‘We have a new album coming out': Yes’ Steve Howe brushes aside Jon Anderson reunion talk

Steve Howe, some 10 years after Jon Anderson’s departure, is clearly getting a little peeved about having to talk about Yes’ departed co-founding frontman. Even more so when there is a new Yes album on the way.

The band will release its new Roy Thomas Baker-helmed studio effort Heaven and Earth on July 8, 2014. It’s Yes’ first with successor Jon Davison, who has been with Howe and Company since 2012. A newly announced summer tour will feature selections from the forthcoming project, while also presenting a pair of Anderson-era albums — Fragile and Close to the Edge — in their entirety.

Heaven and Earth is the successor to 2011’s Fly From Here, built around leftover material from a previous period without Anderson at the turn of the 1980s. Meanwhile, Anderson has moved on, as well. He’s toured and recorded with Rick Wakeman, also a Yes alum, and more recently formed his own supergroup.

And, still the questions remain, this time from the Press of Atlantic City: “Before we go,” Robert DiAgiacomo says, “I have to ask the Jon Anderson question. Is there any chance of a reunion with him?”

Then it gets interesting. Howe was having none of it: “How would you like it if I asked you to get back together with your ex-girlfriend –” To which DiAgiacomo responded: “People do get back together with their exes.”

Howe shot back: “We have a new album coming out. The way we see the band –– I don’t want to appear to be disinterested in things that other people might be interested in –– but you need clear goals when you’re working. At the moment, we’ve got these plans.”

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  • 4SmithJohn

    This whole scene faintly reminds me of when Pink Floyd toured without Roger Waters, except that Jon Anderson is handling it all much better. He must not be an egomaniac like Waters was.! Like many of you I have seen Yes with and without Jon Anderson. Without him, the music has no soul. If yes were to tour with mostly new material from “Fly From Here” and “Heaven And Earth”, then I would have more respect for them. To capitalize on mostly the classic (Anderson, Wakeman, Squire, Howe) music while at the same time shunning any collaboration with Anderson shows that they are in a downward spiral.