Progressive rock stalwarts Yes have been putting out albums and playing shows for all good people around the globe for well over 50 years. Though band members have come and gone, and others sadly passed away, the resiliency on display by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017 unit has endured despite perpetual change. Some of the titles of the unit’s most important and beloved songs (“Survival,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Close To The Edge,” “Rhythm Of Love,” “It Can Happen,” etc., etc.) tell the wonderous story of a band that refuses to let the changing landscape of music derail its commitment to – in a word – survive.
I recently spoke with longtime Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes about the band’s forthcoming live album The Royal Affair Tour, Live From Las Vegas, which will be available October 30. Hear the interview now in the player below.
“I’m happy to keep on going and keep making music and hopefully people will still get a kick out of it. You know that’s all we do, really. That’s what I aspire to and that’s what I keep doing. So, it’ s great to be involved with Yes and all the other people I’ve worked with over the years.”