Friday, February 17, 2023

Yes names Jay Schellen as permanent drummer

Yes have announced that drummer Jay Schellen has joined the band as a permanent member.

“Following the sad passing of our iconic drummer, Alan White, on 26th May 2022, Jay will fulfil Alan’s wishes in becoming the new drummer with Yes,” shared the band in a statement. “Jay Schellen was Alan’s choice to stand in during the Topographic Drama tour, in 2016, and shared drumming duties with him from 2018 onwards. Jay had previously played alongside Yes’ keyboardist Geoff Downes and late bassist Chris Squire together with long working relationships with Alan and Yes bass guitarist Billy Sherwood. This gave Jay a deep insight into the workings of the dynamic rhythm section that drives Yes’ music.”

“We’re all delighted to welcome Jay officially into the fold!,” says guitarist Steve Howe. “He’s been a great support throughout the last seven years, and we couldn’t have found a better all-round team player.”

“I am thrilled to become the new drummer with Yes,”
adds Schellen. “I grew up playing along to Yes records and I am proud to have worked so closely with my musical hero and great friend Alan White these past few years. I will strive to honor his memory as we drive towards the future with the band.”

Yes will launch a European tour in May that will see the group performing their 1974 album, “Relayer”, in its entirety alongside a selection of classic tracks.

Pick up your copy of “Classic Yes” here.

See also:

Yes sell Atlantic Records catalog to Warner Music Group
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