Two years after Jon Anderson changed the name of his band, ARW--Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman-- to Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman comes news that that lineup is no more. So much for plans to celebrate, as previously announced, the 50th anniversary of the original Yes this year on tour.
In an interview, Anderson told reporters, "The only reason I wanted to work with the guys was to make a great new album. But, for some reason everybody had something else to do. So I tried my best to coerce them. 'Let's just do February, March and we'll just be together. If not, we can do it through Skype.' And then that didn't happen and this didn't happen. So I just went, 'Okay, I gotta get on my with life' sort of thing. We were damn good. We played some great shows."
One of those shows from 2017 in Manchester, England, Live at the Apollo, was released last fall in multiple configurations.
This now leaves a version of Yes which does not contain any original members as the only officially sanctioned Yes still working, although Anderson adds that he's willing to revisit his version of the band in 2020 or '21.