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YMP Geeks talk to Band Geek, Richie Castellano – 501

Produced by Wayne Hall, Jeffrey Crecelius and Preston Frazier

Mark and I had a brilliant time this week speaking to Richie Castellano about his Band Geek Yes covers. Multi-instrumentalist Richie is passionate about Yes and a lot of other music and if you haven’t seen his Band Geek YouTube channel, then what are you waiting for? It’s amazing.

  • How does Richie choose songs to cover?
  • What is the rehearsal and production process like?
  • What have been Richie’s favourite Yes covers?

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Aaron Steelman

Dave Owen

Mark James Lang

Paul Tomei

Joost Maglev

David Heyden

Martin Kjellberg

Paul Wilson

Bob Martilotta


Michael O’Connor

William Hayes
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

Gary Betts
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

Barry Gorsky

Alan Begg

Robert and David

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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:

6 replies on “YMP Geeks talk to Band Geek, Richie Castellano – 501”

On the most recent Cruise To The Edge (2019), on a very late night (following Late Night Live – so it was technically morning!), a bunch of us were lucky enough to (literally) stumble upon none other than Tom Brislin and Chris Clark in the Schooner Lounge. Tom was at the baby grand piano and Chris was at a small electronic keys rig appropriated from another artist (who was present and looking none too happy about it). They were just playing stuff together off the tops of their heads – ELP, Genesis, Yes, etc., including “Cinema Show” and “Firth of Fifth” by Genesis and SOUND CHASER! It was brilliant and absolutely thrilling; the sort of unique, one-off kind of performance you can only experience – by pure chance – on CTTE. Vocals were performed by Chris and the 30 or so of us gathered ‘round. As for me, I was inebriated enough to “help out” by playing “bar rail hand drums” on “Cinema Show” alongside Lisa Wetton (John Wetton’s widow) – I didn’t find who she was until much later that day. Not something I’ll ever forget.

Yes, sorry. You’ll need to delete and re-download to get the whole episode. There was a technical glitch.

The video of the Band Geeks playing the entire Close to the Edge is amazing. Can’t imagine how they could learn all that music. Must be seen to be believed.

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