Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 14 Jun 2021

YES and projects with several Yesmen
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Squire
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Howe
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White
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Horn
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Bruford
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Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Asia
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Yes

Davison is in Yes: see the main page.

He is also in Arc of Life with Billy Sherwood and Jay Schellen: see the main page.

In Continuum and further work with Dave Kerzner
Davison guests on 3 albums from In Continuum (Facebook; Twitter; YouTube), a project by Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact, worked with Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, ex-Giraffe). Already out is Acceleration Theory Part One and Part Two, a 2-part, science fiction, concept album about a female alien named AlienA (Leticia Wolf), who falls in love with a human, Kai (Gabriel Agudo). She warns the Earth that we are in danger of being annihilated by aliens who have been responsible for man's evolution over millions of years. The project arose from material by Kerzner had originally written for Sound of Contact, including with Matt Dorsey, Simon Collins (son of Phil Collins) and Kelly Nordstrom, before that band split up. The band are working on a third album and Davison has already recorded parts for it, Kerzner said in Aug 2020. In a Feb 2021 interview with SOAL Night Live, Kerzner said the album was "on the back burner" due to the pressure of other work and because he was keen to record some vocals, e.g. with Agudo, in person, which has not been possible during COVID. He talked about a possible 2022 release. Asked whether anything was going on with In Continuum in a Jun 2021 interview, Kerzner said, "Well, there is. I'm backlogged", and he went on to say he was currently mixing a live album from the band (see next paragraph) and is also busy with several other mixing projects. He continuned, "Once I'm done with all that, then the new music will come", but did also say they had already "started work on" the new album. He mooted a possible 2022 release.


Davison is on 3 tracks of the debut album, Acceleration Theory Part One, released 1 Jan 2019. The album also includes the track "Meant to Be", credited to Kerzner, Jon Anderson and Nordstrom (lyrics by Kerzner). Kerzner wrote "Meant to Be" with Jon Anderson, but Anderson does not perform on the album. Acceleration Theory Part Two: Annihilation was released Nov 2019, with Davison on another 3 tracks, playing the same specific character in the album's story. Davison did his recordings in May 2018. Part 2 Annihilation then has another song, "All That is", by Kerzner and Anderson. Kerzner explained, "In 2005, I sent an instrumental piece with working title "Shell Sea" to Jon Anderson of Yes. He wrote a melody for it and sent me a demo of him singing it without words. Many years later I asked Jon if either he wanted to write the lyrics to it or if he minded if I did since it was part of my elaborate concept album. We decided I would do it and have another singer play the character of the song." The "Shell Sea" demo with Anderson is available on SoundCloud. The finished song is performed by Davison (vocals), Kerzner (keys, vocal and drum samples) and others. Acceleration Theory Special Edition Part One & Two is a 4CD physical release that is forthcoming, or a shorter digital release that came out 3 Jul 2020. The physical release, but not the download version, will have a fourth CD of a live show performed by Kerzner, Agudo, McStine, Dorsey and Minnemann, plus guests.

Kerzner said on ProgressiveEars.com late Nov 2018 that, "Jon Davison and I have talked about co-writing together and doing more (whether it's with/for IC or not I don't know yet)." See on the main page for details. Kerzner described on Instagram in Jun 2019 about "an upcoming album I'm making with some of the guys from Yes this year [2019]! A cool collaboration with Jon D and friends using @ikmultimedia iRig PRO IO and AXE IO while Yes is on their Royal Affair Summer tour!" This has now been released as Arc of Life. But Kerzner has also hinted at another project with Davison: see here.

With Glass Hammer
Davison was in Glass Hammer 2009-14. Lately, the band have been working with Susie Bogdanowicz as their lead singer, but they have remained open to working with their previous singers. Their Untold Tales (2017) was a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks, spanning the band's history; it included 2 tracks from Davison's time: details in Yescography. In early Aug 2017, during Yes's Yestival tour, Davison told one fan that he is back working with Glass Hammer: it is unclear whether this was new material or was a reference to Untold Tales. He sang live with them on the 2018 Cruise to the Edge, singing on "If the Sun" and "If the Stars" with Bogdanowicz. In the Jan 2019 issue of Prog, Babb said, "We'll probably do some more with him [Davison] in the future[.] I think he wants to." Davison said in a Jul 2020 interview: "I hope Glass Hammer and I can work together again in some context." In a mid-Oct 2020 interview with Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of the band, part of Sean Tonar's SOAL series, Babb described talking to Davison:
We were going to have him on this, this new '90s project that we're doing [A Matter of Time Vol. 1, a digital-only release involving re-recording material the band released in the 1990s], but we talked yesterday: he's tied up. They're in the studio right now, so, with Yes.

[...] And so I told him we'd catch him on the next album. So he's kinda got an invitation [...] to get back in



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Possible future solo project
In the Jul 2020 interview, Davison talked of work with keyboardist Claudio Pesavento (worked with Chris Squire, Frank Marino): "We have [...] some songs sort of in the wings waiting to be further developed and hopefully we can do more together". Asked if this would be a solo project, Davison replied, "I think it would be a solo project [...] solo of mine, but he would be certainly involved [...] I've got a lot of irons in the fire. Not always enough time, but."

With John Lodge
Davison sang "Ride My See Saw" with John Lodge (The Moody Blues) at a London show by Lodge's band in Apr 2019, and on the Royal Affair tour. Lodge is planning a live album from that tour, The Royal Affair and After, due Sep 2021, and presumably "Ride My See Saw" with Davison will appear. In a Jan 2021 report, Lodge said, "I've been in the studio mixing that, and I just mastered that." At the time, he predicted "release probably in the spring [2021]." Roger Dean is doing the album cover. Davison guested at further US shows with Lodge: in Nov 2019 and Feb 2020 (lead vocals and acoustic guitar on "Nights in White Satin").

Lodge released the single "In These Crazy Times (The Isolation Mix)" (3:41; promo video) about the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Jul 2020. Performing are Lodge (vocals, guitars, keys, drums), Davison (backing vocals), Kristian Lodge (John's son; lead guitar) and Kirsten Lodge (John's wife; backing vocals). John Lodge's daughter (and Jon Davison's girlfriend), Emily, project managed. Another digital single followed 30 Apr 2021, "The Sun will Shine" (3:50), again with Davison on backing vocals and with Lodge's 10,000 Light Years band. (Davison also engineered Lodge's bass and vocal recordings.) "The Sun will Shine", a new instrumental entitled "Sunset Over Cocohatchee Bay", and a 2021 remix of "In These Crazy Times" will then form an EP entitled In Reflection, which will be incorporated into The Royal Affair and After.


With Taylor Hawkins & related projects
In an Aug 2014 interview, Davison described how Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) had been working with Chris Squire and that the three had been considering a project together (see under Squire).

Back in 1995, Davison, Hawkins and Riz Story had formed the band Sylvia. After Davison and Hawkins left, Story re-formed the band as Anyone. On 21 Aug 2020, Anyone released their third studio album, the 13-track On the Ending Earth... (TogethermenT Records). Story performed nearly all the music, but Davison guests on fretless bass on "Thought I Was".

Other projects
Cov3r to Cov3r (Radiant Records) is the third in a series of covers albums by Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. It includes a cover of Yes's version of "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" with vocals from Davison. The album was released 24 Jul on CD, gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download. Tracks: "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" (version by Yes), "Hymn 43" (Jethro Tull), "Life on Mars" (David Bowie), "Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty), "It Don’t Come Easy" (Ringo Starr), "Baby Blue" (Badfinger), "One More Red Nightmare" (King Crimson), "Black Coffee in Bed" (Squeeze), "Tempted" (Squeeze), "Runnin' Down a Dream" (Tom Petty), "Let Love Rule" (Lenny Kravitz). The album is also included as part of Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol. 1-3), out the same day, which compiles all three albums. The first two have been re-sequenced and remastered, and there is new artwork.

Davison sang harmony vocals and played bass on some of Steve Howe's new solo album, Love Is, out Jul 2020.



He was on Sherwood's third Prog Collective album: see main page for details. Leon Alvarado has mentioned work with Davison and Sherwood: see details on main page. Davison has recorded vocals for a track with Edison's Lab, but is now talking to the band about the possibility of an EP or album together: see details on the main page. He guested on 2 songs (3 tracks) of United Progressive Fraternity's Planetary Overload Part 1: Loss, now out: see on main page.


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YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson & Wakeman
Others associated with the band

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