Yes (British progressive rock band)

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Yes are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history, of which 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. Yes adopted several changes in musical style, from rearranged covers to progressive and art rock in the 1970s, before moving towards pop in the 1980s. They have sold 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US.

Formed by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire, Yes changed their name from Mabel Greer's Toyshop and performed 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 and art rock-style 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 guitarist Trevor Rabin and a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction. The result was 90125 (1983), their highest selling album which contained the US 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 to release Union (1991) and complete its tour. Since 1994, Yes have released albums with varied levels of success and completed tours from 1997 to 2004. After a four-year break in activity, they resumed touring in 2008 and continue to release albums; their most recent is Heaven & Earth (2014).

Yes are one of the most successful, influential, and longest lasting progressive rock bands. In 1985, they won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with "Cinema", and received five Grammy nominations between 1985 and 1992. Yes have headlined annual progressive rock-themed cruises since 2013 named Cruise to the Edge. Their discography spans 21 studio albums. A campaign to have Yes inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began in 2013; the band were nominated for inclusion in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
1983 Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 3.5 4
1984 Leave It Yes 1
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
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
2001 At The Opera - Symphonic Tour 2001 Yes 1

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