Jon Davison Didn’t Lose Hope After Missing Out On Yes Job
Latest Yes frontman Jon Davison didn’t lose hope when they failed to hire him in 2008 – because he knew Benoit David getting the job meant they were open to working with tribute singers.
Davison, who’s also a member of Glass Hammer, was considered for the role when Yes decided to move on without Jon Anderson, and found vocal support from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a close friend of Chris Squire.
Despite that, Benoit got the job – but when he fell ill and Yes decided to replace him earlier this year, Davison’s moment came.
He tells UT San Diego that Benoit’s hiring “showed they were open to working with a Yes tribute band singer.
“I felt that, if anything should happen in the future, that was a possibility for me. So the idea was there.”
Bassist and sole-remaining founding member Squire says there was no need for Davison to actually audition. “We were pretty certain he’d fit in well,” he explains. “We met and chatted over lunch.
“It’s kind of funny – we went from Anderson to David to Davison.”
Now Squire wishes he’d listened to Hawkins in the first place. “Taylor had been telling me for years, ‘If you ever need a replacement I know exactly the guy.’
“Jon has been a fantastic find. He’s a really good singer. I wish we’d got him earlier, because then we wouldn’t have had to go through the Benoit period.
“Not that there was anything wrong with that – but we’re lucky to be where we are now. It’s been a very pleasant experience with Jon. He’s pretty flawless and he’s got a good head for this job.
“We haven’t had any problems and I don’t foresee having any.”
Meanwhile, Glass Hammer mainman Steve Babb admits their heavy rotation of band members has probably cost them fans over the years.
He tells Audioholics: “I posted some photos of the band from about five or six years ago on Facebook. Several people chimed in that they missed so-and-so, or they missed the days when we had this person or that person.
“We’ve asked people through the years to be willing to accept that Fred Schendal and I are going to change ideas from time to time.
“We’re a studio band and not a band that gigs a lot. The lineup has developed around who we knew at the time.”