Will Yes become the fourth prog rock band to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? As the Hall slowly acknowledges the achievements from the masters of the genre, Yes fans have waited in baited breath as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and finally Rush have taken their rightful place alongside rock's most influential giants. In addition to Yes -- who first became eligible for induction in 1994 -- the 2014 Rock Hall shortlist includes the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J, the Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A., the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, and the Zombies. The final list will be announced early next year, with the induction ceremony set for April 2014 in New York City.
With so many years going by with no sign of Yes getting the Rock Hall nod, it's understandable that co-founding bassist Chris Squire isn't waiting by the phone to find out if the band has finally been picked: "I've never lost any sleep over it. And it's kind of, obviously, if it comes together, it'll be an honor -- an maybe we should get Rush to (laughs) give it to us (laughs)."
Squire who was just a teenager when London's legendary '60s club scene was in full bloom, is thrilled that early favorites, the Zombies -- including good friend Colin Bluntstone -- are also on the preliminary ballot: "Strangely enough there was point where I was talking to him to sing for Yes (laughs) -- at some changeover point. Yeah, no, the Zombies, y'know, they were one of my influences when I was a kid. They were really good."