Alan White was on tour playing drums with Joe Cocker when the invitation arrived to join famed U.K. prog-rock band, Yes.
The band’s drummer Bill Bruford had left his post to join King Crimson just before Yes was to head out on a major American tour.
White had already played with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass project and Steve Winwood.
Clearly, this guy is no slouch.
“They gave me three weeks to learn the set, which was incredibly difficult,” White says. “That was 40 years ago and still going strong. My rock style was different from Bill’s jazzier approach and it was the right fit.”
White, guitarist Steve Howe and bassist Chris Squire have been the longest serving members of the band with Trevor Horn also back in the fold. The lead singer is now Jon Davison, who was previously in the band Glass Hammer. He was suggested to the band as the latest replacement for original vocalist Jon Anderson who left in 2008. Quebec-based Yes tribute singer Benoit David also left the band due to health problems.
When the band heads out on tour it will be playing three albums from start to finish. The group tried this approach out last year and liked it, so now they are doing it again.
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