Set for release on March 31st is legendary Yes frontman Jon Anderson's long-in-the works solo album, 1000 Hands, along with a just-announced 24-date tour in support of the set. Best Classic Bands posted that Anderson kicks off the jaunt on March 11th and at Orlando, Florida's Disney Epcot and will criss-cross the U.S. until May 12th when he wraps the tour up in Arlington, Texas at Kaaboo Texas at AT&T Stadium.

The new set has a long history, with the first sessions for the album taking place back in 1990, and featuring Anderson's past and present Yes bandmates -- including late-co-founding bassist Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin. Other high-profile guest on the set are Anderson's longtime collaborator Jean Luc Ponty, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, jazz greats Chick Corea and Billy Cobham, along with Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. 1000 Hands marks Anderson's first solo set since 2011’s Survival & Other Stories.

Jon Anderson told us that even after all these years on the road, he still gets off on the physicality of performing live: "I love performing. It's amazing -- it's an extraordinary experience. It's like, if I was a sports person, and, and I could actually get so fit to play soccer or football, or to actually do that performance, and get out there and do it -- it's exhilarating."

Anderson told us that over the decades, he's always jumped at the chance to further his creative explorations: "Yeah, y'know, in some ways, you reinvent yourself every day -- or every minute, some people say. But I know that over my career, I was always willing to Vangelis, or Kitaro, or Bob Fripp. Y'know, when Bob Fripp asked me to sing a song on the second (King) Crimson album, I said, 'Yes! Please!' And I think that's what life is all about. You have to be adventurous. So, I don't feel any weight at all having to prove anything ever. I've never actually wanted to have to prove anything. I'm still busy trying to create the better music."

JUST ANNOUNCED: Jon Anderson tour dates (subject to change):

March 11, 12 - Orlando, FL - Disney Epcot
March 29 - Lynn, MA - Lynn
March 31 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Rocksino
April 1 - Annapolis, MD - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
April 3 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
April 4 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
April 6 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
April 7 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Hall
April 11 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
April 12 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
April 14 - Milwaukee, WI - TBD
April 19 - TBD, OK - TBD
April 20 - New Orleans, LA - TBD
April 24 - Phoenix, AZ - The Orpheum
April 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theater
April 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Hotel and Casino
May 1 - Austin, TX - TBD
May 3 - TBD
May 4 - TBD
May 6 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
May 8 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theate
May 11 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Theatre
May 12 - Arlington, TX - Kaaboo Texas at AT&T Stadium

AUDIO: JON ANDERSON ON BEING MUSICALLY ADVENTUROUS
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