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Jon Anderson Returns, Geddy Lee Joins Yes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Jon Anderson performed with Yes for the first time since 2004, as the band he co-founded was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that wasn’t the last of the big news from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anderson was joined by fellow inductees Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, Alan White and – in a long-discussed move that was also very much in doubt – special guest Geddy Lee.

They opened with “Roundabout” from 1971’s Fragile – the first album to feature Wakeman. He’d eventually serve in five different stints in the band. Lee then exited the stage for Yes’ second and final song, an extended version of “Owner of the Lonely Heart” – the band’s only No. 1, from 1983’s 90125. Wakeman, wearing one of his trademark capes, switched to keytar and joined Rabin in a stroll through the crowd.

Anderson’s fellow former Yes co-founders Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye and the late Chris Squire were also recognized. They memorably toured together with tonight’s onstage performers behind 1991’s Union album, but there remained questions about what role Anderson and Wakeman would play in the ceremony.

Howe said from the beginning that he was unsure if Yes’ many factions could patch things up long enough for an on-stage performance. He continues to tour with Yes, while Wakeman, Anderson and Rabin have been part of a separate, well-received partial reunion – and the latter three arrived separately, in their own van.

Lee and Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson introduced Yes. This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will debut on HBO at 8PM ET on April 29.

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