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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Yes: Steve Howe New Audio Interview

Victoria Advocate concucted a telephone interview with Steve Howe, guitarist for Yes, earlier. You can now now listen to the interview in the video player below.

Bassist Chris Squire confirmed the album's title on 4 March 2011. "Fly from Here" will be the band's first studio album since the release of "Magnification" (2001), the longest gap to date between two consecutive Yes studio albums. It will also be their first release with Canadian singer Benoit David (replacing Jon Anderson).  Before joining Yes, David performed for over a decade as the lead vocalist in Close to the Edge, a Canadian Yescover band.

Trevor Horn, who was the lead singer for the "Drama"  (1980) album and tour and also co-produced their next two albums "90125" (1983) and "Big Generator" (1987), is producing the album. According to guitarist Steve Howe, it is also expected to include a lengthy piece along the lines of the group's earlier songs like "Close To The Edge".

"Drama" era Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes returns to the band for this album, handling most or all of the keyboards following Oliver Wakeman`s departure from the band Downes and Horn had first approached Yes with a demo of the song "We Can Fly from Here" in 1980, prior to joining the band. The song was recorded by the band as a studio demo but left off from "Drama". It was, however, played on that album's 1980 tour. A live version from that year appears on "The Word Is Alive" (2005). 

This new Yes version will mark the first airing of a proper studio recording of the song. According to Squire, the title track will be the band's eleventh epic piece (their first in 15 years), clocking in at more than 20 minutes. Squire has also said the album will contain four other songs. The songs average 5 to 6 minutes each, and are newly written, primarily by Horn/Howe/Squire with contributions from other band members. While it was confirmed that Downes' keyboard role covers a majority of the album and its epic title track, it's uncertain as to whether or not Oliver Wakeman's contribution will remain on the final version of the album.

The cover is being designed by artist Roger Dean,  who has created many album covers for the band.

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