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    Notes From Billy Sherwood's Interview (Big Arc of Life News)

    I listened to Billy Sherwood's interview with a podcast called Yesshift ( https://anchor.fm/yesshift ).

    They took an interesting approach to interviewing him, as much of the interview was him kind of recapping his career in his own words.

    It's an excellent interview that I think a lot of people will want to listen to.

    Here are a few things I thought were noteworthy, though this is far from comprehensive, and some of the decision making about what made it into a note and what didn't depended on my proximity to the computer I was taking notes with at the time something was being said.

    - The second Arc of Life album is finished and was mastered three weeks ago. Frontier Records is the label. He doesn't know when it will be released.

    It is described as "much more progressive" relative to the first album, and ends with a 17 minute track called "Arc of Life Last Track" (Or possibly just "Last Track"). He said he had an early demo for it that he presented to Frontier for the first album, but they wanted a more "straight ahead" approach on the debut album.

    - Took extended pauses and sounded like he was choking back tears during some of the discussion of Chris Squire's death, even though it's almost a decade later. It's clear that he loved Chris.

    - In regard to Yes continuing in the wake of Squire's death: "I took it as a personal mission to keep this thing going. It bothers me when I hear people tell me to stop. It makes me more defiant, [inaudible] dig my heels in, and keep it going."

    - "My theory is that those who believe in Yes want it to go forward. Those are the people I'm doing it for, and those were the people Chris was talking about doing it for."

    - Mentions that he's working on another Yes studio album. Declined to give further details so as to preserve what he categorizes as his great relationship with Steve. Declined to talk about the setlist for the upcoming tours for the same reason.

    - Later, in sort of a lightning round of questions, Billy mentions "The More We Live" as a Yes song he would like to play live that he hasn't played yet with Yes, though he noted that his pick may be partly because the song was top of mind after they had discussed it earlier in the podcast.

    - One of his hobbies is playing Occulus Quest 2 (A video game played with VR goggles, I think.).

    - Sherwood likes scifi movies and says he thinks of the scifi genre on film as sort of the equivalent of prog music in a non-musical format and vice-versa (Not an exact quote).

    - No one asked him about the Circa: album that was said to be in the works a while back, or the potential for a future Asia album.
    Last edited by downbyariver; 05-19-2022, 08:19 PM.
    "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

    #2
    Listenin' now as Vangelis' Greatest Hits on youtube plays in the background. Cool. Billy sounds happy after the Cruise.

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      #3
      Looking forward to new yes music and new arc of life music

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        #4
        Very satisfyin' interview. Because. Billy is articulate and humble guy. Whatever this interview does at least it should put to bed any animus towards him.. As he explained, he never chased YES. YES chased him. To write songs, play, tour, mix, master, produce, be a diplomat, to use his studio. And Chris wanted him to keep the band goin'.

        So. No gossip on setlist comin' up. No gossip on new YES album, as he wittily says he enjoys a great relationship with Steve. 😁


        He was no Neville Nobody who sold coke to Chris and found himself like Sellers in Bein' There, somehow in the band. He was an 18 year old in a band with a record deal. He paid his dues. Was a project by Fish to find a new lead singer. He said no. Gut instinct. Maybe he remembered Horn's tourin' experience.

        Now I'd love to know how they all reacted to Monkmangate as it was happenin'. . But that is probly put to bed and will remain behind the scenes.

        Overall an excellent dive into Billy's side of the story.

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          #5
          Thanks for the summary, dbar, as I've not had a chance to catch up on the interview yet.

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            #6
            I think the term “sworn to secrecy” applies again.
            That’s fine. We’ll wait.

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              #7
              FANTASTIC interview! So great to get such a personal overview of his career- I might just pick up that second Arc of Life album! So good to get concrete info that the Yes album is happening as well. Also I am a huge fan of the More we Live so yes please do it live! Billy is such a great guy.
              The Definitive YES Albums

              -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
              -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
              -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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                #8
                Originally posted by downbyariver View Post
                It is described as "much more progressive" relative to the first album, and ends with a 17 minute track called "Arc of Life Last Track" (Or possibly just "Last Track"). He said he had an early demo for it that he presented to Frontier for the first album, but they wanted a more "straight ahead" approach on the debut album.
                I think it was Fernando Perdomo who said he spent years trying to make mainstream music and not getting anywhere, but when he made the music he wanted to, more "progressive" music, he suddenly discovered there was a big market for it. So, I just think whoever at Frontiers said this is being stupid. Arc of Life are never going to compete with younger and more established bands in terms of "straight ahead" pop/rock, so why even try? Work with the band's strengths! The best marketing angle you have is their connection to Yes, so play to that.

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                  #9
                  Arc of life 2 is an auto buy because it will apparently sound more like yes on the second album

                  though quick question if it winds up being amazing why wasn’t it on a yes album

                  I felt the same way with you make it real and just in sight both had a fun yessy feel

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by rabin105 View Post
                    Arc of life 2 is an auto buy because it will apparently sound more like yes on the second album

                    though quick question if it winds up being amazing why wasn’t it on a yes album

                    I felt the same way with you make it real and just in sight both had a fun yessy feel
                    well we can always think of Arc of Life as a part of the Yes family anyway plus we're getting another Yes album in due course so I am happy- I agree though I hope they prioritise the really good stuff for Yes proper.
                    The Definitive YES Albums

                    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
                    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
                    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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                      #11
                      So in theory we could get a repeat of last time: Arc Of Life album and then Yes album.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by soundchaser09 View Post

                        well we can always think of Arc of Life as a part of the Yes family anyway plus we're getting another Yes album in due course so I am happy- I agree though I hope they prioritise the really good stuff for Yes proper.
                        Agreed because otherwise later this year when arc of life 2 comes out (my guess is the fall) I will be like wow this amazing

                        Why isn’t this on the new yes album again lol

                        But hey I don’t care what Kerzner said it’s my iPod so if I want arc of life to be under Yes it will be

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post
                          So in theory we could get a repeat of last time: Arc Of Life album and then Yes album.
                          If I had a gun to my head I would guess

                          arc of life 2 in the fall
                          yes reflections of the mind in the winter or Spring of 2023

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                            #14
                            Didn't he have a new solo album in the can as well? Maybe Frontiers is restricting his output and holding back releases to coincide with Yes touring for maximum sales potential. I'm happy about another Arc Of Life album and the eventual Yes one too. Autobuys all the way.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by rabin105 View Post
                              If I had a gun to my head I would guess

                              arc of life 2 in the fall
                              yes reflections of the mind in the winter or Spring of 2023
                              With Arc of Life 2 in the can and Downes talking about a Sep/Oct-ish release for the next DBA album... yes, I would guess it would make sense for Arc of Life 2 to be in the autumn, and I think that does imply a Yes album release this year is unlikely, so probably early '23.

                              But we'll have to wait to see!

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