How Can You Say No To Two Bands Named YES – ARW Is Now YES

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman Are Now Calling Themselves Yes

Things are getting interesting if not a little confusing for Yes fans. Since Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman ,Alan White were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (April 7, 2017). Even before the ceremony Anderson, Wakeman and Rabin were starting to use the Yes name as if it were there own but now there are no grey areas.

We have the current Yes with Steve Howe who joined the group on their third album, “The Yes Album” in 1971 replacing Peter Banks and drummer Alan White who stepped in after original drummer Bill Bruford. White came on for the 1973 live project “Yessongs” We lost original Yes bassist Chris Squire in June of 2015. I won’t mention the other guys since we are sticking to the bone of the band here. Even though the current Yes has no original member of the original band that started they didn’t create the real magic until a few years in.

When ARW started some fans were already saying this band was more Yes than Yes considering that the other camp had lost Squire but being called ARW just is not the same. I think a lot of fans want to say they saw Yes in concert – It rolls off the tongues easier than ARW which unless you’re a real diehard fan does not mean that much for anyone outside Prog and or a deep thirst and love for music.

Does anything change if you call it something else…When Jimmy Page and Robert Plant got back together in the 90’s as a duo it was a dream come true but not “The Dream” coming true. Those albums and tours were well recieved but could you imagine how the game would have changed it they called themselves Led Zeppelin?

Also Anderson who sang almost all of their biggest tunes does not only have a write to call his band Yes because of his long lineage but it’s legal. He owns 1/3 of the name along with Squire estate and Alan White. Lets remember the ARW concerts were basically Yes shows anyway at least now legally they can call themselves that.

If they won’t all reunite for one big band why not have two. Given the chance I would see both. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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