Jon Anderson Shares Some Wonderous Stories

Jon Anderson photo #2Concert Review
Jon Anderson
Bear’s Den
Seneca Niagara Casino

Niagara Falls, NY
Friday April 11, 2014
Review:Joseph Suto


Once it was announced that former Yes singer Jon Anderson was coming to the Bear’s Den, the tickets went like hotcakes. Anderson’s one man show had last played the intimate venue some four odd years ago. Since that time Anderson has expanded his set and rotated a few songs in and out to keep it fresh. As he did the last time he was here, Anderson was surrounded only by a few guitars, a keyboard, a ukelele and a few other instruments.

Anderson began with “Sun Is Calling” from his Open EP to kick things off before merging into “Yours Is No Disgrace.” Anderson explained how he would perform several Yes songs manner of how he brought them to the band, mainly stripped down and in a storytellers type format.

Anderson included a wide variety of music including covers of Simon and Garfunkel (America) as well as Bob Marley & The Wailers (One Love). He also played some songs from his collaboration with Greek composer Vangelis as well as some solo material. Anderson told some stories on how he met Vangelis and mentioned how he auditioned for Yes at one point but was turned down by the band.

The show was a steady mix of Yes songs from yesteryear such as old stalwart’s “Starship Trooper,” “And You And I” and “Your Move” all which were performed magnificently.

Anderson dazzled the sold out crowd and demonstrated that he doesn’t need Yes to be able to satisfy his love of music. After all these years his voice sounded amazing and he seems to be at peace with things. He is still writing songs and intends to form another band soon. Most men his age are usually done making new music at this stage in their careers, yet Anderson still has that creative spark. As long as Anderson wants to write new music and tour his fans will be elated.

Set List
Sun Is Calling…
Yours Is No Disgrace
Sweet Dreams
Time and a Word
One Love
Under Heaven’s Door
Flight of the Moorglade
I’ll Find My Way Home
Please To Remember…
Starship Trooper
Long Distance Runaround
Give Love Each Day
Makes Me Happy
Owner of a Lonely Heart
Set Sail Communication / Close to the Edge / Heart of the Sunrise / Marry Me Again / The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)
You Got the Light
And You And I
Leaves of Green
Nous Sommes Du Soleil
Tony and Me
Turn Of The Century
Your Move
I’ve Seen All Good People
Sun Is Calling…
State of Independence
Wonderous Stories

Special thanks to Tony Astran for setting us up to review the show

About Joseph Suto

Location: Buffalo, NY Photographer/Reviewer
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