“Attention passengers,” this is your pilot Chris Squire speaking; I’d like to introduce you to your co-pilot and crew. We are Yes, and we’ll be your in-flight entertainment this evening. I’ve turned off the seatbelt sign, so please feel free to move about the cabin or enjoy the view of the landscape outside. Now, where is my bass…”
More than 40 years (!) after their 1969 debut made waves in the London underground music scene, Yes at this point in time is in a very unique position: that of being one of the originators of the past 40 years of progressive music, while BEING influenced in turn by those 40 years.
For some passengers who have enjoyed Yes’ other journeys, the absence of crew chief Jon Anderson will make boarding this plane a non-starter. And that would be unfortunate, because although this veteran crew will not take you to necessarily-uncharted lands, it’s a very pleasant flight indeed.