Episodes YMP Classic Feed

What did they do next part 11b Geoff Downes – 424

This week amongst the coronavirus mayhem, Mark and I keep calm and listen to…Adventures in Modern Recording by Buggles in our second look at what Geoff Downes did next after leaving Yes following the end of the Drama tour.

We also have a two pence based around some alternatives to the live Yes shows which have had to be cancelled or postponed.

The Drama Line Up
The Drama Line Up
  • What did Geoff Downes do between Yes and Asia?
  • Did he finish it?
  • Were Yes right to cancel their mini tour and their appearance at Cruise to the Edge?

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

If you would like to support the Yes Music Podcast financially and also have access to exclusive activity and opportunities, there is a special page you can use to sign up and 2020 is the time to join us:

Become a Patron!

Become a Patron!

Show notes and links:

YMP Patrons:


  • 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

Please subscribe!

If you are still listening to the podcast on the website, please consider subscribing so you don’t risk missing anything:

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
Subscribe on Google Podcasts

Subscribe on Android
Listen on Stitcher

Theme music

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

6 replies on “What did they do next part 11b Geoff Downes – 424”

Regarding your 2 pence:
Yes, I agree it would be difficult to do a remote live performance, but they could do something along the lines of what Play For Change does. They record people in locations all over the world and then mix the video and audio for the finished product. Look it up on YouTube or the link below to see what I mean.

Now, what would they play? They could do all of Relayer in place of the tours that got cancelled. But they might not want to play that hand and might want to save it for the future, if they ever get to do that tour.

Another option to record this way would be something I’d mentioned before. What if they took the “good” songs from Tormato and recorded them with the current line up? They could do it as I describe above and it would be something really innovative. Take a new look at them and try to improve rather than recreate.

Another option is to use the time to record or write the new album. This kind of thing can’t be forced, though. And even though they’ve talked about going back into the studio, they might not actually have anything to record. I think that is what happened the last time….and we know how that turned out. (shivers).

Kevin and Mark, keep up the good work in these dark times.

I have just enjoyed the whole Buggles album that I hadn’t played for decades.

Yes, well it was only going one way for the tour, however Yes should do something over the net, either individual or in multiples but a full band I can’t see it happening.

Guys, keep well and play tons of Yes music eh.

Great show again guys. Your podcast ,and music generally . are going to be a great tonic for people as we enter these difficult times.

Mark mentions Yes getting together to perform music virtually but I’m not sure this is practical. Symptoms of the virus can take several days to present themselves and, in some cases, people get the virus with no symptoms . As widespread testing isn’t available, it just wouldn’t be safe for them to get together and play.

Listening to Awaken more than usually now to stay uplifted !

Thanks for the great shows and keep up the good work.


Good show as always
In regards to two pence – Back in the late 90’s Jimmy Page recorded his guitar part for Puff Daddy’s ‘come with me’ live. The rap and basic track were recorded at Record Plant, Hollywood, with a satellite link with CTS Studios, London to allow Page to add guitar live, while he was still touring – If this could be done back then why can’t they do this now?

Another option is like Jon/Ricks ‘the Living Tree’ which they were never together to record – so send the songs around as mentioned in the podcast. I think these guys (in YES) always have tunes in their minds so feel they would have the material and certainly can’t feel rushed this time (as Steve H often claims) with all tours off!

Oh the hope they bring out some new music in these times would be great – although there is some good back log to keep us entertained as we feel close to the edge….

Leave a Reply to Bob Martilotta Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.