The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Jon Anderson, voice of YES, for a special Legends Series program

CLEVELAND (May 10, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome Jon Anderson, lead singer of the progressive rock group Yes and renowned solo artist, for a special Legends Series interview on Friday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.

Anderson will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. This event is free with a reservation.  Please email or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

Anderson was born on  October 25, 1944 in Accrington, Lancashire, England and joined his first band, the Warriors, with his brother Tony in 1962.  Jon was introduced to bassist Chris Squire at the La Chasse club in London, and he joined Chris's group, Mabel Greer's Toyshop.  The band changed its name to Yes and in 1969 was signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegun after he saw them performing at London's Speakeasy Club.  Between 1969 and 2001 Jon would record over twenty albums with Yes including Fragile (1972) and the smash success 90125 (1983).  Throughout his career Anderson also recorded numerous solo albums beginning with Olias of Sunhillow in 1976, and several albums with keyboardist Vangelis including The Friends of Mr. Cairo (1981).

This Legends Series is presented in conjunction with Anderson’s performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland.  On Monday, May 24, Jon Anderson will join CYO for an entire evening of Yes music and Anderson's solo works titled State of Independence.  This performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.  Tickets are available by calling the Severance Hall Box Office at 216-231-1111 or visiting

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional adult education programs include From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, which gives audiences an inside look at aspects of the music business that are often concealed from view, and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge.

For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit

About the Contemporary Youth Orchestra

The award winning Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the study and performance of contemporary orchestral literature. Founded in 1995 by Music Director Liza Grossman, CYO is the first and only youth orchestra of its kind in the country. Since its founding, the orchestra has expanded its membership to include representation from over 65 schools in Northeast Ohio and its surrounding regions. Visit for more information.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.