Where are they now? - Yes
and projects with multiple Yesmen
This page last updated: 6 Apr 14
On this page—Yes: On tour - Cruise to the Edge - Heaven and Earth (new album) - Panegyric/Steven Wilson series - Covers of Yes songs - Documentaries & books - Fandom
Projects involving multiple Yes men: Asia (Howe,
Downes) - Anderson
Wakeman - CIRCA: (Sherwood, Kaye) - Anderson/Wakeman/Rabin
- Levin/Torn/White - Sonic Reality project (w/
Sherwood, Kaye et al.) - Cleopatra Records album with
guest artists (w/ Sherwood, Squire, Howe,
Downes, Wakeman, Kaye, Banks)
We will tour a few weeks before the cruise [Cruise to the Edge 2014] in April. After that, we take a little vacation and then we do a European tour, where we play close to 35 shows. Then, we take a little time off and we do a six-week summer tour in America, and then we take another short break and we play Japan, Australia and AsiaThe cruise appearance will be with a different set. Prior dates in Canada and a European tour are with the 2013 set list. The new album is due 8 July, the starting date for a US tour with a new set list. (Plans for 2015 have yet to be formulated. Howe, in an Apr 2014 interview, said, "we're not even talking about next year. This year we've mapped out loosely what we're going to do.") 2014 will also see The Yes Album and then Going for the One re-released with remixes by Steven Wilson and bonus material.
|What do we know about Heaven and Earth—a
|When||Released 8 Jul (US)
||Sessions in Los Angeles, CA ran 6 Jan-14 Mar. Extensive pre-production late 2013. Mix in late Mar.|
|Who||Chris Squire: bass, backing vocals
Steve Howe: guitars, pedal steel, backing vocals
Alan White: drums
Geoff Downes: keyboards, inc. grand piano, Hammond, Solina, synth string & brass arrangements
Jon Davison: lead vocals
|Produced and mixed by Roy Thomas Baker
Billy Sherwood: engineer for the backing vocal sessions
Artwork by Roger Dean
|What||8 tracks + 1 bonus track for the
Davison has described material as "very Yes-like" and "more 70s sounding". White has talked about "really wonderful melodies" from Davison and "great musicianship [...] a lot of great harmonies, great guitars, good high performance music." And: "No epics on this album but there are some longer pieces with intricate parts to them, but there are some shorter tracks too which are right to the point." Squire has said: "It's pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding songs into musical pieces [...] there are three that are on the longer side, nine-, 10-minute sort of long songs." Howe has described, "We have some larger pieces and some of them are quite substantial. [...] [It's] about having different flavors and spices in our music that kind of show off each other."
|All 5 band members have been writing individually and
collectively, and there have been various
writing/pre-production sessions involving all or subsets of
the band, dating back to early 2012. Downes has said, "we've
written the new material from scratch". White has also said,
"It's all fresh music. Everything on the album was conceived
within the last year or so."
Davison has said the band has "more music than we can work with" and talked of a "bunch of extra material" that will probably appear on a future album. White: "There wasn't quite enough for two Albums. We decided we would work with what we had and take it to this point. There is some extra stuff but it would take it a lot of work to make it to a Yes album."
we finished recording just in time [...] we were doubling up in the studio, meaning that Chris and I were still there working on background vocals, Steve was finishing guitars at the same time. Geoff was in Wales, Alan in Seattle, and they were both sending tracks still. Alan had some percussion to do. So we were just kind of throwing everything in at the last minute. And then we only had, I think, two or three days maximum before we had to start this [Canadian] tour [first show was 19 Mar]. The tracks still have to be mixed and Roy Thomas Baker will start that in a couple of days. And then what he's going to do is send us, um, mix examples and then we all kind of sign off on them, or make, er, comments about changes we feel needed.Davison explained this approach to mixing was because "we just ran out of time". Around the beginning of Mar, Billy Sherwood announced on Facebook:
Got a phone call from the Yes camp tonight, asking me to engineer the backing vocal sessions for their new record. Tomorrow I start with Jon Davison, Squire comes in later in the day to sing, Steve Howe after that and so on for the next week or so...In an Apr 2014 interview, Squire described the album: "It's pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding songs into musical pieces [...] there are three that are on the longer side, nine-, 10-minute sort of long songs. So it's definitely got the Yes stamp of arrangement on the album, there's no doubt about that." He continued, "Jon[ Davison]'s done a pretty good job. He worked with the other four of us on a couple of tracks each, and we've come together at the end of the album with some very strong music." In another Apr 2014 interview, Howe gave his take: "[The album] has a freshness and different stance from many records we've done before. Hopefully, that freshness will be enjoyed." Talking about Davison's contributions, Howe continued:
He’s come through with some great material.White's SYN interview continued:
His writing has been building up for a few years, and he's been looking for an outlet. The singer is expected to do that. Benoit [David] wasn't a writer, really. That's why Trevor Horn was involved in writing “Fly From Here.”
Now we’re much more independent. We don’t have a producer to write songs, so therefore we have to come up with them ourselves, and Jon is really excellent.
Brian Neeson: Reports from other interviews suggest that there was a wealth of new Material “enough for 2 albums” ..?White later added: "It's all fresh music. Everything on the album was conceived within the last year or so." And: "No epics on this album but there are some longer pieces with intricate parts to them, but there are some shorter tracks too which are right to the point." Brian asked about a title and White replied, "We are on the brink of having a title right now. We are working with Roger Dean on exactly what that is." In the 23 Feb interview, White spoke of a release date in "April sometime". Asked what the album sounds like, he replied:
Alan White: There wasn’t quite enough for two Albums. We decided we would work with what we had and take it to this point. There is some extra stuff but it would take it a lot of work to make it to a Yes album.
It’s hard to explain! Jon Davison has [...] written material for the new album that has really wonderful melodies. There’s a certain amount of great musicianship and just generally, what you’d expect from Yes, a lot of great harmonies, great guitars, good high performance music.Describing the album in another Mar 2014 interview, White said:
As far as Yes music goes, there’s going to be a lot of song value in it as opposed to the instrumental stuff.In the SYN interview, White also talked about Davison's contribution, saying, "He's been working on the lyrics and the melodies on the new album. He's a really good songwriter. He presents that to the band, and of course we all work on those, change them and turn them into what they are. [...] He is very serious about his vocals and he gets the job done." In yet another Mar 2014 interview, White said Davison has "got some things on the new album." The article also says the album "should be out by this summer". Another Mar 2014 interview with White again has an album release "by summer". In an interview published 21 Mar 2014, Squire said, "[Davison] has contributed very strongly to that [the new album] in terms of writing, both musically and lyrically [...] Jon Davison has brought in an interesting quality of songwriting and lyric writing. He has pretty much written all the lyrics for this album." The article also said the album is being mixed and has no title yet—although one soon followed. In a late Mar 2014 interview, Downes talked about various aspects to the album:
It’s just because that’s the way the music turned out – it’s what we wanted to do and we’re happy with it.
It’s been very inspirational working with [Baker] [...] The old school approach on certain things makes you realize how great those early albums were in construction and recording techniques. The [new] album is an interesting mix of hi-tech and vintageHowe talked about the album in an Apr 2014 interview, saying:
There was quite a long period to the end of last year where ideas were tossed around between various members, so there has been a general collaborative feel to the making of the album. We had a good idea of what we were going to record prior to going in to the studio, and worked closely with Roy on the choice of material.
[Davison] has really stepped up to the plate, and we’ve seen what a talent he truly is, not just as a vocalist, but also in an all round musical sense.
I was the guy holding everybody back. Because they thought they could do it sooner [...] and I said “No, we just haven’t gotten the material.” So October/November we had to rethink about the material and who had songs. So in fact it could have been a real botched job to have done it any sooner.He also talked about the choice of producer, saying, "you have a list and you take things off of it and then you end up realizing that a certain name is right. [...] we had other people and we talked to other people. We kicked the ball around the yard a fair bit, but we kept coming back to Roy [...] and his enthusiasm was very solid. We got good implications from his attitude that we needed somebody and he was interested in Yes." He also described how the album name arose from him and Roger Dean talking, and that it represents "the dualistic quality of the known and the unknown and the more you look at the known the more you see that there's even more unknown than you knew before."
[...] there’s no substitute for the work you’ve got to put in writing songs. That’s something that we do when we’re home or something we do when [...] we’re in an environment where we can write. We did some collaboration so that we could share some of those ideas with each other
we didn’t know if Jon [Davison] was going to do as much collaboration as he did, but he came quite heavily armed with a lot of music anyway as I did, so there was a kind of pool happening with different songs and “where’s this going to go” and “where’s that going to go.” Jon proved his worth and he got the energy up to [...] see me in the U.K. and see Geoff [...] He made himself mobile to see what would happen if he was a common spirit between the music.
Obviously, he didn’t write all of the album, but he had a lot of source material [...] we just basically put our heads together in different numbers. Then when January came around, that was the first time that we really did a short rehearsal. [...] we didn’t really need to do much of that, but we had to get in the studio and start looking at each song [...] So there is a variety of different songwriting collaborations and also songs from Jon and myself that aren’t collaborated on.
I was all really quite comfortable with it, especially because we started one-on-one. I started in Phoenix with Chris. We solidified a few ideas together. And then I went up to Seattle and worked with Alan. And then flew to the UK and went up to the countryside with Steve and that was great. I was there for about a week. We got a lot done as well. Then I went to Wales to work with Geoff one-on-one.Early Apr 2014, Downes tweeted about the "big prog piece", confirming events: "Yes that's true. It's 15 minutes long with 6 or 7 different sections. Shame we didn't record it for this album".
We all did a lot of writing on our own, especially myself. [...] I had lots of material. [...] when we came together [...] we would sort of try to, er, combine the ideas, expand the ideas [...] for example, Steve might have an idea and I would, "Hey, let's try this with it," and we would just kind of start blending things together, expanding concepts, especially Geoff and I, we had a big prog piece, but unfortunately we didn't have time to finish it, so that'll probably be on the next album, and we've got a bunch of extra material too that just didn't make it because of, we had sufficient time for this album and things were just left undone, just again due to lack of time.
I think it touches on all aspects of Yes, seventies, eighties. But mainly it's a really fresh sounding album. [...] Personally, I feel like it's light years from Fly from Here. [...] a fresh, new direction.
Right now we’re just getting ready, we're writing and getting ready to make a new album, which we're gonna start in January [...] we hope to have that ready for release some time around next summer [...] The difference between Jon Davison and Benoit David is that Jon is a pretty good writer and has been doing that for quite a while. So his input into the band collaboration, along together with everyone else, is going to put another slant on Yes, I hope, and we'll come up with something fresh.The article goes on: "Squire says the new album should be out in time for the group's planned summer North American tour." A separate rumour in Sep gave Jul 2014 for a planned release date. In the Dec 2013 issue of Prog, Squire says:
We're currently writing songs [...] The aim is to go into the studio at the start of 2014, and have recording finished by March. If it all goes to plan, then we'll have it released by Frontiers in the early summer.The album is being produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who is best known for producing multiple Queen releases (including "Bohemian Rhapsody") and has also produced Nazareth, Hawkwind, The Cars, Journey, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Chris de Burgh, Guns N' Roses and The Smashing Pumpkins. He also worked with Gentle Giant, The Moody Blues, Egg, Frank Zappa, Ginger Baker, T. Rex, Ten Years After and Foreigner. He previously worked with Yes, producing the band's aborted Paris sessions in late 1979, and later produced Jon Anderson's 3 Ships. In an interview for the Feb 2014 issue of Prog, asked about Baker's previous involvement with Yes, Downes said, "for Steve Howe and Chris Squire, it's a case of unfinished business [...] they were keen to get Roy back on board." He is then asked whether any material from the Paris sessions is being used on the new album: "None [...] we've written the new material from scratch. [...] it's starting from a clean slate. No baggage left over." Asked in Brian Neeson's SYN interview about Baker, White said, "Roy is a smart guy and he knows where we should be going. He is getting on fine with the guys. He says his piece and he is very much part of what is going on." Neeson then asked about getting White's sound right on the album; White replied, "We spent quite a while getting the drum sound right. Roy is quite meticulous about which microphones get the right sound. We were using about $50,000 worth of microphones on the drums alone."
I think it is my time now to step forward and reveal who I am. I have tried to do that in the context of the tour and that was balancing; performing the great Works of the band yet rendering and adjusting myself. [...] On the new material I can play around more and explore my own expressions, my uniqueness. The new music is very Yes-like but shows a lot more of my individuality.Davison described the material: "It will be more 70s sounding but we are touching on all that is Yes. [...] we have a wide variety of music. Actually we have more music than we can work with, so we have to consolidate what we have."
White: I’m gonna get together with Chris and just kind of toss some ideas around and maybe get the foundations of some new album work. [...]It had appeared that the band were planning studio work in late 2013, for an earlier album release in spring 2014, but that timetable shifted. They were working on new music through much of 2012 and have continued to do so through 2013, with a number of demos under consideration. For example, Squire and Davison were working together in late Aug/early Sep. In a May 2013 Brazilian TV appearance by Squire and White, Squire said, "We are looking at making a new album towards the end of this year . [...] We're going to compose some original music; we've already started with that process [...] maybe by the spring of 2014, there will be release of new musics. [...] maybe by March, April, something like that." In a Jul 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, Squire said, "the next thing we're looking at doing is a new studio album [...] then we'll go out on the road and promote that. So that's what's up next for YES – is recording." And in another interview later that month, he said, "We're doing this touring [see below] right now and then towards the end of the year  we'll be looking to make some new, original music for a new studio album. That's going to be the next project and that's going to take us into 2014." A fan who met Downes and White in Apr 2013 reported they said the plan was for a spring 2014 release with 5 tour legs in support following, starting with a 2014 summer tour of the US. They also described the album as a "new Drama".
Interviewer: That’s great to hear you’re taking that step forward with the new album.
White: [...] we’ll be passing ideas around of the foundation musically – that kinda thing, with the view of building this stuff into concrete ideas for a new album, hopefully early in the next year  some time.
Jon[ Davison]’s a great guy, a real pleasure to work with. He’s really talented, has a wonderful voice [...] He has great ideas, and he’s a very talented songwriter.
Interviewer: When I talked to Chris Squire [...] he said one of the things he really liked about Jon is that he has a lot of musical ideas. Is he toying with the idea of bringing some of his own material into the songwriting process for the next album?
White: Absolutely! He’s got many, many great ideas up to this point that we’re taking in, and everybody’s excited about what he comes up with.
"We're already looking at bits and starting to gather music together," he reports. "It's really just in the germination stage at the moment."Later rumours (in Aug/Sep) downplayed these sessions, describing them as an opportunity to assess new material (see also this comment by Davison in a Jul 2013 interview: "A new album is in the works[.] After th[e summer] tour, Steve Howe goes out to do a solo project and then in October we will all convene to look at ideas we've been sharing and ideas we've been coming up with on a personal level"), but that the band will not be starting album recordings proper until later. In the end, there was no full group meet-up that month. However, Downes tweeted on 16 Nov that he had had a "Great week in Phoenix working with the Yes rhythm section aka White & Squire." Davison was then staying with Downes in Wales later that month, working on material.
I think that remains to be seen, at this point. Fly From Here was really well received and we have talked about carrying on that theme into the next album, but the new album is really in the baby stages and we’re all just talking about it and trying to get a concept in our heads as to what it should be.In another Jan 2013 interview, Squire said: "We'll see what the end of the year  brings when we make a new album." In this Feb 2013 interview, he said, "We'll be recording some new music later on in the year ." A Jan 2013 video interview with Downes had this comment from him: "We're looking now towards maybe doing some more recording towards the end of the year  but, as I say, you never know, it's always very much how things pan out." And a Feb 2013 interview has these comments from him when asked about the direction of the new album:
Well, there are only small ideas at the moment. There’s nothing that’s been seriously rehearsed or looked at yet. We’re just starting to collect ideas now and we won’t get into the recording of a new album until at least the end of this year . So there’s quite a lot of water to go under the bridge before we get there.In his Apr 2013 YesWorld Q&A, asked about a possible new album for 2014, Squire answered:
I’m excited to be working on [it], especially as Jon [Davison] is, as we all know, not only a good front man-singer, but also he a writer as well, so the combination of bringing some of his ideas into the YES camp are something we’re all looking forward to.A Feb 2013 interview with Davison describes him as "tentatively composing new material with Yes." In a Mar interview, he said:
Yes is currently in the beginning stages of a new album. Everyone is really excited about getting into the studio, which should happen sometime this year  or early into next year . [...] I plan to be very busy with Yes throughout 2013In his May 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, Davison answered several questions about a new album. He was asked, "how do you project the sound and style of the next Yes album? Will it be more laid back or aggressive sounding? And will you be playing an instrument [...]?" He replied: "I hope that we'll find a nice balance between mellow and semi aggressive/aggressive. The YES albums of the 70's achieved this equilibrium so perfectly. Since I compose a lot on the acoustic guitar, I imagine my playing to some degree will make its way to the record." He was then asked about his possible contributions to the album, and replied, "So far, there's been an enthusiastic response to my ideas from the rest of the guys. We'll have to wait and see what eventually conspires." Asked about Davison on Yesfans.com, his bandmate in Glass Hammer, Fred Schendel said:
I don't know what new stuff JD may or may not be coming up with but I know for sure he has two very good songs that date back to the 90s, one of which I really liked a lot and passed up as a GH song during the Cor Cordium sessions mainly because it was so Yes-like. I had thought of developing it for us at some future point but when he got the Yes gig I figured, hell, they really ought to have a crack at it. So, I'd be pretty shocked if he hasn't played it for them. It will be interesting to see if it gets used...Schendel later said they referred to this Yes-like song as "Tree Song".
certainly there’s some enthusiasm. And there are certain issues about it, and, well, they’ve thus far not been resolved. .. But it’s talked about, let’s say.A late Apr 2013 interview, in Spanish, had this from Howe: "Aún no puedo confirmar los temas ni el concepto pero estamos en el estudio probando algunas armonías y sonidos nuevos, definitivamente vamos a grabar un nuevo álbum", which translates as, "Although I can't confirm the topics or concepts, but we are in the studio, trying new sounds and some harmonies, we are definitely going to record a new album". Previously, he had been more cautious about recording a new album in some interviews. Asked in a Feb 2013 interview, Howe said:
It’s strange how the focus on your new CD is so different from what it was. Evidently, when we’ve been talking about The Yes album, Close to the Edge, Going for the One [...] they’re established, they’re documented, they’re important. You can’t attack them, they’re very good recordings. I think Fly from Here was a fantastic achievement after 10 years since Magnification.And in this Apr 2013 interview:
Even though Fly from Here was enjoyed and it was a high quality project—there’s no doubt about it—we won’t talk about it as long as we will the other classics. So I’m not quite sure how we go forward. I think steadily and not in a hurry. Because there are always labels saying, “Bring out another record.”
I don’t know how Yes did so much so close together in the ’70s but it shows how much our creativity was combusting together. I would love to say the obvious answer, “Yes, of course, we would love to get back,” but that’s not really true. We would have to time it. We would have to consider it and weigh up our expectations because that’s where happiness lies. And also when we would be ready to do something worthy.
Chris keeps going round saying, ‘Oh yeah, Yes is going to do another album.’ I keep saying, ‘What do you mean?’ [...] There’s people in bands who want to make new albums irrespective of the downsides. I notice bands doing albums and that they don’t have any effect. Considering the abuse on the internet, people getting everything for nothing – you go to the trouble of spending our money making a record we believe in, then it doesn’t spread the news far enough. [...]In a Nov 2012 interview, Howe is asked: "Do you think you will ever play on another Yes album?" His reply:
“Fly From Here was a nice record. It had certain repercussions that are going to take a while to sort out. [...]
[Speaking about the current 3 Albums tour:] “I got a kind of awakening that tells me that to have these albums that people still enjoy, that’s quite an achievement. What are we trying to achieve by doing another one? I’ve got mixed feelings – I’m not opposed but I’m certainly cautious.”
We released Fly From Here last year, but it's something that I kind of fight myself about. You take bands like Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones, bands bigger than anything I've been in, and they make new records and nobody really cares. The people want to hear "Satisfaction." That goes with Yes as well, because people want to hear Close to the Edge. We like playing it. We love it, too. We love the new music but it doesn't have the familiarity. It is questionable what effect a new album has on well- established bands. Sometimes, you have to step back and ask yourself what you should be doing. I think The Who had one of the most disappointing results when they put out that last album. It was practically ignored and they are The Who. If we were to come out with something even as good as Close to the Edge, that would be a major achievement. The collaboration on those early records between Jon Anderson and I was amazing. There was a remarkable sense of teamwork. I don't know how we did it back then. It doesn't work the same way now.An Aug 2012 interview with Howe and Squire has more positive comments from Howe but lays out a longer timescale:
Both Yes men say there’s an appetite to get more new material in motion, but it won’t necessarily come soon. [...] Howe [...] in particular feels that Yes “wasn’t really as ready to make a record as we thought we were” with “Fly From Here,” which he says will factor into what the group does next.Asked about a new album in a Jul 2012 interview, the interviewer commenting that Squire had talked about the possibility, Howe said:
“I would say (a new album) is blowing in the wind,” Howe says, “but I don’t want to put out something just to feel like it’s a follow-up record. I want it to feel like an opportunity to do a style of music, a certain project, an adventure.
“I don’t think we’re there yet at all, so I think it’ll take a long time to be ready for another record — which is fine so long as it serves the purpose of making a better album.”
We're in good shape. [...] we haven't started anything, so to talk to people in public about it seems ridiculous to me. As it may, we can only say what we believe in, and I believe we'll start to talk about it later.Davison was asked about how the songwriting for the new album is going in his Jun 2013 Q&A for YesWorld:
the band has been writing, mostly on an individual basis. I did collaborate with Chris, which was definitely a productive and rewarding experience. Alan has recently sent me some interesting ideas which I’ve started working on and am enjoying. Steve has also shared some solid demos with me over the time we’ve been out on the road together. I know Geoff is working as well and will be sharing his material soon.It was reported that Davison was with Howe in the UK earlier in Jan 2013 to work on material, although Downes was working with the new Asia line-up at the time. A 22 Jan 2013 Facebook update by Glass Hammer, Davison's other band, said that he is "busy in California right now." Squire, White and Downes were also in California in late Jan. Downes and White were in part there for NAMM 2013; Downes tweeted on 29 Jan, "Just on London - bound [...] flight out of LAX. [...] back in a few weeks time!" Might this imply collective work on new material and/or tour rehearsals? Without mentioning any context, Howe, in this Apr 2013 interview, described how, "January and February  were partly absorbed in looking back at ideas I've got [on tape] and finding out whether or how, which way they fit together." And then another Apr 2013 interview with Howe had this:
Though Howe says "there's no clear-cut plan yet," he acknowledges that there's a desire to follow-up [...] "Fly From Here" [...]In Jan 2013, Glass Hammer's Fred Schendel, while explaining how Davison will work in both bands, said on ProgressiveEars.org that, "Jon [Davison] is free, not to mention contractually obligated, to put in all the time with Yes writing and touring that they require".
"There's been talk and it's going around in circles and we're not really able to say much about it yet," the guitarist explains. "I'm happy to say I've always got music backed up, and in January (and) February I had time to do more of that with some fresh ideas and getting some demos going. Some of it's for my solo work, some of it's for Yes, potentially, so we'll see what transpires."
We've discussed the possibility of doing another album next year  [...] I think the appetite is there to do [...] we've discussed it, and certainly I think Jon [Davison] would be a very useful contributor to that. And it would be nice to do an album with him. Because we did an album with Benoit, but we would also like to do an album with Jon.In a Mar 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, asked whether he is writing songs for a new album, Davison answered, "Yes, I am contributing ideas. [...] We are planning for a new album to be released sometime next year ." Downes, in his in Apr, after answering a question about the recording of "White Car" on Drama added this comment: "I'm hoping to be able to contribute another vignette along these lines to the next Yes album. I think that might be an interesting route to go – more along the lines of say, the Fragile album." By his 14 Jun Q&A, he was saying, "I'm pretty busy [...] right now working on new material with both Yes and Asia, as well as several other projects. [...] It's a bit of a juggling exercise for me right now, but fortunately both bands understand the situation. There is work afoot on a new Yes album as well as a new Asia album, so I envisage the rest of the year  and early next year  to be taken up in the studio. It's great to be creating new music again." In an Apr 2013 interview, Squire described the band's writing methods generally:
Most of us have ideas that we start off individually and when we get together to produce a new album, people bring them to the studio. Some motifs and sections evolve into full songs and other ideas we may have a brainstorming session to try combining different parts to see if they’re complementary or if we can develop something entirely new around an idea, if we like it. There’s no one way we make Yes music; there’s a variety of methodologies we’ll try out in the studio.One rumour has that the band were working on new material as early as the end of Mar 2012, during tour rehearsals in Los Angeles (CA), when the band first got together with Davison. After the Apr 2012 tour, Squire stayed on for a holiday in Hawaii and is said to have written a song called "Paradise" with Davison, and Squire and Davison are known to have met up after the Apr tour and were writing together. Reports from the summer 2012 tour say Squire, Davison and White had written a total of 5 songs. Further reports in Sep 2012 described the band working on material during the summer tour and continuing to exchange ideas by e-mail since. These describe 8 songs as under development: the 5 from Squire/Davison/White that the whole band developed further during the tour; a group composition developed during the summer tour; a piece from Howe; and another piece from Squire (originating in the same 2006/7 writing sessions as "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be", "Aliens" and further pieces on the Squackett album; this may be a piece called "Gift of Love", developed by the 2010 band). An unconfirmed, Oct 2012 rumour named one Squire/Davison/White song as "Zenith", while a more recent report mentioned a title "Used to Believe".
Squire and drummer Alan White tell ABC News Radio they hope the band will record a new album with Davison next year .In an Aug 2012 interview for the Innerviews site, Squire said:
"[Davison is] capable of it and, he's got song ideas," maintains White. "Yeah, [it] looks like he'll be a great addition to the creative process moving forward."
Adds Squire, "He's a writer as well, unlike Benoit…So, that's gonna be a bonus."
We’ve started looking at possibilities for material for an album which we will probably record sometime in 2013. [...] Any new member that comes into Yes that contributes as a writer is always valuable. Yes is an evolving thing. It’s going to evolve further with Jon Davison’s input.Interviewer Anil Prasad then asked, "Fly From Here was based on a lot of historical material. Will the next Yes album focus on newly-written material?" Squire's reply:
Yes, I would imagine. There will be a slightly different concept. On Fly From Here, there was a desire on Trevor Horn’s part—as well as myself and Steve Howe—to revive [...] “We Can Fly From Here.” [...] I think the next album will be totally fresh and new. We’re hoping to work with Trevor again. I enjoy working with him a lot. I hope he’ll have the time to fit it in.
In Jul 2013, a fan asked Squire whether the band would re-visit
"Go Through This". Squire is reported to have replied, "No, that's
not one we've discussed yet." before White then added, "If Trevor
Horn produces, we might go back and do something original like
that. Lately we've been focused on writing new stuff, not old
stuff. But who knows, man?" Asked more generally about the next
album, Squire compared there ideas so far to the bands 1970s
In a Q&A
for YesWorld in Jun 2013, asked whether the new album might
include "Go Through This", Howe replied: "[...] you'll have to
wait and see. We're not sure if we're going to record any past
songs that have been worked on and released in any form at all.
That's what Fly From here was about; revisiting some of that retro
material. We'll just have to see where it goes when we get into
In a Q&A for YesWorld in Apr 2013, asked generally about composing, White said: "Composing is always interesting. I like the creative process in the studio. It's always challenging to come up with new ideas and a new adventure in the rhythm section when composing songs with YES. We're always searching for something new."
series (with remixes by Steven Wilson)
Panegyric, the label behind DGM's King Crimson 40th Anniversary Editions, are re-releasing a series of Yes albums. They began Nov 2013 with Close to the Edge. The Yes Album follows 14 Apr (review copies have gone out), and then Going for the One comes later in the year. The releases include bonus material and new stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, ex-Blackfield, worked with Steve Hackett, Ian Anderson, Marillion, Theo Travis), who has done similar projects before for King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Caravan and XTC. Neil Wilkes, who worked with Wilson on the King Crimson remixes and other projects, returns as well. The band and Roger Dean are also involved and fully approve the releases. The new mixes use the original multitrack masters. The original stereo mixes are also included. The albums can be ordered direct from Panegyric via the label's official stall at Burning Shed.
The Yes Album (Blu-ray
version) will be available as a 2-disc set: 1 CD, and 1
DVD-A or 1 Blu-ray disc (Region 0, NTSC). The CD contains the
new stereo album mix by Wilson, a studio version of "Clap"
(presumably the same as on the 2003 Rhino release) and a
previously unreleased extended version of "A Venture". The DVD-A
contain a 5.1 Surround mix and both the new Wilson mix and the
original mix (using the original stereo master tape in a flat
transfer) in High Resolution Stereo. In addition, it also has
(in regular CD audio) an alternate version of the album as
The Blu-ray has the same as the DVD-A, plus
an instrumental version of the new album mix in DTS-HD Master
Audio stereo and an exclusive needle-drop of an original UK
vinyl A1/B1 pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio. It also
has additional extras as follows:
The 1971 London live tracks appear to be
the same as were released on The Word is Live, but the
New Haven recording of "Perpetual Change" has not been
previously released. The release comes with a booklet containing
new sleeve notes by Sid
Smith, plus rare photos and archive material.
Close to the Edge (Blu-ray version; DVD-A version) is similar in its contents. The CD contains the new stereo album mix by Wilson, a new mix of "America" and an early mix/assembly of "Close to the Edge" (18:42). The DVD-A contain a 5.1 Surround mix and both the new Wilson mix and the original mix of the album plus "America". In addition, it also has (in regular CD audio) an alternate version of the album as follows:
And single versions:
The Blu-ray has the same as the DVD-A, plus instrumental versions
of all new mixes and a needle-drop of an original UK vinyl. The
album can be ordered direct from Panegyric via the label's
official stall at Burning
version). The Blu-ray version was at least as high as #526
in Music (and #5 in Psychedelic Rock) on Amazon
What future albums will be included in the series has yet to be
announced. A report in Jan 2014 had that
Wilson had begun work on Tales from Topographic Oceans.
Wilson said in an Aug
2013 interview that:
the idea is to do most of the classic Yes albums. For most people, that was the 70s records. So we’re going to do I think all of the 70s records
Cruises, a Camp & a Festival
Cruise to the Edge is a series of progressive rock cruises featuring and co-organised by Yes, and run by music cruise company On the Blue. Cruise to the Edge 2014 runs 7-12 Apr 2014, starting and finishing in Miami, FL and visiting Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. It will be on a larger boat, the MSC Divina, than the first Cruise. Several acts from the first cruise return. Yes again headline (two shows, plus Q&A, meet-and-greet etc.) and will be performing a new set compared to 2013's cruise. White described their plans in a Nov 2013 interview: "I think we're going to mix and match selections from that three-album tour and some of the songs we've played in Australia and Japan. So it'll be a mix of quite a few things, and a wide variety of Yes music." In his early Jan 2014 interview with Jon Kirkman, Downes described the band's cruise set as being "slightly varied, y'know, it's not going to be the three albums again [...] I think there will be [...] a couple of songs that the fans won't have seen us play live before." He suggested it was unlikely any new material would be played. Asked another time about the possibility of new material being performed on the Cruise, Downes tweeted, "Too early to say as yet". In a Feb 2014 interview, White said the band are "looking forward to possibly playing a couple of numbers from [the new album], if it's possible on the cruise but it may not be". In the Mar 2014 SYN interview, White said:
there will be a mix of what we did last year and some other material. [...] we’re not allowed to play as long as we would like, so we have to be selective on what we play [...] We’re still tossing ideas around of what the set should be.
In an interview
published Apr 2014, Howe described the cruise set as a
"scaled-down version" of their summer set (described
below), which at the time of the interview had not been
finalised. He went on to say this is "probably going to be 'Close To The Edge' and 'The Yes Album'
and a group of others."
Also performing are Patrick Moraz,
Stick Men (with Tony Levin), Steve
Hackett, UK, Marillion (due to a routine
medical procedure, Ian Mosley will not be on the cruise, with
Leon Parr standing in on drums), Tangerine Dream, The
Strawbs (electric version), Three Friends (Gentle Giant spin-off
band), PFM, Soft Machine Legacy, Queensryche, Renaissance, LifeSigns (with John Young
(ex-Asia), Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, ex-Steve
Howe) and Martin Beedle), Saga, Sound of Contact,
IOEarth, The Pineapple Thief, Presto Ballet, Pamela Moore,
Electric Asturias, Scale
The Summit (also at Yestival),
Moon Safari, The Prog Orchestra, Heavy Mellow and Cheap Thrill. Moraz will be playing two solo sets on piano and
keys: these, he said,
will be as "different as possible", but with some common
content, will draw from his own solo repertoire and include new
compositions. He also hinted at including Yes material. In the
SYN interview, when White was asked about the possibility of
Moraz guesting with Yes on the cruise, he replied: "We might do
something with Patrick, but I'm not sure. [...] the cruise is
down the line a bit, so we'll think about some of these things
later." In a Mar
2014 interview, On the Blue's Larry Morand answered this
saying, "I won't say it will happen, I won't say it won't
happen. I kind of like to leave it to what strikes the moment."
Kirkman returns as host and Roger Dean is again exhibiting. (Dean is also on this year's Moody Blues Cruise just
before.) White explained in this exchange in the Nov
White: It’s called Cruise to the Edge because we control who plays on the boat, and we work with a promoter to pick out the right acts. [...]A 2015 edition of the cruise with Yes is planned.
Interviewer: Obviously you’re working with a promoter, and there are other people who have a say in the lineup, but from Yes’ side, was it a pretty democratic experience in selecting the bands?
White: We all get together with a list of names, and obviously we know some of the guys in some of the bands. We’ve been around long enough to know a lot of people in the business. It really didn’t take much at all when all the names were presented to us – a couple changes, but it was fine.
Mar 2013 saw the inaugural Cruise to the Edge (Facebook).
Also appearing were Glass Hammer,
UK (with Eddie
Jobson, John Wetton, Terry Bozzio and Alex Machacek), Steve Hackett's
Genesis Revisited II project, the Carl Palmer Trio, Nektar, Ambrosia,
Joel Hoekstra (with a
band consisting of Eric Levy—keys, Virgil Donati—drums, Ric
Zebra, Heavy Mellow and Brook Hansen (doing Yes and prog covers).
Most bands did both regular performances and 'Storyteller
Performances' (Q&A sessions, sometimes including musical
performance). Roger Dean
was also on the cruise, exhibiting work, while Jon Kirkman hosted
Q&A sessions and did a talk about his Yes
book too. Writer Armando Gallo was also on board.
Although Davison continues as a member of Glass Hammer in general
and reportedly wanted to sing with both bands on the cruise, it
was decided that he would only sing with Yes. Some sources
described the situation as Davison's contract with Yes for the
spring tour (including the cruise) forbidding him from singing
with anyone else for the duration of the tour. However, in an Apr
2013 interview, Howe described the situation thus:
it was said the band had forbidden Davison to sing with Glass Hammer [...]
But Howe calls the story an “exaggeration,” [...] “There was a decision: we jointly, as a band, decided not to water it down – let’s all be Yes at that time. I won’t dabble with my thing and no one else will dabble with other things.
“When I saw how it had come out I went, ‘Yuck!’ I was uncomfortable. It should have just said – and it would have been more honest if it just said – ‘Yes members are only doing Yes on the cruise.’ It would have said the same thing in a much better way.
“There was a lot of logic in the decision and it applied to everybody, not just him. If we hadn’t make the decision we’d have been doing masterclasses, lunches, tap-dancing, using whatever other skills we had!”
Morand, in his Mar 2014 interview, explained it thus: "we had Glass Hammer on last year and the issue was, and I get it, as a manager I would be like, "I'm trying to establish Yes and rebuild the brand." And [Yes' manager] was a little like, "OK. Everybody has to know upfront that Jon Davison is not going to be performing with Glass Hammer." So Glass Hammer brought their old singer in." Glass Hammer were fronted by former lead singer Carl Groves for their performances.On the Blue also run The Moody Blues Cruise (which, in 2013, included The Prog Collective live band, with Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye). The first cruise was on the MSC Poesia. It sold out, but only just over half the places on board were for the Cruise to the Edge, with others being regular cruise-goers. Many of the musicians mixed with guests; e.g., Squire and Dean were in the audience for Hackett's first show and Yes members were also in the audience for the first UK show. Yes's sets featured a set list similar to their surrounding tour. They first played on day 2, with a set consisting of [SPOILERS—highlight to read] Close to the Edge and then Going for the One, with an encore of "Starship Trooper". Day 3 saw Squire join for part of a Q&A with Hackett to talk about Squackett. Yes performed another set that day, consisting of Close to the Edge and then The Yes Album. Yes's Q&A on the final day saw the band answering questions submitted beforehand in writing, and finished with Howe and Davison performing "Leaves of Green", and then Howe doing "Mood for a Day". As for the other acts, UK's Storyteller set on day 1 saw Wetton and Jobson answering questions; Wetton performed "Book of Saturday" on acoustic guitar and was then joined by Jobson on piano for "Fallen Angel" and "Rendezvous 6:02". The band's first set was "In the Dead of Night/By the Light of Day/Presto Vivace and Reprise", "Nevermore", "Thirty Years", "Carrying No Cross", Bozzio drum solo, Jobson electric violin/keyboard solo, "Alaska/Night After Night", "Caesar's Palace Blues", "Forever Until Sunday", encore: piano/vocal version of "Rendezvous 6:02", "The Only Thing She Needs". Their second set was similar, but slightly shorter.
I had asked about Jon Anderson and even [about] Rick Wakeman. Wakeman wasn’t available. But Jon, as we were talking, I don’t think there was a problem on the Yes end – not liking it but understanding that if you wanted … to encompass something that was Yes, that’s somebody you have to have. But that got solved on its own. There was a competitor cruise, Prog Nation At Sea, and they had started their own prog cruise after we had gotten ours up. So [Anderson] came off the market.
On 14-7 Jul 2013, Yes hosted a Yes Fantasy Camp, part of the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp series (which Alan White and Jon Anderson have both participated in previously), in Las Vegas, NV. (Howe also did a separate "camp" in Aug 2013.) The whole band were involved in the Fantasy Camp, with rock star counselors including Joe Vitale and Gary Hoey. The camp included masterclasses and the opportunity to play with band members (which included playing a variety of songs, including "Roundabout", "Heat of the Moment", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Pinball Wizard", "Slow Ride" etc.). The Yes Fantasy Camp took place during the band's summer tour leg.
Extensive touring is planned for 2014, as outlined by White in this Oct 2013 interview:
We will tour a few weeks before the cruise in April. After that, we take a little vacation and then we do a European tour, where we play close to 35 shows. Then, we take a little time off and we do a six-week summer tour in America, and then we take another short break and we play Japan, Australia and Asia
The band continue with their 2013 set list (i.e., [SPOILERS—highlight
to read] Close to the Edge,
The Yes Album, Going for the One, encore:
"Roundabout") for a Canadian
tour with 10 dates 19 Mar-2 Apr 2014, and 2 east coast US
dates 4-5 Apr. The production manager for
the tour is Joe Comeau. The opening night in Canada was
estimated to have an audience of ~3000 by one fan attending.
They are then expected to play a new set list on the Cruise to the Edge 2014, departing 7 Apr (billed as featuring "an entirely NEW set" compared to 2013). White described their set list plans for the cruise in a Nov 2013 interview: "I think we're going to mix and match selections from that three-album tour [i.e. the usual 2013 set] and some of the songs we've played in Australia and Japan [i.e. the 2012 set]. So it'll be a mix of quite a few things, and a wide variety of Yes music."
It's then back to the 2013 set for European
touring 29 Apr-5 Jun 2014, with 10 dates in the UK, followed
by dates in France (1), Switzerland (1), Monaco (1, their
first ever visit to the country), Italy (2), Luxembourg (1),
Belgium (1), Netherlands (1), Germany (3), Czech Rep. (1),
Slovakia (1), Poland (1), Denmark (1), Norway (1). Some UK dates
have sold out. The following were all
reported as sold out (with capacity figures)—29 Apr, Oxford
(1826); 30 Apr, Southend (1630); 4 May, Birmingham (2500); 6
May, Leicester (2400); 8 May, London (either 3500 or 5200?); 11
May, Bristol (1500)—but a few tickets are now available.
So, the set consists of Close to the
Edge, then Going for the One, then The Yes Album
in their entireties. (Cruise to the Edge said on Facebook
that "Yes will be performing new show [on the cruise] in preparing
for Royal Albert appearance", but this appears to be an error: the
Royal Albert Hall show is expected to stick with the same set as
for the rest of the European tour.) The band
plan to record the Bristol show for a DVD.
They then play a 35-date US tour 8 Jul-24
Aug 2014, with more dates possibly to be announced. Tickets go
on sale 28 Mar. The band have announced
the set list for the tour will be Fragile
and Close to the Edge in their entireties, an
interval, and then an "encore set" with material from the new
album Heaven and Earth and "the band's greatest hits".
An ad for the tour has the latter set consisting of "greatest
hits" and just one track from the new album. However, in a late Mar
2014 interview, Davison described this portion of the set
as, "a mixture of various songs including a couple of new
songs". In an Apr
2014 interview, talking about how much new material
the band would play, Squire said, "As much as
possible is all I can say now [...] I'm really more interested
in playing the new material, and that's really always been Yes'
way of working. I've always been a great believer that you have
to keep producing new things in order to keep life interesting
not only for ourselves but for the audience as well. [...]
presumably there'll be even more new music in the future." In
2014 interview, Howe discussed the choice of albums,
explaining that the band has been very busy "and that's why
we're changing albums gradually if you like." Touring
later in the year in Asia and Australia is expected, presumably
with the same set. In a Feb
2014 interview, White described "time off [after the
European tour] and then an American tour and then time off, and
then we do an Asia tour." (Asia (the band) play Japan and
the US in Jun 2014 and tour further at the end of Aug and Sep,
implying further Yes touring will not be until Oct onwards.)
On 6 Aug 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a free Legends Series interview with the band. All 5 of the band members were interviewed on stage, there was a short acoustic set and a Q&A with the audience. The event had a capacity crowd. Set: "Video Killed the Radio Star" (performed by Downes), "Devon Blue" (Howe), "Leaves of Green"/"Nous Sommes du Soleil" (Howe & Davison).
Yes's prior tour leg consisted of 9 South American dates in May 2013 (support from Seven Side Diamond on 23 & 24 May and from Apocalypse on 26 May), covering Peru, Brazil (6 dates), Chile and Argentina. Two of the Brazilian dates (24 & 25 May) and possibly a third (23 May) sold out and the Peruvian date was reported to have an audience of nearly 5000. The Peruvian set was Close to the Edge, Going for the One, intermission, The Yes Album, encore: "Roundabout". It was the same on the 25 May Brazilian date.
The band's spring leg saw
24 US dates and one Canadian date in Mar/Apr 2013. Rehearsals were
from the middle of the month through to 26 Feb in Los Angeles, CA.
During the tour, Yes also headlined the Cruise
to the Edge, a prog-themed Caribbean cruise starting and
ending in Florida, on 24-30 Mar 2013. They only played two albums in 5 casino venues with time
limits; this is usually expected to be The
Yes Album and Close to the Edge. (As Squire
explained in this Feb
2013 interview, "It is a bummer for me because we wanted to
do all three albums everywhere, but you can't argue with the
man.") On their debut night, a casino venue, they played The Yes Album in
order, and then Going for the One in order, with
"Roundabout" as an encore (and "Firebird Suite" as the
intro music); the switch to
Going for the One for the second
album is because full band rehearsals were
delayed by a death
in Geoff Downes' family and the band felt more ready for
that album over Close
to the Edge. On most nights of the tour,
they played: intro
music: "Firebird Suite", Close to the Edge in order, Going
for the One in order, intermission, The Yes Album
in order; encore: "Roundabout". However, there
was some variation in the order of the
albums, e.g. on their third night and on 17 Mar,
they played the three
albums in chronological order, i.e. The Yes Album,
then Close to the Edge, then Going for the One,
and then "Roundabout". And on 18 Mar, they
played Close to
the Edge, The Yes Album, then Going for the
One. In an Apr
2013 interview, Howe discussed the order in which to play
There’s been a few internal ordering issues [with] different people thinking that we should do them in anything but a chronological order. [...]
Not playing them chronologically makes utterly no sense to me whatsoever. I’m not the only person who thinks that but not everybody thinks that. So there’s an internal combustion going on as usual in Yes where the order of the albums is seen to be something we can change. [...] To me, it tells a beautiful story of our naive, wet behind the ears ‘The Yes Album’ to our expansive ‘Close To The Edge’ development to our almighty reunion sense of openness and beautifulness with ‘Going For The One,’ with songs like ‘Turn Of The Century’ and ‘Awaken.’
They are a long way from ‘Perpetual Change.’ I love them all and they’re all dear to my heart [...] but [...] to me, it’s blindingly obvious [...] a no-brainer, if you like, that we would chronologically do the albums. But there’s another agenda and it’s a confusing issue. We keep changing it and trying it different ways around. Very rarely, do we actually go back to the logical chronological [sequence] which I think is perfect.
In this Aug
2013 interview, by which time the order had settled on Close to the Edge,
then Going for the One, then The Yes Album,
Howe explained his preference for a chronological order, but says
he was outvoted: "To me, it doesn't make a lot of sense but
irrespective of that, I enjoy playing each album so to hell with
it whatever order we do them in".
In a Jan
2013 Guitar International interview, Squire
described rehearsal plans:
We’re familiar with most of the material. The most difficult piece we’ve played but not that often is probably “Turn of the Century”. That’s probably gonna require the most work in rehearsal [...] We’re giving ourselves a good week to rehearse before we start the tour.
Prior to that we’ll do homework individually. [...] Check it out at home and then come together and rehearse as a unit.
The 1 Mar show was reported to have an audience of ~1,500, while
the 3, 5, 6, 16 & 17 Mar and 7 & 9 Apr shows have sold
out. The 14 Mar show sold 1,425 tickets, grossing $105,357. The 5
Mar show was sold out, selling 1,741 tickets and grossing
$105,259. The 21 Mar show sold 1,628 tickets, grossing $99,450.
The 2 Apr show sold 1,543 tickets, grossing $96,256. Patrick
Moraz was in the audience, a guest of the band, at one of
the Florida shows.
The 5 Mar show was to be broadcast live on AXS TV, but the
broadcast has been cancelled, with a plan (not yet confirmed) to
have an alternate broadcast later in the tour. A 7 Mar Facebook
post by the band explained further:
A member of the band had a personal tragedy shortly before the show. Rather than pull the whole show, the decision was jointly and bravely made, by the whole band, to continue the show but to cancel the broadcast.
It was not an easy decision and we're very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Our fans mean the world to us, and we're trying to get another broadcast in the works for later in the tour.
In the Billboard interview, Squire described the tour concept as "something we've toyed with and discussed over the last 10 years from time to time". In the Vintage Rock interview, asked what inspired the tour concept, Squire said:
We were [...] saying, “Next year , we won’t have a new studio album, so what’s a different angle that we haven’t looked at before for the live shows?” This idea has been on our back burner for a long time to do albums in their original sequence — so the time has come for us to try this out, see how it goes.
Explaining the choice of albums in the Guitar
International interview, he said, "It probably could have been any of
our albums. We just narrowed it down, probably
because we know the material of most of those." Answering a
similar question in the Vintage Rock interview, he said, "I think
they're a good cross section of Yes' career [...] All of these
albums marked a change in the band's career". Howe explained in a
2012 interview, "I came up with the idea that we should play
an album in full
[...] and then it went to two and eventually to three". In an interview
around Dec 2012, White described the choice of the three albums
as being fairly quick and explained that they rejected Fragile
because it has "some things in it that wouldn't appeal to the
whole band" and he gave "Five Percent of Nothing" as an
example. In the Guitar International interview, Squire
also explained why they passed over Fragile:
with Fragile, there are certain things that are difficult to pull off, particularly my solo on “The Fish”. Although I’ve done live versions of it in the past, they’ve been quite different from the actual album. I think that’s the purpose of doing it this way.
It was to try and emulate the albums and the order of the songs to come out the same way. We decided there wouldn’t be too much room for improvising.
Since starting their triple album tour
in 2013, the band have been asked about the possibility of
repeating the format with different albums. In a Feb
2013 Rolling Stone interview, Squire said, "Maybe
down the line we might look at a different triple set." The interviewer then suggests Relayer
and Tormato. Squire replies: "Yeah, both
of those. Then, of course, there's the Eighties Yes as well.
That's something we haven't concentrated on for a while, seeing
how it was the Trevor Rabin era. We have a wealth of material to
pick from." In another Feb
2013 interview, Squire said: "I kind of suspect that we
won't do this [whole
album format] again for a while, because
probably by the time we get to our next touring cycle, we're
hoping to have a new studio album in the bag. So we'll probably be
concentrating more on promoting that in 2014. But then again, we
could maybe come back to this idea after that. We'll see." He also
added, "I'm pretty sure that maybe in 2014, we may reintroduce
elements of [the
album] 'Fly From Here' into a show that we do
next year ." In a Feb
2013 interview, Howe talked of wanting to do "To
be Over" and "Sound Chaser". When the
interviewer mentions playing material from "more recent albums
such as Keys to Ascension, The Ladder
and Magnification", Howe
responds that, "They're something we'd like to incorporate,
possibly next year . Because, although we've ignored them
quite considerably, there are some times we say, "Oh, should we
try that one?" It's really been down to when it would be
appropriate to return to that era. [...] "Bring Me to the Power"
and some of the other songs on [Keystudio]
are really quite the cream of what we were doing then." He also
hints at re-visiting Tales from Topographic Oceans,
particularly "The Revealing Science of God" and "Ritual".
Then in an Apr
2013 interview, he said, "I hope we are going to return to
this juncture [playing whole albums], and
maybe play Fragile, Drama and some other album."
In a Feb
2014 interview, White described the summer set: "we will
be changing the format quite extensively, possibly playing other
albums, like Fragile."
The interview then asks about playing other albums in their
entirety and mentions Tales; White replies, "I'm not
sure about Topographic Oceans [laughs]; [...]
preparation for playing TFTO would be huge, we’d have to
rehearse for quite a while [...] It could be foreseeable in the
future, but probably not this year." In a Mar 2014 Facebook
update, Howe said, "A slightly different album-based set will be
played in the summer." In his Apr
2014 interview, Howe said, "we could do 'Drama,' 'Fragile' and the one that
everybody wants to hear is 'Relayer.'
But we're not ready for that yet. [It] would be a heck of a
challenge. [...] at the moment we haven't got the time or the
inclination yet to do something like that. But I'd love to do
some of 'Tales,' I think [playing sides]
one and four would be a great way [...] because it's
the beginning and the end. But I don't know — we're not going to
do any of those things at the moment." See further
discussion later in this section.
White has also said that he would love to perform Relayer, and Davison said in this
2013 interview that:
“Drama” did come up as a potential candidate. We’re confident that this event will go off well, which will hopefully encourage us to do further album tours in the future. I hope that all the classic albums eventually find their way to the stage.
In an Apr
2013 interview, Howe described the choice of albums further.
He mentions an initial plan to pair Fragile
and Close to the Edge, but then says that
he'd pushed for including "Awaken" in
the set in 2012, which led them to considering Going for the One. Squire has also
mooted the possibility of future tours along the same lines but
involving different albums. In a Mar
2013 Q&A, Davison talked of wanting to sing "The Gates of Delirium" and
"Survival", while in his
in Apr, Downes talks of playing all of Relayer, Drama
or 90125, and in response to one
question said, "Drama
live? We've talked about it!" To a question suggesting the band
play "The Remembering",
I think you’re right; ‘The Remembering’ would be an interesting choice [...] But there are also so many other hidden gems on the albums that have been historically been overlooked by the touring band over the years. Talk, Big Generator, Union, The Ladder, & Keys to Ascension also have some killer tracks. How about ‘Mind Drive’ as a suggestion? ☺
In an interview for the Feb 2014 issue of Prog, Downes was asked about doing other albums in their entirety. He replied, "We've never discussed this at all, but it's not been ruled out. [...] I can see the subject coming up [...] But what we don't want to become is a band who just live in the past". He then talks of the possibility of varying tour set lists so that they "do a lot of more contemporary material on one tour and the next time we do something a lot more nostalgic."
Asked in a Dec 2013 interview about playing YesWest material, Squire explained: "[It's] because of the character of the music, and the character of the guitar player as well. Trevor [Rabin] doesn't do a bad job of imitating Steve [Howe], but it doesn't work as well the other way around. I wouldn't really push the issue."
Asked about playing '80s material in his May Q&A for YesWorld, Davison replied, "I think it would be really fun to perform Changes, It Can Happen, and/or Shoot High Aim Low." In a Jul 2013 interview, Davison said, "What I'd like to do is continue it; with maybe Fragile, Relayer and Drama following it up." In Downes' second Q&A, he said, "whilst we are currently focusing on the 70's Yes, there was some great music came out in all chapters of the band's existence [...] Personal favourite is "Changes"", while White said to a fan in Apr 2013 that the band had considered playing the piece, and that he would also like them to perform "Endless Dream".
In a Jun 2012
interview, Squire said that White had suggested
including "Perpetual Change". In one of the Jul 2012 interviews,
Son ideas que hemos estado hablando, que se cocinan a fuego lento, que se desarrollan. [...] No van a pasar ni este ni el siguiente año (del 45 aniversario), pero mantengan los ojos y los oídos abiertos, que algo escucharán de estoAsked about the possibility of Anderson returning to Yes in a May 2012 interview, Squire referred to a possible residency on Broadway, as well as saying an album with Davison is likely:
[My translation: These are ideas we've been talking about, which are on the back burner and developing. [...] It is not going to happen this year  or the next (the 45th anniversary), but keep your eyes and ears open, you will hear something about this.]
Interviewer: I read that there is a possibility of “Yes on Broadway” in 2013 to celebrate the band’s 45th anniversary [...]Back to Innerviews for more from Squire:
Squire: Ya, I don’t know how this rumor really got started. It was something that we were discussing as a band that maybe, at some point, to do a history of Yes sort of show and possibly have all of the previous members come in and do bits here and there. But it’s kind of a backburner thing. It’s not really something that’s going to happen this year  or next. But it’s something that we’ve been talking about for a while, so don’t be surprised if in 2014 something pops up.
It’s [...] on the back burner while we mull it over. The idea is to do a history of Yes concept, including past and present members, if it was physically and financially possible. [...] We were looking at Broadway as opposed to Las Vegas or Atlantic City, which is where people try to do residencies. [...] we put this idea out there to see if someone who controls the theaters on Broadway would come to us and suggest something. We’ve had a couple of enquiries, but it hasn’t gone that far. [...] Next year , we’ll be looking at doing a new studio album [...] So, this idea may not surface for awhile.In an Aug 2012 interview, White may be alluding to the same or a related idea:
As for Anderson coming back, "we haven't put that out of our minds at all," White says. But if it happens, "I've got a feeling it won't be these long, arduous tours, maybe just some one-off gigs in big cities and stuff like that."
And for these special occasions, "I think we probably would have Jon there, too, the other Jon [i.e., Davison]. He's that nice a guy. He'd work with us on it and be part of it."
Sep 2012 interview asked White whether he would like to play
with Anderson again. The reply (seemingly translated into Greek
and then back into English):
It would be great to play with Jon again but you know, he’s doing his own thing. Now, we have a new singer in Yes. I see the reason of playing with Jon again in a special concert or in a special occasion. In very special gigs around the world like New York, L.A.. That kind of things.Fly from Here
national chart positions
A song entitled "Corner of the World", probably by Howe, and further songs were also being developed after Downes joined, but were not used on the final album. Shortly before recording final overdubs for the album, David was interviewed by Progression magazine, saying, "At the end of the day we recorded so many tracks that we could do almost two albums. So the tracks are there, we just need to see what Trevor puts on the final disc." In mid-May 2011 on the Asia tour, Howe and Downes spoke to fans about the album and said that there were a few songs that were left off the album.
discussion & longer term plans
An Apr 2014 interview with Howe had the following exchange about Anderson:
Interviewer: Is there any chance of a reunion with [Anderson]?
Howe: How would you like it if I asked you to get back together with your ex-girlfriend ...
Interviewer: People do get back together with their exes ...
Howe: We have a new album coming out. The way we see the band –– I don’t want to appear to be disinterested in things that other people might be interested in –– but you need clear goals when you’re working.
At the moment, we’ve got these [other] plans.
Asked whether Yes would perform with
Anderson if they're inducted into the Hall of Fame in this Dec
2013 interview, Squire replied:
Squire: Yes, that’s not a problem. In fact, Jon and I had quite a long phone conversation a couple of months back. I know he’s excited about the nomination and of course he’ll be there. We’ll see, we’ll probably try to do an expanded Yes thing there, if we’re inducted.
Interviewer: He’s cool with you guys going on with another singer?
Squire: Yeah, the chips have sort of fallen where they lay now. It seems like we can have a good conversation, and some of that bodes well for that being a good performance (if we’re inducted).
Asked (yet again) about the possibility of working with Anderson
again, in a Jul
2013 YesWorld Q&A, Squire responded:
It’s very possible that we’ll work with Jon in the future. We have had discussions about it, but the next thing we’re looking at doing is a new studio album with Jon Davison singing, and then we’ll go out on the road and promote that. [...] But yeah – there is a good possibility we may work with Jon Anderson again.
In a Jul
2013 interview, asked about Anderson, White said:
We haven't ruled out the fact that we might do something with him in the future. We don't know when. We have a good formula for right now. [...] We're going to roll like this at the moment and we're enjoying it.
And, earlier in the same interview, he also said, "There is a
possibility we may do something with him [Rabin] in the future."
In an Aug
2013 interview, asked about Anderson saying he would like to
return to the band, Howe responds:
Well, I've got two choices here[.] I either don't answer the question because I could say this is not a question I can deal with. I could say it's none of your business. People say all sorts of things about this, and I don't want to get into any deep water, but I will say that we've got a wonderful band at the moment and we've got a lot of plans for the future. So I don't really understand where that's [i.e., talk of Anderson's return] going myself, because we're very settled into keeping this lineup as close as we can to what we have. It's what we know, it's what works, it's what's been proven. Going back to something that everyone thinks, 'Oh, it's what they want' ... it might not be what we can deliver.
While in a second Aug
2013 interview, Howe has this to say:
The best lineup we’ve got is the one we’ve got[.] This is the best Yes lineup because it works now. All the others may have had their moments in time.
We greatly respect the contributions of every Yes member that’s ever been[.] They’ve helped fill in the bricks of construction that make up the architecture. We’re all products of our own making. Many people can’t accept that. Every situation is one we’ve produced ourselves.
And asked why Anderson isn't in the band in a third:
That’s like me saying how do you feel without your ex-wife or without your ex-girlfriend[.]
People don’t have any problem asking us questions like that but we have a problem answering them. What about Bill Bruford? [...] he retired from Yes altogether. And I love the guy. So there are a lot of crosses to bear, and I do respect all of the people who have made such great contributions in their previous role as Yes members. End of story.
In a Mar
2013 interview, White had this to say about the possibility
of Anderson returning to the band:
"I haven't put it out of my mind that it's a probability," he says. "We'll see down the line. I don't think it will be for a whole period. I think it will be for some specialized gig like New York, L.A., or London, that kind of a thing."
Despite Anderson seeming a bit bitter about the band recording its first album in ten years without him [...] White says there is no bad blood between them. "I spoke to Jon a few weeks ago," White shares. "He's a 49ers fan, and I'm a Seahawks fan, and we were having a conversation totally about football."
In an Apr
2013 interview (in Spanish), Squire was asked about the
possible return of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Moraz. His
answer (translated): "Not at the moment, at least not this year
. Perhaps in the future, there is a possibility of doing
something with them again."
In an interview
from around May 2013, Anderson said:
[...] I said to Chris the other month, if Geoff [Downes] and Jon [Davison] are in the band too, I don’t mind, you know, we can all work together. I’m very open. I think the music is more important, and the fans are more important than all that “I want the band to be my way” business. I was never into that. And I’m always very open for things to work out okay.
Rick is a very important part of the group [...] I think that it’s important that he should be involved as well.
And I spoke to Alan a couple of weeks ago. So we’re in touch, and when the time comes, when the stars align, we’ll probably be able to get together and perform together. I don’t see myself going on crazy tours for months on end, I don’t see the point in that—we’re all a lot older, and I hope a lot wiser. We should do shows here and there and we should make sure the shows are very important and very, very well produced
Anderson was asked for his thoughts on the current band in an Aug
2013 interview on Planet
Rock radio (UK); his answer: "[...] the music is great,
there's no question [...] they're playing well [...] They're not
as adventurous as they should be, but that's just me. [...] I wish
them well." In another interview
around the same time, asked about reuniting with Yes, he said,
"It's gonna happen. I think the key thing will be if we get in the
'Hall of Fame'. It will be fun. We used to joke about it. We'll
all be in wheelchairs and we'll get in the 'Hall of Fame'." A Nov
2013 interview asked Anderson about Yes. He was first
asked if he misses "the other members of Yes while performing
these songs", and replied: "I miss the beautiful energy that we
created as a band, but it's something that I can't dwell on too
much because it's something that is not going to happen. It
might happen in the next year or two. You never know. I'm never
opposed to doing concerts with the guys". Then asked about
whether he is on good terms with the current Yes members, he
said: "I speak to Alan [White] [...] He left a message the other
day for my birthday, so we're in touch. Chris [Squire] and Steve
[Howe] they are doing their own lives. [...] We're not that in
touch". He was also asked how he feels about the idea that Yes
cannot be Yes without him. He replied:
I can imagine when Journey went out with different singers that fans got very upset, but they loved the songs and still go see the band. With Yes, it's kinda different in many ways because I was a very integral part of the music as well as the songs that I wrote and the lyrics. So it's a different set of energy when people go see Yes. They'll hear the music [...] it's really great music, but it's going to feel different because I think I was this person to the band, leading the band. I had this certain energy, and it's missing. But that's not to say people don't enjoy going to see their show. I can't really fault them for anything other than they carried on doing the music without me, and it is very inspiring music anyway. So, I can see how the fans are upset in a way. I wish them all the best, and I hope that one day we will all get back together and do the tour everybody dreams of.
In another Nov
2013 interview, he said: "they're going to do what they
wanna do, Steve [Howe] and Chris [Squire]... they're in charge
of the band and they can do what they want. It's always gonna be
their band and I'm busy doing what I'm doing and Trevor [Rabin]
is busy doing what he does, Rick[ Wakeman]'s busy doing what he
does. Everybody's got a life y'know?" The interviewer then
praised the early Yes albums and Anderson replied, "Well,
they're still available. There's still the incredible history of
the band. People shouldn't worry too much and hold on to the
past. That was wonderful and it's gone. We move on to a better
future. And you never know. We might all get together and do a
tour. You never know..." In a Feb
2014 interview, asked why the 'classic' line-up isn't
together, Anderson answered, "Times changes and lives move on,
y'know. People have a strong feeling about what they want to do.
Urm... as you know, I got very sick and Chris and Steve
and Alan just wanted to go on the road. I understand that.
Y'know, they went on the road and they're still doing it. It's
one of those things, I did say after I got better that I'd love
to, y'know, get back together and do some work with Rick and...
it just didn't seem to want to do that kinda... y'know, I'm a
sort of taskmaster. I don't sit around [...] Times change. All
the Yes fans, I really feel sad for them having not the
chance to see the band, but maybe next year we'll get into the
Hall of Fame and you never know, we might just go on tour
together. Life is like that [...] you can't say never again." In
2014 interview, Anderson said:
If we get into the Hall of Fame, maybe we’ll all be friends again[.] That’s probably the way a reunion would come about. Steve and Chris have their idea of Yes, and that’s what it is. I went through a similar experience. ‘90125’ [...] wasn’t my idea of what the band should be. I tried to push them back into the long-form pieces of music, and eventually I gave it up and decided I would do it myself. I started writing musicals — I wrote three in the 1980s and two in the 1990s.
In a Q&A
for YesWorld in Apr 2013, Howe said:
The current members of Yes respect and regard and appreciate the enormous contributions that our past members have made, not the least of all Bill Bruford, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, and the late Peter Banks, Billy and Trevor and so many people and they’ve all been contributing to the past. And what you have now is the Yes that is functioning because of multiple reasons: we want to, we’re able to, we have the energy, and we love the music.
And in an Apr
2013 interview, Downes said:
who knows, as regards Jon Anderson? It's something that's not really in my control. I've not really ever worked with Jon Anderson. So I know the other guys speak to him from time to time. So it's not... people say it was an acrimonious departure--probably not as much as people might think.
The article continues:
does it seem like it's healed over time, if indeed there was any acrimony?
"I'd say so, yeah. People get on. [...] when you get to your 60s, you don't want to be carrying too many grudges around with you (laughs)."
And in his Apr
2013 Q&A, Squire's answer to the familiar question was:
I’ve always said it’s never out of the question that there’s a possibility we could put together something that would involve Jon [Anderson], and I think Jon would be open to that, as well. At the moment, of course, we’re very busy with [...] Jon Davison, and doing a lot of touring work [...] looking at making a new YES album with Jon Davison [...] Going into 2014, there are other possibilities that might open up, but we haven’t detailed them yet.
In an Oct
2011 interview, Howe summarised the last few years for Yes:
And here's an interview
with Squire conducted Dec 2012 where he also summarises the last
Interviewer: [...] How difficult was it to find someone to fill in for Jon Anderson and do you think you'll ever work with him again?
Squire: Of course it was real difficult. [...] [In 2008,] we hadn't worked live for really four years. Jon was going through some medical issues and we were hoping Jon was going to come through that [...] We did set out to do a tour in 2008 with Jon. Just before we started rehearsing for the tour Jon had taken ill and I think at that point we had realized that we couldn't keep everything on hold and that's why we went with [Benoît David] [...] Then the end of last year  he just sort of decided it wasn't really for him, he had various reasons why he didn't want to be away from home. It was sad that it happened, but fortunately we got together with Jon Davison, whom is really excellent, he's probably the closest thing to a great replacement of Jon. Jon Anderson is a landmark singer, you're never going to be able to replace what he brought to the band, because it was more than just his voice. It was us working together writing wise, so that dynamic is obviously going to be different with Jon Davison. [...] [W]orking with Jon Anderson again, I never turned my back on the idea. As far as I know he's not really physically able to do a hardcore rock n roll tour. If we do anything in the future it'd be some special event that was set up for that or maybe a couple of events. Right now Jon Davison just got on board so we'll work with that.
In a Jan
2013 interview, Squire said he had received a Xmas card from
Anderson and "will return the favor". He goes on to say, "I want
to say that one day it might be possible we could do something
again. I wouldn't close the door on that." Asked about working
with Anderson again in this Feb
2013 interview, Squire replies:
I always say in interviews that I've never closed the idea on working with Jon again. It would probably have to be some sort of speciality kind of set, a limited engagement kind of thing. I guess, right now, our plan is to do this [spring 2013] tour and then record a new album with Jon Davison towards the end of the year . Then we'll be out promoting that.
So, there's always an open door after that if we want to look at doing something with Jon. But, of course, it also depends on how he feels about it.
2012 interview asked Howe: "Asia is a band that works so
well with the original four, and not nearly as good without the
original four. Yes, however, is a band where everyone, at one time
or another, has come and gone, including you, yet it still works.
What is the difference between the two?" His reply:
It must be personalities. Asia had a long break where we didn’t do anything and Yes has perpetuated all of these years. That has required people to come and go and it has meant we need to get new blood sometimes, as well.
Asia is really quite different as it doesn’t work unless it is the original guys. You could claim the same for Yes and say that we should bring back the original guys, but Bill Bruford is, sadly, retired. Peter Banks and Tony Kaye are both very good musicians, but it wouldn’t be the same as what we do now, or what we did in the past. Yes and Asia are very different kinds of creatures, really.
Later in the same interview, he is asked if Anderson and Wakeman
will ever work with the band again:
Well, how in the hell do I know? I wouldn’t particularly say that it is on the agenda. People have said the cliché like we have burned bridges and all of that.An interviewer in Nov 2012 said to Howe, "I interviewed Jon Anderson a while back and he was quite upset that Yes toured and recorded without him." Howe's reply:
We are realistic people, so in the sense of realism, for Yes to evolve, we had to be a strong group and we had to have people who were committed to it to warrant a position in the band. In other words, if you come in and say to Yes, “I play the drums but in Yes I am going to play the bongos.” We would say, “But we want a drummer.”
You’ve got to be able to provide the full story. [...] everybody in this group needs to accept that we look at the entire career of this group. We don’t just look at little pockets when certain people were in the group—we don’t do that anymore. [...] Of course, we do focus a lot on the ‘70’s but there were a few lineups there.
In a way, that is the commitment. It is not about Jon and Rick now. It is about who can do these tours and who can perform the repertoire from 1968 to 2012. If you can do that then you have an opportunity to be in Yes. I’m not going to say Rick and Jon can’t do that. I will say that I don’t think that is what they want to do. But that is what Yes demands. We want artists who can come in and perform with an open heart right across the board. I guess that is the key to it.
We were upset for several years when he wouldn't tour. It wasn't only because he had not been well. We were very sympathetic to that. When he was well, he went out and did Yes songs on his own. I'm not saying it is tit for tat. What I am saying that the circumstances have changed. Yes has toured with Jon Davison singing and it was very successful. We are going to continue with Davison next year . I know people would love to see Jon Anderson, but it's about does it work. Do we want to honor each other's position? Nobody leads Yes. Yes does not have a single, solitary leader who says I am the leader of the band. It's a team. We have pushed forward and we haven't had anyone going home unhappy or asking for their money back. We deliver what Yes is supposed to do.In a May 2012 interview, again asked about a reunion with Anderson, Squire said:
I would never close the door on
that possibility, but we're in the throes of promoting our new
album and Jon Davison is doing a good job with that. If anything
in the future happens regarding a possible collaboration with
Jon [Anderson], I'm sure we'd look at it, but right now we're in
a good place and not even thinking about it.
However, he also talked about a possible Broadway residency that
would be in collaboration with Anderson and other ex-members: see above for more. He also supports the
interviewer's suggestion of a get together if the band were ever
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying: "That would
be fantastic, wouldn't it? It would be great to get every member
up there onstage. Fortunately, I think every member is still
alive, so they shouldn't wait too long." In a mid-Jun 2012
interview, asked about a "reconciliation with Jon Anderson",
Who knows? One time, hopefully,
we can, erm... get back together with Jon. Whether it'd be for a
just a few specialised kind of... y'know, the shows are an
occasion, and not much like a whole tour, will probably be the
case [...] I'm still great friends with Jon. And he's just happy
doing his solo thing.
The interviewer then says she spoke with Anderson in 2011 and
that he's ready, to which White replies: "I wouldn't count it
In this Jun
2012 interview, on the possibility of Anderson returning,
I don't consider, er, closing the door on the idea of doing something with Jon again. It's just he himself has said that he couldn't commit to the kind of schedule it takes to do a Yes tour.
And on the same subject, a Jul
2012 interview has this:
Squire leaves the door open to
working with fellow co-founder Jon Anderson [...]
"Of course, he would want to have to do it," Squire said [...] "But it would be probably a little bit different. Because I'm not sure if he'd be up for doing the hard slog, a long rock 'n' roll tour, at this moment. But I'm sure there's a good possibility we could do something together in the future."
Being the cordial chap that he
is, Squire doesn't rule out any possibilities.
"Well, the funny thing is that more by default than desire, I've sort of been there the whole time," he said. "And various other members like Jon and [...] Rick Wakeman, for instance, have been in, they've been out, they've been back in, they've come back again. So, it's really par for the course with Yes. That's sort of a pattern. I wouldn't object to working with any former member of Yes, really."
And in another
You know, I’ve never closed the door on doing something wi[th Anderson] again. But we’d have to see how that could be done. The setting would have to be right for that to occur, because it would be a shame to build up a new Yes lineup with Jon Davison and then bring Jon Anderson back in. That would make what we’re doing now seem like a secondary project. Even if we had him just in for a few dates, the business side would be pressuring us: Can you do more, can you do an album? It just may not ever happen. But, having said that, I haven’t closed my mind to it.
while Squire insisted that, “At the moment, we’re not thinking about doing anything with Jon Anderson again,” he seemed to take a “never-say-never” approach.
“It’s a possibility that we might do it one day,” he said, “but at the moment we’re out promoting ‘Fly From Here’ and introducing Jon Davison to people.”
2012 interview with White said:
As for Anderson coming back, "we haven't put that out of our minds at all," White says. But if it happens, "I've got a feeling it won't be these long, arduous tours, maybe just some one-off gigs in big cities and stuff like that."
And for these special occasions, "I think we probably would have Jon there, too, the other Jon. He's that nice a guy. He'd work with us on it and be part of it."
In an early Sep 2012 interview for GTFM radio (Wales), the
interviewer asked Downes about Squire having said he is "open" to
Anderson returning. Downes replied:
What Chris might say in an interview might (a) be misinterpreted or (b) might be something that, y’know, he might want to… erm… not really mean what he’s saying in that respect. Certainly, at the moment, I don’t see that being a possibility, but you never say never in those circumstances. There may be some level whereby there is a kind of a Yes reformation some time down the line in the future, similar to the Union situation, maybe. But certainly I think that the level of touring we’re doing at the moment and the intensity of dates, I don’t think would probably suit Jon Anderson, not that I know him particularly well
Feb 2012 interview with Squire on Davison replacing David
also had this:
In a Jan
2013 interview, Anderson was asked, "Will there ever be a
chance at reconciliation with Yes that could result in a new tour,
perhaps even a new Yes album?" His answer: "I would love that to
happen!" He said more in this exchange from a Feb
Interviewer: A few months ago[...] Squire [...] told me that he's never turned down the opportunity to work with you again, but currently your health is too poor to do an extensive tour. How is your health [...]
Anderson: Yeah, I nearly died a couple of times. My health is very good. The bizarre thing is I sing more on stage now doing my solo shows than I ever did with Yes. I sing and talk for an hour and three quarters. Chris just wants to own and control the band, that's his life. I wish he'd have called the band something else, it would have been more real, but bands do it, Journey carried on without their singer. I wish them luck; it's not my idea of Yes, obviously. My idea of Yes is "Open" and what I'm doing now. Emotionally I haven't left Yes at all. [...] I still have a great feeling about the future of my idea of Yes music. I'm still committed to the wonderful Yes music we've created over the years. I want to continue to make that kind of Yes music [...]
Interviewer: [...] Are you open to the idea of an extensive tour with them?
Anderson: I wanted to tour in 2009 when I got better and they said no. They turned me down. They said maybe next year. That's kind of bizarre to me that they'd say they already had a singer, six months later that singer, probably a lovely guy, couldn't handle the touring, because it's so hard. Now they have another singer, they didn't call me or ask me if I'd be interested, they just say oh he's sick, which is a lot of rubbish.
Interviewer: Would you ever work with them again?
Anderson: Sure, I'd love to. There's no reason why we shouldn't bury the hatchet, get together and make some music and do something very special for all the Yes fans around the world. And there are thousands of people who would like us to get together [...] Rick would have to be in the band. There's no point in just me. We'd probably do some shows or something, some beautiful new music [...] we could make a movie or something like that, just to honor all the fans.
2013 interview had this:
Anderson says he’s made overtures about joining the Yes fold again [...] His only condition [...] was that [...] Rick Wakeman return as well. [...] Chris Squire and [...] Steve Howe, Anderson adds, weren’t interested.
“Chris and Steve like to have control of things. That’s what they want to do,” Anderson says. “I’ve said two or three times, I’d love to get back together — as long as Rick is back in the band. They don’t seem to be hearing that, at the moment. Maybe, one day it will happen. We’ll see.”
He had earlier in the interview given his view of the current
They’re carrying on[.] Fans have lost interest in the whole concept, anyway. It’s what it is. It’s going to go the way it’s going to go — that’s really all I can say. I think a lot of people are just disappointed, like I was, that it’s lost that impetus that made Yes music so beautiful and different.
He also commented that he hasn't heard Davison singing, but he
said of David: "I heard Benoit when someone sent me a link on
YouTube, and he was singing pretty good. He's a good singer, but
he was having a tough time after a year on the road. Singers, it's
a very physical thing, and they are the most affected by long
In the wake of David's departure, it was reported that an attempt
was made to reach out to Jon Anderson, but
that Anderson would not talk and no discussion with him took place
(see, for example, here
on Yesfans.com). In response to earlier, erroneous, online reports
that he had been asked to re-join, Anderson released a statement
on 8 Feb, from which I quote:
Interviewer: Because of your health issues,
Yes decided to tour with a replacement vocalist. Can a band
still call itself Yes and not have Jon Anderson singing?
Anderson: No, it's never going
to be the same band. And they've just announced this week that
they had to get yet another singer after the guy who replaced me
became ill. I've told them that since I am healthy again that I
would to get back with them. I told them that I wanted to create
new music, but they don't want to do that. They just want to go
on the road and make money. They don't care for the integrity of
the band. I feel they have let a lot of fans down. They're just
in it for the money.
In the wake of David's departure, it was reported that some sort
of attempt was made to reach out to Anderson, but that he would
not talk and no discussion with him took place (see, for example,
on Yesfans.com). In response to earlier, erroneous, online reports
that he had been asked to re-join, Anderson released a statement
on 8 Feb, from which I quote:
“A couple years back he [Anderson] did have some problems with his voice and problems with his breathing. It became a little obvious that he was reticent to want to commit to do any large-scale touring,” Squire said. “The rigors of going on the road as a lead singer, it’s a very difficult job. So, at the moment, we’re concentrating on this lineup.”
[“]Benoit has certainly grown into the job very well. He manages to pretty much pull off most of what Jon does, if not all,” Squire said. “Jon Anderson is a great singer and still is a great singer and obviously very difficult to replace, but the fans seem to have embraced Benoit [...]”
2011 interview had Squire giving this explanation of how
Anderson was replaced:
Squire says the group moved on
without Anderson after the vocalist developed serious
"We took some time off in between 2005 and 2007 for Jon to get treatment for that condition," Squire says. "Then in 2008 we agreed to go on tour and Jon was up for it. But just before the tour started he got very sick and we had to cancel the tour. At that point we had to make a decision to bring somebody else aboard in order to carry on working. It's as simple as that, really."
In an 18
2011 interview, Squire said:
My standard answer [...] is
that there’s no door closed on the possibility of that [Anderson
re-joining] happening. Um, but you have to remember that,
y’know, Jon did go through some quite severe respiratory
problems, and I think he’s doing pretty well now. But, erm, the
rigours of being able to do a large tour with Jon are probably
gonna be a bit more than he’s capable of. But, y’know, we’ve
always talked about doing some selected shows
In a 28 Jun 2011 radio interview, asked again about the
possibility of Anderson returning, Squire protested the question,
saying the band's focus "for the next couple of years" was touring
in support of Fly from Here,
but that after then, they could think about working with Anderson
again. In another Jun
interview, Squire said:
I’ve never closed the door on
the possibility of working with Jon again. He has left and
rejoined the band on a couple of previous occasions. It could
happen again. But right now, having just finished the album and
the fact that we’re all pleased with it and the reviews from
outside all seem to be very positive, we’re at least going to
spend the next year or two going around the world and promoting
and playing live. [...] Ask me again that question in a year’s
time and I might have a different answer.
"Those [the Anderson/Wakeman
shows] were all fairly lightweight, acoustic kind of shows,"
Squire says. "Singing for Yes is a very taxing position and I
don't know Jon's abilities to do a heavy rock & roll tour."
[...] Squire insists that there is no bad blood between Anderson and the rest of Yes. "We exchange Christmas cards," he says. "I'd be happy to work with him in the future. I'm proud of the fact that we started this thing together. If there's a way in the future that we could work together, and it's something that's comfortable for him and everyone else involved, I'm certainly open to looking at it."
In a different Mar
2011 interview, Howe said: "It's got a lot to do with
commitment. We didn't want Jon to leave, and we didn't want Rick
to leave, but basically, they didn't want to be part of the
party." He then continues:
[David and O. Wakeman] They’ve
brought [the Yes] sound. It’s quite a similar tone, and that’s
helped us maintain a familiar sound[.] You shut your eyes, and
you think it’s Jon and that’s never happened before.
We didn’t go out with a sloppy show with a singer who couldn’t deliver. I think the audiences have been impressed by Benoit and, thankfully, have accepted him.
And there is this from another
interview with Squire that month:
A reunion of the two original
Yes men [Squire and Anderson] might happen.
But don’t expect it anytime soon.
“I don’t see why not,” Squire said. “That door is always open.”
He added, “But that would be something to look into two or three years from now.”
And Squire in a 22
Mar 2011 interview, asked about Anderson:
“We always exchange Christmas
cards,” Squire began with a hearty laugh, “but I haven’t spoken
to him recently. I don’t have any problem with communicating
with him, I believe he’s doing very well and is a lot more
recovered from his respiratory problems he was having, so that’s
“It wouldn’t be out of the question that we would do something with him again in the future, but we’ve got to get at least another year and promote this new album before we turn to any special guesting from Jon — but it’s not impossible to happen.”
with Squire from around Feb 2011 has the following:
When asked how Yes keep things
fresh [...] Squire chuckles and says bluntly, “[We] change the
other guys in the band.” [...] Squire is matter of fact about
the circumstances that led to Anderson being replaced as well as
the number of fans who are upset about the change. “I find that
to be the minority of people at the moment, as far as I am
concerned. Obviously, there are going to be people who will miss
him or whatever but life must go on. Believe you me, if Jon was
up and his health was good, then it would be a different
situation, but that is not the situation. We decided at one
point to go one with Benoit. Otherwise the band would have just
slipped into obscurity.”
[...] “We were very lucky to
find someone [in David] who can basically do the job. He pretty
much has all of the ideas surrounding the job as well,”
Some 2009 reports had Anderson (and maybe R. Wakeman) returning
to the band at some point in 2010, but this did not happen.
Anderson has said that he told Howe/Squire/White that he was ready
to return to the band in 2009, but they told him they would stick
with David. Squire was interviewed in Oct 2009 on Planet Rock
Eventually we said to Jon, y'know... we've been trying to plan tours, and then he said yes and then it was off again. And then we were going to do a big tour [in summer 2008] [...] Just prior to going into rehearsals, Jon had a real problem [...] After that happened, we said, well, y'know, maybe we just need to get, at that point, a stand-in for him, so we can carry on.
I don't think he is going to be able to do large-scale rock and roll touring again.
COMMENTING on a recent Yes concert, one reporter said
that the voice of Jon Anderson was missed, it was a pity that
he was still ailing.
“I sent him an e mail straight away,” Jon told me
recently. “Not only am I no longer ailing, but I’m healthier
“I’d actually been ill for about five years [...] it got
to the point where I couldn’t continue.”
“I had to take a complete break and ended up having six
But Yes [...] wouldn’t wait for him.
“[...] they recruited a guy from a Canadian Yes tribute
band and went on the road with him. I felt that they could
have waited until I had recovered.”
“When you go through a serious illness, you need to see
if you can perform again, so I’m doing about one show per
week. It’s a lot less of a hassle and it’s a kind of rebirth
But have Yes included Jon in their plans for a
forthcoming UK tour?
“I said to them that I was available, but they said they
were contracted to Benoit [...] It’s a complicated situation.”
The ‘complicated situation’ obviously rankles a bit.
“I think it’s inappropriate and not respectful to the
fans.” Jon said. “They shouldn’t have used the name. By all
means go out on tour, but don’t pass it off as Yes because
I love Chris [Squire] like a brother and wish only the best for him. But I think Jon is such an important part of YES, and it's not just the sound. It's the input and perspective that Jon brings. It sometimes is tough, but it's so worth it.Billy Sherwood was asked about the "situation" with Yes and Asia in this late 2012 interview, and replied:
I have and like any fan of the music one has their favorites of this or that.... That said, it's not my business how bands evolve, who should be there and who shouldn't. i just enjoy the fact music is being made.And then asked about working with Yes again, he said:
With Yes I have learned to never say no lol... Anything is possible, every time I thought I was finished working with the band it would then re-enter my world in some significant way. I have no plans to re-join or produce etc... but I didn't have that plan when it came at me in the past so.... let's leave it at who knows.As for the future, in the Dec 2008 article, Squire said age would not slow them down: "There are classical musicians who perform into their 90s. I don't see why that can't be the same for people who play rock 'n' roll." In the Mar 2012 Classic Rock, Squire floats this possibility, once suggest by R. Wakeman around the time of Union:
Yes has certainly stood the test of time. We’ll see what happens down the line. It’s possible there might be a Yes band 100 or 200 years from now, much in the same way cities have symphony orchestras that have been around. [...] the name could be kept and you could have new musicians come in. [...] Yes isn’t necessarily contingent upon my presence. By now, people know what my contribution to the band has been, both in songwriting and playing. Of course, I can be emulated and my style can be borrowed from for any future bassist or secondary vocalist for the band. I’ve thought about it a lot, and this could be a possibility looking toward the future.
In a Dec
2013 interview, Squire mooted the possibility of something
akin to the Union tour in the future:
Maybe at some point in the future we’ll try and do another expanded Yes as we did in 1991, and maybe that will give us some opportunity to do some more of that [YesWest] music. The great thing about that band was that it was almost like a “Yes orchestra.” It was defintely a good thing to do, and not out of the question that we might do it again at some point. But right now we’re forging on with the new project.
Animated film project: Roger
Dean's "Floating Islands" film or something else
Yes have had preliminary discussions about possible film ventures, including one being developed by Roger Dean. In an Apr 2007 interview for Mexican newspaper, Reforma, Squire said that the band have been in contact with Universal Pictures about making an animated movie about the band's history from their formation to the present day, including their more representative songs. The article makes a comparison with The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine":
Hace poco la compañía Universal Pictures se mostró interesada en hacer una película de animación en la que se muestra un poco de nuestra trayectoria musical, desde cuando surgimos, hasta la actualidad, incluyendo obviamente, nuestras canciones más representativas. Lo estamos analizando, todavía hay algunas puntos por precisar, como la historia, de qué trataría y cómo se abordaría, cuáles etapas de la carrera se incluirían, las canciones, pero creo que es muy pronto para hablar del tema, esperemos pronto poder dar más detalles. [...]An Aug 2012 interview with the same newspaper, Reforma, raises the idea again, along side plans for a live residency by the band. The article is not specific, but Squire seems to respond that both ideas are being considered, but will not occur in 2012 or 2013. See details above.
Son muchos años, muchas anécdotas que contar, creo que tendríamos que seleccionar muy bien lo que quisiéramos abordar, porque una película, comúnmente tiene una corta duración, cerca de dos horas y es muy poco para contar tanto, ya casi cumplimos cincuenta años de estar juntos.
It is unclear how Yes are involved with current planning for
"Floating Islands". The film is expected to feature music by the
band. Asked in the Mar 2008 interview about Yes making some music
especially for the project, Dean replied: "all members of the band
have spoken enthusiastically about doing that. [...] That's
definitely what we would like." He goes on to say he would like
both existing and new songs, and discusses the options for either
existing or new recordings of old songs. He talks about both
"Awaken" and "Soon". Back in Jun 2007, Dean had said that Yes are
not currently involved with the project beyond authorising the use
of their music. A report from around 2005 had that the film is
intended to contain 8-12 classic tracks (a re-recorded "Close to
the Edge" was mentioned in one rumour) and at least 4-5 new
recordings. In Jun 2007, Dean confirmed there had previously been
discussion of Yes writing new music for the film and that the band
had been thinking of "re-recording everything" (presumably meaning
re-recording classic pieces), but that there hadn't been any
discussion of new music recently with Yes then being dormant.
Further back, there were more reports from Yes about contributing. In a Dec 2004 Delicious Agony interview, White said, "We're starting to write music for it." In his Christmas Newsletter 2004, Wakeman said: "There are certainly ideas in the offing which include [...] making a film/and/or DVD with Roger Dean involved with all of the visuals which I particularly like, but there is much to be sorted out within the band itself before any decisions". Wakeman indicated that one of their main reasons to prefer the DVD format over CDs is Internet piracy. In an Oct 2005 interview with Squire for YesFANZ, he said:
We are looking at various options from the various major companies. Universal have shown interest and we are going to be looking at trying to put together a show that maybe then after the film has been made of the same, we can then tour the world with that kind of a look and with that kind of combining the film and the touring aspect.The interviewer, Brian Draper, then raised the Dean project. Squire:
I think Roger’s floating Islands idea is a very good project. But after Lord of the Rings was made [...] with such good quality, it[']s hard to know quite whether Roger may be a bit late in thinking about that because it has been done so well with the correct amount of money [...] His idea, I fully support it but I am not quite sure where it is going to go. I had a couple of meetings with him to try and figure it out but so far nothing is happening.Live releases
[...] I think pretty much [he is looking for funding]. [...] Yes is a separate entity really from Roger [...] I have to look out for what’s best for Yes as opposed to Roger. But I think the idea of animated film for a Yes musical project is a good one but there are various options on the table that we are looking at.
| In the Present—Live from
Lyon (Frontiers) is out as a 2CD,
limited edition 3LP gatefold (FR LP 537; Europe only; now
sold out) or 2CD+DVD set (FR CDVD 537). These were released
first in Japan on Victor Entertainment, then in North
America and then in Europe. Official
trailer here. This is the 1 Dec 2009 show when Oliver Wakeman and Benoît David were in the band. The
audio is the full show on the Japanese release, but omits
Howe's second solo piece elsewhere. The ~55 min. DVD
consists of interviews with the band, behind the scenes
footage, excerpts from the show and complete performances of
"Roundabout" and "Machine Messiah". Director of video
content: Philippe Nicolet. Tracks: CD1—"Siberian Khatru",
"I've Seen All Good People", "Tempus Fugit", "Onward",
"Astral Traveller", "Yours is No Disgrace", "And You and I",
"Corkscrew" (Howe solo), "Second Initial" (Howe solo; Japan
only bonus track); CD2—"Owner of a Lonely Heart", "South
Side of the Sky", "Machine Messiah", "Heart of the Sunrise",
"Roundabout", "Starship Trooper". Cover by Roger Dean. In
response to discussion on Yesfans.com about whether there
were any overdubs on the album, O. Wakeman said:
From what I can recall there were no overdubs on the live album.
I worked with Karl Groom on the mix for about 3 weeks in 2010. With any live recording there are going to be sections which don't sound perfect and occasionally things do go wrong. Someone might hit a wrong note or a cable might come loose. A snare skin or guitar skin can break for example.
I do remember when Karl and I were working on the album, I spent ages going through all the areas which I felt could need attention.
After checking the parts together, Karl and I decided to leave a lot of things in which weren't technically perfect but showed the band accurately and retained the feel of the show, otherwise what's the point, you may as well listen to the studio album!
If there were any sections that really weren't acceptable and had to be repaired, rather than get people to replay parts, we went through other live show recordings from the tour and utilised a part from that show in order to ensure the live feel was kept throughout.
There was talk of the whole show possibly being made into a DVD at the time from the two shows that were recorded (Rouen & Lyon).
I seem to remember the Rouen show was not as good a show as Lyon and therefore it would have made syncing the music from one show to footage from two shows a bit of a logistical nightmare! But as this was a possibility - we had to keep the music mix as close to the actual show as possible.
|The Panegyric re-release series, with remixes
by Steven Wilson,
are covered above in their own
The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, Going for the One and, as of late 2013, Yessongs are now available as HD downloads from HDtracks (in the US; not available in most countries). These are described as "flat" transfers from the master tapes. Several Yes songs are also available through the Jammit app, which allows you to isolate multi-tracks.
Audio Fidelity have released a limited edition, 'gold' Hybrid SACD release of Close to the Edge (AFZ147). Going for the One (AFZ 157) followed in Jun 2013. Both were mastered by Steve Hoffman, who said on his online forum that he used the master tape for Going for the One rather than the EQ'd LP cutting master used, he said, for previous CD releases.
Open Your Eyes and Magnification have been released on vinyl for the first time, both as 2LPs on 180g vinyl in gatefold covers by Sireena Records. Open Your Eyes (SIR4018) came first, followed by Magnification on 21 May; the label are considering doing Talk in 2013. The regular Open Your Eyes tracks are on the first three sides, with the ambient outro taking up side 4. Live from the House of Blues has been released as a 180g vinyl by Dutch label Music On Vinyl, while Friday Music have released several albums on 180g vinyl in limited editions, including Tales from Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, Big Generator, Tormato, Yesshows and Yesterdays.
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and due 24 Dec in the US (Atlantic Catalog Group) is a
13-disc box set collating the Rhino remastered editions,
entitled The Studio Albums 1969-1987. This includes
the studio albums from Yes through to Big
Generator. (Big Generator was not part of the
Rhino release series, but was later released in Japan, with
bonus tracks: "Love will Find a Way (Edited Version)", "Love
will Find a Way (Extended Version)", "Rhythm of Love (Dance
to the Rhythm Mix)", "Rhythm of Love (Move to the Rhythm
Mix)", "Rhythm of Love (The Rhythm of Dub)". Import copies
of that are still available on Amazon
UK.) As I understand it, there are no changes to the
Rhino editions (ignore the incorrect listings in some places
suggesting changes for Tales from Topographic Oceans
or only 12 discs). The set has been #676 in Music on Amazon
UK, #25 in Miscellaneous Music and #90 in Box Sets (6 Nov).
In Feb 2013 in the UK, Rhino released a low-priced 5CD box set of the studio Yes albums from Going for the One to Big Generator, part of their Original Album Series line. These are in 'mini-LP' sleeves and without any bonus tracks.
Out in Japan is a 16-disc Hybrid SACD collection entitled High Vibration (Warner Music Japan), remastered by Isao Kikuchi (who worked on some previous Japanese re-release series). The first 15 discs are the albums Yes, Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yessongs, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One, Tormato, Drama, 90125 and Big Generator. Disc 16 tracks: "Something's Coming", "Dear Father", "Roundabout" (single version), "America", "Total Mass Retain", "Soon", "Abilene", "Run Through the Light" (single version), "Run with the Fox", "Owner of a Lonely Heart (Move Yourself Mix)", "Leave It (Remix)", "Big Generator (Remix)". The release comes with a 200 page book (in Japanese).
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Weton Exclusive) is a new compilation of Yes and related music, released 25 Sep 2013 in the UK. Tracks: "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes, probably a 1990s live version), "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (Steve Howe & Jon Anderson, from Howe's Portraits of Bob Dylan), "Days of Wonder" (Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood, Conspiracy), "The Ladder" (Yes), "Lean on Me" (Adam Wakeman), "Magic Love" (Jon Anderson), "Yours is No Disgrace" (Yes, probably a 1990s live version), "Waterhole" (White, White), "Heat of the Moment" (Asia), "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (Rick Wakeman, probably a later live version).
Covers of Yes songs
& other news
new album, Kaleidoscope
(Radiant Records), out Jan 2014, is available in a variety
of editions, some including an additional CD of covers and a
"making of" DVD (86 minutes). Tracks:
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Due 7/8 Apr is Recollections: A Tribute
to British Prog from Asia
Featuring John Payne, which includes a cover of "It Can
Happen": see the Asia page for
|Secrets of Disguise (Musea), released Apr 2013, is the second album from The Samurai of Prog, a project led by Marco Bernard (ex-Elektroshock; Rickenbacker bass) with Kimmo Pörsti (drums) and Steve Unruh (Resistor; vocals, violin, guitars, flute). Tracks: disc 1—"Three Piece Suite" (originally by England), "Sweet Iphigenia", "Descenso en el Maelstrom" (Crack), "Before the Dance", "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" (Genesis), "Aspirations" (Gentle Giant), "Traveler" (Premiata Forneria Marconi), "Sameassa Vedessä" (Matti Järvinen), "One More Red Nightmare" (King Crimson), "To Take Him Away" (Sandrose), "Time and a Word" (Yes); disc 2—"Singring and the Glass Guitar" (Utopia), "Darkness" (Van der Graaf Generator), "Jacob's Ladder" (Rush), "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (alternative version)" (original version on the Musea compilation The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft). Guests include Jon Davison (singing on "Time and a Word", parts recorded in 2011—available on streaming audio at Yes's SoundCloud), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), Guy Le Blanc (Nathan Mahl, ex-Camel), Robert Webb (England), Eduardo Garcia Salueña, Linus Kåse (Brighteye Brison), Mark Trueack (Unitopia, working with Jon Anderson, Nikki Squire), David Myers (ex-The Musical Box, ex-Mystery), Lalo Huber (Nexus), Ákos Bogáti-Bokor (Yesterdays), Kamran Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer), Mimmo Ferri (electric piano on "Aspirations"), Beatrice Birardi (vibraphone on "Aspirations"), Jan-Olof Stranberg (fretless bass on "Aspirations"), Phideaux Xavier, Srdjan Brankovic, Mento Hevia (Crack), Stefano Vicarelli, Risto Salmi, Octavio Stampalia, Matthijs Herder, Andrew Marshall (Willowglass). The album is available as a 2CD or a digital release.|
Voices for Yes
Voices for Yes (Facebook; Twitter) is a major fan-led campaign to get Yes inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can sign the petition here. The campaign is headed by two political operators: John Brabender (who worked on Rick Santorum's 2012 US Presidential campaign) and Tad Devine (who worked on John Kerry's 2004 and Al Gore's 2000 Presidential campaigns). Also involved are Steve Capus (former president of NBC News), Sara Taylor (former White House Political Director under George W. Bush) and our own Steven Sullivan (Forgotten Yesterdays). The campaign received support from the current band, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Geddy Lee (Rush), Gov. Mike Huckabee, Savannah Guthrie (NBC News co-anchor), Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe. Yes responded to the campaign here.
Yes were nominated for entry to the Hall of Fame in 2014. They were on the long list along side Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel (first nomination; already inducted as part of Genesis in 2009), Nirvana (first nomination), Kiss, The Replacements (first nomination), Hall and Oates (first nomination), The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Link Wray (first nomination), The Meters, Linda Ronstadt (first nomination), Cat Stevens (first nomination) and The Zombies (first nomination). The public were able to vote in a poll to select a top 5 that then makes up a part of the formal ballot. (Precisely how is unclear, however in 2014, three of the top five in the public vote are guaranteed to be inducted.) Yes came fourth with 151,238 votes (10.88%), behind Deep Purple (11.93%), Nirvana (15.69%) and Kiss (17.22%); Hall and Oates were fifth with 8.1%, with Gabriel just behind in sixth. Voices for Yes released a video supporting the vote. Anderson responded to the news on Facebook with: "weeeeeeeeeeeeee....wonderful new, all you great Fans deserve to see YES in the Hall of Fame, YES music is very special, very unique, and I'm a fan of what we did as a band, no matter what happens, we still created some of the most wonderful music ever [...]" In a Dec 2013 interview, Squire said he had spoken to Anderson about the nomination: "he's excited about the nomination and of course he'll be there. We'll see, we'll probably try to do an expanded Yes thing there, if we're inducted." He also said, "And I think Pat [Moraz] sho[u]ld be inducted into the Hall of Fame as well, if we're inducted."
However, Yes were not chosen for induction in 2014. Downes
tweeted in Jan 2014 that, "Fact: Yes missed out on the R&R
Hall of Fame by a mere 24 votes out of 700." The inductees are
Kiss (1st in the public vote), Nirvana (2nd), Hall & Oates
(5th), Peter Gabriel (6th), Linda Ronstadt (7th) and Cat Stevens
(8th). Before the announcement, in this Nov
2013 interview, Anderson had said, "We might not get in this
year. If not, then we'll try and get in next year. My mantra is,
it will happen when it happens."
Media, books, documentaries
Journalist Jon Kirkman (worked on the "Union Live" and other releases; Cruise to the Edge host) has written a new book about Yes, "Time and a Word: The Yes Interviews" (Facebook, YouTube; Rufus Stone Limited Editions), now out as a limited edition (1000 copies). There is also a limited signature edition (350 copies) signed by Kirkman and three of the band. A cheaper, softback version will follow later in 2014. The book contains new and archive interviews with current and past band members, covering Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Kaye, Banks, Howe, Wakemans R & O, White, Moraz, Downes, Rabin, Sherwood, Brislin, David and Davison, as well as with Phil Franks, the photographer for The Yes Album. The book also contains many photographs, many not previously published (including from Moraz's personal collection). Kirkman is also working on a second Yes book project.
Allá del Abismo" (240 pages), by Víctor Paraíso, is a new
Spanish-language book about Yes, released 17 Dec 2013 by T&B
Garry Freeman (author of "The Bootleg Guide" and
the forthcoming "Emerson, Lake and Palmer—A Live Guide
1970-1978") is working on "Yes—A Live Guide 1968-1979" (Helter Skelter
Publishing). The book aims to review as many shows as
possible from this period, including details on equipment
specifications and so on. If you can help with recordings of shows
or technical information (what equipment the band used, what was
the set list etc.), please e-mail
Garry. The Gottlieb brothers are working on a book on Yes
collectibles and Bill Martin (author of "Music of
Yes—Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock") has been
rumoured to be working on a new Yes book.
In a Jul 2004 interview, Wakeman said he would be writing a book about Yes: "I am going to do [a book] about Yes. There have been lots of books written about the band and I want to do one from what it's like inside the band." In a Jan 2005 interview, he said he was "seriously thinking about" writing a book about Yes having been asked to do one by a "big publisher". See further details under Wakeman. Moraz too is planning an autobiography that "will reveal the truth of what happened with Yes" (Oct 2010 interview). Squire and Howe are both working on autobiographies, which will cover Yes.Significant record labels
Yes are managed by Paul Silveira. Precisely who owns the Yes name, or what that question even means, is unclear. Yes as a corporate entity (Yes, LLC) is currently owned by Howe, Squire and White. Anderson and R. Wakeman were equal co-owners 2002-4, but subsequently sold their shares back. Consider also this Jul 2009 interview with Squire:
Not at the moment. I spoke with Rick a couple weeks ago, and he’s getting ready for a tour next year  [...] Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a big tour. But he actually said to me he had some new music he wanted to have ready in a couple weeks, and I said, “Please,” because we might as well continue writing together, because we respect and love each other very much.A Nov 2013 interview had more: "We're working on a project, doing a couple of songs in the moment. He's doing a lot of orchestral work next year  [...] We won't tour the next year  together, but the year after , I'm sure. We are always in touch." In a May 2012 interview, Anderson said, "Rick's working on some new music now. I'm not sure when he's going to finish the music but he's actually working on some new music for a new album". In his Jun 2011 GORR, Wakeman mentions that he and Anderson "have been exchanging music to work on for [...] the pair of us" (as well as material for the project with both of them and Rabin; see below). Asked in a Jun 2011 interview, Anderson said:
Anderson & Trevor Rabin
Anderson and Trevor Rabin have been sporadically collaborating over the last several years. They were reportedly writing together in 2006. Anderson has mooted both the possibility of joining Rabin on some film work and of touring the YesWest catalogue. In a May 2008 article, he talked of him and Rabin "maybe touring some of that '80s-period music, because it was very special. [...] I wouldn't do it, like, Yes. I'd do it like me and Trevor aspiring to be the two of us making music and see what we come up with." The article describes Anderson as being "amenable to some sort of reunion of the Yes[West] lineup", although it is unclear whether Anderson indicated the involvement of any of Squire, White or Kaye. However, it appears this co-writing activity is now being directed to a project with Rick Wakeman as well: see immediately below.
In a Feb 2014 interview, Anderson said that Rabin would be "perfect" for a band idea of his, if the time could be found. A Mar 2014 interview with Anderson said he had received an e-mail from Rabin on 11 Mar "because they were connecting with ideas and working on film scores."
Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman & Trevor
Anderson, Wakeman and Rabin have been working on a project together, but the collaboration is proceeding slowly. Some preliminary material has been written, initially by Anderson/Rabin in early 2011 and before, but also through online interaction since. The latest on the project came in the Jan 2014 issue of Prog. There, Wakeman discussed how the project came about and then said, "the band was officially born last year", presumably referring to 2012. Quite what he meant by "born" is unclear given he first announced the project in early 2010; he may be referring to how all three met up in London in early 2012 to exchange ideas. In the Prog article, Rabin explained, "It's been a slow process [...] because of our respective workloads. But we are always trying to move this forward." He added, "We all have a passion for this [...] I can't put a time frame on it. But none of us are getting any younger." Wakeman also explained that, given his solo touring schedule in 2014, that any release will be in 2015 "at the earliest". Describing progress to date, Wakeman said, "The first stage that we've agreed on is the swapping of music, themes and songs. That way we can begin to work on each other's suggestions." And Rabin said, "All we've done is pass on indvidual musical skeletons [...] there's nothing even close to being ready to play for anyone." In a Feb 2014 interview, Anderson said Rabin had sent him some music just before Xmas 2013, explaining, "So we're just jamming around with ideas." While in a Facebook comment that month, Rabin said, "Still hoping that time allows for an album with Rick and Jon. We certainly want it." A 14 Mar 2014 interview with Anderson said he had received an e-mail from Rabin on 11 Mar "because they were connecting with ideas and working on film scores." It also said Anderson had been in contact with Wakeman that month.
In an interview
with Anderson from around May 2013, asked about the
collaboration, he said:
Well, I made the mistake of mentioning it once, and obviously a lot of people want to know what’s happening, and it was just one period of time about a year and half ago or so when I was seeing Trevor quite a lot and we’d been writing a couple of songs and we talked about maybe working with Rick. It’s funny because you spend time talking ideas and then six months later you’ve stopped talking about them, and then Rick’s busy and Trevor’s doing another movie and I’m on tour. It was very hard to bring it together, and at the moment we’re sort of in limbo.
2013 interview with Anderson had saying: "there's now some
talk of Rick and I doing an album with Trevor Rabin. Rick's doing
some music so I'll send that off with some vocals on it to Trevor
and he may put some guitar on it if he's not too busy composing
another film score." And then in another May 2013 interview, he
said that he, Rabin and Wakeman would like to tour playing Talk
with another couple of musicians.
In an interview in the Spring 2013 issue of Progression
magazine, Rabin said:
We've let it slide for a long time because I've been busy. Jon and I have never been closer, Rick and I were never anything but close. We really want to try to do something. [...] So I'm not sure when or how, but the intent is stronger now that it has been. We've been talking conceptually, but not really trading musical ideas.
He also said that he would like to use Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, worked
with Jon Davison, Chris Squire, Alanis Morissette, Coheed and
Cambria) on drums, who is "really into" the idea.
The initial idea for the project was in early 2010. In 2011, it
emerged that plans had shifted to the main activity being in 2012.
By early 2012, Anderson was being cautious in his descriptions. A
2012 interview had this:
We talked about it, we wrote a
couple of things together, Trevor got sidetracked, we talked
about this year . We haven’t really finalized a
time. It’ll happen when it happens. That’s my new mantra: ‘It
will happen when it happens.’
The article then continues:
is there any chance of
Anderson, Wakeman and Rabin hitting the road and playing Yes
songs? “No, I don’t think so.”
“Rick’s recording as we speak,” Anderson says. “He said he’d send me some music this month or next month. And then I would send it to Trevor. We’d actually written a couple of songs, me and Trevor, and me and Rick have written a couple.” Last time, Anderson said he couldn’t imagine an Anderson/Wakeman/Rabin tour, but he may have warmed up to the idea. If they do tour, fans shouldn’t expect a Yes “greatest hits” show.
“If we make music that we really like, and we put it out there, we’ve got a good fan base who wants to see us do new music… I don’t think we’d want to go out just doing old music, I don’t see the point. I’d rather go out there and do some new music, of course, you’d do old stuff that people want to hear. But you don’t rely on that as your show. You want to take some new music out there and have an adventure.”
Nov 2012 interview then had this:
Anderson: [...] like anything. It's a process. It will happen when it happens. I'm never that sure when it will happen, but I just know it will happen. I'm in touch with Rick and Trevor all the time. They're busy doing things [...] I'm busy doing things, but we've talked about some ideas we've come up with and music that we've come up with and it's really a question of timing. Maybe next year  is going to be the year.
Interviewer: [...] who will be on drums and bass?
Anderson: Got no idea at all. We talked about getting an ensemble on stage with three of us, rather, you know, than five or six or seven other musicians. [...]
Interviewer: Do you think it will be something you do in a virtual studio or do you think that you'll try to do some studio time together [...]
Anderson: [...] we'll probably do virtual.
2012 interview with Anderson had been more negative:
Over the past year, Yes fans
have been looking forward to a proposed project from [...]
Anderson [...] Rabin and [...] Wakeman. Unfortunately, as
Anderson tells Ultimate Classic Rock, the grouping has been put
“We did some songs last year, and Trevor had some things going on in his life that he had to sort out, you know, family things and he gets very, very tied up in his music for movies, so we just found it hard to collectively get together. And Rick’s got so many things that he’s doing in England. He has TV shows and radio shows. So eventually, it will happen. You keep the door open and hope that it will happen.”
With Trevor it’s all about
timing being everything you know. You never know, Trevor always
said he wanted to do but right now he’s going through some
changes in his work, seeing what he wants to do. I am very open
to when it happens it happens, always ready to try things like
[...] I think Trevor is waiting to jump into that adventure but he’s not quite ready yet in his heart. We wait and see and when we will work together I think it will be real spontaneous music. That’s what we talked about, making it spontaneous. A bit different than we used to do…
2012 interview with Anderson had: "It Happens When It
Happens, is my mantra! [...] we're always in touch. [...] we'll
see what happens."
Interview comments from Rabin also express some uncertainty over
timing. In this May
2012 interview, Rabin is asked whether there is anything he
cares to discuss about the collaboration and replies: "Nothing I
care to discuss as of yet. Rick is supposed to be sending me
something pretty soon for us to work on, so we'll see what comes
of it." In another May
2012 interview, he said:
We’ve been wanting to do
something for a couple of years now but we’ve not been
able to get together. Either I was on tour [this appears to be
in reference to Rabin accompanying his son's band, Grouplove, on
tour], or Rick and Jon were on tour. I met with Rick about eight
months ago in London. Rick and I get along so well [...] As
musicians, we get on really well, and the same goes with Jon.
The three of us are really intending on doing something but time
has not been our friend.
In my interview
with Rabin from Jul 2012, he said:
While Jon, Rick and I are excited about the prospect of doing something together nothing is organized yet and there’s no telling when or how something will be done. We really want to. Time is the enemy at the moment.
An article in Prog magazine, issue 26, stated that, "While nothing is confirmed, Rabin hopes recording will happen in 2012." This issue was published May 2012, although it appears to be based on an interview around Mar. Rabin is quoted as saying: "I haven't spent time with Rick since we had dinner in London at the end of last year. And I last saw Jon ever earlier, when he stayed with me. The problem is that all three of us have so much going on in our lives that it's been impossible to find the time to take it forward. The one thing I can tell you is that we all want to make this happen." He describes plans for the album: "What we want to end up with is an album that showcases what we're all about as individuals, but to make certain that it has an overall sound which represents this new band." He also mentions the possible involvement of Bill Bruford, which h previously ruled out by Bruford (see below): "I know Bill Bruford's name has been mentioned, and I'd be happy to have him involved. But right now, we've approached nobody else at all. And, to be realistic, until we have our schedule mapped out, then there is no point in bringing anyone else in." In yet another May 2012 interview, Rabin said, "Jon and I speak all the time. [...] Rick Wakeman, Jon and I have been talking about doing something for the last 3 years. [...] schedules are a real problem."In a mid-Apr 2011 Facebook message, Anderson had said, "all is great with Trev, Rick and Myself, writing ideas , and thinking of next year  already." In an Apr 2011 interview, Anderson said, "At the moment, I am writing with Trevor Rabin and Rick." Asked about the collaboration in a May 2011 radio interview, Anderson said, "we were writing songs just two weeks ago [...] it's gonna be fantastic next year ". In this interview, published Sep 2011, Wakeman describes meeting Rabin in London "recently" to discuss the project. Then there was this in a joint Oct 2011 interview by Anderson and Wakeman:
Wakeman: [I'm] waiting to hear from Trevor at
the moment. To be fair, I certainly haven't chased him, as I've
been so busy this year  (as indeed Jon has and certainly
Trevor as well). I really want this to happen; I believe it
could be amazing in so many ways. I will certainly play my part
in trying to bring this to fruition.
Anderson: We've talked about creating a project; it's just finding the right time to work together.
The Nov 2011 Classic Rock
Presents... Prog (issue 21) has this on the
Rabin is also to be involved in
a new project with [...] [Wakeman and Anderson.] But things are
still in the formative stages right now.
"We are still working it all
out. I did spend some time with Jon when he was over in the
States doing solo shows not that long ago. I'm sure this'll
The original idea was for the project to be made up of and be
called Anderson Bruford Wakeman Rabin, echoing the Anderson
Bruford Wakeman Howe project of 1988-90, but Bruford is not to be
involved. I had multiple reports that plans for the project came
to a halt in Mar 2011, but the project returned to being a going
concern. I reported the project's demise here on 31 Mar, but in
response to the subsequent online discussion, Wakeman explicitly
denied that the project was cancelled and his webmaster advised
looking to the RWCC for any official news. A report from close to
Jon Anderson also denied the project had come to an end. Wakeman
discussed the matter at some length in his April 2011 GORR:
In his 18May
blog, Bruford said in reply to questions:
a lot of people talking about Yes, which you may
all know that I am not re-joining and have received no such
invitation from anyone connected with the band. [...] Can’t we
just let rumours be rumours? It just clogs up the place.
The answer to Roger Norway - 3/16/2010 12:02:37 PM [who asked about the reports of Bruford's involvement in the Anderson/Wakeman/Rabin project] is therefore – I have no interest. These rumour things often get started by a ‘slow news’ day over at the magazines and blogs.
|Levin Torn White
Out is a new collaborative instrumental album by Levin Torn White, a trio of Tony Levin (bass, Stick), Alan White (drums, percussion) and David Torn (worked with Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, John Legend; guitar, textural events). The 14-track album, simply called Levin - Torn - White (Lazy Bones), was produced by Levin and Scott Schorr, and mixed by Tony Lash.
it all started w. Alan in the
studio. I just said, "rip it up, Alan. The more hardcore the
better. Whatever you feel." Then we ran a click track through
his headphones & began recording him just jamming. We'd stop
then give him another tempo & he'd be off and running. In
between takes, he'd just be messing around; off beats &
fills galore (no click) & I would tell the engineer to start
recording. Alan had no idea he was being recorded during these
"breaks". Most of these free jams made the record. His timing
was impeccable & he was so locked in the entire time. [...]
after drumming, he sat at the piano & blew everyone's mind.
Awesome pianist & he actually wrote a very cool piano piece
that didn't make the record.
I've known Alan and admired him
for some time, but never got to do a project with him. (Not
counting the "YES" album where we both played with different
incarnations of the group, but not together!)
David is an old friend and co-conspirator [...]
When I realized from Alan's ideas, and my reactions, how radical the direction was for this music, David seemed not only the best choice, but pretty much the ONLY choice for guitar!
He went on to describe how the album was made:
It's a category I don't know
quite how to describe. Improvisational, to be sure, but with
each player improvising separately to what the others had done,
and then re-assembling and then re-improvising.
In an interviewpublished
early Nov 2011, White said:
I came up with some really
different drum patterns and timings. Some of it was especially
for this, but some of them were things I have been working on
for years. Tony and Torn [...] then came up with their own ideas
[...] Toward the end, it was more Tony and Torn who
collaborated, since I was on tour with Yes. I was on the
telephone quite a bit, talking to them. Some of those things
were inspired from me as the source. It might change direction
slightly, become something different.
He went on:
When we were first getting into
it, we were all just trying to find our own way. [...] I think
all of these ideas have been doing through the three of us for a
lot of years, and those things just naturally come out when
you’re inspired by the people you are playing with. It was
mostly improvised but, at the same time, it still sounds really
articulated. There are spaces within all of that stuff to
In an Oct
2011 interview, White describes the project starting with
him, Levin and Schorr, but then they considered a number of
guitarists, before Levin and Schorr proposed Torn.
You can order the
album through Levin's website. There is a preview
video on YouTube and various
samples on SoundCloud and Facebook. Details
Asked about the possibility of live work, Torn said: "we've been
talking about it, but a few periods-of-time already haven't
worked-out, so..... dunno." Levin, in the aforementioned
interview, said, "We're indeed talking about that… too early to
know if it can come together. Alan busy touring with Yes -- I have
Fall and Winter commitments with Stick Men sharing a bill with
Adrian Belew. So … we'll see." While in White's Nov 2011
interview, he said: "We've talked on email about doing some shows,
maybe next year  sometime. I think everybody still has that
in the back of their minds. But I told Tony we would have to
rehearse at least a month to recreate that stuff!"
White and Schorr discuss the project further with YesFANZ' Brian Draper here.
The interview ends with Draper asking about live work:
White: [...] we bandied about on that for a
while. Even so with Tony's schedule and my schedule and stuff
like that its really hard to pull off. And so as far as that
material goes, the answer is you would have to rehearse for
about 6 months! (laughs) That's the way I can see it. Now, I
reckon we could latch into it but it would be an intimate live
version of that and it would be the same thing but a live
version but the framework is the same.
Schorr: Alan knows this I would love to do another one with him. But the thing, maybe the second time would be to get the three guys in the room. So we talked about that but he is so slammed with Yes and other stuff that he does. This is kind of almost like a once in a life time opportunity to get something with this.
Sep 2012 interview asked White about a follow-up album. He
replied: "we're talking about it, right now. I'm not sure when and
where but we're talking about not doing something similar, but
just move on. Probably we'll not do it until early next year
." In a Feb
2014 interview, asked about doing a new album, White said,
"They want us to make another album – I'm not sure whether David
Torn but Tony and myself want to make another album whether
David does or not, I'm not sure but it's in the back of our
minds." Meanwhile, there is a sort of follow-up now out
in the form of Levin
Minnemann Rudess (Lazy Bones), produced by Schorr and
details under Levin.
Reality progressive rock project
Sonic Elements (Facebook; SoundCloud) is a group of progressive/classic rock projects led by Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact, Lo-Fi Resistance, working with Billy Sherwood, worked with Francis Dunnery, Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, ex-Giraffe), founder of the music software development company Sonic Reality. Kerzner is the main producer and keyboardist of a number of "virtual bands" involving several guests, including often Billy Sherwood, that are recording various covers (including of Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Genesis and ELP) and original songs for upcoming releases, but where some of the instrumental tracks are also available through Sonic Reality's sample libraries. In Dec 2011, Kerzner described to ProgressiveEars.com a plan consisting of:
Sonic Elements Fantasy Interactive
Dark Side of the Moon w/ Alan Parsons
Sonic Elements XYZ Fantasy Band Tribute to Rush featuring Neil Peart Drums
Sonic Elements Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Fantasy Soundtrack Tribute to Genesis
Sonic Elements Trifecta (original music with Billy Sherwood and drums from Terry Bozzio, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart...)
Sonic Elements TBA fantasy progressive rock project featuring...
... all involving Sherwood in some capacity. The tribute to Rush
and 'Trifecta' serve to explain the model for these projects. The
original track "Trifecta", previewed
here, features newly composed material performed by Sherwood
(bass, guitars) and Kerzner (keys) to an existing drum track for
Rush's "YYZ" that was recently recorded by Neil Peart for a sample
library at Sonic Reality with producer Nick Raskulinecz
(worked with Rush), while the Rush tribute consists of
covers of Rush songs, again using Peart's drum tracks.
In Feb 2012, Kerzner said on Facebook: "So that no one has to
wait too long for these wonderful projects to make their way to
full album releases... a decision has been made [...] to release a
variety of singles and EPs spanning originals and covers."
Full-length albums will follow. A 5-song EP, XYZ—A Tribute to Rush,
produced by Kerzner, came first on download and as a limited
edition CD from esoundz.
Pre-orders included a bonus, downloadable 6th track. Details
in Yescography. Tracks:
In Apr 2012, Kerzner explained that there:
will at least be another EP of
different material (the "keyboard era" stuff) and then
eventually a full album and that will have different versions of
some of these songs on it as well.
Plus there's going to interactive versions of the songs similar to Jammit except they can work inside products like AmpliTube where you can play guitar through modeled amps and pedals or inside Garageband and play anything you want. That's coming along with Neil Peart's isolated drum tracks. But these interactive versions are more for musicians to interact with.
We're also thinking about putting XYZ out on limited edition vinyl. Just 300 of them.
However, in an Oct 2012 post to ProgressiveEars.com, he said the
next Rush-related release will be the full-length album Moving
Signals & Waves, covering tracks from the Rush albums Moving
Pictures, Signals and Permanent Waves.
The album is due, digitally and as a CD; mixing was going on in
May 2013. Confirmed tracks for the album include "Digital
Man" with Sherwood (vocals, guitar, bass), Kerzner (keys)
Perdomo (Dreaming in Stereo, worked with Mika; guitars);
of Radio", with Sherwood (bass), Kerzner (keys), Mike Keneally (ex-Frank
Zappa, ex-Stanley Snail, worked with Robert Fripp; guitars),
Nick D'Virgilio (Mystery,
ex-Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, ex-Genesis, ex-Tears for Fears,
worked with Chris Squire; vocals); and "Subdivisions",
with Kerzner, John Payne (ex-Asia,
Asia Featuring John Payne, GPS; vocals), Erik Norlander
(Asia Featuring John Payne). Another song on the album
features Kerzner (keys), Sherwood (bass, guitar), Steve Hackett
(Squackett, ex-GTR, ex-Genesis) and Keith Emerson
(ex-ELP), while either that one or another features
guitar from both Hackett and Francis
Dunnery (ex-It Bites, ex-The Syn, worked with ABWH).
The album will also include the 4 Rush tracks on the XYZ
EP, but in different versions.
At various times, Kerzner or others have described covers of
further Rush songs:
Dunnery is also singing on some of the Rush songs.
Glass Hammer's Steve Babb said in this Dec
2013 interview that the band (which sometimes includes Jon Davison)
is "slated to contribute a track on Sonic Realities' Neal Peart
Project." Kerzner said on Facebook in Feb 2014: "I'll be mixing
a unique track from the progressive rock band Glass Hammer next
week! This song will have a very interesting new "element" in
it." I asked Steve Babb about
their contribution in a Mar 2014 interview (available
here) and he explained the track consists of Glass Hammer
(here, Babb, Fred Schendel, Alan Shikoh, Carl Groves) playing
along to a drum part by Peart: "Fred composed most of the music
for this track, and I did the lyrics. Alan added a good deal
too. Carl Groves is singing this one. We were given many of
Peart's tracks to choose from, then asked to write music to his
drumming and to incorporate his ideas into the Glass Hammer
sound. [...] We just wrapped up this song, which for now at
least is called "Impulse"."
Also expected is an EP It—A Tribute to Genesis & Peter Gabriel, with Kerzner (keys), Francis Dunnery (vocals, guitar), Nick D'Virgilio (drums) and an orchestra, plus samples of Tony Banks' keyboard playing. This will be 4 or 5 tracks from the forthcoming Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Soundtrack Tribute album, and at one point was expected to include a 'bonus track' of a Peter Gabriel cover, "Rhythm of the Night", with Dunnery (vocals), using Sonic Reality's Jerry Marotta drum library. Either the EP or eventual album (I'm unclear) will also feature Sherwood, McStine, Steve Rothery (Marillion) and Mark Hornsby (worked with D'Virgilio).
Seemingly referring to the 'Trifecta'
album project, in Jan 2012, Kerzner said on Facebook: "Among the
various music releases you can expect this year  from Sonic
Elements are some original tunes, many of which have been done
with ex-Yes-man Billy Sherwood along with SR sampled grooves of
great drummers such as Rod Morgenstein of the Dixie Dregs."
However, this release has yet to appear There is an accompanying
clip to a piece entitled "Razors Edge" with Sherwood and
samples from Morgenstein. Then there's "Racing Through Time" (sample),
another original piece by Sherwood, this time using a sample
library from Alan Parsons.
The Pink Floyd/Dark Side of the Moon project also involves Nick Mason (ex-Pink Floyd), Nick Davis (worked with Genesis), Dorie Jackson (works with Dunnery, ex-The Syn; vocals), Guy Pratt (worked with Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson; bass), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree; bass), Natalie Azerad (vocals), Durga McBroom-Hudson & Lorelei McBroom (worked with Pink Floyd; vocals). The Sonic Elements Facebook page in Jan 2013 said: "I've assembled a Sonic Elements band in LA this week to work with the McBroom sisters (former backing vocalists for Pink Floyd). Billy Sherwood, Randy McStine, Fernando Perdomo and myself (with Pink Floyd's rhythm section already recorded/sampled)".Various further progressive rock covers have been described. In Aug 2011, Kerzner described Sherwood and "several other ex-members of Yes" yet to be specified as working on some Yes covers. Sherwood (bass, vocals) and Kerzner (vocals) then described a cover of "The Fish" (sample), using existing drum samples from Bill Bruford and also some other samples from D'Virgilio. There's a teaser sample here. Kerzner described in Oct 2011 working on a Yes medley with Sherwood, possibly including "Starship Trooper: Würm". Next came a sample from "Changes" with Sherwood (bass, guitars, drums, vocals) and Kerzner (keys, vocals). Then in Mar 2012, Kerzner referred to a cover of "Yours is No Disgrace" with Sherwood (bass, drums), Tony Kaye (keys) and Johnny Bruhns (ex-CIRCA:, ex-Yoso, ex-Yes tribute band Roundabout; guitar); Kerzner may also play keys on the piece. Kerzner's also described doing 3 tracks for the Alan Parsons project with Sherwood. An ELP cover with Keith Emerson (ex-ELP; keys) and Payne (vocals) is planned.
In 2005, Kerzner (keys) led a live performance of "Long Distance
Runaround", with an instrumental intro taken from Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,
with Jon Anderson (vocals), D'Virgilio (drums), Hornsby (bass) and
Stan Cotey (ex-Giraffe; guitar), briefly available
on Sonic Elements' SoundCloud. Kerzner also said on Facebook in
I also WROTE a song with Jon
Anderson that's absolutely beautiful. It's not finished yet but
he sang a rough and it's really cool. Stylistically between old
Yes, Vangelis and something futuristic/film soundtrack-like. Not
sure if that will end up on his albums or one of ours but at
some point we'll be able to share something!
Records tribute/covers projects
Cleopatra Records continues to release multiple albums—generally tribute and covers albums—featuring multiple guest artists, including in some cases multiple Yesmen. Several of these were projects led by Billy Sherwood and these are covered in his section.
Days Between Stations
In Extremis, out in the US and out digitally in the UK, is the second release from Los Angeles prog band, Days Between Stations, consisting of guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes Bills. The album is co-produced by the band and Billy Sherwood (executive producers: Sam H Samzadeh & Days Between Stations LLC); Sherwood also performs drums and lead vocals and mixed the album. The music was written by Samzadeh/Fuentes, the vocal melodies and lyrics by Samzadeh/Fuentes/Sherwood. Other guests on the album are Peter Banks (who contributed to the album before his death in Mar 2013), Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin (bass throughout the album) and Colin Moulding (ex-XTC, works with Sherwood). Artwork & layout are by Paul Whitehead (worked with Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator, Le Orme). The album was mainly engineered by William Kaylor (worked with Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson) and mastered by Evren Göknar. A documentary about the making of the album is being made, and the album sees a limited edition vinyl release in Jan 2014 (Erika Records; mastering by Evren Göknar). Details in Yescography.
New Progmantics (Mentalchemy Records), out Jun 2013, is a new album by Sarastro Blake (Facebook, ReverbNation, MySpace), a project started in 2011 by Paolo Pigni (ex-Mogador) with Luca Briccola (Mogador, Trewa), Mirko Soncini (Trewa), Marco Carenzio (Trewa), Serena Bossi (Trewa) and Richard Allen (Mogador). Guests on the album include Billy Sherwood on guitars and keys on "Flaming June", and Rick Wakeman (piano) and David Paton (ex-Camel, ex-Alan Parsons Project, ex-Pilot, worked with Rick Wakeman, Fish, Kate Bush, Elton John; vocals) on the multi-part "Stanzas for Music". Other guests include Dave Lawson (played on "Run with the Fox", worked on 90125, ex-Greenslade; electric piano), Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan, ex-Hatfield and the North), Nick Magnus (ex-Steve Hackett, ex-The Enid) and Amanda Lehmann (Steve Hackett, Squackett). The album was produced and mixed by Briccola. A preview of the album is on YouTube. See details on Yescography. Tracks:
Guitarist Marcelo Paganini (Facebook; ex-Kamikaze, ex-Tribo de Solos) released his solo album 2012 Space Traffic Jam (Guitar Player Magazine Records) on 25 Jan 2014, with guests including Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Eumir Deodato (worked with Milton Nascimento, Björk, k. d. lang). Gary Husband (UK, John McLaughlin, worked with Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, Jack Bruce, Gongzilla, Level 42) plays drums on the whole album. Tracks:
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