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Camphire
10-18-2011, 09:25 AM
Excellent news!

Yes - Live From Lyon
It would appear that the live album and DVD that Oliver was involved in during his time in Yes is to be released.

The recordings were taken from the Lyon show during the 2009 tour.


I can't wait for this release.
I miss you Oliver!

Micah68
10-18-2011, 09:30 AM
and you have just received Oliver's news as well

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Yes - Live From Lyon

It would appear that the live album and DVD that Oliver was involved in during his time in Yes is to be released. Oliver is delighted about this and only has a little bit of info on the project at the moment. Not being in the band any more means that information is harder to come by!

The recordings were taken from the Lyon show during the 2009 tour and as soon as we have some more information about the project we'll let you know. Following the unhappy scenario over the last Yes album release, it is great to know that Oliver's time in Yes will be documented in their recorded history as well as their touring history.


Questions

A while ago I posted that if anyone had any questions they'd like to ask then to send them to me and I'd do my best to answer them. I have received quite a few now and so the idea is definately proving popular. I have posted them on the website but incase you haven't been by in a while please find the responses below!

Oliver's Questions Blog - October...

Many of you may have seen on the Facebook site that I asked if anyone had any questions they would like to ask me. I am still receiving quite a few so it is proving to be a popular idea and so here are my responses to the most recent questions!

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Elena Aliboni - A very good review from magazine "Paperlate" No. 46, 2001. Sorry for the quality, my scanner can't work, I had to take a photo.

That's really kind but unfortunately my command of foreign languages is very limited and so if anyone can be forthcoming with a translation (providing the review is complimentary!) that would be great. Thanks in advance. Oliver.

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Billy Wilson - Who are your musical inspirations? Who do you like listening to?

I have quite a broad musical taste ranging from Progressive through rock, metal, grunge, swing, relaxation, piano, classical, folk etc...

I think the music I listen to generally fits with the mood that I'm in, I can really enjoy listening to classical music (Chopin in particular) but then enjoy a track by Papa Roach, followed by Dan Reed Network for example. On another day it could be Sting followed by Alannah Myles and then Dido. I really enjoy music if it's well played and written from the heart.

As a teenager I did have certain favourites who have remained with me through my adult years and for the record those include:- Deep Purple, Dan Reed Network, It Bites, Cat Stevens, Suvanne Vega, Pink Floyd, Rush (Hold your Fire was my first ever CD!), Styx, Marillion & Harry Connick Jr.

There are probably many others but I think it's important to experience a great deal of music to understand how different musicians convey their emotions through song.

I must be honest though I am not a fan of dance music though, maybe because I just can't dance....Oliver.

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Joel Pirard - That is really very interesting Oliver, with respect to your wanting to succeed on your own terms. I was also impressed by how you were able to play those MEXICO dates AFTER knowing you were 'out' so to speak. Truly professional! BTW, the guy who did vocal monitors for you guys on those YES tours is my close friend Dean Mattson! I have known him for almost 30 years!

Mexico was a tough experience to be honest and a little strange psychologically but I always enjoy playing to audiences and to other people in different countries and I genuinely enjoyed the shows there.

In some ways I was able to 'let go' a bit knowing the end was near so to speak! Benoit and I had great fun on 'Starship Trooper' for example with him up ion the keyboard rig with me!

It was a bit of a shame that at the last concert the intro music started prematurely and we weren't all ready to go on. In retrospect maybe I should have gone up and done a solo spot! Oliver.

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Kase Yoshiko - Thank you for your replies, Oliver! The blog format is very nice; could see your personality! btw I look forward to hearing Yes live Lyon album with your performance!!! Good luck with your own band!!

I have recently heard about the release of the Live From Lyon Yes album which I was extensively involved with. It is great to think that I will be a part of Yes' recorded history as opposed to just the touring element. I'm looking forward to its release. As soon as we have more info I'll post it on the websites. Oliver.

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Magdalena ?l?czka - You've said that you are going to tour Europe - are you coming to Poland? Because it's been 4 years since you've been to Katowice (with the whole band). We're waiting for you and your band to come ;)

For those who aren't so aware of my recording history, I performed in Poland with my band in 2007 and we recorded the show for a DVD and CD release which was called 'Coming to Town'. It featured music from 3 of my solo records and came out in late 2008.

I enjoyed playing in Poland with my band immensely, we all had great fun - in fact you can read a story about the trip to Poland on my website under the 'Stories' tab.

I would love to go back, in fact I was lucky enough to perform in Katowice with Yes during the 2009 European tour. It was really nice being able to walk around the city again as the live DVD was such a great experience.

The Polish fans are great and really appreciate the music which is so rewarding as a performer. Hopefully in 2012 I'll be back to perform again. Oliver.

Oliver's Questions Blog - September...

Joe Internaut - Speaking of new albums, how is Cultural Vandals coming along?

Cultural Vandals is coming along really well. We are currently discussing the options for releasing it which will hopefully be towards the end of the year or early 2012. I have been working on another project for the last few months and I hadn't listened to it for a while.

I mentioned in my last blog that I always like to let albums sit for a while and then revisit them to make sure that I am happy with them.

I sat and listened to it in full yesterday to see what other work was required and it felt really good to me. I can't wait to start recording - my son keeps singing it in the car when he goes to school so I need to get a finished version soon so he can sing along to that version rather than the demo versions he's heard!

Oliver
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Charles Stack - Oliver, what are your touring plans, if any? I'm in Chicago, which is very Wakeman-friendly turf! Hope to see you here, Charles

It's realy nice to hear of places being described as Wakeman friendly, especially as I have now played in Chigaco on quite a few occasions!

I would love to tour the US with my own band. The current plans are to get the Cultural Vandals album out and then tour Europe and if there is sufficient interest for a US release of the album we'll come over and tour.

Fingers crossed this all happens as I'd love to perform in the US with my own material.

Oliver
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Merry Celeste

Hi Oliver! I am sorry to say I have not yet seen you perform. I am an "oldschool" Yes fan, since 1972. Have you ever worked musically with the other "Yes kids" like Damien or Deborah, who I know have done some singing or Dylan who, I believe, plays drums? I am not sure if any of Bill's or Chris's young are musicians.
Just curious -- I always hoped to hear Yes: the Next Generation!

I have not played with any of them. I do know Dylan who is a great drummer. There are no plans for a sons\daughters of Yes type band. You never know though, although it would be a big strange having been in the main band already!

Oliver
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Kase Yoshiko

Oliver, is there any possibility to hear you play LIVE in Japan? Solo, OWB, or whatever, we'd like to welcome you!!!

As I mentioned above with touring the US, the same would apply to performing in Japan. I have never been but hopefully at some point I will get to perform in your country.

Oliver
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Randall Wall

What is your favorite Keyboard of all time?

This is a very tricky question to answer as certain keyboards become favourites for certain albums but I would have to say currently I really have a soft spot for my Moog Little Phatty.

It has gone through some really rough times over the last few years.

It's been dragged across a lot of the world on trucks, boats, vans and aeroplanes. Its been sat in boiling hot heat at desert shows with YES. Been subjected to very cold temperatures in Canada in the depths of Winter when on tour with the Strawbs.

It was soaked in a stage collapse in 2010 during the Yes/Frampton tour and had to be dried out over a month long period with hairdryers.

It has had circuit boards changed, had keyboard techs put stickers all over it and been subjected to me playing it quite quickly!

It hasn't always been perfect but for that reason I love it. It is getting quite a workout on the new albums too!

Oliver
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Elena Aliboni

What are you reading at the moment? What books would you recommend? Should you come to Venice, can I buy you a coffee?:)

I am currently reading a Ben Bova book called 'The Return'. I have read a lot of his books, he is like a modern day Arthur C Clarke and I think I have most of his books and I always enjoy them.

I am also a great fan of Dean Koontz and Raymond Fiest who I have been reading since my teenage years and again I have nearly all their books which get read again and again.

Never been to Venice, I understand it is beautiful. Maybe at some point I'll get to do a show there!

Oliver
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Audun Engebretsen

Are you sad about the whole Yes thing, being asked to leave?

Yes, it was a very upsetting experience for me and my family.

Chris has gone on the record on many occasions saying that I had done nothing wrong and that it was a business decision due to Trevor Horn but not touring with them during the summer was a bit difficult.

However, I am a big believer in positive thought and that things happen for a reason. We all have a life journey to make and things have to happen in order to put us on the right path. I hope and believe that the Yes situation happened to allow something else to happen in my life.

I have been working extremely hard since I stopped working with YES and I have been writing, I believe, some of the best music I have ever written in this period which has been immensely gratifying.

I can't wait for people to hear it!

Oliver
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Joel Pirard

I was quite annoyed, although I like the album, to have seen you get cut from the band ( YES ) as I thought you brought that traditional yet unique sound to them.

It was good to see CHRIS at least say publicly that it was not as if you had done anything 'wrong'. At least it tells others that you are a good team player and as we already know, an excellent musician.

I hope to get your concert DVD soon. Have you ever done an album with your father. like your brother has?

I must say that a lot of the comments I received (and still receive) from people disagreeing with the decision and the way it happened was a great help. It certainly helped lift my spirits during some rather dark times for which I am very grateful.I must say that a lot of the comments I received (and still receive) from people disagreeing with the decision and the way it happened was a great help. It certainly helped lift my spirits during some rather dark times for which I am very grateful.

With regards to the DVD, I hope you enjoy it, it was great fun to do and I can't wait to start rehearsing the band again. They're such a great bunch of musicians, friendly and great fun to be around. I think this comes across in the DVD too.

I have never done an album with Dad is the same way that Adam has. (Although he did do the narration on my second album Jabberwocky) This may seem strange following on from my recent work with Strawbs and Yes, but I had always deliberately tried to avoid working with Dad as I wanted to get known for my own ability.

Both Yes and Strawbs had shown interest in me many years before I joined and as flattered as I was I was quite pleased that it didn't come to anything at the time as I didn't feel I had achieved enough on my own to warrant those jobs.

By the time I was asked to do both Yes and Strawbs I had released 9 albums, a live DVD and won a keyboard player of the year award on three occasions and so I felt I had earned the right to be given the opportunity on merit rather than just because of my name.

I also knew that not a lot of people would ever know that but it was important to me to know that I had worked to get the chance of those positions.

I have performed with Dad on a few occasions though, the first time was at the launch show for my Mother's Ruin album when he joined me on stage for a track I'd written called 'The Wakeman Boogie'.

I have also performed with him at a couple of the Christmas shows he's done where the family musicians (Adam, Jemma and myself) all have keyboards on stage and each play a solo piece and then a lot of Christmas Carols all together!

Oliver

International
10-18-2011, 10:23 AM
I was in Grand Rapids with Chris & Oliver and brought up the new album and how excited I was about it and was about to ask Oliver how the recording was going and Chris shushed me! I saw how hurt he was and was very pissed! I found out from Oliver’s tech later that he was out but I thought he was joking as I am always the last in the memo line. I was not happy about it and they lost some young fans over it too!</SPAN>

Micah68
10-18-2011, 10:43 AM
I was in Grand Rapids with Chris & Oliver and brought up the new album and how excited I was about it and was about to ask Oliver how the recording was going and Chris shushed me! I saw how hurt he was and was very pissed! I found out from Oliver’s tech later that he was out but I thought he was joking as I am always the last in the memo line. I was not happy about it and they lost some young fans over it too!

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YES


I put it on record here that I am not happy that Oliver Wakeman is not in YES

He should be on the new album and be included in the photographs on the FFH release


I hope he comes back to YES in the future


he brings much to table and is a great keyboard player



COME BACK OLIVER PLEASE

Jackaranda
10-18-2011, 06:44 PM
The way Oliver was booted, and the fact that the band pretty much trashed FFH after it was released (one song live), and the further fact (for me anyway) that FFH was good at first but got old fast, makes me really want him back. Oliver was a tremendous live player, and he could play anything from the band's history and play it well. Another mistake by a band that's legendary as much for their bad moves as they are for their music.

And yes, they lost young fans. They lost my kids, I know that. They lost Anne's son Nick. Nobody can say that was a good move. It was stupid and very short sighted.

Camphire
10-18-2011, 06:57 PM
[QUOTE=Jackaranda;2266902]
And yes, they lost young fans. They lost my kids, I know that. They lost Anne's son Nick. Nobody can say that was a good move. It was stupid, flat out stupid, and very short sighted.[/QUOTE

They lost me too. Nice to have something in common with the young fans!

Camphire
10-18-2011, 06:58 PM
--

YES





I hope he comes back to YES in the future


he brings much to table and is a great keyboard player



COME BACK OLIVER PLEASE

Amen to that!

JoEy YeS
10-18-2011, 09:53 PM
I was thinking of it this morning. I bet after the tour is over Oliver rejoins and they do a new album for 2013 release... Very big guess based on little fact, but if they have an abundance of material left over from their pre FFH sessions, and they r releasing this version of the band I'm dvd...and since th and gd are being called business decisions, its at least a reasonable what if...

Camphire
10-24-2011, 04:22 PM
More info from Oliver...

Oliver appears on the new Yes live album release - due November 2011

We are delighted to announce that the 2009 Yes 'In the Present' tour, of which Oliver was the keyboard player, is due for release in late November/early December by Frontier Records as a live CD/DVD package and triple vinyl album.
As many of you are aware, Oliver was part of Yes's touring line up from mid/late 2008 up until his departure in mid 2011. During this time Oliver performed over 150 shows as a member of the band.
During the Autumn (Fall) tour of Europe in 2009, various shows were recorded. During this period a documentary was also filmed with all the members of the band. The two French shows were also filmed.
At the end of the tour Oliver came back to the UK with all the hard drive pro-tool recordings of the shows, which he guarded over the festive period!
Oliver had recommended his friend Karl Groom to the band as a great person to work on a live mix for a future release. Oliver and Karl had worked together on many occasions as Karl was responsible for the mixes of 'Jabberwocky', 'The 3 Ages of Magick', 'Hound of the Baskervilles', 'Mother's Ruin' and Olivers last release 'Coming to Town' (live).
Oliver spent the beginning part of the new year going through the files, working out which of the recorded shows had the better performances. He then went to begin work with Karl on the mixes.
Oliver and Karl worked on the album over a 3 to 4 week period in the beginning of 2010 and the final mixes were given to the other band members for checking prior to the recording sessions later that year.
Unfortunately Oliver has not been involved in the latter part of the albums release but is extremely pleased that his performances as a member of the band are going to to be released on an album. He hopes you enjoy the album and his contribution to Yes's long and varied history.
You can read more about Oliver's tour with Yes in Europe by going to the Stories tab on Oliver's official website - www.oliverwakeman.co.uk (http://www.oliverwakeman.co.uk)

yesanneyes
10-24-2011, 04:46 PM
This is great news! I'm in line for the DVD! Oliver is greatly missed by so many. This is a bit of a comfort for those of us who wish he was still in the band.

Long live the Wakeman tradition of fine keyboard playing!

BEE
10-24-2011, 05:29 PM
The way Oliver was booted, and the fact that the band pretty much trashed FFH after it was released (one song live), and the further fact (for me anyway) that FFH was good at first but got old fast, makes me really want him back. Oliver was a tremendous live player, and he could play anything from the band's history and play it well. Another mistake by a band that's legendary as much for their bad moves as they are for their music.

And yes, they lost young fans. They lost my kids, I know that. They lost Anne's son Nick. Nobody can say that was a good move. It was stupid and very short sighted.
Very well said Jack, I agree 100% :thumbs:

Bluegrunt
10-24-2011, 05:51 PM
Trailer

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YesCarolinita
10-24-2011, 07:21 PM
I think this is somewhat a kick in the nuts to Oliver. Just a way for the existing members to make $$$$. What happened to Oliver by YES is still really heartbreaking for me. Greed is evil. I wish Oliver the best-he's young and I bet he'll be around for a long time. Too bad Yes is making money off him-wonder if he gets a cut? lol. Sorry, the taste lately in my mouth about Yes is sour.

Meng
10-24-2011, 08:03 PM
I think this is somewhat a kick in the nuts to Oliver. Just a way for the existing members to make $$$$. What happened to Oliver by YES is still really heartbreaking for me. Greed is evil. I wish Oliver the best-he's young and I bet he'll be around for a long time. Too bad Yes is making money off him-wonder if he gets a cut? lol. Sorry, the taste lately in my mouth about Yes is sour.

Cheryl, if you reed post #9 it would seem that Oliver had a lot to do with the production of this, as well as the playing.

It's a safe bet he's getting a fair share of the cut out of this.

Jackaranda
10-24-2011, 08:30 PM
Well whatever the controversies, etc...it's an automatic buy.

erik_1099
10-24-2011, 08:32 PM
If he got a cut would that make you feel better?

If Yes didn't release the material at all, and sucked up the expense of recording/filming it, would that be better?

Should Yes not have release the live tracks with Patrick on Yesshows? Or Bill on Yessongs?

I get that you are unhappy about how Oliver was let go from the band and I agree it was not handled well. Oliver is definitely putting a good face on a situation that hurt him.


I think this is somewhat a kick in the nuts to Oliver. Just a way for the existing members to make $$$$. What happened to Oliver by YES is still really heartbreaking for me. Greed is evil. I wish Oliver the best-he's young and I bet he'll be around for a long time. Too bad Yes is making money off him-wonder if he gets a cut? lol. Sorry, the taste lately in my mouth about Yes is sour.

erik_1099
10-24-2011, 08:34 PM
If he had the foresight to get paid for the time spent mixing in between tours, and had the foresight to negotiate a percentage for those credits.


Cheryl, if you reed post #9 it would seem that Oliver had a lot to do with the production of this, as well as the playing.

It's a safe bet he's getting a fair share of the cut out of this.

Ig
10-24-2011, 11:33 PM
I saw several shows with Oliver and have heard many more. I thought he did a great job and am looking forward to seeing and hearing this new release. I would have liked to have heard some studio work also. Maybe someday....

relayeire
11-07-2011, 01:28 PM
Yes!