Prog-rock giants Yes say they may have a new album, with their latest new singer Jon Davison, as soon as next year. That would be just two years after their last album, which featured their last singer, Benoit David.
If you haven’t kept track with the continuing saga of Yes, here’s a primer: in 2008, the band replaced longtime singer Jon Anderson with Benoit David, who used to sing in a Yes tribute band called Close To The Edge. That version of the band released the first new Yes album in a decade in 2011, Fly From Here. Further confusing things, the album was produced by yet another former Yes singer, Trevor Horn (who is more well known as the former singer of The Buggles).
Last year, David parted ways with the band, and was replaced by Jon Davison, who also used to sing for a Yes tribute band (Roundabout). Founding bassist Chris Squire (the only member to have played on every Yes album) and drummer Alan White (who has been with the band since 1972) told CBS Local that they’re hoping to do a new album, their first with the new singer, next year.
Yes is just wrapping up their Fly From Here tour. After that, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes return to their other band, Asia, who will tour the U.S. in October. Meanwhile, Chris Squire has a new album out with his side project Squackett (which features former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett) and Alan White’s latest release outside of Yes is Levin/Torn/White, with guitarist David Torn and former King Crimson bassist Tony Levin (who also plays in Peter Gabriel’s band).
– Jill Mapes and Brian Ives