In issue 23 of Rock Candy Magazine Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin reveals the unbelievable story of how the band’s 1983 tour in support of phenomenally successful comeback album ‘90125’ and Number One US hit ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ was put in jeopardy after an unfortunate accident.
“We were in a hotel swimming pool in Miami sipping champagne to celebrate the global success of ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’,” Rabin told Rock Candy Mag writer Malcolm Dome. “There was a water slide very close to me that I hadn’t really noticed. Suddenly a very large woman came hurtling down the slide and crashed straight into me. The collision was so bad that it ruptured my spleen and put me in hospital. I needed an operation and was out of action for a few weeks! It sounds so bizarre now – almost laughable – but at the time it was pretty scary and worrying.”
In a massive 16-page cover story featuring two exclusive in-depth interviews with Rabin and Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, Dome forensically unpicks Yes’s return to prominence in the ‘80s.
“When I was working in the studio on ‘90125’ I definitely knew that what we were doing was taking the band into a new era,” says Anderson. “This wasn’t the ’70s Yes. It was a band that was built for the ’80s. When the album was released it became apparent that we were suddenly appealing to the MTV generation. We’d managed to get away from the idea that we were a big name from the previous decade that was no longer relevant – and I loved that!”
“The whole idea behind ‘90125’ was that no one would be able to say ‘heard it all before,’ confirms Rabin. “If that had happened then the entire exercise would have been a creative failure.”