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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 07:02 AM
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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 07:52 AM
Keepling it fresh and keeping the fans interested. well done.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 08:44 AM
Then they'll go on tour, play a good portion of the new stuff, and well over half the crowd will wonder why they aren't playing enough of the old stuff and hit the bathroom and beer stand.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 10:34 AM
notice that neither Jon Anderson or Rick Wakeman are in the band. It's a cash in

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 10:44 AM
I'm going to see them in July at the Warner. I'm looking forward to it. I've not seen them since they performed in the round in Madison Square Garden in the late 70's.

I know it isn't the same band but I'm interested to hear what they have become.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 10:49 AM
jon davison sounds exactly like jon anderson. I saw them last summer and it was a great show. I wouldn't consider this a cash in.
 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 11:36 AM
I saw them last year. Jon Davison is a Jon Anderson clone (voice-wise). I don't think there are very many keyboardists better than Geoff Downes. I believe that Rick Wakeman has declined to tour due to health reasons.

They're making new music and still playing very well live. I'm sure they'll continue to play the standards that everybody WANTS to hear, but they are turning out new material. I don't see how this could be considered a cash-in at all.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 01:03 PM
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notice that neither Jon Anderson or Rick Wakeman are in the band. It's a cash in


Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White are all still in the band, and well, truth be told, Steve is one of the finest guitar players to have ever lived. He's also one of the ugliest. :-)

The thing that i always find funny on this forum is that people dis another band who don't have all the original members, but are still trying to make music. Is that irony not evident? Allman Brother (singular)?!? Hello?

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 02:03 PM
Well, he is 67 years old. He looks more like Dr. Emmet Brown than he used to. Maybe it's the vegan diet and no drugs/alcohol. Is this what clean living makes you look like?

Regardless - quite possibly the finest guitarist in modern music!

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 05:52 PM
I would definitely miss Jon Anderson. Even if the new guy sounds like him, I doubt he can pull off the "I am a strange elfin creature from another planet" vibe that Jon Anderson has down to a science

Rick Wakeman was only with Yes for a relatively small part of their career, all things considered. Not sure why that would be a deal-breaker. He wasn't on Relayer either, and that turned out pretty good

I like Bill Bruford on drums too, but he hasn't been with Yes for a long time and Alan White is no slouch.

Plus, any band with Chris Squire and Steve Howe is playing with house money. The rest of the band could be a monkey with an accordion and a trained llama banging cymbals together and it would still sound great!

 
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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 07:16 PM
Great band,they just keep on plugging away,they don't need to rely on old glorys. good for them.
 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 08:15 PM
When Squire couldn't/wouldn't go out, I believe they toured and recorded as Anderson, Howe Bruford and Wakeman. Why-Because they agreed that without Chris it wouldn't be right to call it yes. IMHO going out without Anderson is kinda like the Allmans touring without Gregg. Considering the way they did it before is why I'm calling it a cash grab. And personally Downes bores the hell out of me

 

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  posted on 6/13/2014 at 08:39 PM
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JON ANDERSON INTERVIEW
Thu Apr 11
Words By Robert Dunstan
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Jon Anderson had been the voice of British progressive rock band Yes since they formed in 1969 but when he became too ill to tour in 2008, he was quickly replaced by David Benoit, a Canadian singer with Yes tribute act Close To The Edge, and has never been asked back.

Anderson remains philosophical about it all, however, and now tours in solo mode presenting the many classic songs he sang with his former band which still continues to tour and record with new singer Jon Davison, following a recommendation by Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins.

Anderson, who dropped the ‘h’ in his Christian name in 1971 following the release of The Yes Album, says audiences at his intimate shows can expect an evening filled with the songs he is known for.

“I’ll be playing guitar, ukulele, dulcimer and piano and singing the songs I wrote for Yes,” he says. “So it’s the ones people know – songs such as Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Long Distance Runaround, Starship Trooper, All Good People, Roundabout and plenty more. It’s all the famous ones. And I’ll also be talking about when I first met Vangelis and sing some of the songs I recorded with him. And people really love it. I was down in Brazil and Argentina just a month ago and everyone loved it and it’s great to be able to travel the world doing this.”

The singer also remarks that touring in solo mode is a much different proposition from trekking around the world with Yes.

“Well it’s basically just me now,” Anderson chuckles. “I did 35 years [of touring] with Yes and we always had about 15 road crew and about 20 tons of equipment. And while a lot of it was enjoyable, I sometimes used to think, ‘Gosh, there must be an easier way of making a living than this’. So the solo shows came out of me becoming very sick and having to have a break from touring with Yes. So when I got better I decided to try doing some solo gigs. And it now seems like such a natural thing to do because it’s just me on stage in front of a small audience and it’s also a great experience for me.”

The singer recently released Open as a long-form digital download.

“I’m still very interested in doing long pieces [of music] because I want to go on a journey when I create,” Anderson reveals. “So I am now working on another one which should be ready soon. I still love making music and was working on some indigenous America music only this morning. So maybe I’ll put out some more digital material to see what people think and then maybe do an album. I just feel blessed that I still enjoy making music and that I still sing every day.”

Anderson, who has recorded several albums with Oscar winning Chariots Of Fire composer Vangelis and has a passion for painting, suggests he feels no regrets that Yes fell out of favour when punk rock came into vogue in the late ’70s.

“Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down and it’s just the way it is and always will be in the music business,” he reasons. “But punk only became really popular when record companies saw it as a new way of making money. So the punks became the very thing they were against. But why not go out and make very simple music? There’s nothing wrong with that and it didn’t bother me at the time that people started doing that.

“I’d always thought of myself as a bit of a punk anyway, although the biggest punks I ever saw were The Who in the ‘60s,” Anderson laughs.

Another long-time member of Yes who no longer tours with the band, was keyboard player Rick Wakeman. Anderson and Wakeman have since toured and recorded together.

“Rick and I had always got on really well and [when touring] with Yes, my wife Jane and I and Rick always had our own SUV which we called the ‘happy car’,” Jon Anderson laughs. “The SUV carrying the other members of Yes was known as the ‘grumpy car’. And in 2007 Rick and I did a very successful UK tour together. And then we made an album [2010’s The Living Tree] and toured that.

“So there’s now some talk of Rick and I doing an album with Trevor Rabin [the one-time Yes guitarist and now composer for such films as Snakes On A Plane]. Rick’s doing some music so I’ll send that off with some vocals on it to Trevor and he may put some guitar on it if he’s not too busy composing another film score.”

 

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When Squire couldn't/wouldn't go out, I believe they toured and recorded as Anderson, Howe Bruford and Wakeman. Why-Because they agreed that without Chris it wouldn't be right to call it yes. IMHO going out without Anderson is kinda like the Allmans touring without Gregg. Considering the way they did it before is why I'm calling it a cash grab. And personally Downes bores the hell out of me


The band also recorded and toured - as Yes without Anderson and Wakeman - and with Downes in 1980 (Drama album). If you like Downes or not, that doesn't matter. Frankly, all those synth guys (multi-keys at one time) are similar (to me). Keith Emerson was always the exception (for me) because of his extraordinary playing on the B-3 organ.

 

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When Squire couldn't/wouldn't go out, I believe they toured and recorded as Anderson, Howe Bruford and Wakeman. Why-Because they agreed that without Chris it wouldn't be right to call it yes. IMHO going out without Anderson is kinda like the Allmans touring without Gregg. Considering the way they did it before is why I'm calling it a cash grab. And personally Downes bores the hell out of me


No, that is not true. They because Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe, because Squire, White, Rabin & Kaye were still Yes at the time. ABWH COULDN'T use the name Yes. Anderson left Yes, but there was still Yes. That was the 2nd time Anderson left Yes, only by the time that version of Yes was ready to put out some music, Anderson had successfully rejoined the band and cobined ABWH with Yes for the Union tour.

Yes has been through SEVERAL personnel changes and Squire is the only one who has ALWAYS been there. (not including the ABWH stuff, which technically isn't Yes, but basically is to me anyway). But if he ever had left, his position would have been no different than anyone else's.

This isn't the first time they have done an album without Anderson. Not even close. I understand people missing him, but it's not fair to say that anything they are doing now is anymore of a cash grab than most of what they have done for the past 30 or more years. The lineup change has happened fairly organically much like the ABB's situation.

 

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I would definitely miss Jon Anderson. Even if the new guy sounds like him, I doubt he can pull off the "I am a strange elfin creature from another planet" vibe that Jon Anderson has down to a science

Rick Wakeman was only with Yes for a relatively small part of their career, all things considered. Not sure why that would be a deal-breaker. He wasn't on Relayer either, and that turned out pretty good

I like Bill Bruford on drums too, but he hasn't been with Yes for a long time and Alan White is no slouch.

Plus, any band with Chris Squire and Steve Howe is playing with house money. The rest of the band could be a monkey with an accordion and a trained llama banging cymbals together and it would still sound great!



!!!!!! Well put.. Ive been a Yes fan from the early 70's. seen them in concert oh so many times with various line ups.........I have seen in the past 15 years quite a bit of there tours which changed each year they toured...Steve Howe is still freakin amazing,, Chris Squire solid n bass.always with the black pants.......and Alan White.. Ive enjoyed the recent shows but not as much as with Jon Anderson. he is Yes to me and no disrespect to the other vocalists, but Anderson has some magical lure and attachment to themusic.........Like seeing Led Zeppelin, with out Plant fronting the stage...............go to the show ive never been disappointed.........

 

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  posted on 6/14/2014 at 09:19 PM
..saw Yes in their prime,(original lineup with Bruford & White)I went to see Howe solo a few years back(looked like a skeleton & terrible show))...I wish I hadn't.I've thought this before...some bands or artists its best to remember them when they were at...or close to their Prime.Some I wish I hadn't seen...Johnny Winter(being carried out to his chair) (he used to burn his guitar up),BB sitting in his chair(he used to make Lucille sing standing & moving about),Chuck Berry,Ozzy(com'n make some noise...)(I remember Ozzy w/his frill jacket,peace signs,runnin'about,jumping in the air...)Supertramp;Crime Century tour(now Hodgesons is more Supertramp),Tull...etc,etc...I tend to be very selective in the shows I see now for that reason.

Sometimes I think its the Mgmt behind the artist cashing in on a now not quite with it Artist.I don't even blame the artist but I just don't want to carry that new sad picture of them.Some need to know when to "hang it up".
I'd much rather see a newer more relevant mediocre band than trying to relive the past w/some shell of what they used to be.Sorry its been disappointing seeing some older bands.Give me 'Lamb of God'(& the threat of being tossed around a moshpit)anyday, or Tony Bennet(who you expect to see mellow w/age) over seeing some old shell of a band of the past not living up to or close to their legend!Pretty harsh I know,but tickets cost 15x more now too.



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  posted on 6/14/2014 at 10:02 PM
When I saw Yes last July, Steve Howe was still very much Steve Howe. Chris, Alan and Geoff Downes were all outstanding as well. I don't know the circumstances that BettyHynes saw them under, but I'd very much be willing to pay to see them again if given the chance.

 

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  posted on 6/15/2014 at 09:40 AM
Sorry,I only saw Steve Howe solo & there were only about 30 people who showed up.He was terrible & looked horrible,I had to walk out.Maybe w/ Yes he's more controlled & better.I can't really speak for how all of Yes are now,sorry.Wakeman used to be my fav keyboardist next to Emerson.I've seen Yes 3 tours in their hayday.I hope they're still good.
 

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  posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:47 AM
From an intervierw with Lemmy of Motorhead, regarding progressive rock:

"Well, if you ask me, when you have a lot of tiny men wearing tights with beautiful long hair and high voices singing about fairies, it kind of makes you wonder."

Just kidding, I love the Yes, power to them. Shame they didn't ask Anderson back, all the best songs were penned by him. Still, that's showbiz, the show must go on, and what's his name took the spot so I guess he has the right to keep it.



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  posted on 6/17/2014 at 09:07 AM
I don't think they were very fair to Jon Anderson. Reminds me of several bands that kicked out their founding lead singers. Supertramp, Journey, Styx, Foreigner,.......

 

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  posted on 6/17/2014 at 09:43 AM
From Wikipedia:

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (sometimes referred to by the abbreviation ABWH) was a progressive rock band consisting of vocalist Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and guitarist Steve Howe – who had all played together in Yes in the early 1970s – with unofficial fifth member Tony Levin on bass.

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe released their only studio album, also called Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, in 1989 and a live recording from their subsequent tour, An Evening of Yes Music Plus, in 1993. In the meantime, Arista Records had co-opted material intended for a second ABWH studio album for what was to become the Yes album Union; this project featured an eight-person lineup merging ABWH with the then-current lineup of Yes (Anderson, Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, and Alan White).


I loved that album when it came out.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2014 at 11:06 AM
Saw them at the Albert Hall a couple of months ago.. the new singer is amazing!!.. fantastic show. Looking forward to the new CD

 

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  posted on 6/17/2014 at 04:41 PM
I saw them twice. Both times in the round. 1st time was the "Tormato" tour, Rick Wakeman's return, Jon Anderson on vocals. Howe, Squire & White, too.

Then I saw them later on the "Union" tour...in the round. That was great! But, at the time, my taste in music was moving away from the progressive genre & into other things. So, I consider that my "last hurrah" of seeing Prog Rock bands. Go out on top, I guess.

Lately, though, I've been kind of rediscovering that genre. Watched a recent ELP concert on Palladia & thoroughly enjoyed it.

 
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