Keith Emerson Said No To Yes

(Classic Rock) Keith Emerson has revealed he once received a late-night phone call asking him if he'd like to join Yes, but it didn't take him long to decide the answer was "No."

The Emerson, Lake and Palmer icon had just returned from a successful world tour when Rick Wakeman made one of his several departures from Yes.

Emerson explains: "I got back to England and my phone rings at 11.30 at night. It was their then-manager, Brian Lane.

"I couldn't believe that I'd been asked if I wanted to join Yes. My response was: 'Brian, why would I want to do that? I've just come off a tour playing 14,000-seat stadiums, sold out. I've got my own band why would I want to join Yes?'" more on this story

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