By Damian Fanelli | Photo: Deborah Anderson Creative
Prog-rock legends Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week.
The event boasted performances by past and present members of the band, including co-founding vocalist Jon Anderson (who joined the band on stage for the first time in 13 years), former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin and former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman—all of whom shared the stage with current Yes members Steve Howe and Alan White (not to mention Rush’s Geddy Lee).
And now there’s this:
Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman have announced that, effective immediately, they will be known as Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. They’ve also announced a North American tour that’ll kick off in August (check out all the dates below).
When the trio toured last year, they used their last names as their official band name. Not anymore.
“It’s very simple,” Anderson says. “The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA.”
According to a press release, the trio also will record new material throughout the summer for a projected 2018 release. Plans also are in the works for a new DVD that was shot at the final UK show of Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman’s recent European tour.
How do current Yes members Howe, White, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison feel about all this? Here’s an official statement from the band:
“While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.”
They’ll also be touring this year, also starting in August.
Yes was co-founded in 1968 by Anderson and bassist Chris Squire, who died in 2015. While Wakeman is mostly associated with the Seventies “prog era” of the band, and Rabin is associated with the band’s Eighties “pop era,” Anderson is the bridge between the two. Other touring band members include Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.
Stay tuned for updates!
2017 YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Tour Dates
All shows are going on sale shortly. Visit YESfeaturingARW.com for on sale info.
Additional U.S. and International dates to be announced soon.
Sat/ Aug- 26 Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theater
Mon/ Aug- 28 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
Thu/ Aug- 31 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center
Sat/ Sep- 2 Layton, UT The Kenley Amphitheater
Sun/ Sep- 3 Littleton, CO Hudson Gardens
Tue/ Sep- 5 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center
Thu/ Sep- 7 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
Sat/ Sep- 9 Hammond, IN Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
Tue/ Sep- 12 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Wed/ Sep- 13 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Fri/ Sep- 15 Akron, OH Goodyear Theater at East End
Sat/ Sep- 16 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Mon/ Sep- 18 Quebec City, QC Grand Theatre du Quebec City
Tue/ Sep- 19 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
Sat/ Sep- 23 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sun/ Sep- 24 Brookville, NY Tilles Center
Wed/ Sep- 27 Newark, NJ NJ PAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Fri/ Sep- 29 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
Sat/ Sep- 30 Trenton, NJ Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Sun/ Oct- 1 Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Wed/ Oct- 4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Sat/ Oct- 7 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Sun/ Oct- 8 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Wed/ Oct- 11 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall