Rick Wakeman changes mind on Rock Hall reunion

Rick Wakerman and Chris SquireRick Wakeman changes mind on Rock Hall reunion

Plans to honor Chris Squire alter his decision to attend Yes induction

By David Sands
January 5, 2016

Last month, Rick Wakeman stated his opposition to reuniting with Yes at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in no uncertain terms, saying that “under no circumstances” would he be participating in the event.

But since then circumstances have changed enough for the acclaimed keyboardist to reconsider that position—and his change of heart has everything to do with the Cleveland-based institution’s decision to recognize Chris Squire at their 2017 awards show on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The rock hall now plans to honor the late bassist with a special tribute, and as a consequence the keyboard player has agreed to attend.

Wakeman trumpeted the good news on his website in a Jan. 4 post:

“I am very pleased to announce that as the Hall of Fame have now agreed to present Chris Squire’s wife with a posthumous award acknowledging his massive contribution to YES, I have agreed to attend the Induction ceremony in New York to both stand proudly with my fellow band mates Jon [Anderson] and Trevor [Rabin] and also to watch Chris’s wife Scottie collect this well deserved award on his behalf. I also hope that this move to acknowledge members of bands who sadly did not live to receive their own honour, means they can get them posthumously in the future.”

Previously, he’d criticized the rock hall for taking too long to honor pioneering groups, leading to a situation where key members had passed away before they could be recognized. Besides Chris Squire, he also named the Who’s John Entwistle and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord as examples.

In addition to Yes, 2017’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees also include Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, and the late Tupac Shakur.

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