For a second year in a row, Yes is among artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many music fans feel the honor is long overdue for the prog-rock legends, who have been eligible for induction for more than 20 years.
Two of the band’s former members, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitarist Trevor Rabin, who currently play together in the Yes spinoff project ARW, recently shared their feelings about the group’s potential induction with ABC Radio.
Wakeman, who played in Yes on and off from 1971 to 2004, expressed a cynical view of the band’s possible induction, which clearly was colored by how long Rock Hall officials have overlooked the group.
“I realized ages ago at the time, it’s probably a bit different now, but that [you’ve] got more chances of having condom machines in the Vatican as Yes getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Wakeman declared.
The 67-year-old keyboard whiz added that he felt it was “a tragedy” that “so many bands…are inducted far too late in life,” pointing as an example to Deep Purple, whose original keyboardist, Jon Lord, died several years before the group finally was honored this year. Similarly, founding Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away in 2015. “The whole system for me needs to be desperately looked at,” Wakeman said.
As for Rabin, who was Yes’ guitarist from 1982 to 1994, he told ABC Radio, “I see it as an honor to be nominated,” while adding that since Yes wasn’t chosen for induction after its previous nomination, “I don’t take anything for granted.”
ARW, which also features founding Yes singer Jon Anderson, wraps up is current North American tour with a show this Monday in Indio, California.
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Source: Classic Rock News