CLEARWATER – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will perform Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
They are genuine rock icons: Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. They have reunited under the official appellation “Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.” Together, they kicked off a North American tour in August that will bring them to Ruth Eckerd Hall in October.
“It's very simple,’ said Anderson, band founder and vocalist, in a Chipster PR & Consulting press release promoting the tour. “The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA.”
Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman make up what is considered by many the definitive lineup of the greatest progressive rock band ever.
Since reuniting for a U.S. tour in 2016, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have performed sold-out shows in Israel, the UK, Belgium and Holland. Riding the wave of renewed success, all three members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7 as part of Yes.
In addition to the current tour dates, the trio reportedly spent time this summer recording new material for a projected album release of early 2018. Also upcoming is a DVD that was filmed at Manchester Apollo, the final UK show of their recent European tour. The DVD is scheduled for release later this year.
The most successful prog rock group of all time, Yes was co-founded by Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968. Yes went on to sell millions of units with releases such as “Fragile,” “Close to The Edge,” “Tales From Topographic Oceans,” “Going For The One” and “90125,” as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
Wakeman is predominantly associated with the band’s ’70s prog-rock era, which saw Yes become a worldwide stadium headliner. Rabin is associated with the ’80s pop era, which furthered the band's popularity and included their biggest chart success. Anderson stands as the bridge between both factions as he was a member of both eras.
The touring band lineup is completed by two extraordinary musicians. Lee Pomeroy joins Yes on bass and Louis Molino III on drums. The two additions help to ensure that the band’s immaculate artistic legacy remains intact.
Anderson possesses one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock.
As the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes, he served as the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album “Fragile” as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken,” “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge,” all of which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout” and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” Anderson also had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories.”
After studying piano privately for 12 years, Wakeman was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied piano, clarinet and orchestration. In March 2012 Prince Charles presented him with his Fellowship of the RCM. He was also made a Professor at the London College of Music.
As a much sought-after session musician in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Wakeman played on more than 2,000 records including such hits as Cat Steven’s “Morning Has Broken,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and “Life on Mars” and worked with a real eclectic mixture of other notable artistes such as Donovan, Cilla Black, Marc Bolan, Black Sabbath, Lou Reed, Mary Hopkin, Dana, Al Stewart, Elton John and John Williams.
In 1971, Wakeman joined Yes.
Both as a solo artist and with Yes, he has sold more than 50 million albums. He also penned two film scores for Ken Russell and two scores for Harry Palmer films.
Rabin has earned a worldwide reputation for his innovative work as a musician and composer.
He began doing session work at 17 and established himself as the most sought-after session guitarist in South Africa and developed his production skills while working with all the top producers and arrangers.
Rabin formed the band Rabbitt with former Conglomeration band mates Neil Cloud and Ronnie Robot. Rabbitt became the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa.
When Rabin relocated to London in 1978, he produced such acts as Manfred Mann's Earth Band. He also released a string of albums, including a self-titled debut solo album which was followed by 1979's “Face to Face” and 1981's “Wolf.” Rabin next moved to Los Angeles where he spent time writing “90125,” intending it to be his next solo album. Chris Squire joined him and the two formed the band Cinema. Before the album was completed, Anderson came on board and Cinema morphed into a new incarnation of Yes.
The Yes “comeback” album “90125” became by far the biggest-selling of the group's career, launching the group's only No. 1 single, Rabin's “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” and securing the band’s only Grammy for the instrumental “Cinema.”