British rockers Yes have seamlessly overcome a generational alteration in their audience and are considered among the longest continuing and utmost successful bands of the ’70s progressive rock groups.

With 21 albums under their belt, Yes can justifiable be treated as one of the lasting achievement stories and pioneers from that musical genre, mixing progressive and symphonic styles. They’re renowned for their usage of cosmic and mystical lyrics combined with complicated instrumental and vocal arrangements.

Despite the departure of key members over the decades, Yes has still produced top-charting music. Nine of their albums have reached the top 10 in either the UK or the US charts, with two reaching the number one spot in the UK. Their current members include Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), Steve Howe (guitars), Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards). Squire is the only founding member to appear on every album, influencing generations of bassists with his incisive sound and sophisticated bass lines. White can be attributed to more than 50 appearances on collaborated albums and has been a member since ‘72. Howe has the second longest tenure on Yes, becoming a member in ‘70, he has also been a member of Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, Asia and GTR, as well as having released 19 solo albums. Downes graduated from Leeds School of Music in ‘75, making him the first member of Yes to graduate with a degree in music. Prior to joining Yes in ‘12, Davison toured with Sky Cries Mary.

Their July 12 appearance at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury is to promote their latest release, Heaven and Earth, which is slated for a July 21 release.

For more information, visit our NYCB Theatre at Westbury page in The Island Ear.

–Nick Crispino


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