||REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS UNITE TO GET YES IN THE HALL OF FAME
Yes have been one of prog's most important and influential bands of all of time. The band has had a tremendous impact on not only progressive rock but heavy metal as well.
Since 1994, Yes have been eligible to be inducted into the rock n' roll hall of fame but have been shut out by the powers that be, but that may now be about to change.
On August 6th, Washington, DC, a partisan effort was brought forth by Republican and Democrat consultants that will embark on an effort to get the legendary progressive rock band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have a campaign called Voices Of Yes.
While this campaign is unique for many reasons, it is perhaps most notable because it has been able to unite the two US political parties, Republicans and Democrats, who are notorious worldwide for never agreeing on anything in a common effort.
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Also assisting in their efforts on an advisory basis will be a number of members from the news media.
Voices For Yes plans to employ traditional political campaign tools and tactics to mount a national grassroots and media campaign to make the case for Yes being added to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The group will work to create a narrative that explains why Yes deserves induction into the Hall by highlighting the depth of influence Yes' music has had on the music industry and other artists, some of whom have been inducted into the Hall.
There will also be a comprehensive media effort to engage Yes fans all over the world to let their voice be heard. Supporters are encouraged to visit the website www.voicesforyes.com and sign a petition supporting Yes' induction into the Hall.
In addition, Voices For Yes will chronicle the effort with a documentary. It will provide the viewer an unprecedented behind the scenes look into the campaign complete with footage from Yes concerts, closed door meetings with consultants, strategy sessions and countless interviews with fans, and some of rock's greatest legends.
Led by the architects of Presidential campaigns, Republican John Brabender and Democrat Tad Devine will lead the team to apply political campaign tactics to this effort.
John Brabender is the Chief Creative Officer at Brabender Cox and Senior Media Strategist for the Santorum Campaign. He said: "Initially when we developed the concept, we discovered that Yes' music has been greatly influential to other musicians and in a bizarre twist, their music is revered by many politicians. In fact, we were excited at how quickly the two political parties could put policy disputes aside for this common goal.
"Republicans and Democrats actually agree on something: that Yes is one of the most influential progressive rock bands ever and ultimately ensure Yes gets a rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Tad Devine oversaw presidential runs for John Kerry in 2004 and Al Gore in 2000.
Serving in an advisory capacity will be Steve Capus, the former president of NBC News. Capus, who attended his first Yes concert in 1978, enthusiastically supports the goal of Yes being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
He said: "So often the best political consultants are on opposite sides of the issues. But what's so great here is that Republican and Democrat consultants are working together and ensure Yes gets into the Hall.
"But we know a few consultants won't be able to sway the Hall voters to induct Yes, so we are embarking on a national campaign to move numbers to Yes' favor. The collective campaign efforts of politicians, politicos, Journalists, musicians and fans are what make this endeavor interesting and hopefully successful in the end."
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