There’s a revealing silence of gods: new YES‘ keyboard player is none other than Rick Wakeman. The most famous of all the band’s ivory tinklers is back into the fold for their Summer 2002 USA tour with other countries to be possibly added to the next year’s itinerary. No plans for a new album at the moment yet the live DVD release is very likely.
Not the first time to re-join, Rick says regarding what he thinks will last:
“YES appear to have strong management (for the first time for many, many years), and there seems to be a really good feeling about the future. there are no negatives floating about and that is always a great situation to be in.”
Wakeman is currently laying fuinishing touches on THE ENGLISH ROCK ENSEMBLE new prog rock album,“Out There”, due for a summer release.
As for his colleagues, that’s how Chris Squire sees the future:
“We are very excited to have Rick joining us on this tour; it’s been something that the fans have wanted to see for quite sometime, and we are happy to be playing with him again.”
Squire, Alan White and Billy Sherwood have recorded “Comfortably Numb” for a Sherwood-produced PINK FLOYD tribute project, with Chris and Billy sharing vocals.
THE BAND‘s legendary album, “Last Waltz”, sees the re-release in fully remastered and widely expanded version. Now it’s a 4-CD box set and a DVD bringing delight to the eyes and ears of fans of, sure, THE BAND as well as Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ron Wood and Neil Young. Here’s what’s in the box:
1. Theme From The Last Waltz (with orchestra)
1. Rag Mama Rag
1. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
1. The Last Waltz Suite