List of Yes band members

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Yes
Yes concert.jpg
Yes in concert, 1977
Left to right: Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman
Background information
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1968–1981, 1983–present
Members Steve 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 only member to be part of every one of the band's incarnations 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
Billy Sherwood, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist (1997–2000, 2015-present)
Active: 1997–2000, 2015-present; Touring member: 1994
Instruments: bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Occasional Instruments: timpani
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)
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, 1982-1988, 1990-2004)
Active: 1968–1980, 1982–1988, 1990–2004
Instruments: lead vocals, guitar, percussion
Occasional Instruments: harp, 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, 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, synth
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)
Bill Bruford
Bill Bruford (c. 2004), drummer (1968-1972, 1990-1992)
Active: 1968-1972, 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
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)
Trevor Horn
Trevor Horn (c. 2007), lead vocalist (1980-1981)
Active: 1980–1981
Instruments: lead vocals
Occasional Instruments: bass guitar, guitar
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 vocals, 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
Release contributions: The Ladder(1999), The Word is Live (2005)
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)
Oliver Wakeman
Oliver Wakeman (c. 2010), keyboardist (2008-2011)
Active: 2008–2011
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: In the Present – Live from Lyon (2011)
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)
Deepak Khazanchi[citation needed]
Instruments: sitar, tambura
Release contributions: 90125 (1983)
Graham Preskett
Instruments: violin
Release contributions: 90125 (1983)
Jimmy Zavala
Instruments: harmonica
Release contributions: Big Generator (1987)
Union (1991) session musicians (not including musicians otherwise mentioned on this page)
Jonathan Elias (synthesizer, keyboards, backing vocals), Tony Levin (bass guitar, chapman stick), Jimmy Haun (guitar), Allan Schwartzberg (percussion), Gary Barlough (synthesizer), Jerry Bennett (synthesizer, percussion), Jim Crichton (synthesizer, keyboards), Gary Falcone (backing vocals), Deborah Anderson (backing vocals), Ian Lloyd (backing vocals), Tommy Funderburk (backing vocals), Sherman Foote (synthesizer), Brian Foraker (synthesizer), Chris Fosdick (synthesizer), Rory Kaplan (synthesizer), Alex Lasarenko (synthesizer, keyboards), Michael Sherwood (backing vocals), Danny Vaughn (backing vocals)
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: percussion
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]
Tom Brislin
Active: 2001
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Symphonic Live (2002-DVD, 2009-CD)
Jay Schellen
Active: 2016-2017, 2018-present (substitute for Alan White)
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017)
Dylan Howe
Active: 2017-present
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none
Tony Kaye
Active: as special guest for Yes's 2018 50th anniversary (starting on 3-8 February 2018 at the "Cruise to the Edge" festival)[6]
Instruments: organ, piano, synth
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)

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 no recordings, live performances only
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
1988–1990
1990–1992
1992–1994
1995–1996
1997–1998
1998–2000
2000
2000–2002
2002–2004
The band were on hiatus between 2004 and 2008
2009–2011
2011–2012
2012–2015
2015–present

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:
1988-1990
with
Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes
2008
with
no recordings, live performances only
Yes, Featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman:
2016-present[7]
with
no recordings, live performances only

Timeline[edit]

Touring Members Timeline[edit]

References[edit]