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1980
Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes replace Jon and Rick. Drama is released in August, hitting number 18 in the U.S. and number 2 in the U.K. A tour with this lineup immediately follows, including three sellouts at New York's Madison Square Garden where Yes breaks Led Zeppelin's record for the most sellouts ever at the historic venue. The third show there is broadcast live on FM radio. In November the tour moves to England. That month the live album Yesshows is released. It reaches number 43 in the U.S. and number 22 in the U.K.
Steve Howe


Steve Howe


1981 April 18
Yes officially breaks up. Trevor Horn went on to be a successful producer, and Steve would contribute to albums produced by Horn in the mid-80s. These included The Pleasure Dome (1984) and Liverpool (1986) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Propaganda (1985) by Secret Wish.
1981
Steve is voted Best Overall Guitarist in Guitar Player magazine for the fifth year in a row. For this he was inducted into GP's Hall of Fame. At that stage he was the only one in that category—as well as the first rock guitar player—to achieve that.
1982
Steve guests on the Dixie Dregs album Industry Standard, performing a duet with their guitarist Steve Morse.
1982
Steve joins forces with other prog rock alumni John Wetton, Carl Palmer, and Geoff Downes to form ASIA, The self-titled debut shoots up U.S. and U.K. charts with a world tour following.. Meanwhile a new edition of Yes forms without Steve.
1983
Asia’s second album, Alpha is released. John Wetton suddenly leaves the band, with Greg Lake (ex of Emerson Lake and Palmer) is brought in to replace Wetton for the band's ASIA IN ASIA show for MTV in December.
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