Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yes: New single premieres on Oldies 95.7 Seattle

Yes return with their first new music in a decade this summer.

The band’s new album, “Fly From Here,” is set for release July 12. Yes teamed with producer Trevor Horn for the project and fans will be pleased to hear that longtime Yes artist Roger Dean has done the cover art.

The 2011 version of Yes includes bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Alan White and new lead singer Benoit David.

Like Journey and Foreigner, Yes found a singer who bears an uncanny sonic similarity to their original vocalist, and it wasn’t by accident: David’s ability to mimic Jon Anderson was part of his gig as the frontman for a Canadian Yes tribute band.

White joined the Bob Rivers Show on Oldies 95.7 Seattle Monday morning to premiere the first single, “We Can Fly.”

Rolling Stone reports the album version of the track is a part of a much longer suite of music which dates back over 30 years. "We played it live on the 1980 tour when it was just five minutes long," bassist Chris Squire told the magazine in March. "Now it's an extravaganza!"

White confirmed this on the Rivers show. “It’s one little part of a story,” he said. “It’s a buildup to an overture. That whole song is 23 minutes long.”

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Yes – "We Can Fly" world premiere + Alan White interview
The Bob Rivers Show - Oldies 95.7 Seattle – June 13, 2011