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New Yes Frontman: ‘I’m Living Up To How The Music Should Sound’

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Looking at the chameleonic nature of the ever-changing lineup of Yes over the last four decades, it would seem understandable that Jon Davison, the band’s latest singer, might approach the gig with a degree or three of hesitation. But with a number of shows under his belt, Davison is already feeling pretty comfortable.

Davison says that the most important vote of confidence is coming from the fans, who are giving him the thumbs up in droves after each performance. As he told Audioholics, “The general consensus is I’m offering all that is necessary for Yes. I’m living up to how the music should sound. I’m living up to Jon Anderson, but I’m also giving something of myself. There’s a balance between, OK, this guy is obviously doing the parts, he’s hitting the notes, but he’s giving something of himself too, I’m not just this tribute singer.”

Founding bassist Chris Squire, the one constant presence in all eras of Yes music, says that Davison “owns” his new role as the frontman of Yes: “Both Steve Howe and myself have been very, very impressed with his abilities.”

As they continue to promote their well-received ‘Fly From Here’ album, Squire says that an album of new material with Davison on vocals is a “natural progression” and something that he expects will start to take shape in 2013.

But as always, what about a reunion with Jon Anderson? As he’s said in the recent past, Squire believes that under the right conditions (echoing the words of Anderson himself), it’s still possible.

“The setting would have to be right for that to occur, because it would be a shame to build up a new Yes lineup with Jon Davison and then bring Jon Anderson back in. That would make what we’re doing now seem like a secondary project. Even if we had him just in for a few dates, the business side would be pressuring us: Can you do more, can you do an album? It just may not ever happen. But, having said that, I haven’t closed my mind to it.”

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