Trevor Rabin: You Can’t Have Yes Without Anderson
Trevor Rabin believes Yes shouldn’t be using the band name when Jon Anderson is no longer fronting them.
And despite remaining close friends with former colleague Chris Squire, he believes things can’t be same without co-founder Anderson’s presence.
The lead vocalist was replaced in 2008 after a serious illness forced the cancellation of a tour. They continued with Benoit David, recruited from a tribute band, but when he fell ill last year they hired Jon Davison of Glass Hammer.
Rabin, who played with Yes from 1983 until 1994, tells Blogdegezou: “I love Chris like a brother and wish only the best for him.
“But I think Jon is such an important part of Yes – and it’s not just the sound. It’s the input and perspective Jon brings. It sometimes is tough, but it’s so worth it.”
He adds: “I believe Jon and Chris are mature about the split, and neither one ever talks ill of the other to me.”
Rabin continues to hope for the long-discussed collaboration with Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman but admits: “Time is the enemy. While we’re excited about the prospect of doing something together, nothing is organised yet and there’s no telling when or how something will be done.”
The South African musician remains fond of the nation he left amid its apartheid era following a year on national service.
“It was leave the country, which I was not ready for; go to jail; or go to the army,” he recalls. “I spent a year played in the entertainment unit. I played in a big band, had a rock band, and spent the rest of my time practicing the guitar and piano. It was invaluable. I never shot anybody and I improved myself.
“I have family there and it still has a big place in my heart – but I’m an American now and proud of it.”
Anderson and Wakeman are both nominated in the Prog God category at the first annual Progressive Music Awards which takes place at London’s Kew Gardens on September 5.