Sunday, April 30, 2017

PRO VIDEO: Geddy Lee performs with Yes at Rock Hall induction

Rush bassist Geddy Lee joined Yes for a performance of their 1971 classic, “Roundabout”, at the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 7, and professional video of the collaboration has surfaced online.

After welcoming Yes to the Cleveland-based institution alongside Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson, Lee stepped in to handle bass duties on the tune in place of the late Chris Squirenews that was leaked by singer Jon Anderson in early March and quickly shot down by both Rush’s management and the Rock Hall in an attempt to keep the appearance a surprise.

"My great, great pleasure to induct and then get to play with one of my all-time favorite bands,” said Lee afterwards. “Long overdue and so well deserved."

Footage of the Rush bassist’s appearance with Yes follows HBO’s broadcast of the event, which saw the progressive rock pioneers honored as part of the Class of 2017 alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

Yes members Anderson, Squire, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, Alan White and Tony Kaye were recognized for their enduring career.

Watch fan-filmed video of Yes’ full Rock Hall induction here.

In sync with their induction, Yes announced dates for a summer US tour dubbed Yestival that will feature special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.

The month-long run will open in Greensboro, NC on August 4, with more dates to be announced.

Meanwhile, Yes veterans Anderson, Rabin Wakeman will also launch a North American tour starting August 26 in Stockton, CA.

Officially billed as Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, the trio first regrouped for a US trek last year and some select UK and European dates under the banner Anderson Rabin Wakeman (ARW).

See also:

Yes veterans reunite for North American tour
VIDEO: Rush induct Yes into 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Yes announce Yestival summer US tour
Yes to perform on SiriusXM live special ahead of Rock Hall induction
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