PFAMedia.netWhile Yes is getting ready to launch their latest North American tour in March, during which the band will be playing three of their 1970s albums in their entirety, the prog-rockers also are looking ahead to recording their first studio album with new frontman John Davison. Bassist Chris Squire tells Billboard.com that the group may be ready to begin the new recording in the fall, while admitting that the project currently is "in the germination stage."
He reports, "We're already looking at bits and starting to gather music together."
The album will be the follow-up to Yes' 2011 release, Fly from Here, which featured the band's previous lead singer, Benoit David. He was replaced by Davison in early 2012 after suffering problems with his voice. Squire says he expects Davison, who also works with the bands Glass Hammer and Sky Cries Mary, to contribute a bit more to Yes than David.
"Jon is also a writer, so ***** be bringing something to the table to add to the Yes mix," explains Chris. "He's definitely a creative spirit, so we're looking forward to that new material with him."
As for Yes' upcoming tour, Squire reveals that the band had been kicking around the idea of playing multiple albums live for around a decade. "We thought this would be a good time to employ this strategy and see how it works," he points out, "and ticket buyers seem to be quite excited by it."
As for why the group settled on the records they've chosen to perform -- 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close to the Edge and 1977's Going for the One -- the bass player says, "we just thought they denoted certain landmarks in Yes' career," adding that they are "all slightly different in a way." He also reveals that he expects the band to also play a few classic tunes that don't appear on those albums, such as "Roundabout."
Yes' tour is scheduled from a March 1 concert in West Wendover, Nevada, through an April 12 show in Detroit.
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