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Yes is one of the most innovative and successful English progressive rock bands of all time with a 50-year musical career.

Formed in London in 1968 by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. Their music is marked by sharp dynamic contrasts, often extended song lengths, esoteric, abstract lyrics, and a general showcasing of its members' instrumental skills. Peter Banks was on guitars, Tony Kaye on keyboards and Bill Bruford on drums.

YES played two gig at the Montreux Golden Rose Festival, April 24th and 25th 1969 and another concert at the Montreux Casino November 29th the same year during Montreux Super Pop Festival. This is when they met Patrick Moraz for the first time. Patrick replaced Rick Wakeman in August 1974.

They stayed in Montreux in Sept-Oct-Nov 1976 with several recording sessions at Mountain Studios and St. Vincent's Temple in Vevey. Sessions for the release of the album "Going For The One". On this album appears "Montreux's Theme" a composition recorded at Mountain Studios that Steve Howe sometimes uses in his solos.

Another piece "Vevey" with Jon on the harp and Rick on the church organ. This track was recorded on February 23, 1978 at “St.-Vincent church” in Vevey. Rick lived in Blonay in the heights of Montreux for a long time.

His neighbor during that period was none other than David Bowie!

It was at the Mountain Studios, during the recording of "Going For The One" that he met Danielle Corminboeuf who soon became Mrs Wakeman. She gave birth to Benjamin who is Rick’s third son.
In 2003, YES made its first appearance (despite its close ties to the city) at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was a triumphal evening described by both the band members and the audience as probably the best concert ever filmed.

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Yes in Montreux

The band Yes in Switzerland between September and November 1976 during the recording sessions for the album "Going For The One" the sessions took place at Mountain Studios in Montreux and St. Vincent Temple in Vevey.

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