Legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has enjoyed five stints with the band — as well as the recently split ARW featuring Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin. In a new interview with Rock Cellar, Wakeman shed light on why the bandmembers are frequently entering and exiting each other's musical lives.
Wakeman, who's prepping a box set reissue of his classic 1999 solo set Return To The Centre Of The Earth, explained, “It was always musical. Yes was never a sociable band. We all had very, very, very strong opinions about things. And we used to argue like crazy. In fact most of the people, if they came along to a rehearsal or whatever, thought the band was breaking up. But that’s what created the music in the long run. Music is all about give and take. On occasions I left when I felt like I can’t give anything to the direction that the music’s going in now.“
He went on to say, “If I can’t give, I don’t want to take back. Equally, when I came back to the band it was because musically I felt, great, I’ve got something to offer and the band’s got something to offer me.“