Yes' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame creates some interesting scenarios for the April 7 induction ceremony in Brooklyn.
Eight members are being inducted -- originals Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire along with Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White and Trevor Rabin. Anderson was dismissed from the group acrimoniously in 2008, and this year he, Wakeman and Rabin have been touring with their own band, playing Yes music.
Drummer White, who's Yes' de facto leader since Squire's death in 2015, tells us that he's hopeful group members past and present can make any necessary amends and enjoy the ceremony together:
"When it comes down to it, who knows who's gonna actually be at the ceremony. We'll just have to wait and see and build upon what's going to happen...I really haven't spoken to Jon or anybody about how we're going to do this...I have my own ideas how we could do it, but...that's my own personal thoughts...I'm very positive about everything in life, and that would be one of them. I think after all these years in the band, being on the road and creating such incredible music over a period of time, it's worth doing that."
The induction ceremony will take place for a third time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be filmed for later broadcast on HBO. A special exhibit honoring the 2017 inductees will open March 30 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland.
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.