Mabel Greer's Toyshop
Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger first met in 1966 – a time when the London underground music scene was an impressive force for future development of a different kind of rock music. Clive was only 16 years old but had already been playing in a band since the age of 13. He was writing his own compositions and knew what kind of music he wanted to perform. Bob had previously been for an audition with THE SYN whose bassist was Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. Not long after, both Squire and Banks joined Bob and Clive in Mabel Greer’s Toyshop and the seeds of YES were planted. In early 1968, Jon Anderson also joined the group, followed by Bill Bruford, who replaced Bob and Tony Kaye joined on keyboards. When Clive left the band in August that year they changed name to ‘Yes’.
Fast forward to 2013, Clive met Bob again for the first time in 45 years! Both in their sixties, the first thing Clive said to Bob was “let’s get into the studio, see if we still have the old magic”. The result became the album ‘New Way Of Life’ featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye, released in 2015.