Sunday, March 23, 2008


Coolness be damned, Yes has always been one of my favorite groups. I've had the privilege to work on some of their reissues.  The other day, I bumped into singer Jon Anderson and showed him my work on one of their box sets, and we started talking. He told me that when Yes do something again, keyboardist Rick Wakeman won't be with them - again. I think this is the fifth time he's left the band! It seems to be partially about his health, and this doesn't seem to be an angry split, as Rick is being replaced by his son, Oliver Wakeman.  Rick's other son, Adam Wakeman, plays keyboards in Ozzy Osbourne's band, and also on Black Sabbath's tours. 

Anyway, the tour is called the "Close To The Edge And Back" tour, so hopefully, they'll be playing all the songs on the Close To Edge album (only three songs anyway, of course they're all long). They're also having a contest with VH1 Classic, where fans have the chance to join the band onstage for "Give Love Each Day," a song off of their last album, Magnification. That'll probably end up being their final album: it costs a ton of money to record a Yes album, and the fans aren't really dying for new music from them anyway. But here's hoping that they tour for a long time. 

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