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15 of Prog-Rock's Best Guitarists Through the Years

When it first blew through America in the mid-Fifties, rock music’s main calling card was its simplicity.Thumbing its nose at the lavish arrangements typical of the pop music of the day, rock thrived on volume, rhythm and excitement. Of course, in order to survive, rock couldn’t simply rely on its roots indefinitely.As the Beatles began to take mainstream audiences on journeys to uncharted... …

Yes Cancel Remaining Yestival Dates Following Death of Steve Howe's Son

Yes have cancelled the remaining dates of their Yestival tour following the sudden, unexpected death of Steve Howe's younger son, Virgil, according to a post on the band's official Facebook page. Virgil Howe—an accomplished musician in his own right—frequently collaborated with his father, playing drums and keyboards on his father's 1993 album, The Grand Scheme of Things, and working with him... …

Yes Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

Yes—with a lineup of Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood—have announced a 50th anniversary tour that will take them through Europe next March.Along with a selection of their biggest hits, the prog-rock legends will also be performing sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album Tales From Topographic Oceans. The band is also planning to release a... …

Steve Howe and Yes Gear Up for This Summer’s Yestival Tour

Yes fans across the globe greeted the band’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a collective response: “It’s about time!”Noting the institution’s lackadaisical, almost begrudging acknowledgement for prog, which began in 2013 with Rush’s induction, guitarist Steve Howe observes, “They have been a bit slow to come around, but we’re quite pleased to finally be inducted. We... …

John Petrucci: One of My Biggest Guitar Heroes Told Me to "Turn It Down"

Dream Theater's John Petrucci recently recounted the moment one of his top guitar heroes—Steve Howe of Yes and Asia fame—told him to "turn it down.""We played a show in London at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club [in 1995], a little special gig," Petrucci told Cosmo Music. "[It was] all covers; we had guests come, and it ended up on [Dream Theater's 1995] EP, A Change of Seasons."One of the guests was... …

Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Announce North American Tour

As reported here, prog-rock legends Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week.The event boasted performances by past and present members of the band, including co-founding vocalist Jon Anderson (who joined the band on stage for the first time in 13 years), former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin and former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman—all of whom shared the stage with... …

Watch Jon Anderson, Geddy Lee and Trevor Rabin Perform with Yes

This past Friday night, vocalist Jon Anderson performed with Yes—his former band—at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.It marked Anderson's first performance with the group since 2004.Best of all, Yes—in this case, Anderson, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman and Alan White—were joined by a special guest, Rush bassist Geddy Lee. They... …

Jon Anderson to Reunite with Yes at Hall of Fame Induction

Jon Anderson will appear with his former bandmates in Yes when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7.The group will be inducted by Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Anderson had previously said Lee would be joining the band to perform their hit “Roundabout” to fill in for bassist Chris Squire, who died in 2015. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later clarified... …

Hear Isolated Guitar and Bass from Yes' "Roundabout"

Here's another one from the "fun with isolated tracks" files!It's Steve Howe's isolated guitar (top YouTube player) and Chris Squire's isolated bass (bottom player) from "Roundabout," the classic early 1972 Yes tune from Fragile.While the bass line pure genius, it is pretty straightforward in its isolated form. What's truly fascinating is how Howe's various guitar parts—played on various... …

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