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Jon Anderson forming new band with Jean-Luc Ponty

March 12th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Jon Anderson
Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson has formed a new supergroup with violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty.

The Owner of a Lonely Heart singer announced the new band news during a recent solo show, revealing the odd couple is planning to start work on new material this summer (14).

Anderson told fans, "I’m going to work with one of the great violin players. We start work in June, I think. Then we’re going to tour next year. I love the violin."

Ponty is best known for his collaborations with rock legend Frank Zappa and he also contributed to Elton John's Honky Chateau album. But he is first and for...
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Nirvana nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014

October 16th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Nirvana
Nirvana lead the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014.
The 'Come As You Are' hitmakers are among several acts up for the honor and should the grunge group make the cut they will be inducted in April 2014, 20 years to the month since their frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide aged 27.
Other acts up for inclusion into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include KISS, the Replacements, Chic, Deep Purple, L.L. Cool J, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year.
Linda - who has won 11 Grammy Awards - recently said: "I don't car...
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Prog-rock singer Gary Pickford-Hopkins loses cancer battle

June 24th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Rick Wakeman
Singer Gary Pickford-Hopkins, who appeared on former Yes star Rick Wakeman's groundbreaking 1970s concept albums, has lost his battle with cancer, aged 65.

Pickford-Hopkins was a featured vocalist on Journey to the Center of the Earth, as well as The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He also fronted the band Wild Turkey.

Remembering his late pal in a statement posted on his website, Wakeman calls the singer "one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet," adding, "I wish Gary all the peace that there is to offer him after his long battle with cancer...
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Yes to launch inaugural festival in New Jersey

June 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Yes
Rockers Yes are to host their own Yestival in New Jersey this summer (13).

The group's inaugural event will take place at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on 3 August (13).

The band will perform their classic early 1970s albums The Yes Album and Close to the Edge in their entirety at the festival, which will also feature acclaimed Genesis tribute band The Musical Box, Renaissance featuring Anne Haslam, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy and other acts to be confirmed.

Yes bassist Chris Squire tells WENN, "This is a concept we've been trying to put into motion for some time, and only now have ...
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Fired Yes Singer Jon Anderson Unimpressed With Band's 'New' Sound

July 10th, 2011 10:11pm EDT
Jon Anderson
Fired Yes frontman Jon Anderson is far from impressed with his former band's new music, insisting he was expecting more from the guys who replaced him with tribute band singer Benoit David.

Anderson founded the progressive rock supergroup with bassist Chris Squire in the late 1960s and although he's still sore that he's no longer a part of the group, he was looking forward to hearing the music his old bandmates were making without him.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the "Owner of a Lonely Heart" singer, says, "The new singer is singing good, but it sounded a bit dated to me. Also, the product...
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Genesis To Release Fourth Boxed Set, 'Genesis Live 1973-2007'

September 22nd, 2009 10:04pm EDT
Genesis
Following the reissue of the 14 Genesis studio albums in the stunning boxed sets "Genesis 1976 - 1982" and "Genesis 1983 - 1998" in 2007, and "Genesis 1970 - 1975" in 2008, on September 29, Rhino will release "Genesis Live 1973 - 2007", a boxed set gathering the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of "Live At The Rainbow 1973" only available with this collection.

"Genesis Live 1973 - 2007" is a sumptuously presented boxed set that includes:...
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Yes & Asia Plan Joint Tour

April 16th, 2009 6:21pm EDT
Asia
Progressive rock supergroups Yes and Asia are teaming up to tour North America this summer. Steve Howe, who plays guitar in both groups, will double up during the shows and Yes will feature on/off bandmate Rick Wakeman's son Adam and Benoit David, a Canadian singer, who will replace ailing frontman Jon Anderson.

The new dates, which begin in Indio, California in June, come two months after Yes scrapped a planned tour of America, citing "unforeseen medical reasons".

Bassist Chris Squire was reportedly admitted to the hospital on February 9 with an unspecified medical emergency whic...
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Sprint Launches 'Rock The Phone'

November 21st, 2008 5:45pm EST
The Doors
Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a Website offering rockin' ringtones for every phone of legendary songs from some of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands, including The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Ramones, and more.

Not a subscription service, wireless consumers nationwide can visit www.rockthephone.com for access to over 100 classic rock ringtones for $2.99 each. For a limited time, the website will offer a free ringtone of The Doors' "Love Me Two Times," and Sprint customers will have exclusive access to eight ringtones until December 11.

In addit...
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Yes Say 'No' To Tour

June 5th, 2008 9:01am EDT
Yes
British rocker Yes have canceled their 40th anniversary tour of North America after singer Jon Anderson was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure.

The 63-year-old was hospitalized last month after a severe asthma attack, and doctors have told him he will jeopardize his health unless he rests for at least six months. Anderson says, "I'd like everyone know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events. I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else."

The tour, the ban...
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Rick Wakeman's Son To Tour With Yes

March 23rd, 2008 11:00am EDT
Yes
Progressive rock supergroup Yes are to hit the road for their 40th anniversary tour with departed keyboard player Rick Wakeman's son Oliver as a new recruit. Wakeman Sr. explained his reasons for not taking part in the 26-date North American tour in a post on his website, but it appears his son doesn't share his father's fears that Yes are touring too often.

He'll join band founders Steve Howe and Jon Anderson when Yes perform at Canada's Quebec City Festival in July at the start of the month-long trek.

In the explanation on his website, Rick Wakeman writes: "My major concern was ...
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Yes Returns To The Stage To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With A North American Tour

March 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Yes
With a remarkable 40-year career that has time and again redefined the boundaries of rock, musical pioneers Yes have announced 2008 tour dates to take place this summer.

Marking the first national tour for the band in over five years, the 26 date jaunt will bring the iconic band's virtuosic musicianship and exhilarating live shows to amphitheatres and arenas across North America. The tour will kick off July 12th in Quebec City and wrap-up on August 22nd in Los Angeles.

Produced by Live Nation, tickets for the "Close to the Edge and Back" tour go on sale beginning March 29th and a...
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Top 10 Unnecessarily Long Songs

February 20th, 2008 2:14pm EST
Pink Floyd
Some of these songs have some good moments but just go on a little too long. Some of them have zero good moments, and then go on a little too long. What they all have in common is that they're too freaking long. Any of these guys ever hear of trimming the fat? Less is more? Your song is too damn long? Any of that ringing a bell, you bloated, self-indulgent rockers?

10. Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)

Running Tme: 6:28

There are longer songs, yes, but there are no other songs quite like this one in that everything is sang in the exact same melody an...
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'Yes: Classic Artists' Arrives Jan. 15 In A 2-Disc Deluxe DVD Set

January 13th, 2008 10:30am EST
Yes
The story of Yes is as controversial as their music. The twists and turns of the band's career is now told for the first time in a series of exclusive interviews with Yes members past and present for this definitive and fully authorized DVD documentary.

Praised and criticized for defining progressive rock, Yes have been surprising and delighting worldwide audiences during five decades. On record and on stage, Yes created a fresh sound and striking visuals, blending genres and using state of the art technology to push boundaries, winning legions of new fans with each album. Tracing the ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

October 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to singer Ciara (1985), New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (1971), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1962), voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons Nancy Cartwright (1959), Judas Priest co-lead guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948), Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944), Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941), Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928), country singer Minnie Pearl (1912), artist Pablo Picasso (1881).
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Hugh Laurie's Band Scores A Hit On iTunes

September 24th, 2007 9:10am EDT
Hugh Laurie
Actor Hugh Laurie's celebrity band has scored a big hit as a download on iTunes - with Cab Calloway classic "Minnie The Moocher."

The act, Band From TV, featuring the House star on piano, Desperate Housewives star James Denton and Heroes' Greg Grunberg, has performed a string of charity shows in Hollywood, and now they're making waves online.

Proud Laurie says, "We've done one song for the soundtrack of 'House' that comes out very shortly and there was one other song that is now an extra you can get on iTunes. It's 'Minnie The Moocher.' There's about 50 versions of 'Minnie The M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (160...
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Reformed Asia Plan A New Album

June 14th, 2007 9:18am EDT
Asia
Rock super group Asia's original line-up is to record a new studio album after reforming last year. Yes star Steve Howe, the guitarist of the group, insists he and his band mates are working well together - and still have plenty of new music left to record.

He tells Billboard.com, "We're starting the process of recording, and we feel good about that, partly because we're getting on well and we think, 'Why not?' We're trying to make an album that isn't terribly predictable for us. We're not doing retrospective music; we're certainly going to try to show our histories but still have a s...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 18

May 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
George Strait
Happy Birthday to "Curious George" singer Jack Johnson (1975), Saturday Night Live writer/actress Tina Fey (1970), teen singer Martika (1969), Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-Fat (1955), country singer George Strait (1952), Devo singer Mark Mothersbaugh (1950), The Guess Who bassist Bill Wallace (1949), Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman (1949), former New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson (1946), Baltimore Orioles All-Star Brooks Robinson (1937), actor Pernell Roberts (1928), Pope John Paul II (1920; d. 2005), singer Perry Como (1912; d. 2001), and "It's A Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra (1...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 4

March 4th, 2007 3:00am EST
Patricia Heaton
Happy Birthday to US Soccer team star Landon Donovan (1982), British actress Patsy Kensit (1968), Lemonheads singer Evan Dando (1967), rapper Grand Puba (1966), ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (1963), actor Steven Weber (1962), actor Mykelti Williamson (1960), "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Patricia Heaton (1958), comedic actress Catherine O'Hara (1954), "TJ Hooker" actor Adrian Zmed (1954), Cuban musician/producer Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953), British singer Chris Rea (1951), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1950), Yes bassist Chris Squire (1948), singer Bobby Womack (1944), actr...
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VH1 Classic Presents Shaw Blades' U.S. Headlining Tour, Set To Launch March 16

February 8th, 2007 10:35am EST
Shaw Blades
VH1 Classic is proud to present the upcoming U.S. headlining tour for Shaw Blades-Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades. It will launch March 16 in Dewey Beach, DE and conclude in April 14 in Agoura Hills, CA.

The duo is making the cross-country trek to promote their sophomore Influence album--which is due out March 6 on VH1 Classic Records--without the support of a back-up band. Songs from both Shaw Blades albums, as well as a selection from Styx, Damn Yankees and Night Ranger, will be performed completely acousti...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 13

January 13th, 2007 3:00am EST
Orlando Bloom
Happy Birthday to kitschy "American Idol" reject William Hung (1983), English actor Orlando Bloom (1977), "Baywatch" actress Nicole Eggert (1972), "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey (1966), screen and stage actress Penelope Ann Miller (1964), country singer Trace Adkins (1962), "Seinfeld" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1961), film composer/Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin (1954), voice actor Richard Moll (1943), flamboyant confetti tossing comedian Rip Taylor (1937), celebrity game-show panelist/actor Charles Nelson Reilly (1931), and "The Untouchables" (TV Series) actor Robert Stack (1919; d. 2...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

October 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to singer Ciara (1985), New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (1971), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1962), voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons Nancy Cartwright (1959), Judas Priest co-lead guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948), Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944), Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941), Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928), country singer Minnie Pearl (1912), artist Pablo Picasso (1881).
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606; d. 1669).
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27 Classic Prog Rock Anthems on 2CDs Features Yes, Genesis, Rush & more…

May 28th, 2006 3:00pm EDT
Rush
Progressive rock ("prog") is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s principally in England, reaching the peak of its popularity in the early 1970s, but continuing as a musical form to this day. Progressive rock was largely a European movement, and drew most of its influences from classical music and jazz fusion, in contrast to American rock, which was influenced by rhythm & blues and country, although there are notable exceptions in the New World such as Kansas and Rush — considered by many to be the finest examples of the form. Over th...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 18

May 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Strait
Happy Birthday to "Curious George" singer Jack Johnson (1975), Saturday Night Live writer/actress Tina Fey (1970), teen singer Martika (1969), Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-Fat (1955), country singer George Strait (1952), Devo singer Mark Mothersbaugh (1950), The Guess Who bassist Bill Wallace (1949), Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman (1949), former New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson (1946), Baltimore Orioles All-Star Brooks Robinson (1937), actor Pernell Roberts (1928), Pope John Paul II (1920; d. 2005), singer Perry Como (1912; d. 2001), and "It's A Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra (1...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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"Pure 80s" Compilation Features 18 No. 1 Hits; Comes Out May 9

April 30th, 2006 9:00pm EDT
Pac-Man
Got enough 80s? Pure 80s: #1s features 18 chart-topping smash hits, from "Eye Of The Tiger," "Addicted To Love," "Every Breath You Take" And "Maniac" To "Karma Chameleon," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "What's Love Got To Do With It."

The '80s were a hit-and-miss decade. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, MTV, "Miami Vice," "Cheers," "The Cosby Show," the CD, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were hits. The New Coke, the return of Halley's Comet, and the DeLorean were misses. On the music charts, the hits and misses were just as obvious. Eighteen of the hits--all so...
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2006 Tour Plans for Yes Fall Apart

April 18th, 2006 10:03am EDT
Yes
The future of rock supergroup Yes looks shaky following news that a planned 2006 reunion tour has been scrapped. The oft-feuding group had scheduled to join up this summer, but guitarist Steve Howe has set solo dates instead after tiring of one unnamed former band mate's deliberating.

He tells Billboard.com, "Yes has been sleeping in this kind of awful mode that I think is slightly disrespectful to our beautiful fans. It's all contrary to different people's opinions of what's right and what's wrong. I think that's really a shame."

Howe tells the website the group agreed to take ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 4

March 4th, 2006 3:00am EST
Patricia Heaton
Happy Birthday to US Soccer team star Landon Donovan (1982), British actress Patsy Kensit (1968), Lemonheads singer Evan Dando (1967), rapper Grand Puba (1966), ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (1963), actor Steven Weber (1962), actor Mykelti Williamson (1960), "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Patricia Heaton (1958), comedic actress Catherine O'Hara (1954), "TJ Hooker" actor Adrian Zmed (1954), Cuban musician/producer Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953), British singer Chris Rea (1951), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1950), Yes bassist Chris Squire (1948), singer Bobby Womack (1944), actr...
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