Why Is Yes 

Called Yes?

The Story of Yes

Yes, founded in 1968 in London, was a group of five musicians who created ambitious, artistic music. Frontman Jon Anderson led the group, with bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. Over 20 musicians have been part of the band's history, including Alan White, Trevor Rabin, Geoff Downes, and Jon Davison. Yes has been a pioneer in the prog-rock genre, known for their long-form explorations and intermittent radio success. In 2017, Yes entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with eight members.

How Did Yes Get Their Name?

London band Yes quickly settled on a name, with two versions of the story. Anderson suggested Life, Squire countered World, and early guitarist Banks chose Yes. Anderson claimed he came up with the name due to his simple lifestyle. The band's name is widely agreed to be a winner.

What Is Yes Doing Now?

Yes, a band with a complex past lineup, offers two live options. Lead singer Anderson, who helped found the band over a half-century ago, leads an alternate version called Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin. Other members, including Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, and Jon Davison, continue to tour and record under the name Yes. Their 23rd album, Mirror to the Sky, was released in 2023.

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