New Yes Album On The Way

Yes, one of the most successful and well known groups in the history of progressive rock, are planning a new studio album.

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Over the past decade, progressive rockers Yes have released what seems to have been a plethora of live albums, compilations, and DVDs. The people associated with the band have also been touring extensively over the past few years, whether as solo acts, reunion groups, or side projects. Yet despite all of this activity, there has been no new material written in almost ten years released under the name Yes. Finally information has been released regarding a new studio album, which will be the first since the release of Magnification years ago in 2001. The new band will feature a lineup change with Rick Wakeman being replaced by his son Oliver Wakeman, and Benot David (of Mystery fame) taking Jon Anderson's place. While it may seem shocking - or at least unfortunate that Jon Anderson won't be performing or be a part of the writing process, legendary guitarist Steve Howe comments on the issue saying this is the lineup that actually ... does the work. We're the perpetuation, the continuation, and the saga of Yes. The band has plans to enter the recording studio later in October, and have already started writing material throughout the past year or so. The group hopes the album will be out early 2011, but as of now there are no definitive dates. It will be interesting to see if Yes will be able to keep their same renowned style and sound with a different lineup, and whether or not their new material will have been worth the ten year wait.

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    Fred1000000
    Howe and Squire make Yes. Yes have proven with Drama that Anderson is not the only vocal option they will ever have. Besides, David is a very good soundalike.
    Doodleface
    I saw this line-up live around a year and a half ago. All I have to say is you won't miss Anderson too much, the singer is fantastic and has a very similar style of singing. Although anything with Chris Squire and Steve Howe is bound to be amazing.
    Daysleeper_05
    If Howe and Squire are still on board, then I'm getting this album. Anyone spawned from the loins of Rick Wakeman has got to be pretty awesome too, I figure. It won't be the same, but that's the great thing about Yes. They're always changing it up.
    starfire666
    I saw Jon Anderson solo and Yes without Jon Anderson... absolutely incomparable, I was shook with ecstatic emotions throughout the Jon Anderson show but a bit bored watching Yes... enough said...
    nixthoughts
    I've seen every iteration of Yes since the beginning. Every one! They are my Grateful Dead and I've seen them 50 times (from 2500 seats to 25,000 seats) . . . every time, except one, with Jon Anderson (skipped the Drama tour) and even though that new guy sounds a bit like Jon, like the other member said - no Plant - no Zeppelin. I will still probably get the new disk but will lament the absence of Jon Anderson. He's several years older than me and still too young to be so unhealthy. Stay tough, Jon and feel better. Perhaps I'll catch you on your solo tour some day. Thanks for over 40 years of memories and fabulous music.
    nicko90125
    I will miss Jon's voice, I will still buy the new album, I am expecting somthing exciting and a bit differant, that's what I used to like about Yes in the 70's and 80's. They haven't wrote any real classics for a long long time, this album will either be brilliant or a load of crap, if it's crap i'm selling my concert tickets.
    johnyguitar
    L2112Lif wrote: Thesageofonion wrote: No Plant: No Zeppelin. No Anderson: No Yes. Yes but, no but, yes but no. Just a tribute band that don't need to think of a witty name. The album Drama was done without Jon, and the man's respiratory system is in terrible shape. I'm probably gonna purchase this, simply because the musicianship of the retained members is so incredible...
    John Anderson is still performing. Played here in Niagara Falls a couple of weeks ago. He still sounds great and he tells a whole different story as to why he is not performing with Yes.....
    fender--player1
    EpsilonJSTC wrote: These guys are still around? Huh.
    damn right they are. these are some of the most talented musicians when all combined together
    BrainDamage
    L2112Lif wrote: and the man's respiratory system is in terrible shape.
    Anderson is still touring. He has dates booked through November of this year. This lineup of Yes is a shell of its former self in my opinion.
    anameofsomesort
    i will probably miss jon anderson, even though i saw these guys live and thought benoit did a great job, especially considering how demanding imitating jon must be, whether his writing and vocal melodies can be up to standard is a differnet question. however, with the combination of squire and howe still in the band, i have no doubt these guys can still pull something special out.
    EC_AL_JH_GH
    I think this could work. After all, Benoit is a good singer, and if he did the vocal melodies and lyrics on Mystery's albums, then he's also a good writer. I have hope for this. Yes usually needs a good kickstart every once in a while (ie. Drama, or even 90125). It really comes down to if the other memebers are still motivated to write good music, rather than just be a nostalgia act.
    L2112Lif
    Thesageofonion wrote: No Plant: No Zeppelin. No Anderson: No Yes. Yes but, no but, yes but no. Just a tribute band that don't need to think of a witty name.
    The album Drama was done without Jon, and the man's respiratory system is in terrible shape. I'm probably gonna purchase this, simply because the musicianship of the retained members is so incredible...
    Wesserz
    Yea I'm a little skeptical on how this is going to be, but I love Yes and if they want to do another album, of course Im' going to get it. They are all fabulous musicians.
    travislausch
    Thesageofonion wrote: No Plant: No Zeppelin. No Anderson: No Yes. Yes but, no but, yes but no. Just a tribute band that don't need to think of a witty name.
    So I guess Yes didn't exist for a while while Steve Howe was in the band right? Actually, they've gone through lineups like I go through underwear.
    Izzy_Bryce
    Thesageofonion wrote: No Plant: No Zeppelin. No Anderson: No Yes. Yes but, no but, yes but no. Just a tribute band that don't need to think of a witty name.
    ...You just put my mind in an orgy of confusion.
    Thesageofonion
    No Plant: No Zeppelin. No Anderson: No Yes. Yes but, no but, yes but no. Just a tribute band that don't need to think of a witty name.