The former lead singer of the band told TeamRock that basically the drama involved with two bands with the same name is weird but kind of par for the course with guys with this much history, “This is what happens between people, Fifty years – still going, still arguing! It’d be very hard though to have even Steve and Trevor, two big star guitar players, in the same band because they’d cancel each other out. … Look, at least there’s two Yeses you can go and see! Go see them while they’re still playing.”
Horn was the lead singer for the 1980 album “Drama” which featured guitarist Steve Howe, Chris Squire (who we lost in 2015) on bass, keyboardist Geoff Downes who was in the Buggles with Horn and in Asia with Steve Howe and then drummer Alan White. Horn also produce the pop smash “90125” for Yes in 1983 and co-produced “Big Generator” in 1987. He also produced 2011’s “Fly From Here” and wrote or co-wrote almost every track. As we reported Horn is redoing the vocals that were originally done by Benoit David. He told TeamRock, “The band suggested it, Because Benoit is French-Canadian, English wasn’t his native language. And Yes lyrics are difficult enough to understand if you’re English in the first place. So it was kind of tricky for him to understand the nuances of what he was singing.”
He adds, “Alan pointed out that if I did, then the album would be the same lineup as Drama. An opportunity we’ll never get again now that Chris [Squire] has passed away. So I thought why not? Because I have to live with the album for the rest of my life, so I might as well redo it. And as I was doing it, I changed a couple of solos on it, as one always does. Which is fine, because Geoff and I wrote it in the first place, so I didn’t have to answer to anybody.”
As for how Benoit David Horn says he doesn’t know how he feels about the re-working having not spoken to him in years.
Yes just announced over 30 dates in their U.S. tour to mark their 50th Anniversary. – by John Beaudin
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