Yes has confirmed that drummer Jay Schellen has joined the band as a permanent member. Following the sad passing of iconic drummer, Alan White on 26th May 2022, Jay will fulfil Alan’s wishes in taking up the drum duties with the band.
Jay was Alan’s choice to stand in for him during the Topographic Drama tour, in 2016, and shared drumming duties with him from 2018 onwards. Jay had previously played alongside Yes’ keyboardist Geoff Downes and late bassist Chris Squire together with long working relationships with Alan and current 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 says “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.”
Jay himself adds; “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 honour his memory as we drive towards the future with the band.”