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Yes’ Rick Wakeman Out For Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

01/03/2017 at 11:03 | Gary Graff
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Count Rick Wakeman out of Yes‘ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

The keyboardist — who’s logged five tenures in Yes and played on classic albums such as Fragile, Close To The Edge and Going For The One — said in a Q&A on his official web site that “I have no idea if there will be any sort of reunion (at the induction ceremony), but whatever happens under no circumstances will I be any part of it, neither will I be attending.”

Wakeman has long been critical of the Rock Hall, not only for excluding Yes for many years but for it’s treatment of progressive rock in general. He told us recently that,

“All I’ll say is there’s some band there and some bands that have been inducted in that I have no idea why they’re in there, and there’s bans like Yes and a few others and you go, ‘Why aren’t they in?’ It just doesn’t make an ounce of sense to me.”

Wakeman adds that he feels the Rock Hall nominating committee has something of a bias against progressive rock, having inducted just two acts — Pink Floyd and Genesis — during more than three decades of ceremonies.

“It seems that anything to do with prog rock was considered a dirty word by them, and it’s almost like an era of music, despite the fact it’s proven to be the most inventive and the most influential music to musicians that there’s ever been in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, and yet it’s ignored. I’m not sure whether I’d turn up. I’m so disgusted with the way that prog rock and Yes have been treated I might be busy. I might be washing my hair that night.”

Wakeman spent the fall touring with fellow former Yes Members Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin as AWR; The trio hits the road again March 12 in Wales for a European tour.

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.

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