2016 Preview: Yes

Yes’s future is up in the air after the death of Chris Squire, but their new bassist Billy Sherwood may just force the issue of some new music if needs be.

“It’s very early with Chris’s passing, so I don’t have an answer yet,” says Sherwood, who has worked with Yes since 1996 as both an adjunct member and as a co-producer and mixer on several albums. “I’m very creative. It’s always my desire to move things forward for the best of whatever project I’m working on. I’m at no creative loss to want to jump into that. I think there’s plenty more to do with Yes, but Yes works at its own pace, and I have to respect the band members’ wishes. I’m just honoured to be here and honoured to be doing what my friend Chris asked me to do.”

Yes will be back in the UK and Europe during the spring playing their albums Fragile and Drama in their entirety. Sherwood, meanwhile, will also continue promoting his solo album, Citizen, which he says is “going to move into the live phase at some time”.

Gary Graff

Gary Graff is an award-winning veteran music journalist based in metro Detroit, writing regularly for Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, Music Connection, United Stations Radio Networks and others. Graff’s work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Classic Rock, Revolver, the San Francisco Chronicle, AARP magazine, the Detroit Jewish News, The Forward and others. Graff has co-written and edited books about Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. A professional voter for the Grammy Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Graff co-founded the Detroit Music Awards in 1989 and continues as the organisation’s chief producer.