Yesis an English band which was formed in London in 1968 and they perform progressive rock style of music. The band has went through many changes in members over the years and split up a few times but they are still going strong today. They still have many fans around the world. Jon Anderson (vocalist) and Chris Squire (bass guitar player) are the ones who formed the group. Jon had previously recorded a single record in 1964 when he was a member of The Warriors. He was also a member of the group called, Gun, for a short while. Squire had been a former member of the group called, The Syn. That group had released a couple of singles with the Deram Records label. The two met at a nightclub in 1968 where Jon was working and the two began working together. Chris was also in another band at the time called, Mabel Geerís Toyshop, so Jon started singing with the group. Other members of the band were Bill Bruford, who had replaced with Bob Haggar. Peter Banks, guitar player, and Clive Bailey, were also members of the group. Bailey left the group and Tony Kaye became a member and from there the group became known as, Yes.
The group played their first show at the East Mersey Youth Camp in England, in August, 1968. From there they became the opening show for the band called, Cream, at their farewell concert from Royal Albert Hall. Yes gained their reputation by using otherís songs and changing them. They gained residency at the Marquee Club after filling in for a group who was scheduled but did not show. They released their eponymous debut album on July 25, 1969. Two tracks which were very popular were the Byrdís, I See You, and Survival.
The group released their second album called, Time and A Word. The album featured mainly original songs and two cover songs. The album was accompanied by a 30 piece orchestra. The band broke up in 1981 and about a year later (1982), Chris Squire and Alan White formed a new group and called it, Cinema. They recruited Trevor Rabin ( guitarist and songwriter), and Tony Kaye (organist and keyboard player).
Yes has been on a long absence since 2004. Some of the members have considered touring and recording again so time will tell. The band members have pursued solo careers during this time and White formed another group called, White. Some of the members of Yes have formed other groups and are still performing and recording. In February, 2007, Jon Anderson made the statement that Yes may reunite in 2008 for a 40th Anniversary Tour. The Yes group has released a total of 34 albums and compilations, and 12 music videos.
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