Yes (British progressive rock band)

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In 2017, former members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman changed the name of their group ARW to Yes featuring ARW. There is an ongoing dispute over the rights to the Yes band name. Please do not merge the two artists.

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Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood, with no remaining founding members. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

Yes began in 1968, performing original songs and rearranged covers of rock, pop, blues and jazz songs, as evident on their first two albums. A change of direction in 1970 led to a series of successful progressive rock albums until their disbanding in 1981, their most successful being The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972). Yes toured as a major rock act that earned the band a reputation for their elaborate stage sets, light displays, and album covers designed by Roger Dean. The success of "Roundabout", the single from Fragile, cemented their popularity across the decade and beyond.

In 1983, Yes reformed with a new line-up that included Trevor Rabin and a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction. The result was 90125 (1983), their highest-selling album, which contained the U.S. number-one single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart". From 1990 to 1992, Yes were an eight-member formation after they merged with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe for Union (1991) and its tour. Since 1994, Yes have released albums with varied levels of success and completed tours from 1994 to 2004. After a four-year hiatus, they resumed touring in 2009 and continue to release albums; their most recent is Heaven & Earth (2014). In 2016, a new group of former Yes members began touring and named themselves Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

Yes are one of the most successful, influential, and longest-lasting progressive rock bands. They have sold 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US. In 1985, they won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with "Cinema", and received five Grammy nominations between 1985 and 1992. They were ranked No. 94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Yes have headlined annual progressive rock-themed cruises since 2013 named Cruise to the Edge. Their discography spans 21 studio albums. In April 2017, Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which chose to specifically bestow the honour upon current and former members Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Kaye, Howe, Rick Wakeman, White and Rabin.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2017 Topographic Drama: Live Across America Yes 1
1971-07-24: The Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT, USA Yes 1
1972-03-17: San Bernardino Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA, USA Yes 1
1973-03-21: Cans and Brahms: Adelaide, Australia Yes 1
1974-02-20: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA Yes 1
1974-02-28: Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, USA Yes 1
1974-02-28: Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, USA Yes 1
1974-04-23: Palazzo di Palaeur Dello Sport, Rome, Italy Yes 1
1974-12-01: LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA Yes 1
1974-12-11: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA Yes 1
1974-12-11: KBFH: Boston Gardens, Boston, MA, USA Yes 1
1974-12-11: Re-Evolution: Boston Gardens, Boston, MA, USA Yes 1
1976-05: Rehearsals, Millersville, PA, USA Yes 1
1977-08-28: Freedom Hall Coliseum, Louisville, KY, USA Yes 1
1977-09-18: Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, USA Yes 1
1977-09-26: YesShows 77: Long Beach, CA, USA Yes 1
1978-10-28: Wembley Arena, London, UK Yes 1
1979-04-18: Le Colisée, Quebec City, QC, Canada Yes 1
1979-04-18: Le Colisee' de Quebec, Quebec City, QC, Canada Yes 1
1979-04-23: Anniversary of Decade: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA Yes 1
1979-05-05: Tourmato (Part 1+2): Vancouver Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada Yes 1
1980-11-30: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK Yes 1
1984-05-11: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Yes 1
1984-06-24: Dortmund, Germany Yes 1
1984-06-24: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany Yes 2
1991-04-24: Le Forum, Montréal, QC, Canada Yes 1
1992-03-03: Masters of Time: Century Hall, Nagoya, Japan Yes 1
1992: Quasi Mystical Vision: Australia Yes 1
1994-06-18: Gimme More: Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY, USA Yes 1
1994-06-29: Darker than Ebony: Riverport Ampitheater, Maryland Heights, MO, USA Yes 1
1994-06-29: Riverport Ampitheater, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, MO, USA Yes 1
1994-08-26: Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA Yes 1
1994-09-07: Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, USA Yes 1
1997-12: Open Your Ears: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA Yes 1
1998-03-05: Hammersmith Odeon Theatre, London, UK Yes 1
1998-05-21: Radio Futuro, Teatro Monumental, Santiago, Chile Yes 1
2000-06-23: Universal Ampitheater, Universal City, CA, USA Yes 1
2000-07-06: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA Yes 1
2001-11-17: Palavobis, Milano, Italy Yes 1
2002-07-22: City Lights Pavillion, Denver, CO, USA Yes 1
2002-08-25: Desert Light: Hilton Showroom, Las Vegas, NV, USA Yes 1
2003-06-08: Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden Yes 1
2004-05-04: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL, USA Yes 1
2004-06-13: Arrow Rock Festival, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands Yes 1
2004-07-08: Estival Jazz: Piazza Della Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland Yes 1
Circus of Heaven Yes 1
Heart of the Rising Sun Yes 1
Live in Montreal Yes 1
Milk Yes 1
Open the Gates Yes 1
Perpetual Change Yes 1
Say Yes Yes 1
The Story of Relayer Yes 1
UFOs Over Boston Yes 1
Yestower Yes 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Yes Remixes Yes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Sweetness Yes 1
1970 Time and a Word Yes 1
1970 Sweet Dreams Yes 1
1972 Roundabout Yes 4 1
1972 America Yes 1
1975 Soon / Sound Chaser Yes 4 1
1977 Wonderous Stories Yes 2
1978 Don’t Kill the Whale Yes 1
1983 Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 4 5
1984 Leave It Yes 3
1987 Love Will Find a Way Yes 1
1994 The Calling Yes 1
2005 Owner of a Lonely Heart Max Graham vs. Yes 3
2011 We Can Fly Yes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 YesSymphonic Yes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Konocti Harbor Resort 07/19/02 Yes 1
1984-01-xx: 90125 Rehearsals: Lititz, PA, USA Yes 1
Cinema Sessions Yes 1
Making for the Complete One Yes 1
The Alternate Generator Yes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The Yes Story: Gold Yes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 At The Opera - Symphonic Tour 2001 Yes 1

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