For Yes frontman Jon Davison, the answer is no. He asked to sing with Glass Hammer during the upcoming Cruise to the Edge concerts, and was rebuffed by management.
Glass Hammer will now be forced to appear with one of its former vocalists. That’s led to questions from some who wondered if Davison had left Glass Hammer for good — queries quickly brushed back on Facebook.
Up until now, the two-band arrangement has proved beneficial: Glass Hammer received an influx of new fans in advance of issuing a well-received new original album — and Davison apparently clicked with stalwart bassist Chris Squire, who has mentioned going into the studio to record new Yes material.
Yes even allowed Glass Hammer to sell some of its merchandise during a period leg of its on-going tour with Davison.
Cruise to the Edge, apparently, was different. The at-sea music festival, which begins on March 25, 2013, also features Carl Palmer, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited, Tangerine Dream and others over five days.
Glass Hammer’s Steve Babb says he received notice through Yes’ management that Davison would not be allowed to front both bands. Babb says Carl Groves, who was already set to rejoin Glass Hammer during the group’s 20th anniversary concert on March 10, 2013 at Chattanooga, will also appear with them for Cruise to the Edge, as well.
“We realize some of you will be disappointed that Jon Davison will not be fronting the band,” Babb told Glass Hammer fans. “I can only assure you that Jon and the other members of Glass Hammer immediately said ‘yes’ when asked to do the Cruise, but Yes management said ‘no!’”