Jon Anderson (vocals) 1968-1980, 1983-1990, 1994-
Chris Squire (bass, vocals) 1968-1980, 1983-
Tony Kaye (keyboards) 1968-1971, 1983-1994
Peter Banks (guitar) 1968-1970
Bill Bruford (drums) 1968-1972
Steve Howe (guitar, vocals) 1970-1980, 1991-
Rick Wakeman (keyboards) 1971-1974, 1976-1980, 2002-
Alan White (drums) 1972-1980, 1983-
Patrick Moraz (keyboards) 1974-1976
Geoff Downes (keyboards) 1980
Trevor Horn (vocals, bass) 1980
Trevor Rabin (guitar, vocals) 1983-
Billy Sherwood (various) 1997
Igor Khoroshev (keyboards) 1997-2000
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They got a lot of exposure opening for Cream at their farewell concert and by appearing on John Peel's BBC program Top Gear.
From 1981-1982, they took a hiatus to work on solo projects. When they came back, Wakeman rejoined the band.
Trevor Horn and Geoffrey Downes were members of the Buggles, whose song "Video Killed The Radio Star
" was the first video played on MTV.
In 1989, Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe released an album under the name Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe. Due to legal issues, they weren't allowed to call themselves Yes. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for all above)
Howe and Downes were both in the supergroup Asia.
Yes holds the record for the most performances at New York City's Madison Square Garden during the 1970s. (thanks, Chester - St.Catharines, Canada)
Founder member Peter Banks played with Yes for their first two albums, '1969's Yes and 1970's Time And The Word, but a disagreement about the direction of the band led to his dismissal before the release of the second LP. Banks was found dead in his London home on March 8, 2013 due to heart failure. He was reportedly discovered after failing to show up for a recording session.
The band's name came from their first guitarist Peter Banks because it was "Short and sweet." (thanks, Patrick - Des Moines, IA)
Prior to Jon Anderson rejoining Yes for the recording of 90125, the other bandmembers Chris Squire, Alan White, Tony Kaye, and newcomer Trevor Rabin had formed as a new group and called themselves Cinema. This lineup is also known by Yes fans as Yes West, because their recordings were held in Los Angeles. (thanks, Randy - Colerain Twp., OH)
One of their first gigs was opening for Cream at their Farewell Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1968. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Rick Wakeman has left and rejoined Yes six times. He told Kerrang!: "Somebody once said Yes and myself were like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor: couldn't live with each other, but couldn't live without each other. And I said, 'That's absolutely fine – as long as I'm Richard Burton.'"
A talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."
A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.