Dateline: December 26, 2004

Yes, Syn and Anderson


[Yes, news with Yes news:] Digital Dream Door has published its list of the Top 100 Greatest Progressive Rock Artists, and Yes is ranked at No. 2!

In their list of Best Symphonic Prog Artists, Yes is in the No. 1 position!

The bands were chosen for their complex, dynamic, and multi-dimensional playing; for their original use of multi-movement compositions involving theme, structure and scope; and their impact on this vital genre of music. Congratulations, YES! We're so proud of you!

[Plus, in a related item:] Stephen Nardelli, lead vocalist for The Syn, reports that the band's new CD will be released in the new year. The working title is Synchronised.

This new CD will contain four tracks: "Grounded," a new 5-minute remake of the original classic; "Time And A Word," an extended 15-minute epic version of the Yes song, in 3 sections; "Illusion," which was released as a bonus track on Original Syn; and "Cathedral Of Love," which features Chris Squire on bass, playing again with The Syn for the first time in 35 years.

From all reports, "Cathedral Of Love" is an exquisite masterpiece! Chris was recently recording backing vocals on this track, as well as adding his unique and distinctive bass style to the composition. A version of "Cathedral Of Love" will also be released as a single.

The Syn recently participated in a photo shoot with world famous photographer Tony McGee, as a precursor to a Syn DVD which will be produced in the new year, to be directed by Tony. The Syn DVD will be produced in conjunction with a second studio album of all-new material that The Syn will start recording in January. Some of Tony's dramatic photographs are featured on The Syn website.

This second album will feature the new Syn line-up of Stephen Nardelli, vocals; Chris Squire, bass; Martyn Adelman, drums; and Gerard Johnson, keyboards. It is anticipated that a new guitarist for the Syn will be announced within the next six to eight weeks.

In the meantime, Chris Squire and Stephen Nardelli are co-writing the material for the second new album, and the creative process has been thoroughly enjoyable and productive for both of them. Plans are being discussed for a major U.S. tour in the spring of 2005, and more information should be available about that very soon.

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