Yes members Alan White and Steve Howe are sharing their thoughts on the progressive rock band’s nomination for the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as announced Tuesday by the Cleveland, OH-based institution.
The feat marks the group’s third nomination for the Rock Hall following considerations in 2014 and 2016.
"After being nominated three times you tend to put it on the back burner a little bit. But at the same time you go, 'Maybe this time...,'" drummer White tells Billboard. "When you do a lifetime's work, recognition is always great, y'know? It's one of those things that, 'If it happens...,' you know? And it's great if it does."
Guitarist Howe echoed White's sentiments during the summer while Yes was on tour in North America.
"If they want to elect us and induct us, sure, go ahead,” said Howe. “We can't do anything more about it than that. I've never been particularly impressed or bothered about awards. I'm not here to have a glass cupboard full of awards."
Yes are being considered for the Class Of 2017 alongside 18 other acts including Pearl Jam, Journey, MC5, Steppenwolf and The Cars, among others; 5 will gain entry to the Rock Hall.
In addition to music industry voting, fans can also cast a vote at rockhall.com as part of “fan’s ballot” that will be tallied along with the others to choose the 2017 inductees.
The 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees will be announced in December with a ceremony to take place in New York next April.
Yes will tour Japan next month where performances will include the 1973 album, “Yessongs”, and sides one and four of 1973's double album “Tales From Topographic Oceans.”
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