This month sees the release of End of Innocence, the debut solo album from original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye. It’s a mainly instrumental offering that Kaye created based on the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.
Though he’s worked with David Bowie and Badfinger throughout his 50+ years in music, while also being a founding member of the great, unheralded band Detective, Tony Kaye is best known as a founding member of Yes. His work can be heard on the band’s first three albums (1969’s Yes, 1970’s Time and a Word, and 1971’s The Yes Album), after which Tony left the group, only to return in the early 1980s for another four releases (1983’s 90125, 1987’s Big Generator, 1991’s Union, and 1994’s Talk). As I mention off the top of our interview, Tony has long been my favourite Yes keyboardist, thanks to his outstanding Hammond playing and a style that has always been more about serving the song rather than flashy notes.
Over the course of our 30 minute chat, you’ll hear us discuss the creation of End of Innocence, his musical inspirations, his time away from music, and, of course, some Yestalk as well.
Thanks to Tony Kaye for his time and to Billy James at Glass Onyon PR for making this interview happen.
Tony Kaye’s End of Innocence is available from Spirit Of Unicorn Music (distributed via Cherry Red Records). You can order your copy here.