Yes fans rejoice! The pioneering British prog-rockers have officially been announced among the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
The multi-platinum sellers acknowledged the big news in a press release posted Dec. 20 at MSO after the Rock Hall announced its list of 2017 inductees on Tuesday. The induction comes just prior to the Grammy winner's 50th anniversary.
Members to be inducted will be from the band's classic Union Tour line-up. This includes current Yes alumni Steve Howe (guitar) and Alan White (drums) along with former bandmates Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Trevor Rabin (guitar) and the late great Chris Squire (bass).
The “Owner of a Lonely Heart” hitmakers have waited a long time to receive this recognition. Available for induction since 1994, the band have been twice nominated for induction in 2014 and 2015 before finally receiving the honor third time around. Among the six artists in the Performer Category being inducted, Yes is the only artist not to to be a first-time nominee.
“What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” writes Howe in a statement posted Tuesday at the official website of Yes. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying.”
“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” White adds. “We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”
Yes received a ton support from their fan base, who first mounted a campaign to have them nominated back in 2013. This year, they helped the band finish among the five artists chosen in the Rock Hall's fan vote.
Yes will receive induction along with fellow legends Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Award for Musical Excellence recipient Nile Rodgers at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center. For more information, click here.
Prior to their induction in April, Yes will hit the road in the U.S. with its “Yes: The Album Series” tour, which kicks off Feb. 3 in Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center and wraps up Fri Feb. 17in Biloxi, Mississippi, at IP Casino, Resort & Spa. The band will also hit the high seas for their annual Cruise to the Edge, which sails from Feb. 7 – Feb.11 from Tampa, Florida via Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas. Tickets for select Yes events are available at AXS.