Yes singer, Jon Anderson has finally announced his solo album that he had been working on over three decades ago.
With help from his bandmates, Alan White and Chris Squire, the vocalist began working on his solo LP almost 30 years ago but was sidetracked with work with Yes. "Basically, we got to the point that I was going on tour with Yes, and then I never quite got around to finishing it yet," Anderson claims.
However, he has been back in the studios recently to complete the album. With the help of producer Michael T. Franklin, the LP will be released at the end of March. Anderson told Q104.3, "About two years ago, a wonderful guy called Tim, and a great producer Michael Franklin got in touch and said, 'We'd like to finish that album that you started 20 years ago or so.'"
I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one
"And I said, 'Well, the tapes are in the garage somewhere.' So I got them out and I sent them to Orlando. Michael was very excited; he sent me the mixes and said, 'I'm gonna ask some people to perform on this record' because originally the album was called 'UzLot,' which is a sort of North-England way of saying 'a lot of us.'
Anderson had christened his new solo album as '1,000 Hands - Chapter 1' instead.
“I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one,” Anderson said in a statement. “To say that 1,000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Watch the full interview below.