I’m writing this from a train station between London and Banbury. My train has been cancelled due to a fatality on the line. So I’ll get this week’s episode published as soon as I can but it might take some time…
£100 for a good seat. Let me know!
Yes fan David Watkinson has now a spare seat next to him, for the ARW Sunday 19th gig in London. Row P in the Stalls. David said “My old Yes fanzine collaborator can’t make the gig from Australia so I am helping him move the ticket. So if you fancy seeing a fabulous gig and a chance to talk about all things Yes, or having your Perpetual Change book signed, then the ticket is £81.00. You can meet me at the gig – I will have the tickets in hand. Anyone interested?” firstname.lastname@example.org
I asked my super-talented son, William, to take some ‘un-boxing photos’. Great record of the process! It’s a really beautiful book, packed with a ridiculous number of wonderful pictures and interviews. Get it here – if you can – stocks are running out I think!
Regardless of what you and I think of the process or the whole concept, it’s time to rejoice that Yes have finally been inducted, as they should have been many years ago. Here’s the official press release:
TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2017
20th December 2016
Yes they can! YES will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017, it was announced this morning. The induction, following two previous nominations, will occur one year shy of the legendary progressive rock band’s 50th anniversary.
“What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard.”
“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” adds drummer Alan White. “We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”
The members of YES who will officially be inducted into the Rock Hall are the “Union” tour line-up: current members White and Howe, the band’s late bassist and founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).
“Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed,” says Bruford. “Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape.”
Kaye confirms, “I am honored to be included in Yes’ induction. I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud.”
In addition to Steve Howe and Alan White, YES’ current line-up includes Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015).
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
Look out for the episode this week when we will undoubtedly be talking about this – and add your comments here!
Many apologies to anyone who has suddenly seen lots of YMP episodes downloading to their podcatcher. This was due to some posts being duplicated in the move to the new site. I have removed most of them now so normal service should have resumed now.
We will get there!
The next episode will be published later tonight (my time) sorry for the delay! It will be well worth the wait!
Described by the publicity company (which is incidentally the same one as Yes use themselves) as the ‘Pre-YES psychedelic-prog outfit’, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop are currently in the process of releasing a selection of album teasers on YouTube each Monday and Friday in the lead up to the release of their album, ‘New Way of Life’, on 9th March 2015.
‘Electric Funeral’ will be available to download and on iTunes as what they term an ‘instant gratification track’ for everyone who pre-orders ‘New Way of Life’.
Also, there will be a series of brief interviews with founder members, Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger. on YouTube each Monday and Friday, in the lead up to the release of the album. Here are the first two:
I am hoping to interview members of the band for the podcast in February or March so watch this space!