Jon Anderson Performing with Yes at Rock Hall of Fame Induction
By: Maura O'Malley
Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, along with Journey, ELO, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, and Tupac Shakur.
Despite some bad blood amongst the band members surrounding founding front man Jon Anderson’s 2008 dismissal from the group, he has confirmed that he’ll still join the rest of the band on-stage for the ceremony.
“It's a family,” Anderson told Billboard. “There's always animosity. People that you love you don't always like, and there's always going to be that. But when you're celebrating who you truly are, you forget about all that and just get on with meeting each other and seeing each other, and it's just one of those things.” He continued to explain that “it's not a problem; we'll just get together and have fun. Music is a healing force on every level."
It had been rumored that Rush’s Geddy Lee would also join Yes on bass during their performance at the induction ceremony; however, a statement The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation sent to Billboard denied the rumors, stating,
“Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were only confirmed to do the induction speech for one of their favorite bands and not perform. They, like all the other Yes fans, look forward to honoring them and watching them perform at the induction ceremony on April 7 and the HBO broadcast on April 29.”
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.