Yes members are sharing their thoughts on news of the band’s induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after their third appearance on the ballot.
Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, Alan White, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire – essentially, the lineup behind the group’s thirteenth album, 1991’s “Union” – will be inducted next April at a ceremony in New York alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.
“What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” says Howe. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard.”
“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” adds White. “We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”
“Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed,” adds Bruford. “Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape.”
“I am honored to be included in Yes’ induction,” explains Kaye. “I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud.”
The induction will occur one year shy of the legendary progressive rock band’s 50th anniversary.
Squire co-founded Yes in 1968 with Anderson; the pair were initially joined by guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Kaye and drummer Bruford, the lineup that released the group’s 1969 self-titled debut and 1970 follow-up, “Time And A Word.”
While Yes faced several personnel changes through the years, Squire was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums.
Howe and White currently perform as members of Yes, while Anderson recently hit the road with Wakeman and 1980s-era guitarist Rabin under the banner Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman.
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