Maybe Everything Isn't Happy In the Two Yes Camps

by VVN Music

When it was announced that there would now be two bands called Yes, the original and Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, there were assumptions that some sort of agreement was made between the two factions during their time together for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

That doesn't seem to be the case as the original Yes band has released a statement saying that they can't do anything to stop ARW from using the Yes name but that they are hoping that it doesn't create confusion in the eyes of the public.

While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.

The new version of Yes moved quickly on Monday, changing the name of their website to and posted their tour announcement video under the new name and calling it the "definitive lineup of the greatest progressive rock band ever".

To the new band's credit, it appears that they went out-of-their-way to not overlap the original band's 2017 tour with less than a week when both will be on the road.  See our previous story for tour dates.

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