Yes Alan White resizeWith Yes back in the UK this month and continuing to inspire a whole new generation of prog rock wannabes what better time to focus on a drummer with more than 35 years’ experience in the legendary band’s hotseat?

Alan White joined the group in the early 70s after stints with John Lennon and George Harrison. And a week today the County Durham-born tub thumper will be back at his favourite venue in the world – Newcastle’s City Hall.

Before then he reveals all in the rushonrock Rider…

On your iPod: I’ve got a whole variety of stuff on there and I keep changing the tracks according to my mood. There’s everything from orchestral music to Buddhist chants, jazz fusion and some bands which model themselves on Yes.

Small Screen Pleasure: I love Heroes and I watch a lot of sport. I’m a big fan of the Seattle Seahwaks and try to catch them whenever I can. And I try to watch some English sport from time to time.

Making a meal of it: My speciality is Shepherd’s Pie. I make it and I eat it. Friends, especially the American ones, love to come round and taste my Shepherd’s Pie.

Drivetime: I’ve got a few cars. My wife drives a Mercedes and I own a 1965 Mustang. But the car i use most is a great British Range Rover.

Ace place: I love anywhere in Brazil and Buenos Airies. South America’s fun and Japan’s great if you’re in a band! 

Dream destination: I’ve never been on safari in South Africa and my wife has been to India but I’ve never made it there. I’d love to go to both countries sometime soon.

Nickname shame: Whitey or Snowy.