Rick Wakeman on Yes’ Potential Rock Hall Induction: ‘I Might Be Washing My Hair That Night’
Wakeman talked about the prospect of the band's induction with WROR, responding to the news of their latest nomination by pointing out that while he was once an outspoken advocate for their presence in the Hall, he's since soured on the idea — primarily because he doesn't believe the people behind it have any real commitment to honoring prog rock.
"I pushed publicly for Yes to go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when I wasn't in the band, because I felt the band deserved to go in years ago, long after I left and before 2002, when I came back again for five years," said Wakeman. "All I'll say is there's ... some bands that have been inducted in that I have no idea why they're in there, and there's bands like Yes and a few others and you go, 'Why aren't they in?' It just doesn't make an ounce of sense to me."
As Wakeman sees it, those blind spots are purely intentional, and he isn't interested in being trotted out as part of a token acknowledgment to a genre that's helped house his life's work. In fact, he added, he isn't sure whether he'd even be willing to show up for Yes' induction.
"It seems that anything to do with prog rock was considered a dirty word by them, and it's almost like an era of music, despite the fact it's proven to be the most inventive and the most influential music to musicians that there's ever been in the history of rock 'n' roll, and yet it's ignored," he added. "I'm not sure whether I'd turn up. I'm so disgusted with the way that prog rock and Yes have been treated I might be busy. I might be washing my hair that night."
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