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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (sometimes referred to by the acronym ABWH) was a permutation of the progressive rock band Yes. The group consisted of vocalist Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford, keyboard player Rick Wakeman, and guitarist Steve Howe. These Yes alumni had played together on the most popular recordings by Yes in the early 1970s. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe recorded one self-titled studio album in 1989. A live recording from their subsequent concert tour was released in 1993.

Although conceived by Anderson as being a Yes re-union, others in the band were keen to distance themselves from the “Yes” name. At the time, the name was co-owned by Howe, Alan White and Chris Squire. As Squire and White were still continuing with the Trevor Rabin ‘90125’ Yes lineup, it was not possible for ABWH to use the “Yes” name anyway. Anticipating this problem, Jon Anderson suggested they call themselves “The Affirmative,” but the other band members felt that was disingenuous. The name “No” was also suggested, but in the end, they decided to simply name themselves after the members of the band, despite the very legitimate criticism that it made them sound like an accounting firm. When Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe toured, they titled their shows “An Evening Of Yes Music Plus.” ABWH were sued by Yes in an attempt to prevent any mention of Yes in the ABWH promotional material. This seems to stem from an agreement before the release of Yes’ 90125 album between Yes, Howe and Wakeman over the use of the Yes name in the promotion of other activities.


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  • lethroi

    "No" would have been a much better name. [9]

    2 Aug 12:12pm Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    "No" would have been a much better name. [8]

    12 Jun 2:39pm Reply
  • Serramania

    They Ripped Off Yes

    26 Apr 4:40am Reply
  • junin_016

    "No" would have been a much better name. [7]

    21 Feb 7:02pm Reply
  • UltimaDude

    "No" would have been a much better name. [6]

    20 Feb 6:40am Reply
  • Ragaberto7

    Jeff Berlin played bass on several tour dates. I saw him w/ ABWH in VA.

    12 Jan 10:13pm Reply
  • chopper777

    The live album would be good if not for the horrible electronic snare drum sound.

    2 Jan 4:35pm Reply
  • CliffAM

    "No" would have been a much better name. [4]

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ViniciusLimaRS

    "who played bass?" Maybe tony levin i don't know but on A Yes Evening was him.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    who played bass?

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    I would have pushed for "Yup!"

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mechayoshi

    "No" would have been a much better name. [3]

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I believe you make music for the beauty of your soul, your realization of life, and the joy of making music." - Jon Anderson of Yes talks about the spiritual inspirations behind the likes of "And You And I," "Long Distance Runaround" and "Starship Troopers," which Anderson thinks of as his "search for truth and search for an understanding of what God truly is." Anderson also speaks of his return to the band in the 1980s, when Yes became unlikely MTV stars, all thanks to "Owner Of A Lonely Heart":

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AndyWorck

    "No" would have been a much better name. [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • appletree19

    "Close to the edge" "Heart of the Sunrise" by ABWH are simply AWESOME. great!

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Hibari94

    "No" would have been a much better name.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    "Why not YES" Because when they made this group, the band name "Yes" was still co-owned by Chris Squire and Alan White who were still continuing with the band.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    worst band name ever

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Strikerpro

    sounds like yes

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • M0Duss

    I say the live album "An Evening of Yes Music Plus".. is the best live recording or yes material... my favorite version of I've Seen All Good People is on that album.. it's great to see and listen to such good and classic material

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
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