A conversation with Jon Davison about Mirror to the Sky – 581

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week Mark and I had a lovely conversation with Yes lead singer, Jon Davison. We chatted about the new album, Mirror to the Sky and his contributions to it as well as the band’s live plans and the future. We also touched on Tormato (there’s a surprise), John Lodge and other topics in a packed interview.

Jon was an absolute delight and his passion for Yes music is obvious. As he points out, Billy, Jay and he have always been Yes fanboys. As i write this there is one week to go until both the new Yes album is released and (hopefully) Yes The Tormato Story finally sees the light of day, so it’s once again an exciting time to be a Yes fan.

See if you agree or disagree with what’s said and let us know by leaving a comment on the show notes for this episode.

  • Is Jon pleased with Mirror To The Sky?
  • What was his role in creating the album?
  • Is this album part of a development of songwriting for the band?

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7 replies on “A conversation with Jon Davison about Mirror to the Sky – 581”

When you listen to Jon you get the feeling that Yes is in good shape now and for the future. We should pinch ourselves really as you realise just how long the band has been going and with no end in site. A forever Yes if you like.

This was a very enjoyable episode; great work guys! Now I am really looking forward to hearing this new album. Also appreciated Jon’s candid remarks regarding H&E.

Great interview. Thanks as always. JonD is so easy to love and respect. Yes is blessed to have him. Met him at a meet and greet years ago. Such a genuine nice gentleman.

Another thought especially if JonD reads this. H&E was worth it for Subway Walls. I stood near JonD as it was performed live at a pre Yes50 show. He seemed to enjoy it.

As well as being a fine singer and a good all-round musician and composer/contributor, Jon Davison has become a solid ambassador for the band and for Yes music, old and new. That shows here. You packed a good deal into a compact interview. Many thanks, once again.

Despite the cheesy portrait, Jon seems like a stand up guy. So cool to get some first hand insight into this incredible album! And Glad hear him give Tormato its props!

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