Yes has been a part of Tony Kaye’s life, off and on, since the late 1960s. He was a co-founding member, and helped craft the band’s breakthrough release The Yes Album, then returned for its platinum 1980s era. Even now, he works with fellow Yes alum Billy Sherwood in a group called Circa.
The keyboardist’s first stint with Yes included three albums, and a co-writing credit on “Yours Is No Disgrace,” before Kaye left to work in a series of his own bands Badger and Detective (with Michael Des Barres) and as a sideman with David Bowie and Badfinger. He returned to the Yes fold in the early 1980s, appearing on four more studio recordings including the million-sellers 90125 and Big Generator. After leaving in 1994, he then settled into a short retirement before the always-busy writer/sideman/producer Sherwood — who was associated with Yes from 1991 through 2000 — lured Kaye back into music with the idea of Circa, which also originally included Yes drummer Alan White.