Prog rock legends Yes have finally been acknowledged by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band were announced as one of the nominees for 2014, alongside Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple, Cat Stevens, The Zombies and others.
Once again the public will play a key role in deciding who will inducted into the Hall Of Fame as they vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the class of 2014.
Despite Genesis being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2010 and Rush being inducted last year, progressive rock has been, in the eyes of many fans, largely overlooked over the years, especially bands like Yes, ELP and Jethro Tull, who were all massively successful in the States throughout the 70s.
To that extent a US cross party group of Republicans and Democrats joined forces earlier this year toform a pressure group aiming to have Yes inducted.
There is already speculation that were Yes to be voted in, it could lead to a long awaited appearance between original singer Jon Anderson and the band – their first since 2004. Chris Squire told Rolling Stone back in 2011 “I don’t have any anger about our exclusion. Bit it would be a magnificent thing if they would include every member of Yes. i think there are 19 or 20 of us!”
To cast your vite for Yes (or any other act of your choice), head to http://rockhall.com/get-involved/interact/poll/.
Yes also have a remixed and remastered version of 1972′s classic Close To The Edge released through DGM/Panegyric on October 21. The two-disc set features an array of remixes and a 5.1 mix from Steven Wilson. Full details can be found at the band’s website here. A box set, The Studio Albums 1969-1987, will also be released by Rhino/Warner on November 4. This will feature every yes studio album from 1969′s Yes to 1987′s Big Generator. The box set comes with brand new Roger Dean artwork (below) and every disc features a raft of bonus features, including those on Big Generator which have only ever been available in Japan before.