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YES Best pt 2-Jon Anderson,the late Chris Squire,Alan White,Tony Kaye,Steve Howe,Trevor Rabin

See YES inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on HBO beginning April 29 at 8pm.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  finally employed  some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES. Co-founder Jon Anderson sang with YES for the first time in over a decade after inductors Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush welcomed the veteran band, with Lee subbing for the deceased Yes co-founder Chris Squire on a performance of “Roundabout“. A sprawling band whose family tree has enormous branches, YES was one of the first wave of post-Beatles London art school bands which included the Moody Blues, King Crimson, Genesis, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.

YES’s worldwide success in the first half of the Seventies decade became inversely proportional to the vitriolic Punk Rock/ New Wave diatribes they had to endure with the other Prog Rockers in the second half. For the conclusion of the best of YES, In the Studio miraculously assembled everyone pictured below to share the saga, focusing in this part two on the music and challenging years beginning with the comeback of the decade in 1984, 90125 , Big Generator , Union, and the vastly under-appreciated 2001 album Magnification.  The voters of the annual Rock Hall inductions appear to be finally acknowledging certain iconic bands that have been dying to be admitted, and in the cases of Deep Purple, The Ramones, and YES, quite literally. The Rock Hall has employed a perpetual “wait ’til next year” attitude for certain bands that resulted in Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord, legendary singer Joe Cocker, and  YES co-founder Chris Squire passing away before the honor was granted ( sadly, Cocker still awaits the recognition). YES electronic keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman went public recently to claim that he was boycotting tonight’s ceremony specifically to protest the Hall of Fame’s delay until Squire’s death shamed them into reluctantly admitting the band. –Redbeard

( Little name, big band. L-R: the late Chris Squire,Tony Kaye,Rick Wakeman,Alan White,Jon Anderson,Trevor Rabin,Bill Bruford,Steve Howe)