Yes fans will be thrilled to learn that the band will reunite with former Yes frontman and founding member Jon Anderson for a performance during their 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. The pioneering British prog-rockers are scheduled to be inducted by Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at a ceremony to take place April 7 in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center.
Billboard reports on March 9 that Anderson has confirmed that he will perform at the ceremony and that Yes members are considering playing their1971 fan fav "I've Seen All Good People," as well as their 1981 hit single "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Anderson will be inducted along with a lengthy list of fellow Yes inductees including: ex-Yes members Rick Wakeman (keyboards), the late Chris Squire (bass), Trevor Rabin (guitar), Bill Buford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards) as well as current members Steve Howe (guitar) and Alan White (drums).
Anderson also told Billboard that Rush bassist Geddy Lee would substitute for the late Chris Squire during the the multi-platinum seller's Rock Hall performance. However, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maintains that Lee and Lifeson have only been confirmed to present not to perform.
“It’s a family; there’s always animosity,”Anderson, who left Yes under a cloud while suffering health issues in 2008, tells Billboard. “People that you love you don’t always like you, and there’s always going to be that.”
“But when you’re celebrating who you truly are, you forget about all that and just get on with meeting each other and seeing each other, and it’s just one of those things,” the “Friends of Mr. Cairo” hitmaker adds. “ It’s not a problem - we’ll just get together and have fun. Music is a healing force on every level.”
Yes recently wrapped the winter U.S. leg of their “Yes: The Album Series” tour, which ended Feb. 17 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Last month, at IP Casino, Resort & Spa. The band also recently hosted their annual star-studded Cruise to the Edge, which took from Feb. 7 – Feb.11 from Tampa, Florida via Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas.
Anderson has touring with fellow ex-Yes alumni Rabin and Wakeman under the banner “ARW.” The power trio are currently working on a new studio album and will hit the road for a tour of the U.K., which launches March 12 in Cardiff, United Kingdom, at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, followed by a string of dates in Japan and Europe.