Progressive rock’s newest superstar teaming of former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson and French violin master Jean-Luc Ponty as The Anderson-Pondy Band delivered an enjoyable evening of music to be listened to rather than danced to at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills last Friday night.
The band is promoting its recent debut album, “Better Late Than Never,” that was recorded at a gig in Colorado a little over a year ago.
The big question overheard before the show began was, “How was Anderson’s voice?”
After all, problems with acute respiratory failure in 2008 (and his lack of desire to record a new Yes album) forced the other guys in the band to replace him. The group’s current singer, Jon Davison, is ideal could extend the band’s life by years.
The answer is a resounding: It’s pitch-perfect and as powerful as ever.
This supergroup is the instrumental Ponty band fronted by a legendary vocalist. Their 18-song set mixed Yes songs, Ponty instrumentals often with new lyrics penned by Anderson, and a few new songs the pair have written over the past year or so.
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