Prog Rock Friday, Part 2

I didn’t plan on making this a repeat feature, but then this came along: Jon Anderson of Yes singing lead while the students of New Jersey’s Paul Green School of Rock Omega All-Stars play “Close to the Edge”.

In my misspent youth, I wanted to play keyboards like Rick Wakeman. When I see the keyboardist getting to play “Close to the Edge” while wearing a Wakeman-like cape and while Jon Anderson sings lead…. If I ever meet the kid, I’ll be torn between shaking his hand like a madman and killing him out of envy.

I can’t believe Jon Anderson did this. How unutterably cool.

Part the first:

Part the second:

At about 3 minutes into the first video, one of the audience members claps excitedly along with the staccato music, then stands up and cheers. I know how he feels.

(From Bob Rossney, by way of Patrick Nielsen Hayden)



  1. Jeremy
    on May 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Just wow… That gave me goose bumps several times. I would love to play my favorite Yes song with John Anderson on vocals.

    On a side note, I think Yes is touring this summer. 🙂

  2. on May 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    O RLY?

  3. Jeremy
    on May 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Rick’s son will be playing keyboard.

  4. on May 23, 2008 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Huh, and it’s Oliver instead of Adam.

  5. on May 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    wow. what an amazing thing.
    I had no idea you were such a yes-head, too.

    Ever hear Mike Keneally?
    Ever hear his “Faithful Axe”?
    (No, not representative at of his output, but it’s a hilarious introduction…)

  6. on May 28, 2008 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Keneally’s new to me. I’ll definitely give him a listen.

    And yeah, now I’ve outed myself as a Yes fan.

  7. on May 28, 2008 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    That’s okay. Some of my best friends are Yes fans. Dig it, dig it.

    And I’ll try to remember to upload a Keneally starter kit somewhere secret. Ping me on my comment address to remind me, if you don’t hear anything by the end of the weekend?