Yes Reveals New Drummer
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jon Anderson, singer of the classic rock band YES, performs onstage in celebration of the 50th anniversary of YES featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman at The Greek Theatre on August 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
Following the passing of seasoned drummer Alan White last May 2022, Yes announced that Jay Schellen has joined the group and is now part of their permanent members.
As White missed a tour in 2016 owing to past issues, Schellen has been collaborating with the group ever since. Two years after White’s departure, Schellen stayed on board to split the drumming live duties. The band said in a statement:
“Jay will fulfill Alan’s wishes in becoming the new drummer with Yes.
“[He] had previously played alongside Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes and late bassist Chris Squire together with long working relationships with Alan and Yes bass guitarist Billy Sherwood. This gave Jay a deep insight into the workings of the dynamic rhythm section that drives Yes’ music.”
Guitarist Steve Howe stated:
“We’re all delighted to welcome Jay officially into the fold! He’s been a great support throughout the last seven years, and we couldn’t have found a better all-round team player.”
“I am thrilled to become the new drummer with Yes. I grew up playing along to Yes records and I am proud to have worked so closely with my musical hero and great friend Alan White these past few years. I will strive to honor his memory as we drive towards the future with the band.”
White had been the British progressive rock band’s longest-serving member. Over the course of his career, he collaborated with some big names like Joe Cocker, George Harrison, and John Lennon. His family said in a statement:
“Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world, bandmate to a select few and gentleman and friend to all who met him.”
In May, Yes will be kicking off their European tour with a complete performance of Relayer from 1974.