For more than 40 years, Yes have been leaders of the prog rock movement, their albums serving as models of mind-blowing musicianship and sharply constructed songcraft.
And while their prog rock brothers Genesis and ELP no longer travel the rock and roll highway, Yes motor on with a terrific new CD, Heaven & Earth and U.S. tour which finds the band performing two classic ‘70s era albums in their entirety, Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus tracks from the new CD and their vast back catalog.
We caught up with drummer/songwriter Alan White for an interview about the present, past, and everything in between.
Rock Cellar Magazine: Heaven & Earth is the band’s 21st studio album and your first in three years. What makes this album special?
Alan White: All Yes’s albums are slightly different from each other in a certain way. I guess this time the album is more song- orientated, I think. Jon Davison had a lot to do with the writing and he basically went around to everybody in the band and did some writing with different people and we ended up with a cooperative kind of thing, individually and collectively.
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