The ever-busy Geoff Downes has just completed work on a new album with Asia, even as he begins recording another with Yes. Significant changes mark both projects, as the keyboardist moves forward without key collaborators in guitarist Steve Howe and producer Trevor Horn.
Coming off 1972's classic 'Close to the Edge,' it seemed as if Yes could do no wrong. 'Tales of Topographic Oceans,' a bloated concept album which created so much tension that is forced keyboardist Rick Wakeman out of the band, proved otherwise.
After four decades into their singular career, Yes have been enjoying an unlikely renaissance. Back in 2011, the iconic prog-rockers released 'Fly From Here,' their excellent 20th studio LP -- and their first since parting ways with founding singer Jon Anderson.
One of the cool things about being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting to cast your vote in subsequent inductions -- and freshly minted Rock Hall member Geddy Lee sounds like he's already given some thought to who he'll vote for when he casts his first ballot.
It's often said that it's always darkest before the dawn. This has proven particularly true for Yes fans, who endured the band's ugly 1981 breakup only to watch the prog legends rise from the ashes with one of their most popular albums two years later.
With headliners like Yes and Queensryche, Cruise to the Edge promises to be one of the events of the year for devoted prog-rock fans. Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with them to give you a spot on the ship.
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