Watch Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Of RUSH Induct Yes Into The Rock Hall Of Fame

April 10, 2017
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Yes, one of the many bands long overdue for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally had its day in the sun as they were immortalized by the very artists they inspired, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of RUSH.

Lifeson said in his speech, "My journey with Yes began when I was a teenager gently fishing out the Yes album out of its sleeve being just a bit freaked by the disembodied head on its cover, placing the needle on the groove, sitting back, letting the music wash over me. I may have smoked a cigarette or something, but Yes were my gateway band in so many ways. There's nothing so fleeting yet enduring about the way music when you're 17-years-old."

Lee added, "I could still recall one of the days that we [left] school and were sitting cross-legged on the floor of Oscar's room as he introduced me to an album called Time and a Word by a band called Yes. I still thrill to the bass part in "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" the way I did when I first heard it that day. For years people asked me why I played a Rickenbacker bass, and all I have to do is point to that album, that song. Then Oscar played me "Yours Is No Disgrace" then "I've Seen All Good People." We both sat there open-mouthed as the songs rose up around us and our musical worlds shifted and fell from its axis. I might've been a young musician jamming to basement grooves in Toronto, but through Yes, I was tuning into a wider world of possibilities. One where music seemed to have no limitations."

Watch Yes' full induction below!



(source: Rolling Stone)