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Friday, 18 July 2014

Yes to perform at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Chris Squire of the British band Yes performsOver the course of its 45-year history, progressive rock band Yes, which comes to NYCB Theatre at Westbury Saturday night, has housed 19 members and sported enough different versions of the band to warrant a PowerPoint presentation.
The man who has always been the one constant in the band since its inception is bassist and co-founder Chris Squire.
"It's been very educational for me," says Squire. "I consider myself privileged to be able to have played with all the different members. I've learned a lot from everyone who has been in the band."
Currently Yes is rolling with a lineup that is both old and new. Squire is joined by longtime cohort, drummer Alan White who has been half of the rhythm section since 1972.
Guitarist Steve Howe, who served from 1970-81, returned for a three-year stint from 1990-92 only to come back in 1995 and stay for good.
During his time out of the band, Howe played in Asia with keyboardist Geoff Downes, who was a member of Yes from 1980-81 then rejoined in 2011.
This month Yes is releasing its first studio album with singer Jon Davison, titled "Heaven & Earth."
"Jon has always had a Yes ethic in his life because he's been a fan since he was young," says Squire. "He understood our vibe and fit right in."
When asked if he keeps in contact with past members, Squire says, "Guitarist Trevor Rabin and I get together whenever I'm in Los Angeles. Singer Jon Anderson and I had a good conversation not long ago. I email keyboardist Rick Wakeman about business stuff. I see keyboardist Patrick Moraz now and again."
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