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Topic: Yes Rumor-Geoff Downes to return?
Posted By: twosteves
Subject: Yes Rumor-Geoff Downes to return?
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 10:57
There's a rumor that Geoff Downes has replaced O Wakeman on new Yes album.



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Posted By: RoyFairbank
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 11:28
Cool. Me Likes Geoffry Downes. He plays Synthes good. Piano too. Keyboards too. Other instruments not so good. Some terrible.

Oliver Wakeman son of Rick Wakeman, he of bottle-blowing noises on Moog. Bad lineage.

Geoffry good. Drama Good. No Jon Anderson bad. Trevor Horn would be good, but no Trevor Horn. Yes impersonator. Bad. Very bad.



Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 11:32
It's a rumor--but it wouldn't surprise me if true---when I saw Yes live last year--O Wakeman was really bad---was not self-assured enough IMO---you have to be a BIG player to be successful in this group (Rick and Patrick)---to compete with Chis and Steve.


Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 12:14
Roy's comment was the funniest thing I read all day.

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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 12:27
Why not go the full hog and form Yuggles again?

Seriously, this whole Yes thing is becoming worse than an episode of Dallas or Dynasty. As much as I have loved the band over the years, I really do think it is time they retired with some of their dignity intact and pass the torch to the great generations of bands coming behind them.


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Posted By: Sargasso
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 12:53
If Yes goes any slower then they will explode!!


Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 12:58
I think a bowl of porridge made with goats milk and 2yr old oats is a better recipe than this potential Yes recipe...Nuke
 


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Posted By: Battlepriest
Date Posted: February 25 2011 at 13:47
Part of me if waiting for a rumour that Alan White, Chris Squire and Benoit David have quit and are being replaced by Carl Palmer and John Wetton. Wink


Posted By: Easy Livin
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 02:56

Thanks for making it clear this is just a rumour. Even rumours have sources though, could you please provide a link or some sort of evidence to support this as even being a rumour. Otherwise, it is not News.



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Posted By: boo boo
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 03:14
What I've heard of O Wakeman live hasn't impressed me. They really need to replace him with somebody.
 
I like Downes, but he's not the best they can get. Or at this point in their career maybe he is, they really should just quit now with Jon out of the picture. As much as I hate to say it.
 
I think the only other way they could redeem themselves (next to getting Jon and Rick to come back that is) is if they get Downes and Horn to recreate the Drama lineup, that would be pretty sweet.


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Posted By: Clepsydra
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 04:31
Originally posted by twosteves

It's a rumor--but it wouldn't surprise me if true---when I saw Yes live last year--O Wakeman was really bad---was not self-assured enough IMO---you have to be a BIG player to be successful in this group (Rick and Patrick)---to compete with Chis and Steve.


I agree; I thought that Oliver did not even want to be there?


Posted By: Clepsydra
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 07:22
Originally posted by boo boo

What I've heard of O Wakeman live hasn't impressed me. They really need to replace him with somebody.
 
I like Downes, but he's not the best they can get. Or at this point in their career maybe he is, they really should just quit now with Jon out of the picture. As much as I hate to say it.
 
I think the only other way they could redeem themselves (next to getting Jon and Rick to come back that is) is if they get Downes and Horn to recreate the Drama lineup, that would be pretty sweet.


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Posted By: The Hemulen
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 07:31
Originally posted by lazland

Why not go the full hog and form Yuggles again?


I would actually prefer that to the current line-up. Drama was a decent album (much stronger than Tormato, IMO) and pointed to an interesting way forward for Yes which they sadly never fully capitalised on.

I really do wonder though, what has this band got left to give? Their post-80s output has been a bizarre exercise in balancing expectations, trying to simultaneously appease fans of the classic 70s sound and their hard-won 80s pop fanbase. The result has been a string of mediocre, overproduced and uninspired albums with very occasional glimmers of the old magic. Unless Squire, Howe and White have cooked up some truly first-rate compositions which build on the best aspects of the band's sound whilst pushing them unapologetically into the here and now (which, let's be honest, doesn't seem likely given the track record) then this album is going to be yet another embarrassment and a further dilution of their legacy.

Whatever happened to Tom Brislin? He was fantastic on the Symphonic DVD, and would surely have been an ideal choice for this new iteration of the band? I've not seen Oliver Wakeman in action but reactions appear to be mixed, to say the least...


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Posted By: The Rock
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 07:48
Bring back Patrick Moraz!Clap

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Posted By: clarkpegasus4001
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 08:20
Originally posted by The Rock

Bring back Patrick Moraz!Clap


Oh yes! Smile excuse the pun! Embarrassed


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Posted By: thehallway
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 08:33

http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm  confirms the rumour, but also confirms that it is just a rumour!

 
btw the word rumour has a 'u' in it.


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Posted By: Chris S
Date Posted: February 26 2011 at 08:53
Originally posted by thehallway

http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm  confirms the rumour, but also confirms that it is just a rumour!

 
btw the word rumour has a 'u' in it.
In Dorset it does....

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Posted By: Clepsydra
Date Posted: February 27 2011 at 08:50
Yes should retire....


Posted By: JIF8882
Date Posted: February 27 2011 at 15:09
I think Geoff is only playing on the We Can Fly From Here track since Trevor Horn will be singing on it and that's the song they wrote for Yes in 1980. I love Geoff, Trevor H, and the Drama album. However, the new Yes line-up is Chris, Steve, Alan, Oliver, and Benoit. That's the line-up that has been touring, that's the line-up that should record. Geoff has Asia.

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Posted By: thehallway
Date Posted: February 27 2011 at 15:10
Originally posted by Chris S

Originally posted by thehallway

http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.bondegezou.co.uk/wnyesm.htm  confirms the rumour, but also confirms that it is just a rumour!

 
btw the word rumour has a 'u' in it.

In Dorset it does....

Racist! Dead



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Posted By: npjnpj
Date Posted: February 28 2011 at 04:50
What I'd like to do is get a new Yes album and not know the slightest thing about it. Just listen to it and then (and not before) see who plays what on it.

Whatever happens, they won't be able to do it right for just about anyone, except if it's Anderson, Bruford, Squire, Howe, and Wakeman. Possibly that new boy White instead of Bruford, but even that's stretching it a bit.

And that's just not fair.

In their position I'd probably not release anything at all, after all there's no earner in releasing albums any more.


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Posted By: The-time-is-now
Date Posted: March 01 2011 at 10:14
Wait and see.

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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 00:43
LATEST REPORTS ARE THAT BENOIT DAVID WAS JUST SACKED, AND JON ANDERSON IS BACK IN!! Clap


Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 02:30
April Fool joke, I guess?

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Posted By: Epignosis
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 06:48
I don't get why so many people are angry about whatever Yes decides to do (including call themselves Yes).

In probably ten years (maybe more), there won't be a Yes at all.  Mortality and all that.  These gentlemen have given us plenty of us fine music over the years.  If they want to record an album with people farting into a microphone (whether it includes Bruford or White), so what?  They have engraved themselves in the anals of rock history already.  Anything else is just gravy! 


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Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 09:55
Originally posted by Epignosis

  If they want to record an album with people farting into a microphone (whether it includes Bruford or White), so what? 
It couldn't be worse than death metal growls. Smile

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Posted By: thehallway
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 10:05

Originally posted by cstack3

LATEST REPORTS ARE THAT BENOIT DAVID WAS JUST SACKED, AND JON ANDERSON IS BACK IN!! Clap

And Bruford came out of retirement the band made Close To The Edge Part Two...


......and they all lived happily, ever, after.


The End. Awwwwwwww!



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Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 10:20
Originally posted by thehallway

Originally posted by cstack3

LATEST REPORTS ARE THAT BENOIT DAVID WAS JUST SACKED, AND JON ANDERSON IS BACK IN!! Clap

And Bruford came out of retirement the band made Close To The Edge Part Two...The Seasoned Witch Disco


......and they all lived happily, ever, after.


The End. Awwwwwwww!

Fixed that for you.

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Posted By: Andy Webb
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 18:37
Originally posted by The Rock

Bring back Patrick Moraz!Clap

Or bring back Rick Wakeman Wink


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Posted By: Andy Webb
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 18:39
Originally posted by cstack3

LATEST REPORTS ARE THAT BENOIT DAVID WAS JUST SACKED, AND JON ANDERSON IS BACK IN!! Clap

What reports? Last I heard Jon Anderson was just touring with Rick Wakeman, and other than that he didnt do anything


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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: April 01 2011 at 19:01
Originally posted by andyman1125

Originally posted by cstack3

LATEST REPORTS ARE THAT BENOIT DAVID WAS JUST SACKED, AND JON ANDERSON IS BACK IN!! Clap

What reports? Last I heard Jon Anderson was just touring with Rick Wakeman, and other than that he didnt do anything

Heh!  I guess I did get ONE poster with my April Fool's joke!  

The site "Tales from the Edge" on Facebook is ABLAZE with fan comments about all this, highly recommended for some laughs!

Personally, I think Squire & Co. treated Anderson like crap - if they wanted to tour, they should have formed a band with a different name.  Oh well, as usual, the Yes Drama continues....(literally!)


Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: April 06 2011 at 20:13
An official statement will be forthcoming but we would like to at least put some facts forward.

Oliver is not voluntarily leaving YES and, as of this moment in time, we do not know which of Oliver's many contributions to the recording will exist on the new YES record.

Oliver wanted to stay focused on the music for the 'Rite of Spring' tour and felt his primary role was to put on the best possible show for the fans who have paid to see the band. [...]

Thanks again for all the support that has been made for Oliver either through direct emails to the website, via Facebook and MySpace, forums or the web in general. Oliver has been very touched by the support shown for him through this unsettling period.

The above quote  is on O Wakeman's Facebook page:

In typical Yes fashion---a member was forced out and not too happy about it. He and Moraz should do a book.



Posted By: Harry Hood
Date Posted: April 06 2011 at 23:23
Originally posted by Epignosis

I don't get why so many people are angry about whatever Yes decides to do (including call themselves Yes).

In probably ten years (maybe more), there won't be a Yes at all.  Mortality and all that.  

That doesn't necessarily have to be true. I can imagine all the members gradually stepping down and being replaced with younger guys. The old guys remaining would take on apprentices of sorts and show them what being in Yes is all about. By the time Chris Squire decides to retire the rest of the band would have the experience and knowhow to carry the torch without him. Basically Yes would become something of an institution passed down the generations for hundreds of years to come. Our children's children will go to Yes concerts while the rest of us wax nostalgic about the old times.

That's an idea that plays out in my head anyway. It's basically what happened with the Temptations and those other Doo-Wop acts, and people still go to those shows with pretty nice attendance. It doesn't mean it's what's going to happen by any stretch. It's just an idea.


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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: April 07 2011 at 01:01
Originally posted by Harry Hood

Originally posted by Epignosis

I don't get why so many people are angry about whatever Yes decides to do (including call themselves Yes).

In probably ten years (maybe more), there won't be a Yes at all.  Mortality and all that.  

That doesn't necessarily have to be true. I can imagine all the members gradually stepping down and being replaced with younger guys. The old guys remaining would take on apprentices of sorts and show them what being in Yes is all about. By the time Chris Squire decides to retire the rest of the band would have the experience and knowhow to carry the torch without him. Basically Yes would become something of an institution passed down the generations for hundreds of years to come. Our children's children will go to Yes concerts while the rest of us wax nostalgic about the old times.

That's an idea that plays out in my head anyway. It's basically what happened with the Temptations and those other Doo-Wop acts, and people still go to those shows with pretty nice attendance. It doesn't mean it's what's going to happen by any stretch. It's just an idea.


that would be very interesting


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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: April 07 2011 at 03:02
Originally posted by darkshade

Originally posted by Harry Hood

Originally posted by Epignosis

I don't get why so many people are angry about whatever Yes decides to do (including call themselves Yes).

In probably ten years (maybe more), there won't be a Yes at all.  Mortality and all that.  

That doesn't necessarily have to be true. I can imagine all the members gradually stepping down and being replaced with younger guys. The old guys remaining would take on apprentices of sorts and show them what being in Yes is all about. By the time Chris Squire decides to retire the rest of the band would have the experience and knowhow to carry the torch without him. Basically Yes would become something of an institution passed down the generations for hundreds of years to come. Our children's children will go to Yes concerts while the rest of us wax nostalgic about the old times.

That's an idea that plays out in my head anyway. It's basically what happened with the Temptations and those other Doo-Wop acts, and people still go to those shows with pretty nice attendance. It doesn't mean it's what's going to happen by any stretch. It's just an idea.


that would be very interesting
 
Rick Wakeman said in 1992 something like that he had a feeling that there could be a Yes way back in the 21st century, like sort of a London Philharmonic Orchestra (so with members being replaced by other members). Up until now, he seems to be right, even one of his own sons being in the band, and already being replaced.


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Posted By: JIF8882
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 23:30
Geoff is featured on the entire Fly From Here cd.

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Posted By: WalterDigsTunes
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 23:47
Originally posted by lazland

I really do think it is time they retired with some of their dignity intact and pass the torch to the great generations of bands coming behind them.


There's nothing to follow the grandeur of the band called Yes and there's no sense is letting it disappear. The last thing we need is yet another classic vanish for good.


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Posted By: ProgressiveAttic
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 23:48
Originally posted by twosteves

It's a rumor--but it wouldn't surprise me if true---when I saw Yes live last year--O Wakeman was really bad---was not self-assured enough IMO---you have to be a BIG player to be successful in this group (Rick and Patrick)---to compete with Chis and Steve.


I saw them a couple of months ago... I wouldn't say he is bad, he actually did a decent job... but he didn't shine, I expected more from him....

I'll see Asia this week and I'll let you know how is Geoff sounding like these days...

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