Yes (well, one version of Yes) coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Some reunions just weren't meant to last.
Over the weekend, members of the classic prog group Yes reunited to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White; plus former vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had since formed their own touring entity, ARW.
Now the guys are going their separate ways again -- but one of those paths is coming to Florida.
The newly rechristened "Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman" is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 11, according to their website. Ticket prices have not yet been announced, but are scheduled to go on sale this weekend. Click here for details.
"The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name," Anderson said in a statement. "Yes music is in our DNA!"
The band dubbed simply "Yes," on the other hand, is moving ahead with its own touring plans -- a summer festival dubbed the "Yestival" featuring Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy. That tour has no current plans to come to Florida.
"Contrary to what you may have heard, Yes has no plans to tour with the guys from ARW next year," Yes stated on its official website. "We do, however, have our own exciting plans to celebrate Yes's 50th Anniversary in 2018, which we will announce this summer during our 2017 Yestival Tour."
So there's hope! Stay tuned.
***UPDATE*** The plot thickens! Shortly after we posted this news, Yes' management reached out with this new statement from the White/Howe version of the band:
“While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.”
We'll do our part. In the meantime, can't we all just get along?
-- Jay Cridlin