Late bassist will among tonight’s inductees along with surviving Yes bandmates
By David Sands
April 7, 2017
Tonight’s the night for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions; at 8 pm this evening (April 7) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC, seven new inductees, including members of Yes’ 1991 Union tour lineup, will enter into the Cleveland museum’s roster of rock n’ roll heroes.
Of particular interest to readers of our site is the fact that late bass legend Chris Squire will be inducted posthumously along with his surviving Yes bandmates Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.
“I am honored to be included in YES’ induction,” Kaye said in a statement on the induction. “I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud.”
Earlier this year, there was some confusion about who would be filling Squire’s shoes during a planned performance of their classic song “Roundabout.” Singer Jon Anderson had announced that Geddy Lee of Rush would be joining them on stage, but the hall later quashed that rumor, saying instead that Lee and his Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson would only be giving an induction speech. It’s likely that Squire’s friend and Yes replacement Billy Sherwood will be handling the bass for them tonight.
The Rock Hall’s website describes Yes as “the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history.” It goes on to say:
“By fusing the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson with the hard rock edge of The Who and the soaring harmonies and melodies of Simon and Garfunkel, they took progressive rock from a small audience of aficionados to radio airwaves and football stadiums all over America.”
Along with Yes tonight, the museum will also be inducting ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers and Tupac Shakur. HBO will air the ceremony during a broadcast on April 29 at 8 p.m.
Fans of Yes will be able to see them perform with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy across the United States this summer during their Yestival tour, which kicks off in Greensboro, North Carolina on Aug. 4 and wraps up in Tulalip, Washington on Sept. 3.
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FBPO interview with Billy Sherwood
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