Keith Emerson Said No To Yes
... (Classic Rock) Keith Emerson has revealed he once received a late-night phone call asking him if he'd like to join Yes
, but it didn't take him long to decide the answer was "No." The Emerson, Lake and Palmer icon had just returned from a successful world tour when Rick Wakeman made one of his several departures from Yes
. Emerson explains: "I got back to England and my phone rings at 11.30 at night. It was their then-manager, Brian Lane. "I couldn't believe that I'd been asked if I wanted to join Yes
. My response was: 'Brian, why would I want to do that? I've just come off a tour playing 14,000-seat stadiums, sold out. I've got my own band - why would I want to join Yes?'"
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Yes adds inaugural Yestival to summer schedule
... Grammy-winning rockers Yes
have added their first-ever one-day Yestival to their summertime itinerary. The prog-rock outfit, comprised of singer Jon Davison (who joined the band earlier this year), bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, will helm its inaugural namesake festival Sept. 3 in Camden, NJ. The band will perform 1971's "The Yes
Album" and 1972's "Close to the Edge" in their entirety, along with other tracks, according to a press release. The late-summer event will also feature music from The Musical Box, Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, among others. Yes
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Yes To Launch Their Very Own Yestival Music Festival
... Progress rock legends Yes
have announced plans to launch their very own music festival this summer, which has appropriately been dubbed Yestival. The inaugural Yestival will be a single full day event that will be taking place at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Saturday, August 3rd. Yes
will be headlining the event and announced plans to play their 1971's The Yes
Album and 1972's Close To The Edge albums in their entirety at the show. Yestival will also feature mainstage performances from The Musical Box, Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, with additional artists still to be announced. The festival will also feature a second stage with performances by up-and-coming progressive rock bands including Scale The Summit and a special appearance by The School Of Rock, and an art showing by Roger Dean, whose has provided the visuals and album covers for many bands including YES
, Uriah Heep and Asia. Chris Squire had this to say about the event, "This is a concept we've been trying to put into motion for some time, and only now we've been able to turn it into reality. We're looking forward to starting Yestival out in the Philadelphia area, which has been a Yes
stronghold since the '70s." Yestival will be taking place in the middle of Yes
's current World Tour, where the band is performing the 3 albums 'The Yes
Album', 'Close To The Edge' and 'Going For The One' in their entirety. North American dates for the tour will kick off on July 6th in Paso Robles, CA at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre and will conclude on August 12th in Indianapolis, IN at the Murat Theatre, Old National Centre. 6 July 2013 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre 7 July 2013 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery 9 July 2013 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre 10 July 2013 Anaheim, CA City National ... [ read more ]
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)
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