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This weekend prod-rock band, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin (not to be confused with the other version of the touring band ft. Alan White and Geoff Downes) will take the stage at the Kimmel Center.

Philly.com‘s A.D. Amorosi talked with pianist-keyboardist, Rick Wakeman, and among the questions asked was How did you first connect with Philadelphia? The answer got us a little teary eyed… 

Quite frankly, you’re the American home of Yes. A wonderful radio DJ named Ed Sciaky [formerly of WMMR] was the first guy to ever get Yes tracks on the radio. From there, it spread throughout the U.S.  For that, Ed will always remain in our hearts.

Wow. As we prepare for WMMR’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, it’s an honor to see our name continue to pop up in the history of such rock legends. This little nugget from the Yes band member comes the same day a previously unreleased version of David Bowie singing ‘Suffragette City’ at The Spectrum on MMR’s 10th birthday (April 29th, 1978) is available on the  A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) Bowie box set.


Read the complete interview with Rick Wakeman on Philly.com and go see Yes this Sunday at the Kimmel Center.