the individual trials and the shared will to overcome for both singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Each has had to grapple against some terrifying health problems, even as Yes continued on without them.

ONE TRACK MIND: JON ANDERSON ON YES, VANGELIS AND SOLO SONGS: Anderson shares unique insights into some of his more memorable tracks, and a few deep cuts, as well. Go inside the creative process as Anderson and Co. complete the epic Side 1 opener to 1974’s Relayer. Get insights into working with Vangelis, and find out why Anderson made another pass at the closing track from 90125 for a solo project almost 10 years later. And, of course, there are the lasting mysteries of “Roundabout.”

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Jon Anderson’s U.S. 2012 tour dates:
2/02/2012 – Mesa Arts Center – Piper Theater – Mesa, AZ –
2/04/2012 – Wheeler Opera House – Aspen, CO –
2/17/2012 – American Music Theater – Lancaster, PA –
2/19/2012 – Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ –
2/22/2012 – Anthology – San Diego, CA –
2/24/2012 – Ovation Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa – Henderson, NV –
2/26/2012 – One World Theatre – Austin, TX –
2/28/2012 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX –
3/01/2012 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC –
3/03/2012 – Parrish Auditorium Miami University Hamilton – Hamilton, OH
3/05/2012 – World Cafe Live – Wilmington – Wilmington, DE –
3/07/2012 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA –
3/08/2012 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD –
3/10/2012 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – New York, NY –
3/14/2012 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT –
3/15/2012 – Wilbur Theatre – Boston, MA –
3/17/2012 – Narrows Center For The Arts – Fall River, MA –
3/19/2012 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ –

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