Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 6 Oct 2016

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Davison has been in Yes since the beginning of 2012. See discussion on main page.

With Taylor Hawkins
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The Birds of Satan is a band from Davison's childhood friend and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (worked with Brian May, Coheed & Cambria, Slash, Alanis Morisette). The project is based on Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal with Hawkins (drums, vocals, guitar, piano), Wiley Hodgden (bass, guitar, vocals) and Mick Murphy (guitar). Guests on the album include Davison (backing vocals on "Raspberries", "Pieces of the Puzzle"), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, ex-Nirvana; guitar), Pat Smear (Foo Fighters; guitar), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters; keys on 1 song) and Drew Hester (percussion). The eponymous album, recorded in a week, was produced and engineered by John Lousteau. It was released Apr 2014. Details in Yescography. Tracks:
  1. "The Ballad of the Birds of Satan" (9:31)
  2. "Thanks for the Line" (3:40)
  3. "Pieces of the Puzzle" (4:45)
  4. "Raspberries" (4:08), co-written by Davison
  5. "Nothing at All" (2:57)
  6. "Wait Til Tomorrow" (3:13)
  7. "Too Far Gone to See" (5:45)
In an Aug 2014 interview, Davison describes the project as "the first CD, I guess you'd say, and I did some singing on that and a little 12-string work." He also described how Hawkins had been working with Squire and that the three had been considering a project together (see under Squire).
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Davison guested singing Rush's "Tom Sawyer" with the Foo Fighers on 19 Sep 2015 at a show in Anaheim, CA. Hawkins introduced the performance saying, "We tried to learn a Yes song; we didn't have enough time." Grohl then chimed in, "They're too f***ing hard." Hawkins continues, "So we learnt the next best thing, a Rush song." Davison then performed guitar and backing vocals with Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders at the Guitar Center's 27th Annual Drum Off in Los Angeles, CA, on 16 Jan 2016. As well as Hawkins (drums, lead vocals), the band also included Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, ex-Alanis Morisette; bass) and others. Set: "Sister Christian" (Night Ranger cover), "Get Up I Wanna Get Down" (from the eponymous, first Coattail Riders album), "Easy Lover" (Phil Collins cover), "You Drive Me Insane..." (from the first Coattail Riders album), "Witchy Woman" (The Eagles cover), "Moonage Daydream" (David Bowie cover).

Glass Hammer
Davison was a member of US progressive rock band Glass Hammer (who have previously worked with Jon Anderson) and notionally remains so, although commitments to Yes mean he is not currently working with the band. The band's co-founder Fred Schendel explained to Yesfans.com on 8 Nov 2014:
Jon is not "out" as our singer, but I would not consider him an active contributing member at present. Any attempt to perform live with him has been thwarted, vigorously, which does tend to put a damper on how we can proceed as an active unit. But we always keep an open door policy and if things align the correct way we may yet do something in the future. The way we operate as a band is controlled by Steve [Babb] and I, not managers and lawyers, thank goodness. JD is our friend and we wish him great luck in his current endeavour. Meanwhile the creative core of Glass Hammer is, for the foreseeable future, Steve, Alan [Shikoh], Carl [Groves], Aaron [Raulston] and I, with Susie [Bogdanowicz] when she's availab[l]e.
In a Jun 2014 interview, the band were asked about Davison's future relationship with the band:
Schendel: It's a fluid situation. Probably to about the same extent for the foreseeable future; i.e. a little on the albums and not at all live. We'll see how that evolves as time goes on. It would be nice to do some kind of live show with Jon some day.

Babb: To me it is very much like asking about any member of Glass Hammer's involvement with Glass Hammer in the future. Every one of us is involved in a number of other bands or projects. Jon just has a job that makes it a little harder for him to be involved with us whenever we have a whim. Susie has four young children and lives two states away – same issue. Carl is the front-man for Salem Hill and runs a company. As I understand things, Yes has nearly always had the same issues to deal with too, the difference being that we actually speak to one another and consult each other before making drastic decisions! lol We'll just cross those bridges as we come to them – as friends.

Asked if he is still in Glass Hammer in an Aug 2014 interview, Davison said: "Yes, I am [...] just on the studio-project level with them. And whatever live performing they're doing, I'm not a part of [...] that's OK. Because they've always been this live collective."

Groves, Bogdanowicz and Davison all appeared on the band's most recent album, Ode to Echo (Arion Records/Sound Resources, SR3324; trailer here, second trailer here), while two more of the band's former vocalists also guest, Walter Moore also sharing lead vocals and Michelle Young (worked with Peter Banks, Oliver Wakeman) on backing vocals. Details in Yescography. In a Jul 2013 interview, Babb explained:
Yes is a time-consuming job. [...] I'm not sure how that's going to effect things. [Davison]'s welcome to contribute, and if he has song ideas, we're always ready to work with him. Bringing Carl back in, there may be a chance for him to contribute. We're right now beginning to compose music for a new album. It remains to be seen how much each person will play a part.
Babb, who also produced the album, said in a Dec 2013 interview:
With Jon [Davison] tied up with his other band he cannot perform live with us at present.  It seemed odd to move forward having him front the band on this album only to have Carl Groves fill in for him on stage.  So Carl will be the primary male vocalist on this album.  Jon will sing on this album, but his role is limited.  Susie Bogdanowicz will also return [...] It’s our twentieth year of recording as Glass Hammer – so we thought it would be fun to combine singers from different eras of the band.
In a late Mar 2014 interview, Davison said, "It was unfortunate that I wasn't more available [to sing on the album], but at the same time it led [...] to this great door opening where Susie [and Groves] could come back".
Glass Hammer began work on the album with Babb, Schendel and Shikoh in the studio in early May 2013. Schendel explained in a May 2013 Facebook post that Davison "[wi]ll be less involved with the writing this time out (much like Perilous) but we still plan to have him sing along with Carl." Davison recorded parts for the album around Nov 2013. All recording work finished in Dec 2013 and the album was mastered in Jan 2014. Artwork was by Michał Xaay Loranc. The album was released 11 Mar 2014 in the US. It was as high as #16 in Amazon.com's Hard Rock category (#2 in new releases) and #878 in Music overall (12 Mar 2014), and also as high as #43 in Progressive Rock (26 Mar). It was also #1 in the MP3 Progressive Rock category on 23 Mar (#19 in MP3 Miscellaneous, #1066 in all MP3 albums on 26 Mar). Performing were Schendel (keys, guitars, backing vocals), Babb (bass, keys, backing vocals), Shikoh (electric, acoustic & classical guitars, electric sitar), Raulston (drums), Groves (lead vocals, handling the "lion's share of the vocals" according to a 2014 band interview), Davison (lead & backing vocals), Bogdanowicz (lead & backing vocals), with Moore (vocals), Young (vocals), David Ragsdale (Kansas, worked with The Smashing Pumpkins; violin on "Crowbone"), Rob Reed (Magenta, Cyan; piano and first Mini-Moog solo on "Misantrog") and Randy Jackson (Zebra; lead guitar and backing vocals on "Crowbone"). (In the Jun 2014 interview, Schendel said, "We had Roye Albrighton from Nektar lined up but he had to bow out at the last minute to do his European tour so I hope we can get him back on board next time out.") Tracks:
  1. "Garden of Hedon" [mus: Shikoh/Schendel/Babb/Groves; lyr: Groves] (6:57)
  2. "Misantrog" [mus: Schendel/Groves; lyr: Groves] (10:00)
  3. "Crowbone" [mus: Schendel; lyr: author Robert Low] (7:22), preview available here; with Schendel (acoustic guitar), Shikoh (12-string guitar), Jackson (guitar, harmony vocals)
  4. "I Am I" [mus: Babb/Schendel; lyr: Babb] (8:15)
  5. "The Grey Hills" [mus: Babb/Groves; lyr: Babb] (4:47)
  6. "Porpoise Song" [Gerry Goffin/Carole King] (3:37), a cover of The Monkees
  7. "Panegyric" [Schendel] (4:11)
  8. "Ozymandias" [mus: Babb/Groves; lyr: Babb] (8:12)
Babb in the Jun 2014 interview explained, "The lyrics for Crowbone were written for his [Low's] novel by the same name, but never used in the final draft. He sent them along to us and that's how it all started." Babb then wrote music to the lyrics. I interviewed Babb about the album (and the band's previous release, Perilous) here.
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While Davison talked about his continued involvement in a Jun 2014 interview, saying, "We have plans to do another album together in the near future", he has not appeared on subsequent albums so far. However, material co-written by Davison does feature on the 2CD/1DVD Double Live, out Oct 2015. This was recorded at RoSFest in early 2015, with Steve Babb, Fred Schendel, Susie Bogdanowicz, Carl Groves, Aaron Raulston and Kamran Alan Shikoh. Asked in a Jul 2013 interview about future live work given Davison's Yes commitments, Babb said the band's "great desire" is to play If one day with Davison singing. "If that opportunity comes up, we will do so. In the meantime, we can't just sit idly by. We'll have to fill our time the best way we see fit."

Other projects
Davison guested on Billy Sherwood's Citizen album—details on the main page.

Davison also guested on Lost and Found (Seacrest Oy; promo video) from The Samurai of Prog, having appeared on 2 of their previous albums. The 2CD release came out in Apr 2016; artwork by Ed Unitsky (worked with United Progressive Fraternity). The Samurai of Prog consists of Marco Bernard (basses), Kimmo Pörsti (drums, percussion, engineering) and Steve Unruh (vocals, violin, flute) with Stefan Renström (keys) and Tom Doncourt (keys). Renström died last year shortly after completing his parts for the album. Others on the album include Kamran Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer; electric guitar), Mark Trueack (United Progressive Fraternity, ex-Unitopia; vocals), David Myers (The Musical Box; piano), Linus Kåse (Änglagård, Brighteye Bison; saxes), Johan Öijen (Brighteye Brison; electric & acoustic guitars), Chip Gremillion (ex-Lift; keys), Keith Christian (ex-Quill; vocals) and Steve Scorfina (ex-Pavlov's Dog; guitar). The album celebrates lost prog epics from the 1970s that were never released, the band using original recordings for reference, but then applying their own arrangements. See details in Yescography. Tracks—CD1:
  1. "Preludin" [Richard Nadler] (7:38), by Pavlov's Dog
  2. "Along the Way" [Myers] (2:22), new piece
  3. "Inception" [mus: Gremillion; lyr: Courtenay Hilton-Green/Gremillion, edited by Unruh] (20:02), by Lift
  4. "She (Who Must be Obeyed)" [mus: Vincent Kusy/Fred Callan; lyr Louie Lovino] (12:11), with Doncourt (keys), Öijen (guitars), Davison (lead vocals), by Odyssey
  5. "Plight of the Swan" [mus: Callan/Paul Seal/Doncourt/Rudy Perrone/Mercury Caronia; lyr: Seal] (10:33), by Cathedral
CD2:
  1. "The Demise" [DeLoria/Christian/Jim Sides] (57:18), by Quill



The album was co-produced by Bernard/Unruh/Pörsti, and mixed and mastered by Pörsti.

Sky Cries Mary played 2 special concerts in Oct 2015 in Seattle, to raise money for Joe Skyward's medical care. Skyward (né Howard) played bass in the band before Davison and both Skyward and Davison played at the shows. Sky Cries Mary have now re-launched with a new line-up.

Asked in the Jan 2013 interview about "plans for a Jon Davison solo album down the road", Davison replied, "I have no desire at this point in time to do any type of solo work. I've always preferred collaborative efforts. Between Yes and Glass Hammer, I find that there is more than enough creative opportunity."


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