Yes members talk us through their tumultuous Hall Of Fame induction
On April 7 2017, Yes were finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But with the turbulent inner workings of Yes’ various incarnations, it wasn’t without drama...
Since it was established in 1983 by Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has largely kept progressive rock at arm’s length. The organisers’ sniffiness has meant that just a handful of prog bands and artists have been inducted over the years: Frank Zappa (1995), Pink Floyd (1996), Genesis (2010), Rush (2013) and Peter Gabriel (2014).
There are some glaring omissions – King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull – but one name stands out: Yes. As one of the genre’s founding fathers and band who did more than any to popularise prog, their absence was grating.