YES has once again been nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame following two previous nominations. It was announced this morning (10/18) that the band is on the ballot for the class of 2017.
"It is a distinguished honor to again receive a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," shares drummer Alan White. "Yes has a history of being pioneers in exploring new musical territory, 48 years later the band is still continuing this quest, who knew? Thank you for the consideration of this esteemed award."
Fans can visit www.rockhall.com/vote to case their votes (one ballot per day) for whom they want to see inducted. Voting is open now through December 5. The top five artists from the fan vote will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the other ballots to determine the 2017 inductees, announced in December.
Along with White, on the Rock Hall ballot for YES is current guitarist Steve Howe, late bassist Chris Squire and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).
On the concert front, YES--Howe, White, Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass) and Geoff Downes (keyboard)--head to Japan next month for a 6-date tour (November 21-29) performing the albums YESSONGS and TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS. Jay Schellen will also travel with the band for these dates to sit in for White at times until he is fully healed from this summer's back surgery. In early 2017, YES will once again host and headline the 4th annual CRUISE TO THE EDGE--set for February 7-11 aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas--featuring over 20 artist performances including YES (with White fully on drums), Kansas, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, and many more.
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces "Roundabout," "Close to the Edge," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Starship Trooper," and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.