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									Jon Anderson is flirting with his wife.

The ex-frontman of Yes, one of the most successful progressive-rock bands
in history, is writing a song for his summer Brazilian tour and wants his
spouse, Jane Luttenberger Anderson, to sing it for him. "She speaks
perfect Portuguese. She's really good," he coos. "I've tried to get her
to sing on stage with me so many times. She's very shy... but she's
certainly not shy with me."

Winding down the solo tour he started in February and gearing up for
performances in London and Brazil, the legendary vocalist says he doesn't
much care where the stage is. "I just like to get up there and sing to
people-it doesn't matter if it's for 100 people or 10,000. I love the
energy of a stage. Now, in my solo show, I'm able to tell more about my
life, share crazy jokes and sing a few songs." Being on the road alone
without the band he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire has been
somewhat freeing. "I'm singing the Yes songs the way I originally wrote
them," he says of his current setlist, which also includes Paul Simon's
'America'-a nod to his recent US citizenship. Anderson has moved past any
bad blood that may have spilled in 2008 when-after illness kept him from
touring for four years-Yes replaced him with Benoit David, an Anderson
sound-alike who had fronted the Yes tribute band Close to the Edge.
"We all have a ticket for this life and we should just enjoy the ride,"
says Anderson.

It's a seemingly fit mantra for the musician at this stage of his 50-year
career-a career that was almost cut short when, in 2008, an asthma attack
caused acute respiratory failure, landing the singer in the hospital and
in need of six operations. "I'm a little hoarse this morning," says
Anderson. "I took my medication, an inhaler, a strong one that I take
once a month, and it tightens up the voice box." But aside from that,
Anderson says he's never felt better and his voice, never stronger. "My
secret?" Honey and lemon spray. Oh, and I drink a lot of water.

"I'm very optimistic about life," Anderson continues when asked what
drives him these days. "The abundance of life is just amazing. We all
have this feeling that things will change... and change we must. We have
to start sharing the beauty of this world and it's amazing abundance with
everybody on this planet."

Anderson, who's lyrics often explore high-flown allegories and muse the
meaning of life, is enjoying the structured long-form again as evidenced
in 'Open,' a 21-minute opus he released last November. His next release,
'Ever,' is an extension of that song. Also on tap: The debut of a new
album in Asia this summer. "It's a coordination of songs and tranquil
ideas that have been hovering around me for the last couple of years,"
says the artist who once famously claimed to see fairies in the fourth
dimension.

"I told my friend, 'find me a good record company and we'll put it out.'
It's different these days," he continues, "because you can choose to just
put it out there on the Internet or you can use a record company to
promote you." With more than 9,000 Facebook likes and almost as many
Twitter followers, the refashioned musical landscape isn't lost on
Anderson. In fact, 'Open' was released online for digital download.

The man behind warhorses of classic rock radio-songs like ''And You and
I,'' ''Heart of the Sunrise,'' ''Long Distance Runaround'' and ''I've
Seen All Good People-was introduced to a whole new audience when his
vocals from 'In High Places' were prominently featured in Kanye West's
'Dark Fantasy.'

"It's great to get your voice heard by different people around the
globe," says Anderson of the unexpected guest spot. "[Kayne] sells so
many records. My voice is recognizable, so you might get one or two
people thinking 'who is that' and go on line and find out. Then they open
that door and find out, whoa there's so much music. It's a whole new
generation of fans-why not."

Anderson says given the choice, his collaboration wish list would include
Stevie Wonder ("when I hear his voice... he's just on another planet")
and Bonnie Raitt ("she's so soulful"). And his dream venue is Carnegie
Hall. "I've always wanted to play it. So I practice every show. I'm
hoping one day I'll get there."

								
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