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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Yes Minus One: The History of ‘Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’ Read More: Yes Minus One: The History of ‘Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’

Yes enjoyed a massive (and massively unlikely) comeback in the early ’80s after adopting a more radio-friendly sound for their ‘90125‘ album, but the good times didn’t last: Lineup changes have always been a matter of course for the group, and after one more record (1987′s ‘Big Generator‘) and a few more years, things got messy all over again.

When the dust settled after the ‘Big Generator’ tour, lead singer Jon Anderson was out, following an argument with bassist Chris Squire over the band’s next step — and, more importantly, when it needed to be taken. According to Anderson, the problem stemmed largely from Squire’s lack of motivation for new material.

“I like having Lead Singer’s Disease,” Anderson laughed. “I have to let the others know I’m listening. Yes were making me feel like a sideman and I’ll never be a sideman for anyone. Mind, I love Chris and I will work with him again but for years he’s been late for everything. Rehearsals starting at two and he’d never be there till five. It was driving everyone crazy. So I rang him and he said, ‘This is divorce, then?’ And I said, ‘It’s got to be, Christ; you’re just not handling your friends very well, are you?’”

In need of new collaborators, Anderson turned to some former Yes mates — namely drummer Bill Bruford, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and guitarist Steve Howe. Forced to abandon the Yes banner due to Squire’s ownership of the trademark, but unwilling to try and soldier on under a new name, the reunited quartet decided to recruit session ace bassist Tony Levin and simply go as Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe.


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