Why did Yes want Igor Khoroshev? – 572

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week the redoubtable Geoff Bailie presents his feedback on two remarkable Rick Wakeman concerts at the  London Palladium which, as you can imagine, contain a shedload of Yes connections. Then Mark and I start to consider why Yes wanted keyboardist Igor Khoroshev after the aforementioned Rick Wakeman left the band, once again in 1996.

Photo by Geoff Bailie

We will be setting you some homework to listen to a bootleg recording of Igor and the boys on the Open Your Eyes Tour so please see below for the link.

  • How were the two nights of Rick’s concerts?
  • What was it about Igor which attracted Yes?
  • How can we hear how good Igor was?
Open Your Eyes Tour Poster
Open Your Eyes Tour Poster – the first time I saw Igor Khoroshev play

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  • Joseph Cottrell
  • Ken Fuller
  • Jeffrey Crecelius and
  • Wayne Hall


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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:

2 replies on “Why did Yes want Igor Khoroshev? – 572”

Check this out from the Amazon series “Daisy Jones and the Six, near the end of episode one. The band has just arrived in L.A. circa (pun intended) 1971 and this is what they see.

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