Yoso

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Yoso
Origin California, U.S.
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 2009-2011
Labels Frontiers Records
Associated acts Toto
Yes
Conspiracy
Circa
Past members Bobby Kimball
Tony Kaye
Billy Sherwood
Jimmy Haun
Jay Schellen
Lou Molino III
Jody Cortez
Scott Connor
Johnny Bruhns

Yoso (originally to be called AKA) was a short-lived American rock supergroup[1][2][3][4][5] combining former members of Yes (former members Billy Sherwood—bass/vocals and Tony Kaye—keyboards) and Toto (Bobby Kimball—vocals). It is a spin-off from the group CIRCA:.

The band grew out of a plan for Kimball and Circa (consisting of Sherwood, Kaye, guitarist Jimmy Haun and drummer Jay Schellen) to play together on an Italian tour in early 2009. This was cancelled, but it was decided to form a new band with all five, announced under the name AKA; this was later changed to Yoso (a combination of Yes and Toto). With Schellen busy with other projects, he was replaced by Lou Molino III, who has worked previously with Sherwood and former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin. An album was recorded in 2009.

The band played three Mexican dates in October 2009.[6] In December, Sherwood announced the band would be moving forward with Jody Cortez on drums, and also that they had acquired Derek Shulman as their manager. Some live shows in early 2010 followed.

For touring in support of their debut release, Elements, on Frontiers Records, out July 2010, the band announced a new line-up. Joining Kimball, Sherwood and Kaye were drummer Scott Connor (of Genesis tribute band Gabble Ratchet) and guitarist Johnny Bruhns (of Yes tribute band Roundabout). In their live shows, the band played a mixture of classic Toto songs (mainly from the bands six times grammy award winning album Toto IV), classic Yes songs (mainly from 90125, on which Kaye performed) and material from their new album.

Guitarist Johnny Bruhns became the guitarist of Circa in 2011 after Jimmy Haun left the band and Yoso disbanded in early 2011.[citation needed]

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