Rick Wakeman has had a change of heart about joining his former Yes bandmates for their 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The keyboard whiz, who recently hit the road with fellow ex-Yes alumni Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin under the moniker "Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman" a.k.a. "ARW," has announced that he will attend the induction only days after stating he would not attend.
Ultimate Classic Rock reports on Jan. 5 that the pioneering prog-rocker made the announcement Wednesday via his official Rick Wakeman website. Wakeman changed his mind about vetoing the induction after learning that the Rock Hall will pay to tribute to late great Yes founding member and bassist extraordinaire Chris Squire at the ceremony. Squire's wife will receive a posthumous award honoring the musician's huge contribution to Yes at the induction, which will take place on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center.
“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,” Wakeman wrote in his update. “I have agreed to attend the induction ceremony in New York to both stand proudly with my fellow bandmates Jon [Anderson] and Trevor [Rabin] and also to watch Chris’s wife, Scottie, collect this well deserved award on his behalf.”
Wakeman will be inducted at the ceremony along with fellow classic era members of Yes, including: Squire, Anderson and Rabin, as well as ex-members Bill Buford (drums) and Tony Kaye (keyboards) and current members Steve Howe (guitar) Alan White (drums). Whether Wakeman or any past and present configuration of Yes will actually perform together at the event still remains up in the air.
“I have no idea if there will be any sort of reunion,” Wakeman originally wrote in a post last week. “But whatever happens under no circumstances will I be any part of it – neither will I be attending.”
Wakeman wrapped up his U.S. solo tour with ARW on Nov. 25 in San Francisco. He be will releasing a new solo album Piano Portraits on Jan. 13 via UMG and will head out with ARW on a European tour, which launches March 12 in Cardiff, United Kingdom, at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff while former bandmates Yes will hit the road in the U.S., beginning Feb. 3 in Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center.
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