Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 12 Jan 2024

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Davison is in Yes: see the main page. He is also in Arc of Life with Billy Sherwood and Jay Schellen. They released their second album in Nov 2022: see the main page.

With John Lodge
Davison works regularly with John Lodge (ex-The Moody Blues), who is also his father-in-law since Davison married John's daughter Emily in Dec 2022. Emily is also her father's manager. Davison has been touring regularly with Lodge and his 10,000 Light Years band, who are Alan Hewitt (worked with The Moody Blues; keys, music director), Billy Ashbaugh (worked with The Moody Blues; drums), Duffy King (guitars) and Jason Charboneau (cello). 2023 touring has been in celebration of The Moody Blues' 1967 album Days of Future Passed. There were 18 eastern US dates Feb/Mar 2023 and then an appearance on the Rock and Romance Cruise from 16 Mar 2023 (Rick Wakeman was also on the cruise). This was followed by a 26 Mar 2023 show in California with the Coachella Valley Symphony orchestra. They then played the midwestern and western US, with 14 dates Jul/Aug 2023. The set was in two halves, with the second being Days of Future Passed in its entirety. Davison guested in the second half only, performing vocals on one song and acoustic guitar on two more. Set: [SPOILERS—highlight to read] "Steppin' in a Slide Zone", "Saved by the Music" (this piece was recorded by Justin Hayward & John Lodge; everything else in the concert was originally recorded by The Moody Blues), "Nervous", "Legend of a Mind", "One More Time to Live", "Gemini Dream", "Isn't Life Strange", "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)", intermission, "The Day Begins: The Day Begins/Morning Glory" (on tape), "Dawn is a Feeling", "Another Morning", "Peak Hour", "Tuesday Afternoon" (with Davison), "(Evening) Time to Get Away", "The Sunset", "Twilight Time", "Late Lament", "Nights in White Satin" (with Davison), "Resolvement", encore: "Ride My See-Saw" (with Davison). On the 26 Mar 2023 show, as well as Days of Future Passed, they only also played "Isn't Life Strange", "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)" and "Ride My See-Saw".

The tour was to continue in 2024 with 16 US dates 24 Feb-17 Mar, followed by the Flower Power Cruise 21-8 Mar 2024. However, the tour has been postponed. An 11 Jan 2024 Facebook announcement explained:
[...] John Lodge had a serious medical issue over Christmas, however John is already well on the mend.  He is at home with his family recuperating.

[...] unfortunately I am going to have to postpone my tour in February/March. I hate to disappoint everyone, but whilst I can’t wait to get back on the road with my new show, I won’t be able to travel for the next couple of months. I’m doing well, surrounded by the love and support of my family, and spending my time writing music. I would like to thank everyone for keeping the faith’. John Lodge, Jan 2024.

John’s album ‘Days of Future Passed - My Sojourn’ is being released in the USA in March, and John has been working on a new album due for release later in the year.

However, his love is being on the road and performing live for the fans, and we are working with John's agent and promoters to rearrange the February/March shows as soon as possible.  Please hang onto your tickets and we will announce the new dates as soon as we can where your tickets will be honoured.

In conjunction with the tour, Lodge, Davison and the band recorded a new version of Days of Future Passed, entitled Days of Future Passed – My Sojourn (HSKTFCD014). The album was performed by Lodge (lead & backing vocals, bass, acoustic 12-string guitar), Hewitt (keys, backing vocals, music director), Ashbaugh (drums, percussion), Charboneau (cellos), King (electric guitars, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), with Davison guesting. Recorded over the prior year, it was produced by Lodge and Hewitt, with additional orchestrations by Hewitt and the album also uses spoken word recordings by the late Graeme Edge done for "Morning Glory" and "Late Lament" on tour. The album was released digitally Jul 2023. It was available on CD from summer tour dates. An LP release came in the autumn, with a Dolby Atmos mix due 2024. The albums uses logos by Roger Dean. Details in Yescography. Tracks:

  1. "The Day Begins" (4:06)
  2. "Morning Glory" (1:44), with Edge (spoken word)
  3. "Dawn (Prelude)" (0:48)
  4. "Dawn is a Feeling" (3:13)
  5. "The Morning (Prelude)" (0:16)
  6. "Another Morning" (3:58)
  7. "Lunch Break (Prelude)" (0:50)
  8. "Peak Hour" (3:31)
  9. "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" (5:06), with Davison (lead vocals)
  10. "Evening (Time to Get Away)" (4:18)
  11. "The Sun Set (Prelude)" (0:37)
  12. "The Sun Set" (3:32)
  13. "Twilight (Prelude)" (0:20)
  14. "Twilight Time" (3:06)
  15. "Nights in White Satin" (6:36), with Davison (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
  16. "Late Lament" (1:14), with Edge (spoken word)
  17. "The Night (Finale)" (0:39)

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The album entered the UK Progressive Albums chart at #21 (Oct 2023). It made #42 on the Italian iTunes album chart.

A 28 May 2023 tweet from J Lodge read, "In the studio recording vocal backing!! (New music) @MoodyBluesToday @BMG @rockhall @ReservoirMedia" An attached picture showed Lodge, Davison and two others. Those may have been about My Sojourn or an album of new material that Geoff Downes has also contributed to. In a May 2023 interview with Yes Music Podcast, Davison said he and John Lodge "[ha]ve been writing together."

Lodge released the single "In These Crazy Times (The Isolation Mix)" (3:41) in Jul 2020. Performing were Lodge (vocals, guitars, keys, drums), Davison (backing vocals), Kristian Lodge (John's son; lead guitar) and Kirsten Lodge (John's wife; backing vocals). Emily Lodge project managed. Another digital single followed Apr 2021, "The Sun will Shine" (3:50), again with Davison on backing vocals and with Lodge's solo band. (Davison also engineered Lodge's bass and vocal recordings.) Lodge had announced that "The Sun will Shine", a new instrumental entitled "Sunset Over Cocohatchee Bay", and a 2021 remix of "In These Crazy Times" would then form an EP entitled On Reflection, to be incorporated into his live album The Royal Affair and After: Live from Las Vegas, but that didn't then happen.
 
In Continuum and further work with Dave Kerzner
Davison guests on 3 albums from In Continuum (Facebook; Twitter; YouTube), a project by Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact, worked with Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, ex-Giraffe). Already out is Acceleration Theory Part One and Part Two, a 2-part, science fiction, concept album about a female alien named AlienA (Leticia Wolf), who falls in love with a human, Kai (Gabriel Agudo). She warns the Earth that we are in danger of being annihilated by aliens who have been responsible for man's evolution over millions of years. The project arose from material by Kerzner had originally written for Sound of Contact, including with Matt Dorsey, Simon Collins (son of Phil Collins) and Kelly Nordstrom, before that band split up. The band are working on a third album (no longer using any Sound of Contact leftovers) and Davison has already recorded parts for it, Kerzner said in Aug 2020. In a Feb 2021 interview with SOAL Night Live, Kerzner said the album was "on the back burner" due to the pressure of other work and because he was keen to record some vocals, e.g. with Agudo, in person, which has not been possible during COVID. Asked whether anything was going on with In Continuum in a Jun 2021 interview, Kerzner said, "Well, there is. I'm backlogged". He continued, "Once I'm done with all that, then the new music will come", but did also say they had already "started work on" the new album. He mooted a possible 2022 release. In a Feb 2023 interview, Kerzner said John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*) guests on the third album.


Davison is on 3 tracks of Acceleration Theory Part One, released Jan 2019. The album also includes the track "Meant to Be", credited to Kerzner, Jon Anderson and Nordstrom (lyrics by Kerzner). Kerzner wrote "Meant to Be" with Jon Anderson, but Anderson does not perform on the album. Acceleration Theory Part Two: Annihilation was released Nov 2019, with Davison on another 3 tracks, playing the same character in the album's story. Davison recorded in May 2018. Part 2 Annihilation then has another song, "All That is", by Kerzner and Anderson. Kerzner explained, "In 2005, I sent an instrumental piece with working title "Shell Sea" to Jon Anderson of Yes. He wrote a melody for it and sent me a demo of him singing it without words. Many years later I asked Jon if either he wanted to write the lyrics to it or if he minded if I did since it was part of my elaborate concept album. We decided I would do it and have another singer play the character of the song." The "Shell Sea" demo with Anderson is available on SoundCloud. The finished song is performed by Davison (vocals), Kerzner (keys, vocal and drum samples) and others.

Kerzner said on ProgressiveEars.com late Nov 2018 that, "Jon Davison and I have talked about co-writing together and doing more (whether it's with/for IC or not I don't know yet)." See on the main page for details. Kerzner described on Instagram in Jun 2019 about "an upcoming album I'm making with some of the guys from Yes this year [2019]! A cool collaboration with Jon D and friends using @ikmultimedia iRig PRO IO and AXE IO while Yes is on their Royal Affair Summer tour!" This has now been released as Arc of Life. But Kerzner has also hinted at another project with Davison: see here. Some of these hints might have been about Davison (and Sherwood) also appearing on Kerzner's solo album released Jul 2022: see on main page.

With Glass Hammer
Davison was in Glass Hammer 2009-14 and has occasionally guested with them since. The band now have Hannah Pryor as their lead singer, but they have remained open to working with their previous singers. Davison guested on "Standing at the Gate" on 2022's At the Gate. The band on At the Gate consisted of core members Steve Babb and Fred Schendel, plus Pryor (lead vocals) and Aaron Raulston (drums). Details in Yescography. Davison also appeared in the video for "All Alone" from the album (as does Dave Kerzner).

Possible future solo project
In an Apr 2023 interview for The Prog Report, Davison was asked whether he ever writes for a solo output. He replied:
Yeah, I do, I've got so many bits, but I really feel like I need to collect a band around me [...] I write better just in a collective. [...] there comes a time when I hit a wall and I think, I need to bounce these ideas off other people. I need outside stimuli and creativity from other musicians I trust and respect. And Yes have been so busy lately that they have filled that void, beautifully, but we'll see, yeah, I would like to, if time allows, you know, piecing together a band. It's all also a financial thing. You know, when it's your own thing, you're at the head of it, so you're responsible for [...] how do people get paid, can I afford to do that? You know, there's a lot of logistics involved and I haven't ever done that before, so that would be a huge learning curve. And I can just settle in comfortably with Yes, you know, all that's taken care of and that's a beautiful thing that I'm so grateful for. I really don't look outside of Yes much, for that reason.
In a Jul 2020 interview, Davison talked of work with keyboardist Claudio Pesavento (worked with Chris Squire, Frank Marino): "We have [...] some songs sort of in the wings waiting to be further developed and hopefully we can do more together". Asked if this would be a solo project, Davison replied, "I think it would be a solo project [...] solo of mine, but he would be certainly involved [...] I've got a lot of irons in the fire. Not always enough time, but." In a May 2023 interview, Davison said, "I hope to do a solo album at one point".



Projects relating to Taylor Hawkins/Sylvia
The Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died in Mar 2022. He and Davison were friends since childhood. Davison was at the second Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert on 27 Sep 2022 in Los Angeles, which raised money for MusiCares. The concert was organised by the Foo Fighters and Hawkins' family. Davison sang "Owner of a Lonely Heart" with Chevy Metal (with Mick Murphy, guitar; Wiley Hodgden, bass; Greg Kurstin (worked with Adele, Sia, Paul McCartney, Pink, Lily Allen, Foo Fighters), keys; Nate Wood (Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders), drums; and two backing singers) and The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" with Stewart Copeland (ex-The Police) and the Foo Fighters.

In an interview published Sep 2022 but conducted shortly after Hawkins' death, Davison said, "Through all the phases of our career, we were always doing something together. We recorded a lot of odds and ends. There's some Coattail Riders stuff that's unreleased that I've played bass on and sing vocals on. We did some stuff with Chris Squire, cos Taylor was friends with him even before I joined the band." In an Aug 2014 interview, Davison said he, Hawkins and Squire had "done some demo work. Chris has played bass on some of Taylor's stuff [...] And Chris has done some stuff that actually hasn't been released." The Sep 2022 interview continued, "It was really just a jam. We never did vocals, but we did record it. I'd like to approach the rest of the guys in Yes and see about finishing it off. I'd love to bring that music to life and share it with the public. I hope it will come out in some form one day, as a tribute to Taylor and to Chris."

Davison, Hawkins and Riz Story were in a band called Sylvia in the late 1980s. Story continued Sylvia as Anyone, with the band re-emerging in 2014. Davison has guested with the band a number of times. Miracles in the Nothingness (TogethermenT Records) was released late Nov 2023. Story wrote, performed, produced, mixed and mastered the album, with a guest vocal from Davison on "Symptom of the Miracle".

Other projects
In the May 2023 interview with Yes Music Podcast, asked about whether Jay Schellen writes material, Davison replied, "[Schellen] and I have already worked on a few things, in years past, that we're going to re-visit." It's unclear what the context here is.

Davison appeared on a track each of the latest two Prog Collective albums from Billy Sherwood, Seeking Peace and Songs We were Taught: see main page for details. Davison appeared on "Pigs on a Wing 2" on the Cleopatra Records release, Animals Reimagined – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: see on main page for details.

Leon Alvarado had mentioned work with Davison and Sherwood: see details on main page. Davison recorded vocals for a track with Edison's Lab and also talked to the band about the possibility of an EP or album together: see details on the main page.





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