List of Yes band members

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Yes in concert, 1977 Left to right: Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman
Yes in concert, 1977
Left to right: Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman
Background information
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1968–1981, 1983–present
MembersSteve Howe
Alan White
Geoff Downes
Billy Sherwood
Jon Davison

The following list details musicians who have been and are members of the English progressive rock band Yes since its formation in 1968. The band was split up between 1981 and 1983. Bassist Chris Squire was the longest-serving member of the band, appearing in every lineup until his death in 2015, which left the band without any original members.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Steve Howe

Steve Howe (c. 1978), guitarist (1970-1981, 1990-1992, 1995–present)
Active: 1970–1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, lap steel & pedal steel guitar
Occasional Instruments: laud, mandolin, bass guitar, sitar, banjo
Release contributions: all Yes releases from The Yes Album (1971) to Drama (1980), Union (1991), all new Yes releases from Keys to Ascension (1996) onward

Alan White

Alan White (c. 2008), drummer (1972-1981, 1982-2004, 2008-present)
Active: 1972–1981, 1982–present
Instruments: drums, percussion
Occasional Instruments: piano, backing vocals
Release contributions: all new Yes releases from Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) onward

Geoff Downes

Geoff Downes (c. 2006), keyboardist (1980-1981, 2011-present)
Active: 1980–1981, 2011–present
Instruments: keyboards
Occasional Instruments: vocoder, programming
Release contributions: Drama (1980), The Word Is Live (2005), all new Yes releases from Fly from Here (2011)

Billy Sherwood

Active: 1997–2000, 2015-present
Instruments: bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Occasional Instruments: timpani, harmonica
Release contributions: All Yes releases from Open Your Eyes (1997) to House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000), Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017) onward
Non-member contributions: Union (1991) (keyboards, guitar, bass guitar) Keys to Ascension (1996) (mixer) Keys to Ascension 2 (1997) (producer, mixer) Heaven & Earth (2014) (mixer, engineer)

Jon Davison

Jon Davison (2013), lead vocalist (2012-present)
Active: 2012–present
Instruments: lead vocals, guitar, percussion
Occasional Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: All new Yes releases from Heaven & Earth (2014), onward

Former members[edit]

Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson (2011), lead vocalist (1968-1980, 1983-1988, 1990-2004)
Active: 1968–1980, 1983–1988, 1990–2004
Instruments: lead vocals, guitar, percussion, harp
Occasional Instruments: keyboards, cuatro
Release contributions: all Yes releases from Yes (1969) to Tormato (1978), Yesshows (1980), all Yes releases from 90125 (1983) to Magnification (2001), Union Live (2011), Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two (2015)

Chris Squire

Chris Squire (c. 1978), bassist (1968–1981, 1982–2004, 2008–2015)
Active: 1968–1981, 1982–2004, 2008–2015 (his death)
Instruments: bass guitar, backing vocals
Occasional Instruments: piano, harmonica, bass pedals, timpani, lead vocals
Release contributions: all Yes releases from Yes (1969) to Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center (2015)

Tony Kaye

Tony Kaye (c. 1994), keyboardist (1968-1971, 1982-1983, 1983-1994)
Active: 1968–1971, 1982–1983, 1983–1994
Instruments: organ, piano
Release contributions: all Yes releases from Yes (1969) to The Yes Album (1971), All Yes releases from 90125 (1983) to Talk (1994), The Word Is Live (2005), Yes 50 Live (2019)

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford (c. 2004), drummer (1968-1972, 1990-1992)
Active: August–September 1968, November 1968–July 1972, 1990–1992
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: all Yes releases from Yes (1969) to Yessongs (1973), Union (1991), The Word Is Live (2005)

Peter Banks

Active: 1968–1970
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: Yes (1969), Time and a Word (1970), Something's Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969–1970 (1997), The Word Is Live (2005)

Tony O'Reilly

Active: Sept. 1968–Nov. 1968
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman (c. 2012), keyboardist (1971-1974, 1976-1980, 1990-1992, 1995-1996, 2002-2004)
Active: 1971–1974, 1976–1980, 1990–1992, 1995–1996, 2002–2004
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: all Yes releases from Fragile (1971) to Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Going for the One (1977), Tormato (1978), Union (1991), Keys to Ascension (1996), Keys to Ascension 2 (1997), The Word Is Live (2005), Live at Montreux 2003 (2007), Union Live (2011),[1][2] & Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two (2015)

Patrick Moraz

Active: 1974–1976
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Relayer (1974), Yesshows (1980), The Word Is Live (2005), Yes 50 Live (2019)

Trevor Horn

Trevor Horn (c. 2007), lead vocalist (1980-1981)
Active: 1980–1981
Instruments: lead vocals
Occasional Instruments: bass, guitar, keyboards
Release contributions: Drama (1980), The Word Is Live (2005)
Non-member contributions: 90125 (1983) (producer, backing vocals) Big Generator (1987) (producer) Fly from Here (2011) (producer, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals) Fly from Here - Return Trip (2018) (producer, lead and backing vocals, additional keyboards, additional acoustic guitar)

Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin (c. 1994), guitarist (1982-1994)
Active: 1982–1994
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Occasional Instruments: lead vocals, programming
Release contributions: all Yes releases from 90125 (1983) to Talk (1994), The Word Is Live (2005), Union Live (2011)

Eddie Jobson

Eddie Jobson (c. 2009), keyboardist (1983)
Active: 1983
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none

Igor Khoroshev

Active: 1997–2000
Instruments: keyboards, backing vocals
Occasional Instruments: cowbell
Release contributions: The Ladder (1999), House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000), Magnification (live bonus tracks from 2004 reissue) (2001)
Non-member contributions: Open Your Eyes (1997) (keyboards)

Benoît David

Benoît David (2010), lead vocalist (2008-2012)
Active: 2008–2012
Instruments: lead vocals
Occasional Instruments: acoustic guitar, tambourine
Release contributions: Fly from Here (2011), In the Present – Live from Lyon (2011), From a Page (2019)

Oliver Wakeman

Oliver Wakeman (c. 2010), keyboardist (2008-2011)
Active: 2008–2011
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: In the Present – Live from Lyon (2011), From a Page (2019)
Non-member contributions: Fly from Here (2011) (keyboards)[3][4]

Studio musicians[edit]

Session musicians[edit]

David Foster

Instruments: backing vocals, guitar
Release contributions: Time and a Word (1970)

Colin Goldring

Instruments: recorder
Release contributions: The Yes Album (1971)

Graham Preskett

Instruments: violin
Release contributions: 90125 (1983)

Jimmy Zavala

Instruments: harmonica
Release contributions: Big Generator (1987)

Steve Porcaro

Instruments: synthesizer, keyboards
Release contributions: Union (1991), Open Your Eyes (1997)

Randy Raine-Reusch

Instruments: world instruments
Release contributions: The Ladder (1999)

Rhys Fulber

Instruments: dance loops
Release contributions: The Ladder (1999)

Luís Jardim

Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Fly from Here (2011)

Gerard Johnson

Instruments: piano
Release contributions: Fly from Here (2011)

Studio group and conductor contributions[edit]

Richard Williams Singers

Release contributions: Going for the One (1977)

Ars Laeta of Lausanne

Release contributions: Going for the One (1977)

The Marguerita Horns

Members: Tom Keenlyside (piccolo, saxophone), Derry Burns (trumpet), Rod Murray (trombone), Tom Colclough (saxophone), Neil Nicholson (tuba)
Release contributions: The Ladder (1999)

Larry Groupé (conductor)

Release contributions: Magnification (2001)

Live musicians[edit]

Touring musicians[edit]

Ian Wallace

Active: 1968 (one show)
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none[5]

Billy Sherwood

Active: 1994
Instruments: keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: none

Tom Brislin

Active: 2001
Instruments: keyboards, backing vocals
Release contributions: Symphonic Live (2002-DVD, 2009-CD)

Jay Schellen

Active: 2016-2017, 2018-present
Instruments: percussion, drums
Release contributions: Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), 50 Live (2019)

Dylan Howe

Active: 2017
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none

Tony Kaye

Active: as special guest for Yes's 2018/9 50th anniversary tour[6]
Instruments: organ, piano, synth
Release contributions: 50 Live (2019)

Live group and conductor contributions[edit]

Wilhelm Keitel (conductor)

Release contributions: Symphonic Live (2002-DVD, 2009-CD)

Lineups[edit]

Years Members Albums/Videos
1968 no recordings, live performances only
1968
1968–1970
1970–1971
1971–1972
1972–1974
1974–1976
1976–1980
1980–1981
The band was broken up between 1981 and 1983
1982–1983
1983 rehearsals and promotional appearances only
1983–1988

with

  • Casey Young (offstage) – additional keyboards (touring musician – 1984-85)
1988–1990
1990–1992
1992–1994

with

1994–1995 no recordings or live performances
1995–1996
1997–1998
1998–2000
2000
2000–2001

with

2002–2004
The band were on hiatus between 2004 and 2008
2009–2011
2011–2012
2012–2015
2015–present

with

Bands closely related to Yes[edit]

There have been two occasions when a line-up of former Yes members has competed with the official line-up of Yes. These bands included former Yes members, performed/perform Yes music and presented/present themselves within the context of Yes' history.

Band/Years Members Albums/Videos
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe:
1988-1992
with
Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes
2008
with
no recordings, live performances only
Yes feat. Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman:
2010-2018[7]
with
Live at the Apollo (2018)

Timeline[edit]

Touring Members Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.yesfeaturingarw.com/
  2. ^ http://ultimateclassicrock.com/yes-featuring-jon-anderson-trevor-rabin-rick-wakeman-band-name/?trackback=tsmclip
  3. ^ Tony Grassi (1 August 2011). "Photo Gallery: Yes Members Throughout the Years". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  4. ^ Bruno Ceriotti (8 March 2011). "The British Sound: YES FAMILY TREE". Thebritishsound.blogspot.com. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Ian Wallace • Obituary (Pierre Perrone in 'The Independent', 28 February 2007)". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "TONY KAYE, founder member of YES is Special Guest for the band's 2018 50th Anniversary". Facebook. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Ticket Image". Retrieved 26 August 2019 – via Ebay.