Yes Music Podcast
Two fans' exploration of the world's greatest progressive rock band.
info_outline Bob Cesca and Tim Panella talk about working with Yes and we unveil a never-before-heard Yes song! 470 02/26/2021
Bob Cesca and Tim Panella talk about working with Yes and we unveil a never-before-heard Yes song! 470 It’s been quite a week. Mark and I managed to scoop an amazing world exclusive thanks to Bob Cesca and Tim Panella. They joined us to talk about the period in which they both worked with Yes on remixes, artwork, videography and more. We discovered not only untold stories but also Yes music which has never been heard in public before, 20 years after it was recorded by Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Alan White and Steve Howe. Listen out for the full, fascinating conversation as well as some undiscovered Yes music.
info_outline Union Live 1991 - new and old songs - 469 02/19/2021
Union Live 1991 - new and old songs - 469 This week, Mark and I have been listening to and watching some recordings of the Union Tour in 1991. It’s a special one for Mark as it was his very first experience of Yes live - what a way to start. Listen out for our thoughts on that a little later in the episode when we compare notes on a couple of live versions of songs from the Union album and a couple of older songs.
info_outline What did they do next part 19b - Tony Kaye 468 02/13/2021
What did they do next part 19b - Tony Kaye 468 This week, Mark and I complete our look at what Tony Kaye did after leaving Yes in 1995. We listen to Run Like Hell from the album, catchily entitled, 'Pigs And Pyramids - An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd.. We also have time to consider the other Yes-related song on this album, 'Comfortably Numb' which features Chris Squire, Billy Sherwood and Alan White. Finally, we muse on what other line-ups of a Yes Power Trio might look like.
info_outline What Did They Do Next part 19a - Tony Kaye - 467 02/05/2021
What Did They Do Next part 19a - Tony Kaye - 467 This week, Mark and I return to the perennial favourite series, What Did they Do next. When Trevor Rabin left Yes to pursue film scoring after the Talk tour, Tony Kaye also said goodbye not only to the band but also to the music industry, as we will hear a little later. What did he do next and when did he return to music? Stay tuned to find out.
info_outline Billy Sherwood on Arc of Life and Yes' new studio album (well, kind of...) 466 01/29/2021
Billy Sherwood on Arc of Life and Yes' new studio album (well, kind of...) 466 This week, Mark and I had the pleasure of speaking to Billy Sherwood about Arc Of Life, the band and the album. We also asked him about the widely rumoured new Yes studio album and he was, unsurprisingly, less forthcoming about that. It did lead to some light-hearted moments which we think you will enjoy though. Where did Arc Of Life spring from? Who plays what? What are the plans for the future of the band? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline Geoff Downes on DBA's Halcyon Hymns and Yes in 2021 - 465 01/22/2021
Geoff Downes on DBA's Halcyon Hymns and Yes in 2021 - 465 It was a delight to welcome Yes and DBA keyboardist Geoff Downes back onto the show this week. Mark and I speak to him about his excellent new DBA album, Halcyon Hymns as well as a couple of aspects of what’s coming up for Yes in 2021, specifically the rumours around the new album and the possibilities of touring. So listen out for that conversation.
info_outline Arc of Life First Impressions - 464 01/16/2021
Arc of Life First Impressions - 464 This week, Mark and I have had the chance to listen to the whole of the new Arc of Life album so listen out for our initial reactions to that. We also have time to think about a 2 pence suggested by Jeremy North and I need to correct an omission from last week when we played Daniel and Amanda’s contribution to the What if Rick Wakeman had joined Yes before the Yes Album question but didn’t have time to add any feedback.
info_outline What If...Rick Wakeman had joined Yes before The Yes Album? - 463 01/08/2021
What If...Rick Wakeman had joined Yes before The Yes Album? - 463 This is our first episode in the YMP’s 10th Anniversary year and it’s a real epic. I asked Patrons and a few others for their contributions to this week’s topic and the response was amazing. So this is another episode you might want to listen to in parts. It may well be the longest episode ever but I also think you’ll really enjoy hearing everyone’s thoughts on Rick Wakeman and The Yes Album. Incidentally, if you sent me a contribution but I haven’t included it, please do let me know and I’ll apologise and add it to next week’s show.
info_outline Goodbye 2020 - 462 01/01/2021
Goodbye 2020 - 462 Recorded on the last day of 2020, we bid a grateful farewell to a year which has been difficult for everyone. However, it's also been one of the most successful years for the YMP! Mark and I have chosen our own 6 favourite episodes from the past year and we invite you to add your own selections to the comments below. We also look ahead briefly to 2021 which is, of course, the 10th Anniversary Year of the YMP. It would be fantastic if you were able to join in the recording of the 500th episode from the top of Yes Tor in Devon, UK, on 17th August 2021. Many more details to follow! We hope to see you there!
info_outline Jon Anderson - 3 Ships - 461 12/18/2020
Jon Anderson - 3 Ships - 461 It’s been a bit of a challenging week on the technical side with Mark in lockdown and without proper internet access and my move of the YMP Towers into a new location in the house. However, we did manage to listen to the Jon Anderson Christmas album, 3 Ships which was very enjoyable. What's Jon's Christmas album like? Are all the songs 'Christmassy'? Why listen to 3 Ships? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 18b - Trevor Rabin - PLUS Arc of Life 460 12/11/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 18b - Trevor Rabin - PLUS Arc of Life 460
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 18a - Trevor Rabin 459 12/04/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 18a - Trevor Rabin 459 This week marks something of a departure for us here at YMP Towers. In our ever-popular what did they do next series, we have reached the point where Trevor Rabin left the band after the Talk Tour in 1995. He went off to pursue his other musical avenue of choice - film scores. So that means we will be listening not to a rock or progressive album next week but a film soundtrack. That should be very interesting. We are also hoping to have Julia from the fabulous Rabinesque blog with us next week because she knows rather more than we do about Trevor’s soundtrack work and should be able to fill in a lot of the details for us.
info_outline Big Generator vs Drama - 458 11/27/2020
Big Generator vs Drama - 458 It’s been a very interesting task to compare and contrast Big Generator and Drama this week. Mark and I have hopefully come up with some thoughts which are of interest to you. As always, please add your own comments to the show notes for this week - we’d love to hear what you think of these two albums in our latest shoot-out. You can’t have escaped the fact that it’s been Thanksgiving in the US this week and when this episode is released it is Black Friday. Happy Holidays to all. This year, YMP has jumped on the proverbial bandwagon and the Emporium is offering a special deal from 27th November to 4th December. If you’d like to order yourself one of the Full Union Art Prints, you’ll also receive one of the The Answer Is YES! Trivia games for free when they are released. Sounds like a good deal to me. Head on over to and tell all your friends!
info_outline Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell tell the story of the band, White - 457 11/20/2020
Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell tell the story of the band, White - 457 Across the globe from Canada, Indonesia, the UK and the US (I think!) it was a real pleasure for Mark and I to speak to Kevin Currie and Ted Stockwell this week about their band, White, which has featured Alan White and Geoff Downes in the past. It's a great, in-depth interview in which we delve into the fascinating history of the band and their strong links to Yes. The whole conversation was organised for us by Daniel Krohn so many thanks to him. What albums has White produced? What happened to the More Drama Tour on which White were to play? Are there any plans for the future? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
info_outline Dave Watkinson collects...everything! 456 11/13/2020
Dave Watkinson collects...everything! 456 It was, as usual, a delight to speak to one of the most knowledgeable and friendly Yes fanatics this week, Dave Watkinson. He told us about three very special memorabilia activities he’s been involved in recently. You might want to take a look at the show notes for this week to see exactly what Dave’s talking about but it’s all fascinating and gives some new insights into the story of the world’s greatest progressive rock band. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as Mark and I did recording it.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Billy Sherwood - 455 11/06/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Billy Sherwood - 455 Mark and I are back this week with the second part of our look at the World Trade album Euphoria in our what did they do next series this time featuring Billy Sherwood. We also have a chance to give our two pence on a topic which compares Roger Dean’s approach to that of Yes themselves. I hope you find all that interesting.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Billy Sherwood - 454 10/23/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Billy Sherwood - 454 This week, Mark and I start off the next instalment of the perennially popular What Did They Do Next series with a certain Billy Sherwood’s activities post Yes. Can you guess what album we will be talking about? Stay tuned to find out if you’re right.
info_outline The Yes Album vs. Going For The One - 453 10/16/2020
The Yes Album vs. Going For The One - 453 Unfortunately, both I and Mark have been a bit under the weather this week but we recovered in time to listen to two classic Yes albums and record our thoughts. There's also time for a few thoughts about Jon Anderson's new very controversial song!
info_outline First thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas - 452 10/09/2020
First thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas - 452 I’d like to say Mark and I have been enjoying listening to the new Yes live album, The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas this week and actually I have enjoyed the majority of it but you’ll hear a little later in the episode why we’re slightly concerned about the latest release. You may find our comments difficult or you may agree - please do let us know either way. At the end of the episode Mark also helps me out to gain a proper understanding of the significance of Eddie van Halen who, as I’m sure you know, sadly died at the tragically young age of 65 this week. Do stay tuned for that.
info_outline Roine Stolt talks about Yes, Jon Anderson, The Flower Kings' new album and more! 451 10/02/2020
Roine Stolt talks about Yes, Jon Anderson, The Flower Kings' new album and more! 451 It was a great pleasure to speak to Roine Stolt this week about his forthcoming album with The Flower Kings, Islands. We also chatted about Yes, working with Jon Anderson on the Anderson Stolt record Invention of Knowledge and other projects. He’s another very busy musician - even in these pandemic days.
info_outline Video Killed The Yes Music - or did it? 450 09/25/2020
Video Killed The Yes Music - or did it? 450 Is or was Yes a promotional video type band? This is the question Mark and I wrestle with this week. We each choose 3 videos to discuss and also broaden our scope a bit as well. Stay tuned for that a little bit later on and do watch the videos which I’ve embedded into the show notes below to give you some context.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Rick Wakeman - again - 448 09/11/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17b - Rick Wakeman - again - 448 Mark and I have had an interesting week firstly trying to get hold of and then listening to the collaborative album Wakeman With Wakeman by Rick and Adam.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Rick Wakeman...again - 447 09/04/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 17a - Rick Wakeman...again - 447 It’s the beginning of September and the YMP is back. Mark and I are starting off with the next part of our 'what did they do next' series and this time we are back again to Rick Wakeman leaving in the run up to work starting on the Talk album, which he was originally going to be part of. Instead, he undertook some solo and collaboration activity and we will be discussing all that in more detail in this episode. It’s also been an important week for Yes with the official launch of the pre-order for the new live album.
info_outline Drama starts at 40 with Geoff Bailie - 446 08/21/2020
Drama starts at 40 with Geoff Bailie - 446 We were delighted to welcome back onto the show the smooth tones of Yes fan and serial prog podcaster, Geoff Bailie this week to talk about the 40th birthday of Drama. It's a mini round table episode - leave your thoughts and reactions on the show notes for this week's episode!
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 16b - Steve Howe - 445 08/14/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 16b - Steve Howe - 445 This week, Mark and I enjoyed listening to The Grand Scheme of Things by Steve Howe which he produced shortly after leaving the band following the end of the Union Tour in 1993. It’s a great collection but might be a little bit too long. Take a listen to our thoughts a little later on and add your own to the show notes for this week.
info_outline Who's that under the stage? It's Casey Young! (And he's happy to talk about it!) - 444 08/07/2020
Who's that under the stage? It's Casey Young! (And he's happy to talk about it!) - 444 It was a genuine pleasure to speak to Casey Young this week about his contributions to the 90125 Tour. This conversation was suggested by Keith Hoisington.
info_outline What Did They Do Next Part 16a - Steve Howe - 443 07/31/2020
What Did They Do Next Part 16a - Steve Howe - 443 We return to our ever-popular what did they do next series this week and it’s time to work out what Steve Howe did after the end of the Union Tour. It’s an opportunity for Mark and me to discover more music we don’t know and a chance to compare 1993 solo work with Love Is which we spoke to Steve about last week.
info_outline Steve Howe tells us what 'Love Is' all about - 442 07/24/2020
Steve Howe tells us what 'Love Is' all about - 442 After a few technical hitches, we managed to speak to legendary Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, about his brand new solo album, 'Love Is'. It features his son and recent YMP interviewee, Dylan Howe, on drums and Steve's fellow Yes member, Jon Davison, on backing vocals and bass guitar. If you like Steve's solo work, you'll absolutely love this new album, which is packed full of his trademark multi-guitar work and contains half instrumental tracks and half songs. Steve is pleased with his lead vocals and we can see why! Does Steve enjoy writing, producing, engineering and performing? How does Steve choose from his incredible collection of guitars? Are there any clues to future Yes happenings?
info_outline The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - 441 07/17/2020
The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - 441 It's a fantastic time for current and former members of Yes. Here's another example - the new prog album by Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble - The Red Planet. We who plays bass on the record and this week we are listening to the music. If you've heard the album, do let us know what you think in the comments below. In what way is this album progressive rock? How does this music compare with Rick's older material? Is it an enjoyable album? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!