YES’ Chris Squire Talks About Hall Of Fame, Jon Anderson And Jimmy Page

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14:  Bassist Chris Squire of The Syn performs at the "Evening with Ray Kennedy and Friends" hosted by the Guitar Center Music Foundation at the Avalon on March 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Brian Ives of conducted recently an interview with Chris Squire of Yes. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Congratulations on the nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Are you excited? 

Well, obviously it’s really a nice thing, and I guess we’ll find out in a couple of weeks if we are voted in, so I’m not too excited until then, really. But it’s nice of them to recognize us.

If you get in, who would you want to do the speech? 

I haven’t given it much thought, maybe those Rush guys who got in last year! I’m pretty good friends with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (of the Foo Fighters) and they did a great speech for Rush… so probably not them, since they just did one. But if you know Geddy (Lee), let him know that that would be fine by me. I don’t know how these things work, though, I don’t know how much control we have, how much control the voting committee has, and of course we’re still kind of wondering how many members of Yes would be inducted.


OK, let me ask you about another former Yes singer. If you guys are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, obviously Jon Anderson will be included. Will you perform with him? 

Yes, that’s not a problem. In fact, Jon and I had quite a long phone conversation a couple of months back. I know he’s excited about the nomination and of course he’ll be there. We’ll see, we’ll probably try to do an expanded Yes thing there, if we’re inducted.

He’s cool with you guys going on with another singer? 

Yeah, the chips have sort of fallen where they lay now. It seems like we can have a good conversation, and some of that bodes well for that being a good performance (if we’re inducted).

Are you seriously considering doing another expanded Yes tour with former members? 

It could happnen again, but the focus right now is to do this new album with Jon Davison, and then down the line maybe we’ll be looking at that expanded thing again.

et me ask you about XYZ, the project that you and (Yes drummer) Alan White did with Jimmy Page in the ’80s, between Yes’ breakup and re-activation with 90125. Last year in an interview, he said that he wants to finally release those tapes. Has he spoken to you about that?  

No! I’ve heard him say that in interviews, or people have told me for quite a few years, but as of this point we haven’t gotten in touch about it.

Read the full interview HERE.

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