“Being called a ‘music legend’ is a very funny thing,” says Yes bassist Chris Squire. “It’s nice to know that my work has been appreciated and that people have given me that status. On a personal level, however, I can’t think about it too much. It means a lot…but then it doesn’t.”
Which is another way of saying that Squire isn’t letting accolades go to his head, nor is he resting on his laurels. In 2011, Yes released two albums, a glorious studio set, Fly From Here, helmed by longtime producer (and onetime band singer) Trevor Horn and featuring classic-lineup members Squire, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, along with returning keyboardist Geoff Downes and 2009 singer recruit, Benoit David.
In addition, the group recently issued an elaborate live set, In The Present: Live From Lyon, also produced by Horn, which highlights the talents of Oliver Wakeman, son of legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who temporarily assumed his father’s spot in Yes. (Downes has since rejoined the fold.)
Recording the studio album was, in Squire’s words, “a fantastic experience. In fact, Steve Howe said something that was pretty amazing: ‘My God, I think we’ve actually made an album that everybody in the band likes!’ That has never happened before. The vibe was quite good the whole time. And working with Trevor was a real pleasure.”