Who were Cinema? Dave Watkinson and Jon Dee tell the story… 418

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

Dave and Jon
Dave and Jon meet up before attending the Cinema rehearsal

You’ll be amazed by the story we are told by Jon Dee and Dave Watkinson this week. They were the only people beyond the inner circle of the band to hear Cinema in their original format, shortly before the band morphed into the Yes of 90125.

We had such a brilliant time hearing all about it this week!

  • Who were Cinema?
  • How did Jon and Dave come to be there at a rehearsal?
  • How and why did the band change their name to Yes?

Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!

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Photos from this amazing event and the issue of Yes Music magazine where the story was first broken:

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman
Dave Owen
Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev
David Heyden
Martin Kjellberg
Paul Wilson
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
Peter Hearnden
Brian Sullivan
David Pannell
Miguel Falcão
Lobate Scarp
Chris Bandini
David Watkinson
Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Paul Hailes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Doug Curran
Robert Nasir
Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason
Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry
Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn
Steven Roehr
Ken Fuller
Terence Sadler
Michael Handerhan
Tim Stannard
Todd Dudley
John Cowan
Tony Handley
John Holden
Joseph Cottrell
John Parry
Keith Hoisington
John Thomson
William Hayes
Barry Gorsky

Robert and David

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

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Episode 172 – Blasts from the past – Big Generator and Drama artefacts

Yes Magazine and Drama Tour Programme
Yes Magazine scan from Carl and Drama Tour Programme from Bob

The one hundred and seventy-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring two blasts from the past – a scan from Carl Coppage of a Yes Magazine and a Drama tour programme from Bob Burns.

  • What can we learn from old issues of magazines?
  • With hindsight, how do these old items read?
  • Whatever happened to Yes Magazine?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

Inside front cover showing ticket and play lists
Inside front cover showing ticket and play lists – click to enlarge

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Episode 31 – Yes Rarities Part 3 – ‘90125 Expanded & Remastered’

CD purchased 2004 (click to enlarge)

The thirty-first episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the additional tracks from the Expanded and Remastered version of 90125.

  • What can we learn about the genesis of this version of the band from these added tracks?
  • Was Cinema Yes?
  • Are there any worthwhile hidden gems?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!