The inside story behind Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman
For the first time since 1991, former Yes men Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will be recording and performing together as new musical venture. What does the project hold?
The ARW union, for want of a better word, of Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, was first announced by the jovial keyboard player at the start of this decade, but things moved slowly as busy schedules interfered. We say “reunion” – technically the three Yes alumni had never worked on a studio project before, despite each possible combination of two having done so, and all three playing together on the 1991-‘92 Union tour.
When Chris Squire passed away, the trio knew it was time to get moving. An American tour billed as An Evening Of Yes Music And More begins this winter, with worldwide gigs happening next year. A new album is in the works, still being tweaked as we speak. How’s it coming together?
“It’s really, really good!” says Anderson delightedly. “It’s getting intense now; we’ll spend much of the next two months creating a show to tour the US through October and November. Then we’ll be in the UK in March. In a way we’ll have got to know the show by then… touring is good for the music, so we’ll really start flowing by the time we get to Britain!
“It’ll be a mix of Yes music and our new material. I can hear everything in my head… it’s a question of pooling your energies together to make it work the very best it can. And in a way I don’t want it to be too like Yes: we want to use a more 21st-century sound, which, given new technology, is how we record. For instance, South Side Of The Sky – we’ve learned now how to project that best. And we might switch things around… start with that section in the middle, come back – you know, we’ll rearrange things in line with our own perceptions.