The most successful progressive rock group of all time — and the one with some of the most amazing album art of all time — is regrouping after a hiatus of a quarter of a century. Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have announced they’re reforming the definitive Yes lineup under the moniker Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman.
Since they last played together in 1990 on the Yes Union Tour, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman. The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 show, which saw Yes members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band’s career.
“To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words,” says Jon Anderson. “I’m so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it’s going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels.”
“Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the Union Tour,” adds Rick Wakeman. “And as for so many of us, there is no Yes music without Jon. The ‘Holy Trinity of Yes’ is for me, very much a dream come true.”
“After 18 years of immersing myself in film scoring, I couldn’t be happier to be going out on tour with Jon and Rick,” says Trevor Rabin. “After we worked together for the first time on the Union tour in the 90s, we were determined to play together again. It’s a dream to be going out with Jon and Rick after so many years. We are all completely dedicated to this project.”
Yes was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of albums and embark on record-breaking world tours. While Wakeman is associated with the 70s prog era of the band and Rabin associated with the 80s pop incarnation of the band — during which they achieved their biggest chart successes — Jon Anderson is the bridge between both factions.
ARW are now working on new songs, which are currently being recorded. They’ll make their live debut in North America in October and November (no Canadian dates so far), followed by the rest of the world in 2017.