YES is “Just” Fourth Progressive Rock Band to Be Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

YES is "Just" Fourth Progressive Rock Band to Be Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Over the years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was not very “friendly” with the progressive rock genre. The upcoming ceremony will see Yes being inducted by Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, what makes Yes the fourth progressive band to be inducted into the organisation.

Before Yes, only Pink Floyd, Genesis and Rush were inducted. Yes will be added to that list when the band is inducted into the Rock Hall on April 7 in New York City.

Lee has long cited acts like Yes, Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson as an influence on Rush‘s style. The presence of both massive prog-rock acts will easily put the genre under its biggest Rock Hall spotlight yet. Some might even argue that Jeff Lynne‘s progressive nature with fellow inductee Electric Light Orchestra even further drives that point home.

The induction of Yes, and Rush‘s presence at this year’s ceremony should also shine a lot on other longtime snubs in terms of progressive rock bands. King Crimson probably tops that list. But you could also group in the Zombies, Jethro Tull, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum and others for their impact on the genre.

Certainly, the 2017 Rock Hall Ceremony is a must-see for any fan of prog-rock’s 1970s peak years.

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