I was seven years old when I first heard “Starship Trooper”. I was enraptured by it, it took me away to the stars and beyond. My mom turned me on to Yes and I was hooked. I have remained a fan throughout the years.
Formed in 1968, by Chris Squire, Yes has been cutting edge ever since. They have risen from obscurity, to the heights of success. There have been many different lineups throughout the years with some outstanding musicians.
The most successful lineup (in my opinion) consisted of: Jon Anderson – lead vocals, percussion, guitar, harp, various others, Chris Squire – bass, backing vocals, various others, Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, various others, Bill Bruford – drums, percussion, various others, Rick Wakeman – keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, various others.
During the 80’s they had hits from the lineup of: Jon Anderson – (vocals), Tony Kaye – (Keyboards), Trevor Rabin – (Guitars, vocals, additional keyboards), Chris Squire – (Bass, vocals), Alan White – (Drums, percussion, backing vocals). This lineup gave us hits like: “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, “It Can Happen”, “Leave It”, and “Changes”
The current lineup of Yes consists of: Chris Squire – (bass, backing vocals, various others), Steve Howe – (guitars, backing vocals, various others), Alan White – (drums, percussion, backing vocals, various others), Geoff Downes – (keyboards), Jon Davison – (lead vocals, various others)
From 1 March to 12 April 2013, Yes will embark on their Spring 2013 North American tour. The band will play three albums a night for the first time in their entirety: The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. During the Spring 2013 North American tour, Yes will lead a progressive-rock themed cruise titled Cruise to the Edge from 25 to 30 March 2013. Yes will also be going into the studio in the fall 2013 to record a new album, their 21st studio album and the first with Jon Davison.
The progressive rock music of Yes deserves a listen.
My introduction to Yes was hearing the album “Close To The Edge” at a friend’s house in 1973. I was immediately entranced by the unusual beginning, and couldn’t believe the musical and vocal tour de force I was hearing as they moved through the piece. The “I Get Up I Get Down” section put me close to the edge, and the “pipe organ” ending and following organ solo pushed me over, with the hair standing up on the back of my neck and chills up my spine. Yes has been my favorite band ever since, and at this date, I’ve been fortunate to see them 18 times, the first in March of 1974, the last in August 2012. I have never been disappointed.
If you’re not familiar, they definitely deserve a listen. Set aside 45 minutes, pick an album, put on some headphones, and seriously listen. If you get it, you will be in awe. If not, I’m truly sorry you’re missing out on the experience.
Thanks Steve! Yes has been a mainstay for most of my life.