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Jon Anderson to release solo album 30 years in the making

Jon Anderson is preparing to release his solo album 1000 Hands in March (Image credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Getty)

Jon Anderson has revealed that he’ll release a solo album title 1000 Hands later this year.

The vocalist began working on the project 30 years ago under the title Uzlot with Alan White and the late Chris Squire – and he’s enlisted a raft of guest musicians to help him complete the record, which he calls “one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

He says (via Rolling Stone): “I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one.

“To say that 1000 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. 

He adds: "I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Anderson completed the record in Florida with producer Michael T Franklin and it’ll also feature dozens of guest musicians, including Anderson’s former Yes bandmate Steve Howe, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Steve Morse, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Jonathan Cain and jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, who the singer previously worked with in the The Anderson Ponty Band.

Speaking about the collaborations, Anderson adds: “That’s where the title 1000 Hands comes from – all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record. 

“Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned.”

1000 Days will be released on March 31 and is available for pre-order exclusively from Anderson’s website, where you can also hear snippets from some of the tracks.

He’ll also head out on the Past Present Future Tour in support of the record across the US over the coming months

Scott Munro

News editor for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. He’s been at the news desk since 2014 and when not writing, he can be found watching baseball and visiting whisky distilleries.