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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]



Topographic Drama – Live Across America
Topographic Drama – Live Across America is a double live album by the progressive rock band Yes, released on 24 November 2017 by Rhino Records.
Tales from Topographic Oceans
Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Yes, released as a double album on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records.
Close to the Edge
Close to the Edge is the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 13 September 1972 by Atlantic Records.
Owner of a Lonely Heart
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" is a song by the English progressive rock band Yes.

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Yes announces 50th anniversary tour, Denver date
  –  March 26, 2018
(Owen Sweeney, Invision/AP) Yes, everyone’s favorite 1970s English prog rock group, is hitting the road this summer. What? That’s the name of the band –“Yes.” I know, it’s confusing. All you have to know is that yes, Yes is coming to Denver’s ...
Rhythm of the Streets: ‘We’re Warrior Women, and Yes, We Can Play’
  –  February 6, 2018
Banda Didá is a unique musical group breaking gender boundaries in the capital of Bahia ... “But we’re warrior women, and yes, we can play. And the proof of that is there in the street: we play just as well as the men.” An hour later, after their ...
Groundbreaking prog-rockers Yes bringing 50th anniversary tour to Penn's Peak
  –  March 26, 2018
Yes, the groundbreaking English progressive rock band, will bring its 50 th anniversary tour to the United States this summer, including a show at Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe. The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April ...
Yep, Yes will play Munhall
  –  March 26, 2018
MUNHALL — Art-rock pioneers Yes made sure the band's 50th anniversary tour includes a Pittsburgh area stop. Tickets go on sale Friday to see Yes headline the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on July 5. The cost is $67 and $82 with limited $100 gold ...
You Listen to Music At Work, and It Alters Your Mind. Yes, Seriously.
  –  April 9, 2018
Many people feel that listening to music at work improves their mood. Others claim it even makes them more productive. Is there any merit to these impressions? The connection between listening to music you like at work and an improved mood is strong, says ...
Potatoes with Nutella? Jazz music? Yes to both, at these San Fernando Valley eateries
  –  April 6, 2018
According to the International Potato Center (and no, I am not making that up), there are more than 4,000 types of potatoes in the Andean highlands of Peru. Goodness knows what they all are. I’ve been in the central market in Lima, and there were maybe a ...
Louisa Parties WILD In "Yes" Music Video: Watch
  –  March 29, 2018
UK singer Louisa premiered earlier today the "Yes" music video and it is everything I expected. Dressed in various provocative outfits, the 20-year-old will attend parties held at the same house during three consecutive nights. The plan will be similar in ...
Yes announce 50th anniversary US tour dates
  –  March 27, 2018
“Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of Onward to his huge memory. “I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on ...


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