Tomell: Is there a standout memory from your time with Yes?
White: The mishaps are some of the most memorable. We were playing the Kremlin in Moscow and we went on stage and the crowd came in and they were all dressed in black tie and evening dresses. It was a bit strange for a rock concert. We started playing. We played one song. At the end of the song, we blew the power in the Kremlin and all the lights went out and all the security came running in. They threw the trip switch and it came back on and I think they unplugged a few things that were drawing too much power.
[Similarly,] we were playing somewhere like Chicago in the round. One of the guys … used to make a cup of tea halfway through the set [for a band member]. He plugged in the [teapot] and everything went out.
Tomell: The band has been prolific in the recording studio all these years. What's the next project?
White: Everybody's got material. We are trying to figure out a plan – probably won't be until possibly next year.
Tomell: How do you approach composing?
White: I create on the piano. I have a little stockpile of ideas. I come up with ideas and beats and chord sequences. I'm not much for writing lyrics and melodies. I like writing chords and structure.
Note to art fans: The signature album cover art of Roger Dean also will be featured on the tour.
If you go
WHAT: Yes in concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 5 and 6
WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
COST: $69 to $125, with VIP upgrade available
INFO: arcadalive.com, 630-962-7000