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Yes carries on, with and despite many complexities
By Dave Paulson THE TENNESSEAN
December 07, 2008 02:44 AM
He's been in the band for more than 30 years, but even Alan White, drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes, was the new guy at one point. In 1972, he was given the task of replacing original drummer Bill Bruford - just as the band was releasing their landmark album Close to the Edge.
With that in mind, it seems fitting that White, along with longtime Yes members Steve Howe and Chris Squire, have warmly welcomed two new musicians into the fold for their 2008 tour.
The first is keyboardist Oliver Wakeman - son of Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who isn't crazy about doing long tours these days. The other appointment is more controversial: Vocalist Benoit David, who fronts a Yes tribute band in Montreal, is filling in for lead singer Jon Anderson.
Anderson was forced to postpone a Yes tour earlier this year after being diagnosed with acute respiratory failure following a severe asthma attack. Since the rest of the band decided to carry on with David, Anderson has publicly voiced his disapproval. (The tour is being billed as Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes.)
"He was a little disturbed when he heard that this was happening," White says. "He wasn't very happy, but I think he's come to realize that the band has to keep playing. I've gotten a couple of e-mails from him saying, 'I understand what's happening now.' It seems like he's getting well, but it's really slow. It's going to take a long time for him to get well."
You could hardly ask for a better mimic of Anderson's signature high-pitched vocal than David, whom the band discovered on YouTube, while Oliver Wakeman, White says, "has done really well. He plays just like (Rick).
"The fans seem to be accepting Benoit and Oliver into the fold. Everybody in the band is playing really well right now. The crowds have been very receptive, and seem to be having great fun just listening to Yes music again."
White, Howe and Squire rehearsed with their new members for two weeks, preparing for In the Present - the band's first U.S. tour in three years.
"It takes a while to get two new members used to playing the songs. Steve, Chris and myself pretty much knew most of the material straight away, but there are some songs that we haven't played for a long time. We're doing material from Drama, which Jon would never sing. We're getting the chance to play songs we haven't played on stage for maybe 27 years."
Of course, the In the Present setlist also includes plenty of Yes classics. There are the standby rock hits like "Roundabout" and "I've Seen All Good People." There are heady multi-movement jams such as "Siberian Khatru" and "South Side of the Sky." Even the band's one-off '80s pop hit, "Owner of a Lonely Heart," gets a slot. It's a well-rounded look at a band that - from its arrangements to its stylistic departures and ever-shifting lineup - has thrived in complicated situations.
"That's the nature of what we are," White says. "We've been complex since day one."
- Tom Jones,
- Yes carries on, with and despite many complexities
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