Jon Anderson Addresses Yes’ Longevity And Led Zeppelin’s Disbandment


Former Yes lead singer Jon Anderson recently gave an interview to Real Radio’s Monsters. He talked about Yes’ career longevity and touched upon Led Zeppelin‘s breakup.

Yes is among the most influential and longest-lasting progressive rock bands in the scene since their formation in 1968. Yes’ lineup has changed numerous times throughout their career, and the former frontman Jon Anderson has worked with them across three tenures until 2008.

Over the years, Yes experimented with several musical styles, and they are still active in the music scene today. However, one of their contemporaries, Led Zeppelin, didn’t have such a long career in the industry, although most music critics expected them to have a long-lasting tenure.

In 1980, Led Zeppelin decided to disband after Bonham’s death despite being commercially and critically successful. The remaining former members of the band collaborated for several reunions, the most successful being the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert.

In an interview with Real Radio Monsters, Jon Anderson addressed Yes’ years-long music career and revealed his thoughts about Led Zeppelin’s disbandment. He stated that he doesn’t know whether he is surprised that Zeppelin is gone and Yes is still active, but he is good friends with Robert Plant. Moreover, the musician revealed that he wished Plant good luck when he first joined Zeppelin.

During the conversation, the show’s host asked Jon Anderson the following:

“You guys came out about the same time that Led Zeppelin came out, and both of you two were considered the two bands that we’re definitely going to make it. And here we are in 2022, you’re still performing, and Led Zeppelin is not. Are you surprised about that?”

As a response, Jon Anderson said:

“I don’t know. I’m a big fan of Zeppelin, of course. Robert Plant was a good old friend from way back. I met Robert Plant when he was in a band called Listen; they were from Birmingham. We played some shows together and met again in London. At that time, they had just joined this band called Led Zeppelin, and I said, ‘Good luck to you, man!’ We’ve been friends ever since.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.