After two previous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, the third time is the charm for Yes.
The veteran British prog rockers will be part of the Rock Hall's class of 2017 inducted on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, joining Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Chic's Nile Rodgers.
Alan White, Yes' drummer since 1972, tells us that he's pleased the group is finally getting its due from the Rock Hall:
"It's a great pleasure to be recognized for something you've been doing all your life...It's totally exciting. I think it's great to, y'know (get) recognition in the industry for the amount of work you've put in. I've been in Yes for over 44 years without being in any other band, so it's been a continuing theme for me...I think it's wonderful to be received by...the public and the business world to have done something that changed the course of history, I guess."
White will be inducted into the Rock Hall along with Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin and, of course, bassist Chris Squire, who died in 2015 and was the sole Yes member to spend his entire performing life with the band.
White tells us Yes will pay tribute to Squire during the induction ceremony:
"The one sad thing is, of course, Chris Squire is not gonna be here to receive the award, but I will certainly do so in his respect. I feel like that's important. He was one of the main foundations of this band all the way through."
Yes is getting ready for its annual Cruise To The Edge, which departs Feb. 7 out of Tampa, and the group has some southern U.S. dates booked around it. A full summer tour is also planned.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.