Yes’ Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman: Golden Plans

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Rabin, Anderson and Wakeman via their Facebook page

Fans of the progressive rock group Yes, which earned their long overdue inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, are well aware that there are two active editions of the band. There’s the one that’s continuously been called Yes, now led by the guitarist Steve Howe. It also includes the long-tenured drummer Alan White among its members.

Then there’s vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The latter launched in 2016 with a well-received North American tour.

Related: Review of Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman in NYC, November 2016

Shortly after the Yes members that were chosen for induction into the Rock Hall (briefly) reunited onstage–sans founder Chris Squire who passed in 2015–to perform two songs, the ARW fellows changed their name ever-so-slightly to Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. (The band also features bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III.)

Watch Yes perform their #1 hit at their Rock Hall induction

Squire formed Yes 50 years ago in 1968 and both editions are using the golden anniversary of their prog rock pedigree to their best advantage.

For the ARW camp, a tour has been alluded to but, thus far, dates are being shared slowly. (See below.) The group has mentioned recording a studio album several times.

In 2017, Wakeman told Best Classic Bands: “We’re putting new music together but we’re determined not to rush anything. We don’t want to do it just for the sake that we can. We’re determined that any new music that appears is really of the quality that we want it to be.”

Related: Our interview with Wakeman

On Jan. 24, Rabin was a guest on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel. During an interview on the “Fab Fourum,” he was asked by co-host Dennis Elsas: “Let me get this straight – You are recording?” Rabin’s reply: “Yeah, we’re kind of doing so right now. It’s going slow but it’s going great.”

Earlier this year, Anderson shared some personal news on his Facebook page, revealing that his wife, Janee, had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017:

“I must tell you, with so much gratitude a story about my wife and love of my life Janee was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks before the ARW=YES tour just last was the hardest thing for me to leave Janee,I wanted to cancel the tour, but she was so strong and told me, ‘there are so many people who need to see you and hear your voice and feel the ‘light” so be on tour, I will be ok.

“Wow!!! what an amazing soul she is, I begged to stay but she was not having any of it…so I was there for the surgery and then after a few days set off on the ARW=YES tour…I was lost on this tour without my love,…but I did my shows, always seeing her in my heart.”

The next day, Anderson added: “Thank you all for these wonderful words of ‘love’…Janee is overwhelmed as I am at the response, she deeply deeply says thank you thank you for all the prayers and kind thoughts, my Janee is now completely cancer free, healthy and in great spirit each and everyday, we are so grateful to the Divine Love that surround us all….

“The New Year promises to be musically exciting as ever, I will be finishing an album I started 27 years ago …funny how time flies..weeeeeeeee…

“Why did it take so many years?, well there is a crazy funny story that I will tell in the liner notes of the album, the album will be called ‘1,000 Hands’…simply because of all the wonderful musicians and singers who performed on it…I hope to have it ready this Spring ‘fingers crossed’.”

Watch them perform “Roundabout” on their 2017 tour

Yes Featuring Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman Tour Dates

Jun 03 – Warsaw, Poland – Warszawa Park Sowińskiego
Jun 05 – Mannheim, Germany – Zeltfestival
Jun 07 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
Jun 09 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Jun 12 – Newcastle, U.K. – Newcastle City Hall
Jun 13 – York, U.K. – York Barbican
Jun 17 – London, U.K. – The O2 (Stone Free Festival)

Aug 27 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys By the Bay
Sep 07 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia

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  1. John Rose
    #1 John Rose 26 February, 2018, 08:53

    Well, it’s also the 27th anniversary of an admittedly mish-mash album called “Union” and that’s what really needs to happen to do this 50th anniversary right.

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