5 Questions: Geoff Downes of Yes, Asia & The Buggles

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Yes is performing at the Lynn Auditorium Thursday, August 4th, 2016

5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

Photo: Glenn Glottlieb

Photo: Glenn Gottlieb

Not only is Geoff a songwriter and record producer, but he is best known for his tenures as lead keyboardist for three bands: The Buggles, Yes, and Asia. His first worldwide hit single with The Buggles was “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

SD: You rejoined Yes back in 2011, why come back?

GD: I rejoined because we still had some great songs in the vault from our original 80’s recordings. We were always thinking about doing another tour and new album and the timing was perfect for everyone involved to make it happen.

SD: How has the music/sound of Yes changed since the 80’s and your return?

GD: Yes has always been evolving as a band.  It did have a turning point when Yes become more of a progressive band. Trevor Horn has always been instrumental with helping the band grow musically.  We are always looking at ways to improve the sound and each member helps do that by continuing to contribute their own creativity.

SD: You are recorded in the Guinness Book of Records for performing with a record 28 keyboards on stage in a single performance, any plans to do that again?

GD: It was something fun that just got way out of hand when I was performing with Asia. It was more visually amazing than anything. I still use about 10 keyboards. The days of running crazy like that all over the stage are over for me. [He laughs]

SD: You have performed with The Buggles, Yes, and Asia. Of the three, do you have a career highlight that is most memorable?

GD: There are so many great memories. When I first joined Yes, we started playing for big audiences. Your first big audience is a major adrenaline rush for any musician.  I do remember we played in Boston on our first tour. Playing in Madison Square Garden for 3 nights will always be a favorite memory of mine. Also, the success of the song “Video Killed the Radio Star.” I have been very privileged and blessed to have a great career and I don’t take it for granted.

SD: What can fans expect from the new Yes tour?

GD: It is definitely a show designed for the Yes fans. We will be playing a lot of our hits. This tour is one of our most ambitious and I am very excited to be on the road and performing for the fans. I just hope that they have an incredible time.


For more information about Marilyn, visit www.yesworld.com. To purchase tickets to YES perform at the Lynn Auditorium August 4th visit www.lynnauditorium.com

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  1 comment for “5 Questions: Geoff Downes of Yes, Asia & The Buggles

    August 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Going to see this show. Thanks for providing this interview.

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