Contact Us

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

Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

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.

12 Bands With Key Members Snubbed by the Hall of Fame

Next: Yes Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!